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.
Aphasia is complex – although we can generally categorize it into groups, such as global aphasia, anomic aphasia, transcortical motor aphasia, etc., based on general presentation, no one person has the exact same set of strengths and weaknesses as another person with Aphasia. The brain is a complex system of neural networks that team up to produce language and help us to think clearly. We often hear that Aphasia is a loss of language, not cognition. But what if that’s not telling the entire story?
Research results show that after using Constant Therapy for 6 weeks, a resident diagnosed with dementia in the Special Care Unit of a large retirement community showed functional improvement and more independence.
We are always excited to see new research added to the field that further validates the effectiveness of Constant Therapy. Thank you to the many scientists working hard to bring more research to the field of neurorehabilitation that drives our evidence-based practice. This overview summarizes the latest research out of Drexel University, which tested how well two of Constant Therapy’s tasks lined up with expected brain activity.
There are very few studies that longitudinally track the recovery of stroke survivors after their discharge from the hospital. In this case study, we report a longitudinal profile of an individual with post-stroke aphasia, who received continuous rehabilitation through an iPad based therapy delivery platform.
An important study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows that stroke and brain injury survivors using Constant Therapy at home improved significantly more compared to patients who only received therapy in the clinic. These patients were able to complete many more hours of therapy (six times more actually) compared to patients who got therapy in the clinic alone. Why is this important? The more therapy patients get, the more recovery gains they make.
Welcome back to our Evidence Series, a set of blog posts that will come out every other week that explain the research behind our tasks! Today we’ll talk about Symbol Matching, and the evidence supporting its use in increasing attention!