Intensive therapy is not necessarily best when it comes to treating the loss of language and communication in early recovery after a stroke, suggests new research from the Edith Cowan University.
Aphasia is a neurological disorder affecting spoken language, comprehension, reading, and writing. It affects one-third of around 17 million people worldwide who experience a stroke each year and is treated with speech therapy. Early care is vital, but not intensity. The research, published in the International Journal of Stroke, found that unlike physical and motor skill rehabilitation, recovering lost language caused by a condition known as aphasia after stroke is a marathon, not a sprint. It also showed that early intervention is crucial.