New treatment may improve speech after stroke

24/04/2018

New treatment may improve speech after stroke

A new treatment has been shown to significantly improve the speech and word production of stroke patients with aphasia.

The treatment – developed by a speech therapist and cognitive neuroscientists at The University of Manchester who were part-funded by the MRC – uses special software which gradually encourages patients to produce words increasingly quickly.

The researchers hope that the treatment will eventually improve the ability of stroke patients with aphasia across the NHS to access intensive treatment, and improve their symptoms and speech recovery after stroke. 

The study, published in the journal Brain, tested the new treatment on 20 stroke patients and found it was around twice as effective in terms of words deployed by the patients in their speech. 

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