Aphasia and Stroke Rehabilitation
Aphasia not only causes great stress and suffering to patients and caregivers but also adds a substantial economic burden to society in part because of the chronic nature of current therapies. New methods are being researched that would help stroke patients regain some lost speech even after conventional speech therapies have been given.
Speech-Language Therapy (SLT)Language is so tightly woven into the human experience that it is difficult to conceive of life without it or attempting to function well after losing it. Many individuals with aphasia have stated that the need to restore speech for them is as important as restoring the function of paralyzed limbs. Aphasia not only causes great stress and suffering to patients and caregivers but also adds a substantial economic burden to society in part because of the chronic nature of current therapies.
SLT is the standard of care for aphasia. It is good for lead to naming improvement in some people with naming difficulties. Speech therapy has difficulty restoring functional conversation in patients. SLT has had difficulties targeting grammar and syntax The future of speech therapy may include as noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS).
Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Techniques
These techniques represent new, safe therapeutic options for treating aphasia. We have been achieving results using Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (TDCS). It sound's much scarier than it actually is! It simply delivers an extremely small, imperceivable current, on the order of 1 or 2 milliamperes, which is applied to the scalp over a period of 30 to 40 minutes. TDCS increases synaptic excitability and has been found to be very safe and well-tolerated when used according to established parameters.
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APHASIA REHABILITATION: TDCS + UNCONSCIOUS RE-LEARNING OF GRAMMAR
FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE RESTORED.
New methods are being researched that would help a stroke patient regain some lost speech even after conventional speech therapies have been given. These studies are still in the research stage. Individual patients seen at Dr. Schneider’s office, however, have already experienced noticeable improvement. We encourage all stroke patients with language difficulties to be evaluated with some of the new therapies being developed.