Aphasia questions and answers
Since my aphasia, I have lost all my confidence. What can I do?
Aphasia can knock your confidence and some people find this harder than others.
There are no easy ways to get your confidence back but you might find it helpful to gather information about aphasia. You are already starting to do this by looking at this website.
You may find the Stroke and aphasia handbook helpful.
People with aphasia tell us there are lots of things you can try to get more confidence.
One suggestion is “Try meeting other people with aphasia”. Ken, who comes to Connect also goes to his local stroke group. Find out more in Ken's and other people living with aphasia in Meeting people living with aphasia. Connect runs events for people with aphasia or ask your stroke service or speech and language therapist if they organise conversation groups.
Find out about local support groups run by the Stroke Association, Speakability, Different Strokes or local community groups. You can find all these contact details in links.
People with aphasia suggest trying new things “slowly”. “Don't expect too much, too soon”.
When you are ready, you might consider volunteering. Local voluntary organisations are always looking for people to help them, even if they have communication disability. People with aphasia who try volunteering say it helps. “They forget I've been ill and now I'm a friend”.
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