Stimuli and Recovery From Stroke It is apparent from a recent article in the July 6 issue of The ASHA Leader regarding research and neuroimaging advances and aphasia that the timing, quality, and amount of stimuli to the brain may actually influence recovery from stroke, including communication. I can’t help but reflect, therefore, on how ... Inbox
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Stimuli and Recovery From Stroke
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  • Mary Spremulli, Punta Gorda, Fla.
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Stimuli and Recovery From Stroke
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.15102010.2
The ASHA Leader, August 2010, Vol. 15, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.15102010.2
It is apparent from a recent article in the July 6 issue of The ASHA Leader regarding research and neuroimaging advances and aphasia that the timing, quality, and amount of stimuli to the brain may actually influence recovery from stroke, including communication. I can’t help but reflect, therefore, on how many times I have walked into the living space of a patient recovering from a stroke or other serious illness in the intensive care unit or home, where the television set is broadcasting a continuous loop of news ad nauseum from morning to night. Messages, which are typically fear-based and focused on the worst of human nature, are often delivered in angry tones.
This leads me to conclude that perhaps there is yet another role for speech-language pathologists: to turn off the television set and recommend more appropriate and meaningful stimuli to patients, their families, and other health care providers. A stimulus, whether through words or music, may actually have a beneficial impact on their recovery of communication skills. Further research within our own field and our own clinical intuition will, I hope, guide those recommendations.
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