About a third of people who have had a stroke have aphasia, making it difficult to speak, understand, read and write. There is evidence that people can continue to improve their language ability for several years. However, speech and language therapy is rarely available on the NHS for more than three to six months. As a result, many people are not always able to achieve their potential.
Dr Jane Mortley is the director of Steps Consulting Ltd who developed the StepByStep© software for people with aphasia to self manage their speech and language practice. Rebecca Palmer from the Stroke and TaCT themes of CLAHRC SY spent two days with Jane observing how the software could be used to enable continued speech and language practice.