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" I had a really good session using the Bridges work book with a patient with quite severe dysphagia, as well as communication difficulties.

I was a bit sceptical when I first introduced it a few months ago, but I think this was the right time to look at it again with him. I think it worked well in this instance as the patient had already had a few months of therapy in the community so he and his family are used to working towards ‘goals’ and also he has come to terms with his impairment and has accepted he will need to work hard to optimise his recovery. 

It worked really well to have a joint session with the family and we thought of four really good, motivating long term goals.  I also thought re-introducing the book at this stage was really useful in getting the patient and family prepared for discharge in the not too distance future or easing them into having less frequent therapy sessions.

Just wanted you to know how positive I felt after that session…..and now I know from my own experience it can work for some people."

Speech and Language Therapist, Surrey

The stroke workbook

The Bridges stroke workbook was designed in collaboration with a group of stroke survivors.

It gives stroke survivors a chance to read the stories of other people who’ve had a stroke, and learn about the strategies they have found useful in their recovery.

It also provides an opportunity for stroke survivors to record their successes, and set targets for the future.

The workbook is divided into the following sections:

Information section: How to use the workbook

Provides guidance on how to use the workbook, and includes answers to common questions from stroke survivors.

Section 1: Reflection

Gives individuals the opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on their progress and achievements since they’ve had a stroke.

Section 2: Experiences

Includes stories from stroke survivors about the various difficulties they faced after having their stroke.

Section 3: Management

Includes examples of common problems people experience after stroke, and solutions suggested by stroke survivors.

Section 4: Keeping active

Examples of activities and exercises used by stroke survivors which have helped them to achieve their goals and targets.

Section 5: Future goals

Provides space for the workbook user to record long-term future goals which help them plan for the future and stay motivated.

Section 6: Control now

Encourages the workbook user to take control now, by breaking long term goals down into smaller targets, and recording their progress.

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