Supporting Stroke Survivors: Spoken's Commitment During Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke Awareness Month serves as a vital reminder of the impact strokes have on individuals, families, and communities worldwide. As the leading cause of aphasia, a language disorder, strokes can significantly affect a person’s ability to communicate effectively. At Spoken, our commitment to supporting stroke survivors, their families, and caregivers remains unwavering. Through our Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app, we strive to empower individuals navigating aphasia and provide them with the tools to regain their voice and reconnect with their loved ones. In this blog post, we will explore our dedication to stroke survivors and briefly touch upon the FAST acronym, which aids in recognizing the signs of stroke promptly.
Understanding Stroke and Aphasia
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, leading to the death of brain cells. The resulting damage can cause various physical and cognitive impairments, including aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder that affects a person’s ability to speak, understand, read, or write. It can be frustrating and isolating, impacting a survivor’s independence and social interactions.
At Spoken, we recognize the profound impact of aphasia on stroke survivors’ lives. Our app serves as a lifeline for individuals looking to overcome communication barriers and regain their voice. With customizable and user-friendly features, our app provides a platform for stroke survivors to express themselves, engage in meaningful conversations, and participate in daily activities.
FAST: Identifying Stroke Signs
As part of Stroke Awareness Month, it is essential to raise awareness about recognizing the signs of stroke promptly. Many of our users have already experienced strokes, but that makes them even more likely to experience another in the future. The FAST acronym is a useful tool for identifying stroke symptoms quickly:
- Face: Is one side of the face drooping?
- Arms: Is there weakness or numbness in one or both arms?
- Speech: Is speech slurred or incoherent?
- Time: If any of these symptoms are present, it’s time to call emergency services immediately!
By spreading the word about FAST, Spoken aims to contribute to early stroke detection, leading to faster medical intervention and—hopefully—better outcomes for stroke survivors.
Stroke Awareness Month serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by stroke survivors and their families.
At Spoken, we remain committed to providing support, empowerment, and hope to individuals navigating aphasia as well as their loved ones. Through our app, stroke survivors can regain their ability to communicate and reintegrate into their social environments. Additionally, by promoting awareness of the FAST acronym, we strive to improve stroke recognition and prompt intervention. Together, let’s work towards a world where stroke survivors can find their voice again and live fulfilling lives!
Spoken is an app that helps people with aphasia, nonverbal autism, and other speech and language disorders.