After a stroke, you may experience changes in your thinking or language abilities. You may also experience changes in your mood or personality – such as a decline in motivation or frequent irritable and angry moods. The NeuroCognitive Institute has many treatments available for cognitive, language and neuropsychiatric stroke rehabilitation.
It is estimated that about a third of stroke patients will experience communication difficulties, also called aphasia.
What is aphasia?
Aphasia is caused by damage to one or more of the language areas of the brain. It is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language.
Cognitive and Mood changes from Stroke
Aphasia is often caused by a left cerebral hemisphere or left subcortical stroke. Stroke in these regions of the brain that can adversely affect language and cognition also can cause depression or apathy.
An Interdisciplinary Clinical Team Approach
Speech and Language Therapy After Stroke
Speech and language therapy can help if you have communication or swallowing problems after a stroke. NCI has speech therapists who can help restore speech and language skills as well as treat swallowing disorders.
We often combine cognitive and language rehabilitation with neuromodulation. Neuromodulation is evolving as a treatment option for treating the cognitive, behavioral and psychiatric symptoms and deficits resulting from stroke.
Techniques include invasive procedures such as deep brain stimulation and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), as well as, non-invasive techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation tDCS, neurofeedback and rTMS. At NCI we only use non-invasive neuromodulation intervention combined with other rehabilitation interventions to enhance treatment response.
If you or know anyone who needs help on stroke rehabilitation, contact The NeuroCognitive Institute for assessment and treatment. Call (973) 601 0100 or sign up as a new patient and we will get back to you as soon as we can.