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.
SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY (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 (NIBS) TECHNIQUES (go to TDCS tab) represent new, safe therapeutic options for treating aphasia. we used tDCS. It delivers a very small current, on the order of 1 or 2 milliamperes. which is applied to the scalp over a period of 30 to 40 minutes via surface sponge electrodes. TDCS increases synaptic excitability and has been found to be very safe and well-tolerated when used according to established parameters.
PROVEN THERAPY: ARTICLE BEING PREPARED FOR PUBLICATION
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.
Dr. Schneider has helped me to speak a little better than I had before. I can now speak clearer & in sentences. I belong to a Stroke Club & the other members say that I have definitely improved. When I joined the club I was unable to speak at all. One of the other members of the Stroke Club was so impressed with my improvement that he is now going to Dr. Schneider for treatment.
Dr. Schneider reminds me of an old-fashioned doctor. He actually sits & listens to what you have to say, instead of being on the computer. He is very down to earth, intelligent, he makes suggestions, is caring & I feel the treatment is helping my husband. Everyone says my husband's speech has improved. He is less frustrated when he can't find the words he wants.
I would definitely recommend Dr. Schneider & his treatment.
During the initial visit with Doctor Harry, he was able to pinpoint the areas of language that had been affected by my wife's stroke. Within a very short time and in a very calming and open dialog with Vicky, he was able to draw out sentences that I had not heard her speak in nearly 5 years. Up until this time she was only able to repeat phrases which speech therapists had prepared and she repeated numerous times as part of her "therapy". These phrases started to become automatic and were triggered whenever one or two of the words were familiar in a response to the conversation. After therapy with Dr. Harry, she now has a much better command of normal free speech responses than before. Dr. Harry has done for Vicky's speech in 5 minutes, more than speech therapists had done in 5 years.
Dr. Harry has brought out my mother's own words, in a way that neither we nor her speech therapists could. My mother has seen so many speech therapists for aphasia treatment, ever since her stroke five years ago. The therapists focused primarily on drills and artificial exercises. Dr. Harry, on the other hand, gently questions and prods my mother to tell her own stories, in her own time. When she gets nervous, and the words don't come, he helps her to move past these roadblocks and find another way.
I am so proud of my mother's progress with Dr. Harry. Both Debra and Dr. Harry have been kind and compassionate. They are thorough, and they take the time to answer all of our questions. I highly recommend calling Dr. Harry to see how he might help you.