The power to change our brain: Poster #3

The third principle of specificity! This pertains to the exact nature of training and therapy. We now have evidence to show that what we do in therapy is directly correlated with brain plasticity. The changes in the brain only happen exactly based on what is trained. There are no diffuse effects.

The power to change our brain: Poster#2

Use it and Improve it! The second principle of neuroplasticity that helps us understand the importance of continued skill practice for improvement in functioning.

Neuroplasticity: The power to change our brain!

Neuroplasticity is the unique ability of our brains to keep learning, to keep changing. New neural connections are made.. new learning takes place. This process happens even in damaged brains.

Even after a brain injury or a stroke our brains have the ability to heal. To repair, reconnect and recover! Isn't that amazing?

New research also shows that there are things that we can do to help this process along. Which means, by doing specific things, we can induce plasticity in our otherwise seemingly "static" brains. We now have the power to induce the changes that occur in our brains!

I am excited to share a series of posters that imparts basic information about neuroplasticity and specifically how that connects to aphasia recovery and aphasia treatment. These posters derive their conclusions from recent journal research and peer reviewed studies involving latest brain imaging studies like fmri and pet scans etc.

Here's the first of the series. Stay tuned for the rest!

For customized online therapy that uses these principles and evidence-based practice that you can receive from the comfort of your home feel free to contact me.

June is Aphasia Awareness Month

Text Version of Aphasia Awareness Poster:

June is Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is the loss of ability to communicate, use and understand language. The main cause of aphasia is stroke.

Here are some simple techniques that can help someone with aphasia have a more successful communicative experience:

1.Speak slowly and clearly: Allow enough time for the person to process all the information and respond.
2.Don't jump in/interrupt: Avoid speaking for the person and/or finishing their sentences for them.
3.Reduce distractions: Minimize background noise. Loud music/  television noise can cause interference.
4.Use all modalities: Encourage the person to use any and every method to get their message across: writing, pointing, gesturing etc.

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