Tips to improve your speech

There are many things you can do to improve your speech. Facial exercises, speech or communication exercises, practicing with family and friends, and more.

 

Alexandra: If you've been discharged from therapy, but you don't think that you're back to how you were previously. Then what we suggest as a speech therapist, is to you carry on with all the exercises that we've given you. Whether they be facial exercises, speech exercises, communication exercises, using other means of communication to get your point across and your family to support you in what you're doing is really important. And for them to know how to support you within your speech.

 

Steve: Running your tongue around your teeth uh, pushing the cheek out with your tongue. Like this. Um, trying to blow air out of your mouth, which was, well not trying to blow, trying to keep it in. That was the trick, which I can do now but couldn't then. uh, I had a load of words to say that they give me, but they were all three and four syllable words. They give me sentences to read, which I had to practise reading out loud. And so I used to do that. I used to do my speech therapy three times a day. Excuse me. Always.

 

Alexandra: We also encourage you to go out and get back to how you were previously with your mobility and have those conversations with people who you don't know and people who you do know so that you get the practise of speaking all of the time every day. What speech and language therapists often say to stroke survivors to encourage them and to stay positive is to compare themselves and have a think back when they first had their stroke to how they were and how they are now. And it's often that they don't realise what gains they've actually made. And it's often that they've made a lot of gains, and it's not until they think about it that that they realise.