Hi, I'm Emma.

In this video

I would like to share

with you some tips

for returning to work,

if you feel ready.

It can be hard to know

when is a good time

to return

to work.

Ask for guidance

from your speech


or your doctor.

Try volunteering


My job,

before I had

my stroke, involved

high levels

of communication.

I had to do

many tasks at once.

I knew that

this was not possible

to return

to this role.

SCOPE Australia

is an employment service

for people

with a disability.

They could be

a good first step

to finding work.

I was fortunate

that my employer

was willing

to have me come back.

Because they knew

I had not lost

my knowledge

and intelligence.

The best advice

I can give

is to negotiate

a return to work plan.

It is best

if you can do this

with your employer

and an allied

health professional.

Be realistic

about what

you think

you can manage.

Build up your hours

and days of work


I find that instead of

taking a full

hour at lunch,

it was better

to break that

into two 30 minute breaks.

I also

gradually increased

the number of days

I worked.

Hours of work per day

increased over

several weeks.

Don't forget to consider

the time

you may have

to travel to your job.

Do you drive

or take

public transport?

All these factors

need to be considered.

It is also important

to know what time

in the day

you work best.

Most of my communication

tasks are

done in the morning.

When I am fresher

and less tired.

In the afternoon

I can devote myself

to one task at a time.

These tasks are computer

based and require

no conversation.

Get as much equipment

as necessary

to help you

manage your job.


special keyboards,


or whatever

is needed

to make the job easier.

I had a friend

who works in hospitality

and she wears a badge

telling people

she has aphasia.

Don't hide

your condition

from workmates.

Use it as an opportunity

to educate people

about aphasia.

Many jobs can be done

by working from home now.

I work

three days at home

and one in the office.

It is good

for my aphasia

to be with people

and practice

my communication skills

in the office.

Tell people

what works best for you.

If you are negotiating

a new job, be honest

about your disability.

But also

try to be optimistic.

But listen to your body

and don't push

yourself too much.

I will talk more

about fatigue

in a later video.