|Stroke—Common Cause of Foreign Accent Syndrome|
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- Stroke , which is the main cause
- Trauma to the brain, such as a sharp blow to the skull
- Brain hemorrhage
- Multiple sclerosis
- Brain tumor
- Being at high risk for stroke
- Having aphasia or apraxia
- Making vowel sounds longer and lower such as changing English “yeah” or German “jah”
- Changing sound quality by moving the tongue or jaw differently while speaking
- Substituting words or using inappropriate words to describe something
- Stringing sentences together the wrong way
Your language skills will be assessed. This can be done with:
- Tests to assess reading, writing, and language comprehension
- Use of recordings to analyze speech patterns
- Images will be taken of your brain. This can be done with:
- Your brain activity may be measured. This can be done with an electroencephalogram (EEG) .
- Speech-language pathologist
- Speech therapy—You may be taught how to better move your lips and jaw during speech.
- Counseling —Since FAS is a rare disorder, you may feel isolated and embarrassed. Counseling can help you and your family better cope with the condition.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthful diet .
- Quit smoking and limit how much alcohol you drink.
- Maintain a healthy weight .
- Check your blood pressure often.
- Take a low dose of aspirin if your doctor says it is safe.
- Keep chronic conditions under control.
- Call 911 if you have symptoms of a stroke, even if symptoms stop.
- Do not use drugs .
Foreign Accent Syndrome Support University of Texas at Dallas http://www.utdallas.edu/research/FAS
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca
Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists http://www.caslpa.ca/
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