Statistics has shown that stroke survivors are far more concerned about challenges in adjustment to “the New Normal” than anything else. Communication is on the top of the list. It is not just aphasia. Survivors often find it hard to share their thoughts and experience with loved ones. The change is too traumatic and drastic. Making the situation more complex, not so many researchers are focusing on this.
Now there is a researcher turning his focus on this issue.
Bryan Abendschein, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is specialized in researches that “exploring how relational partners encounter, manage, and discuss times of stressful change”. Bryan has found that stroke survivors a unique community that deserves far more attention.
Bryan is recruiting survivors to participate in his study. Our host Cam Compton recently joined Bryan’s program. “It is thought provoking!” Cam commented.
To learn about Bryan’s research, listen to his interview with the Hand in Hand Show.