What is it about?

In this study, we looked at what makes different words harder or easier to re-learn in speech therapy after having a stroke. We found that words that were more complex from a meaning standpoint (for example, less frequently occuring words) improved more than less complex words. In parallel, words with less challenging sound structure (for example, words with 1-2 syllables) improved more than words with more challenging sound structure (for example, words with 3-4 syllables).

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Why is it important?

This study is important because it shows that the words that are picked to practice in speech therapy matter. When speech therapists are working with clients to select words to practice in treatment, they should consider meaning-related aspects of the words and sound-related aspects of the words (among other variables).

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This page is a summary of: Stimulus- and Person-Level Variables Influence Word Production and Response to Anomia Treatment for Individuals With Chronic Poststroke Aphasia, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, October 2022, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2022_jslhr-21-00527.
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