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Constraint-induced therapy of aphasia following stroke.
Genkinger, B., PULVERMULLER, F., Elbert, T.R., Mohr, B., Rockstroh, B., Koebbel, P. & Taub, E.
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 13, Suppl, 127-128
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This study demonstrates that improvement of language performance in chronic aphasia following stroke can be achieved by Constraint-Induced Aphasia therapy in only a few days. There was an improvement in language performance on a standard aphasia test and an increase of the patients’ verbal communication in everyday life. The different factors that may have contributed to the success include the massing of practice the behavioral and communicative relevance of the therapeutic setting the constraints included by material difficulty, rules/shaping and reinforcement contingencies.