Many stroke victims unfortunately lose the ability to communicate because of their stroke. For those veterans unable to talk and/or write, there is new hope with an intensive therapy program that helps veterans with disabilities related to suffering strokes, according to an article in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
The therapy specifically helps those veterans suffering from Aphasia, which is a disorder that robs people of their ability to communicate as a result of either gunshot wounds to the head or stroke. Every year the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and hospitals admit approximately 12,000 stroke patients. Of those, 20-35% suffers from aphasia, and the VA cannot meet the current demand for treatment.
The Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education (PIRATE) is still considered an experimental treatment, but so far it has proven to be very effective. A total of 44 veterans and active duty soldiers have completed the alternative therapy program to date.
The PIRATE therapy program is very non-traditional in the way that it is based on a one-on-one session. The sessions last 5 hours and occur 6 days a week for 23 days. It would take patients 1 year in more traditional therapy programs to receive the amount of therapy provided to patients who are enrolled in the PIRATE program for about 3 weeks.
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