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An article By Randy Stark published in the Stroke Network May Newsletter

Have you ever wondered why some golfers stare at the ball for so long before they actually swing? Or why some basketball players seem to zone out just before shooting a free throw? And some track and field athletes seem to be in a trance right before they line up to race? Chances are, these athletes are tapping into the amazing potential of the human mind.

No, there’s nothing supernatural or weird going on at that free throw line. I’m not suggesting that he’s trying to mentally levitate the ball toward the hoop. (Although that probably couldn’t hurt Shaquille O’Neal’s free-throw percentage!) I’m talking about the use of mental practice….also known as visualization, or imagery.

For many years, great athletes have used mental training as well as physical training to achieve their maximum performance. When performing mental practice, a person visualizes the entire task or skill they are trying to improve, imagining every specific movement of that activity. From start to finish, the athlete will mentally rehearse the movement or skill, and can actually improve his/her physical performance of that movement or skill through mental practice.

In his book “Mental Training for Peak Performance,” Steven Ungerleider, PhD, reports of a study conducted on Olympic track and field athletes regarding mental practice. Out of 633 athletes surveyed, 83 percent reported using mental practice as part of their training. Some mentally practice their performance right before the sport or event, but others set aside time for mental practice as part of their daily training regimen.

Obviously I didn’t write this article to encourage you in your golf game, or prepare you for the next summer Olympics. Mental practice is a not just a widely used training technique for athletes, but also a valuable treatment option in stroke recovery.

Consider the research below on the effectiveness of mental practice in stroke rehab.

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There are many websites that offer games that stimulate your brain and lead to brain health.
Here are just a few:

Lumosity - Improve brain health and performance.
• Brain training produces real world benefits
• Enhance memory, attention and creativity
• Easy, web-based brain training program

Brain Games – by aarp
Have fun working your memory, problem-solving and language skills with these new online games. Adjust the game to your skill level and see how you rate next to top players. Have a favorite? We’d love to hear what you think. Cast your vote using the poll at the lower left. aarp brain games

Games For The Brain: : Games For The Brain

Check more websites for brain health by going to Google

Games for Purchase:

Writing classes:
Scrabble: Scrabble

Scrabble Slam (cards): Scrabble Slam

Scattergories: Scattergories

Boggle: Boggle

Speech classes:
Catch Phrase!: Catch Phrase

Guestures: Guestures

Likewise: Likewise

Name 5: Name 5

About the ProgramNew stroke survivors and caregivers have emotions, concerns and questions that are best addressed by those who have personal experience. That’s why the American Stroke Association developed the ShareGivers™ Peer Visitor Program. It connects stroke survivors who are at least 18 months post-stroke with recent stroke patients to provide support, information and encouragement.

This important information is delivered by trained peer visitors — stroke survivors who can share their own personal perspective. After completing the ShareGivers™ training course, peer visitors are uniquely equipped with the skills to share their experience, encourage progress and lend support to stroke survivors and their families throughout the recovery process.

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Road ID

The idea for Road ID was born out of a father’s concern for a marathon runner but could be very useful and important if someone with aphasia is somewhere without the benefit of a caregiver or friend, possibly hurt and unable to communicate. Read More . And Read More from an article in the StrokeNetwork newsletter.

Leveron Doorknobs

Developed by Bill Lind after his stroke, Leveron converts all standard doorknobs to levers for people with hand, wrist or visual problems. It comes in one size that fits all inside and outside doorknobs and can be installed quickly without removing the existing doorknob. It costs approximately $14.95 and comes in many colors, including one that glows in the dark. Leveron meets ADA quidelines. To purchase call the manugacturer directly at (781) 237-8177 or go to


The materials in this kit provide a multisensory framework to allow clients to re-learn skills and concepts through their most effective learning modality.

Target rehabilitation areas of this kit include:
• Orientation
• Attention and Scanning
• Memory
• Receptive and Expressive Language
• Reasoning and Problem Solving

Contents of this kit include:
• A tote box
• A master workbook
• A supplemental reproducable workbook
• Eighty-five up-to-date photo cards
• Twenty picture cards
• A dry erase pen

Product Reviews

“The progression of word-finding activities was well-structured allowing the patient to feel successful by providing the ’scaffolding’ as needed. The stimulus items themselves were interesting to both the patient and the therapist and stimulated increased language production.” -ML, California

“I use the [SR-Cognition] kit with Aphasic and Cognitive patients. It’s realistic and hands-on; not just a workbook or papers.” -TB, Texas

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C-Speak Aphasia

C-Speak Aphasia is a complete set of interactive boards in which pictures are selected on the screen and combined to make a novel message that can be spoken or written. Little or no reading comprehension or spelling ability is required. C-Speak Aphasia includes a training manual, 85 boards, a screening test with 15 boards, 28 stimulus cards, and a score sheet. Read More .

Lumosity for Brain Fitness

How Brain Training Works: Brain games a re fun to play, but there’s some serious research and science that go into producing those games!
Here are the 3 things you should know:

1. Why It Works: The science behind brain training involves “neuroplasticity,” which is a term used to describe the physical changes that continually take place in your brain as you experience life and adapt to the world around you.

2. How It Works: Bra in training builds on the concept of neuroplasticity by challenging your br ain and promoting constructive changes that lead to a healthier brain.

3. What to Expect: The right kind of brain training can improve your memory, attention, and processing speed, which is exactly what the Lumosity brain training program is designed to do.

Be guided through a complete brain fitness program over the course of 40 sessions. Each session consists of five games.

During the first few sessions you will learn about the various games and the program will adapt in difficulty to best challenge you.

Start training now by clicking on


Proloquo2Go™ is a new product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch. Read more .

“In Case of Emergency”

We all carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in its memory but if we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call.

There are hundreds of numbers stored, but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?

Hence, we have the ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.

The concept of ‘ICE’ is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name ‘ICE’ (In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they did not know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as ‘ICE.’