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Cognitive Exercises for Stroke Patients

In the aftermath of a stroke, many patients face the daunting task of rebuilding the damaged neural connections during the event. Fortunately, cognitive exercises may be a significant tool in aiding stroke recovery and helping patients regain lost abilities. Cognitive exercises, designed to target specific cognitive functions such as attention, memory, and language, may help to stimulate the brain’s ability to form new connections and rewire itself, also known as neuroplasticity.

 

By incorporating cognitive exercises into a stroke rehabilitation program, patients may enhance their overall cognitive function, improve their motor skills, and regain independence in daily activities. Studies have shown that regular engagement in cognitive exercises may boost brain plasticity, improve mental clarity, and enhance stroke survivors’ overall quality of life. With the guidance of healthcare professionals, stroke patients can engage in a variety of cognitive exercises, such as worksheets, memory exercises, and problem-solving tasks, tailored to their specific needs and abilities. These exercises provide the brain with the necessary stimulation to rewire pathways, promoting recovery and facilitating a return to a fulfilling life.

HappyNeuron offers speech therapy exercises for stroke patients

HappyNeuron Pro is a digital cognitive therapy tool that provides cognitive exercises. Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) use our software to provide stroke patients with speech and language writing exercises. Top stroke recovery cognitive exercises focus on teaching new strategies to recognize words, retrieve words, form sentences, comprehend written material, and encourage fluency. Furthermore, the exercises incorporate other cognitive skills that are helpful for stroke patients to practice, such as memory and attention.

 

We currently offer 45+ different cognitive therapy exercises and tasks to target different areas of cognition. As you work with your client, you can identify overlapping cognitive issues that may be impacting their ability to use language and engage with the world around them. Our other exercises can assist with these complications, and you can address them in and outside of the clinical setting using HappyNeuron Pro. Here are 8 unique exercises that target language skills as cognitive activities for stroke patients.

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We suggest these language exercises for stroke patients:

Elephant Memory

You have to memorize a long list of words. Ready?

Words, Where Are You?

A perfect workout for your left and right brain.

Split Words

Quick! Form all the words as possible by combining their separate fragments.

Seize the Keywords

Memorize the key elements of a text in order to later reconstruct it in a logical manner.

Root It Out

Find the total number of words needed using the root letters.

Embroidery

Your client must find the word hidden within the scrambled arrangement of letters.

Secret Files

Sort the words into the appropriate category before they hit the ground.

This Story is Full of Blanks!

Ever been at a loss for words? Reconstitute a text in which some words are missing.
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How do we fit into your care plan for your stroke patients?

Your patient may be in the acute stage of recovery (2 weeks) or in the chronic stage (6+ months). Our tool is 100% adaptable to your patient’s needs and can be used in-clinic or at home and even in specialized care facilities.

To see how we can be integrated into your practice and assist your clinicians in providing care to stroke patients, read our treatment guidelines below and complete our free trial. You’ll be able to access all of our digital content, as well as our free resources for additional material to use during your therapy sessions with your clients. If you are a researcher, please contact us about using our software for your research study.

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See how our program worked for After Stroke British Columbia in this case study:

The Challenge:

Patients didn’t understand why they were doing certain activities and how it would help in their recovery.

The Solution:

Incorporating HappyNeuron into the recovery program makes it easy to bridge cognitive activities to real-life situations.

Interested in trying our digital tools?

Pulling from our decades of experience in Cognitive Therapeutics, we aim to help you enrich your practice through the use of digital and paper tools.