Aphasia is a language disorder, commonly occurring after stroke or head injury, which affects a person’s ability to speak, read, write and understand language. Since 2011, Speak With I.T. has worked with people with aphasia to provide dedicated, consistent help for them to develop their communication skills and boost their general wellbeing.
The project receives referrals, primarily from NHS speech and language therapists, before matching the person with aphasia with a trained volunteer speech support worker, who works with the person on individual communication goals: these could be saying the names of family members, interpersonal communication in relationships, writing a shopping list, or sending text messages, for example.
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