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Acquired disorders of language and their treatment 

Acquired disorders of language and their treatment
Chapter:
Acquired disorders of language and their treatment
Author(s):

Alex Leff

and Jenny Crinion

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199673711.003.0021_update_001

Update:

Influence of intensity of therapy on outcome.

Effectiveness of tDCS (direct current brain stimulation) on outcome.

Updated on 26 May 2016. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 21 February 2020

This chapter covers the classification of acquired aphasic syndromes. It illustrates some of the speech errors aphasic stroke patients make with videos of a patient describing a picture and attempting to repeat words. The main part of the chapter assesses the evidencebase for speech and language therapy (SALT) and answers the following questions: Does SALT work? What is the correct dose and intensity? And is it ever too late for SALT intervention? We then discuss two main adjuvants to SALT:one old—drug therapy; one new—non-invasive brain stimulation. Finally, we examine the role for e-rehabilitation and augmentative aids before asking what the future might hold for aphasia therapy, and wondering if it might already be here.

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