Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology

Research Sponsor

Dr. Scott Palasik

First Reader

Mrs. Janis Lorman

Second Reader

Mrs. Nancy Harris

Abstract

This project takes an in depth look at the various methods of treatment for stroke patients, the results that are gained, and the possible benefits and detriments of each type of treatment when administered properly. It examines the definition of a Cerebrovascular accident (CVA), and the various symptoms that occur when the left versus the right hemisphere is affected. The different causes of strokes are taken into account, along with the wide range of ways the victims may be affected by it, physically and mentally. It is important to be familiar with the different methods of treatment for a patient who has suffered from a stroke, and to be able to differentiate between a left and right hemisphere limitation. Studying the causation of the impairment, and the possible psychological effects of it and certain types of therapy will help the therapist to determine which would be the best therapy approach for a particular patient, as each patient has a different comfort, motivation, and ability level. This project seeks to show the best ways to support both the patients and their loved ones as the patient overcomes their communicative restrictions.

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