Thursday, January 29, 2009

More about post-stroke aphasia treatment

A few principles on aphasia treatment after a stroke, from a recent article from, noting these principles "have been shown in small studies to improve the outcome of therapy."

* Regardless of the type of therapy used, the outcome is better if the intensity of therapy is increased. In other words, a given number of hours of therapy will yield a much better outcome if they are given in a few sessions over a few days rather than in many sessions over many days.
* The effectiveness of aphasia therapy increases when therapists use multiple forms of sensory stimuli. For instance, auditory stimuli in the form of music, and visual stimuli in the form of pictures, drawings, are routinely used during aphasia therapy sessions.
* Gradual increases in the difficulty of language exercises practiced during a given therapy session improves the outcome."
Read more about the study, and learn more about aphasia.

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