Less intense therapy over a longer period of time proves more effective in treating aphasia after stroke

Often people who experience left-hemisphere strokes become impaired in the ability to communicate and understand language; a condition termed aphasia. Regaining language skills requires extensive rehabilitation over a long time. Stroke patients and their caregivers know that therapy is the key to recovery. But they might not know what the best treatment strategy is. There…

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Read this amazing aphasia recovery case – patient regains almost 100% pre-stroke spelling ability

Communicating with aphasia can be tough. Patients might only see slow progress. But a case study from John Hopkins University can ignite the hope of those with this language impairment. The case study The study looked at a 57-year old man with chronic aphasia who regained almost 100% of his pre-stroke spelling ability. This improvement…

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You can improve years after a stroke: a German study changes our preconceptions about aphasia treatment

When it comes to stroke therapy and rehabilitation, the general acceptance is that sooner is better. Take the treatment of aphasia (the speech difficulties that often follow a stroke), for example. Guidelines recommend intensive speech and language therapy for chronic aphasia (aphasia lasting more than 6 months). However, there is a long-held belief that these…

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Watch this video, listen to the music – healing the brain after stroke one note at a time

Hans Christian Andersen once said, “where words fail, music speaks.” This resonates especially with stroke patients engaging in music therapy! Most people love to listen to music. Many have even played a musical instrument, sang in a choir, or learned to dance to a melody. Now stroke patients can use their love for music to…

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