What is speech-language pathology? And how does it help recovery from stroke or brain injury? Those are the basic questions clients have for speech-language pathologists at the beginning of care. But the answers to those questions may raise more questions, such as “How long will therapy last?” This post helps patients and caregivers understand the role SLPs play in the treatment of speech, language, and cognitive disorders. It closes with eight questions patients and caregivers may want to ask on their first visit in order to get the most out of treatment.
Studies indicate that patient participation in relevant and personal goal-setting can result in greater satisfaction with the rehabilitation experience, along with improved recovery. But how do you make sure the goals are functional—in other words, that they relate directly to real-life activities that patients need and want to do outside of the clinic? This blog post shows how to connect those dots, and illustrates its points with examples.
Stroke can impact all aspects of life—movement, communication, thinking, and autonomic functions such as swallowing and breathing. Recovery can be an extended process. Here, we identify the Constant Therapy tasks used most often by those recovering from stroke.
The American Stroke Association has an ambitious goal: to end stroke! In the meantime, seven million people in the United States live with the disease’s effects. To promote rehabilitation, The Learning Corp and its Constant Therapy app are supporting the esteemed American Stroke Association to get the word out that stroke is beatable through increased access to mobile rehabilitative tools.
What happens when the tables are turned and a speech-language pathologist is diagnosed with a condition for which she’s been treating her patients? Maria’s diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become progressively impaired, was life-changing. However, this energetic, experienced SLP has taken on her diagnosis aggressively, and with the help of her husband Dan and best friend (and fellow SLP) Anne-Marie, works daily to slow the progress of PPA.
We spoke with Maria, Dan and Anne-Marie at home in Florida to get a sense of the insights gleaned when the clinician becomes the patient, as well as how Maria uses her clinical knowledge to treat her condition.
Aphasia affects speaking, listening, reading or writing skills, usually due to a stroke or other brain injury. An estimated two million Americans live with aphasia, with an estimated 180,000 added every year. Because communication is so critical to daily life, researchers continue to study the most effective ways to improve the lives of persons living with aphasia. A new pre-post group study out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst investigated the efficacy of tablet-based home practice.
We’ve identified key findings from this study and incorporated thoughts on what the results mean for you and your patients.
Nearly one-third of all brain injuries occur in adults of working age who were employed before their injury. You may have clients who fit this description. Most want to return to work, but if and when they do depends on the severity of the injury, what parts of the brain were impacted, and the progress of rehabilitation.
Working Memory (WM) is critical to the functions of daily living. It is the ability to hold information in your mind and do something with that information. Here are some great tasks you can share with your patients.
A concussion, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is any kind of bump, blow or jolt to the head that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement causes the brain to bounce around in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
The Number of People Living With Dementia Increases Dramatically Each Year
There are an estimated 35.6 million people affected by dementia globally, a number expected to almost double every 20 years. According to ASHA, people with dementia represent the third-largest caseload for speech language pathologists working in U.S. healthcare.
Here, we will help you recognize symptoms of dementia, understand the goals of therapy, and identify the Constant Therapy tasks that our data shows is used to exercise those with dementia most often.