Speech-language pathologists are justifiably focused on providing therapy for those with aphasia and apraxia of speech during acute and subacute stages. The majority of improvement seen in these conditions with therapy occurs during these stages of recovery. However, having worked in the University setting for years with those with chronic aphasia and apraxia of speech, I keep seeing clients with these disorders showing improvement sometimes years post stroke. Recent chronic cases presenting similar profiles have brought into question, in particular, the role of reducing depression in the ability of this population to show functional improvements in communication in the chronic stage.
In this live chat I will discuss the possibility of functional improvement in aphasia and apraxia of speech well after the acute/subacute stages, factors that may come into play, the importance of considering recovery in the chronic stage possible, and how the medical/insurance system is biased against providing therapy for those with chronic aphasia/apraxia of speech.
- M. Hunter Manasco, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Mississippi University for Women
This free event is open to all ASHA members. It is not offered for CEUs.
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