The professional creativity used to help a patient recovering from a stroke, described by Professor Susan R. Barry in her Eyes on the Brain blog post, is a breath of fresh air. When a therapist’s patient, recovering from a stroke, was unable to speak, the therapist was successful in getting the patient to sing instead using a method Barry calls “Melodic Intonation Therapy”. Barry includes a link to a You Tube video of the patient.
Brain Mysteries’ blog post reminds us that neuroplasticity is assisted by treatment even well after a stroke has occurred. Continuing treatment well over six months after a stroke can continue to heal the brain. Unfortunately, the post notes a University of Missouri article that finds the “current health system is still not giving patients enough time to recover and underestimating what the human brain can do given the right conditions.”