Here is a highlight of a recent question for our Professional for the Month and the Pro’s reply:
Question from “aphasiawife” Regarding “Window of Recovery:
Is there a window of recovery from anomic aphasia after a stroke? Can any more progress be made through therapy though the stroke happened 10 years ago? Thanks.
Our Professional of the Month answers:
Absolutely!!!! There has been so much research in the last 5-10 years focusing on what we now know about about brain and it’s plasticity! It’s exciting information for individuals who were told that they would make all of the progress that they ever would make in the first 6 months or year after their stroke/insult. It’s just not true. The brain can continue to change and new pathways can be forged… it does take work, but if you do it right, the work will be stimulating, salient and fun!
First of all, check out the work that is out there written by people that have gone through this…there are several wonderful books from My Stroke of Insight (Jill Bolte Taylor), The Miracle Mind (Sonya’s Story), Healing Into Possibility (Allison Shapiro), etc. There are so many wonderful testimonials for individuals to realize they are not alone and that there is much to be done.
Secondly, understand the main tenants of recovery and new pathways are: 1) Opportunities: an individual needs lots of opportunities to communicate; fun, social, educational, vocational… the more opportunities, the more practice! 2) Challenge: the brain changes, and does what we teach it to do… the more we do for the person with aphasia, the ”easier” it may seem, but it actually denies the individual that communicative pressure they need. Instead of filling in, teach those around you to ”cue” the person… give them direction vs. the answer. 3) Support: This can be found with groups that have others that have aphasia,… a local university may have a program, or graduate interns that are looking for clinical experience, … look for aphasia groups and aphasia centers in your area for purposeful, engaging and satisfying experiences.
Let me know if I can help you further.