Center for Speech & Language Recovery

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Patient during TDCS Apraxia Study

The Center for Speech and Language Recovery is focused upon research related to the recovery of communication disorders due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative diseases and other forms of neurological illness, including aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia of speech, cognitive-communication disorders, and voice disorders. Our goals are twofold: (1) to increase scientific understanding of speech and language function in the brain that leads to these communication impairments, and (2) to create treatments that lead to improvement and recovery.

The ability to comprehend and produce language, to communicate with others, whether through speech, writing or gesture, is central to what it means to be human. It is urgent that we help those with communication disorders return to their roles as active members of the community. We are committed to finding methods for the rehabilitation and recovery of speech and language disorders.

Technologies

Dr. Edwards performing TMS

Transcranial means ‘through your head’, magnetic means there is a magnet in the machine, and stimulation means the magnet gives your brain a short bit of energy.

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation therapy which uses constant, low current stimulation that is delivered to an area of the brain using electrodes on the head.