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A new resource for parents with stroke

17 July 2007

Connect and the Modernisation Initiative have launched a new book/DVD for parents living with stroke and aphasia.

The Modernisation Initiative is funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity and has been established to support projects which improve health services in Lambeth and Southwark.

For those who live outside the Lambeth and Southwark area, the book is available to purchase. Find out more about Having a Stroke Being a Parent

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People with aphasia and their relatives who contributed to the Having a Stroke Being a Parent book

Connect and the Modernisation Initiative have launched a new resource called 'Having a stroke, being a parent' - a book and DVD especially for parents living in Lambeth and Southwark who have had a stroke. 

At the event, parents and children who contributed to the book and DVD shared their experience, as parents, of the impact of stroke and aphasia on their family life. A stroke can change the things normally taken for granted such as communication, mobility, relationships and identity.  The guide draws on the experiences of parents who have had a stroke and their families and is full of practical ideas and tips for dealing with the many challenges faced by parents and children living with stroke.

Carole Pound, Connect's Acting Chief Executive, introduced a screening of the free DVD which is included in the book and talked to some of the contributors. Sharon Smith, mother of four children, who had a stroke seventeen years ago, reflected on the impact of stroke on her family. For a long time she had no information about aphasia and hopes that this resource will offer comfort and reassurance to others in the same boat.

Craig and Chris cutting the cake

Craig Grant and Chris Harbidge cutting the cake with Linda Briant of the Modernisation Initiative

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