Speech exercises for stroke victims

Updated July 20, 2017

Speech exercises are often needed for those who've suffered strokes in order for them to become reacquainted with everyday, essential communication skills they may have lost, and impairment more commonly known as aphasia. The following guide briefly explains the basics of what speech therapy consists of, how professionals execute the therapy and why it can prove useful in various categories concerning mental health in the long run.


Speech therapy is the most effective way to rehabilitate a patient's language skills after suffering a stroke. Therapy consists of various throat and neck exercises, such as Cognitive Linguistic Therapy, technology-aided stimulation, and even group therapy.

Cognitive Linguistic Therapy concentrates on the patient's emotions, coaching them on how to respond to tones of voice or words describing emotions, such as "happy."

Programmed stimulation is aided by computers that test the patient's sensory modalities and provide visuals and music to help the patient again become familiar with response mechanisms.

Group therapy is often used toward the end of treatment to give the patient practice in communication with others coping with the same recovery process.


Many different methods have been created by speech pathology experts in the past 30 years as scientists discover more about how the brain functions. Audio-visual exercises that help pair up images with sounds are amongst the most common within specific therapy techniques. Melodic intonation therapy, which stimulates Broca's area, the speaking side of the brain, is an exercise that concentrates on repeating simple rhythms with melodies in order to reacquaint the brain with connecting speech with sound. Simple, much-less complicated exercises like spouting off number orders and naming the days of the week are also used throughout.


There are endless reasons why speech therapy is necessary after a stroke, but it is mainly crucial for the patient to regain skills in simple phonetics, syntax and semantics. Also, therapy of this nature can increase and sharpen memory, attention skills and problem solving. It also provides the patient with key skills in going back to leading a normal lifestyle and giving them the tools they need to communicate again on both a mental and emotional level.

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Gina DeMarco has been writing professionally since 2008, with her work appearing online at WeEarth. She also wrote for "Contra Magazine" while living in London. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in film from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Arts in writing for media from the University of London.