Could Technology Change Aphasia Treatment in the Future?

Technology is changing the lives of people post-stroke.

Gizmodo recently published an article about a brain computer interface enabling people to regain movement after a stroke. The brain still remembers physical actions even if the body can no longer perform them. A special cap helps create new connections between the brain and the body.


To leverage this still-operating drive to move their bodies, the research team created a device called the Ipsihand that used a head cap to pick up a faint brain signal in the unharmed side of the brain. It then sends commands to a computer, which is hooked up to a wearable exoskeleton. This exoskeleton then can move the thumb, index and middle fingers of the paralyzed stroke patient so they regain a little bit of grasping ability. In trials, after using the Ipsihand, every involved part of a patient’s body began to improve, and it all came down to timing.

People can move their bodies following a stroke because this device builds new pathways in the brain. But it’s one of the many computer-assisted products out there. All aim to help people with movement or communication issues, including aphasia, after a stroke.

Technology and Aphasia

There are studies looking at whether virtual reality can assist in aphasia treatment. There are speech pathologists using virtual reality with their patients to stimulate speech. Apps go hand-in-hand with speech therapy. Who knows what will happen in the future as scientists use new technology?

Are you excited about these new developments in technology?

Image: Tim Sheerman-Chase via Flickr via Creative Commons license



  • Kathleen Mooney
    June 8, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I know somebody with aphasia following a stroke but unfortunately we live in Ireland so we never hear about these new technologies and developments
    Thank u for your very informative newsletter

  • C.C.
    June 8, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Do you host a poster competition annually? I think it would be beneficial to broaden awareness. High function Aphasia is still quite debilitating. Such a competition might prove to be an inspiration and a little bit of long-term goal.

  • Jody
    June 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Is this applicable to PPA?

  • Anonymous
    June 11, 2017 at 8:48 am

    can Aphasia be cured?

  • Flo
    June 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Is this available already to peopl with Aphasia? if not, how long before it is?

  • Stella
    June 20, 2017 at 5:46 am

    We see the questions. Where are the answers?

  • Harvey Astell
    November 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    I had a stroke in August and I am still paralysed on my right arm and have aphasia, if you need people to do trails on this I am up for that
    Harvey Astell

  • Anonymous
    November 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    My husband suffered a severe bleed in August 2014 resulting in a severe riget side weakness and aphasia. Is this a current treatment or are there UK trials taking place?
    His speech continues to show signs of improve

  • Suzanne
    November 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Are these posts monitored as there do not seem to be any responses?
    My husband suffered a severe bleed in 2014 which left him with a severe right side weakness and aphasia at age 51.
    Is this treatment approved in the UK or currently undergoing trial?
    He continues to have speech therapy and improvement but obviously any treatment which may stimulate further/quicker improvement would be of interest both for his aphasia and physically.
    Any additional contact information would be of interest.

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