What about Rehabilitation? Recommendations We asked the people we interviewed if they got any help after the stroke. We found that: Deaf people who have strokes need more help, especially with communication problems Most had physiotherapy, eg to help with walking. We need an outreach team of specialists to work with Deaf stroke patients. All members of this team must use BSL. DEAF STROKE Lots of people helped this research. Thanks to: Most had occupational therapy, eg to help with dressing and cooking All the Deaf people and their families who took part in the interviews and testing. Members of Deaf clubs who tried out our tests. All the Deaf people and professionals who helped us to find people who had strokes. Very few had speech and language therapy to help with signing and communication problems. Pr o j e c t This leaflet was supported by a generous donation from the family of Mary Cox, who died in June 2002, after several strokes. Her family hopes this leaflet will help others in the Deaf community and their families. We surveyed all the Speech & Language Therapists in Britain. We found that: Please contact us at: very few therapists saw Deaf people after stroke most therapists and their assistants could not sign not all therapists knew how to book BSL interpreters the Designed and illustrated by The Attic Design Studio A ic Email: [email protected] Design Studio The Project Team: Bencie Woll, Alice Thacker, Jane Marshall, Jo Atkinson. Deaf Stroke Project, Dept of Language and Communication Science, City University, London EC1V 0HB @ E-mail: [email protected] Fax: 0207 040 8577 For more information, look at our website at http://www.city.ac.uk/deafstrokes City University London St George's Hospital Medical School UNIVERSITY OF LONDON What did we find out? Deaf Stroke Project The Deaf Stroke Project was based at City University and St George's Hospital Medical School. It was funded by the Wellcome Trust. Who took part in the research? We interviewed 48 Deaf people who had a stroke Sign Language and Stroke We created many new tests of sign language comprehension and production. Here are some of the things we found out with our tests: But, they often find visual tasks difficult People with strokes on the left side of the brain often have problems with sign language. Some could not draw They might not understand signs. We visited 12 of these people several times. We did tests with them, to find out if their sign language was affected by the stroke The people we visited live all over Britain People with strokes on the right side of the brain have fewer problems with sign language. Some could not recognise faces These visual problems affected signing. For example: They might not be able to produce signs. Some of these people could still use gesture and mime. Some people missed sign language information on the face. They didn't know if someone was asking a question or making a negative face. These results show that sign language, like speech, is usually processed by the left side of the brain. These results show that visual skills of the right side of the brain are important for sign language.