Stroke can lead to speech and language problems, memory loss, vision loss as well as paralysis. The type and severity of side effects is unique to each person. At least ¼ of all stroke survivors experience a language impairment. This might involve the ability to speak, write and/or understand spoken and written language.
One of the key ways in which the side effects of a stroke can be treated is carefully directed, well-focused and repetitive activities. These activities need to be tailored to the side effects of a stroke. The reason these activities are important is that repetitive practice helps to move abilities located within the affected part of the brain to other regions. In short, it’s driving the rewiring of brain circuits, also known as neuroplasticity.