Aphasia affects over 1 million Americans. Aphasia can be characterized as a loss of being able to produce and understand language. Patients who have suffered a stroke or brain damage to the left hemisphere often exhibit language deficits, which are disruptive to everyday life.
Situations such as going to a restaurant or going to social events can become unpleasant as patients may become frustrated when they are not able to articulate what they would like to say or have trouble comprehending conversation.
Cognitive remediation therapy is an effective tool to assist patients with their language. Patients can benefit from one-on-one sessions with a therapist, attending a stroke or aphasia support group, and by doing exercises at home that engage the language areas of the brain.
HappyNeuron Pro can be used as a tool to work on speech production and language comprehension inside and outside of clinic hours. You can assign your patient various exercises that target the language system. With each exercise, you can customize the level of difficulty among other settings to ensure that your client is adequately challenged. As your patient uses HappyNeuron Pro, you can view their progress and identify which components of language they are improving and which ones need more work.
Language is a multi-component cognitive function relying on elements of executive function, memory, auditory processing, and visual attention. HappyNeuron Pro offers exercises that target these key components of cognition that can help your client practice these skills. Below are some exercises our team suggests for working with aphasia populations: