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An overview of communication, movement and perception difficulties after stroke

Author: Joanna Dark, Ruth Sander

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2022 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses, Students Language: English

Course description

The aim of this module is to provide an overview of communication, movement and perception problems that may persist after a stroke. It considers the effect of these on people and their families, and some of the strategies nurses can use to help them cope with persisting disabilities.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Discuss the difference between Broca's and Wernicke's aphasia
  • Consider the effect of these and other communication difficulties
  • Discuss possible effects of apraxia
  • Discuss visual problems including agnosia, hemianopia and hemispatial neglect
  • Recognise the effect of fatigue and depression on ability to cope with long-term disabilities
  • Outline ways that nurses can help people cope with long-term impairments


  • Introduction
  • What is a stroke?
  • Communication
  • Apraxia
  • Visual problems
  • Fatigue and depression
  • Conclusions


Joanna Dark
Speech and language therapy student, University College, London.
Ruth Sander
Independent consultant in care of the older person.


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  • Introduction
  • What is a stroke?
  • Communication
  • Apraxia
  • Visual problems
  • Fatigue and depression
  • Conclusions

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