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Robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia may promote speech and language recovery
- 1New York University, United States
- 2Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, United States
- 3Harvard Medical School, United States
- 4Department of Mechanical Engineering,Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
- 5Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, United States
Methods: We prospectively enrolled 17 individuals in a robotic arm rehabilitation study and evaluated their speech and language performance before and after a 12-week (36 session) arm treatment regimen. Performance changes were evaluated with paired t-tests comparing pre- and post-test measures. There was no speech therapy included in the treatment protocol.
Results: Overall, the individuals significantly improved on measures of motor speech production as well as overall aphasia severity from pre-test baseline to post-test.
Conclusions: This work indicates the importance of considering approaches to stroke rehabilitation across different domains of impairment, and warrants additional exploration of the possibility that robotic arm motor treatment may enhance rehabilitation for speech and language outcomes.
Nicola Smania, Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy
Kyrana Tsapkini, Johns Hopkins University, United States
Andrea Turolla, IRCCS Fondazione Ospedale San Camillo, Italy
* Correspondence: Prof. Adam Buchwald, New York University, New York City, United States, firstname.lastname@example.org