Hi, I'm Emma.

Today, I would

like to share with you

some tips

that I have found useful

in helping me

relearn to write

and read.

One of

the most difficult


of aphasia

is the ability

to read and write.

I am fortunate

that I can still read

after my stroke.

But long passages

of text

are still very difficult

for me.

Reading a book

was something

that I used to love.

Now it is very hard

for me

to follow the story

and remembering

what line

I was on.

If the sentences

are long,

it is also hard

to understand

what they mean.

One of the best tips

I could offer

for people

who can

no longer read

is to get a subscription

to Audible.

I love to listen

to books now,

either in the car

when I am driving,

or using my AirPods.

When I try to read

a physical book,

I find that

it helps

if I use a small ruler

or a bookmark

to place under the line

I am reading.

By moving


as I read,

it makes it simpler

to manage the text

one line at a time.

I have had to build up

my ability

for reading


Many times

I must reread sentences

to improve


It takes a lot

of practice.

Try to get some text

to speech tools.

For example,


For computer based


it is best to use

a large size font.

At least a 14.

Another challenge

for people with

aphasia is writing.

Lucky for me,

my stroke


my right hand.

I am left handed,

So I am still able

to physically write.


to write

with your less

dominant hand

takes a lot of practice.

Writing again

meant relearning

how to spell

and all about


The most difficult

words for me

to spell

were the high

frequency words.

Like “a”,






and “is”.

I just seem to

have trouble

remembering them.

And it has taken

a lot of practice.

Sometimes I still

stumble over

these words.

One of the most useful


my speech


gave me was

to make a small

alphabet card

that I kept on my desk

when I was doing

any writing tasks.

I have learned to

sound the words out,

and the card helps me

find the letters I need.

Very often

I only need

the first two

or three letters

to begin with,

and then I can remember

the spelling

of the word.

After seven years,

writing text

is still something

I must work on.

If I ask Mum for help,

she will write

the beginning

letter in the air

with her finger

or say

“O for orange”

to help prompt me.

Writing text on my phone

or my computer

is easier

with predictive text.

On my phone

I use the audio tool

which converts

my voice

into text.

I would be lost

without my phone.

Relearning to read

and write takes

daily practice.

Practice, practice,


and never give up.