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How Speech Therapy Can Help People With Aphasia Regain Communication Skills – Everyday Health

Thursday, 25 July, 2019

How Speech Therapy Can Help People With Aphasia Regain Communication Skills – Everyday Health

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As a speech language pathologist with the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Michelle Fritz evaluates stroke patients soon after they’re admitted to the hospital for urgent care.

“We know that there’s some recovery in the brain immediately after an injury, and if you can add therapy on in that time immediately after, that’s when you will see the majority of the gains,” Fritz says.

In this acute care setting, speech pathologists can evaluate a stroke patient’s ability to put together words and express themselves. They may gauge how well an individual can answer questions, identify objects, have a conversation, and carry out commands.

About one-third of all strokes result in aphasia, yet the National Aphasia Association (NAA) estimates that about 8 out of 10 people have never heard of this disability.

Read more at: https://www.everydayhealth.com/stroke/how-speech-therapy-can-help-people-with-aphasia-regain-communication-skills/

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