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.
Leaving food on half their plate... Drawing only half an object… Starting writing from the middle of the page… Insisting they waved their left hand when they actually didn't... If you’ve observed any of these behaviors, you’ve seen some of the amazing, yet problematic neurological symptoms of right hemisphere brain damage caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury.
There is nothing more fulfilling than providing patient care and helping individuals on their road to recovery. Unfortunately, writing evaluations, progress notes, and discharge summaries are often a painful part to this rewarding career.
Now you can access more data and analytics on your patient performance in one place, making documentation more efficient. Let us introduce you to your Clinician Dashboard.
Neighborhood barbecues, block parties, weddings and other family events – these are social settings in which we’re all likely to find ourselves in. For survivors of brain injury or stroke, these events can be difficult, uncomfortable and downright exhausting. Here’s why.
Rehabilitation program options can be confusing. There are many different kinds of professionals who provide rehab, and many types of facilities which offer it. When helping the caregivers of your patients determine their best options, it should be with the goal of helping everybody involved get the most out of rehabilitation. And that is defined differently for each patient.
Counting money, making change, and asking about prices are everyday skills most people take for granted. Yet, these skills are often challenging for people with cognitive, speech, and language impairments. These common situations require fluency around currency. Constant Therapy has two currency tasks you can bank on.