App helps local teacher learn how to speak again after stroke

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INTERACTIVE APP SHE RECLAIMED HER VOICE.>>MY NAME IS MARY BARELLI. A SELL PELL — SIMPLE INTRODUCTION THAT REQUIRES A LOT OF HARD WORK.>>AND ON JANUARY 28t, 2010 I HAD THE STROKE. MY ARTERIES AND VEINS BURST IN MY HEAD AND I HAD THE BRAIN BLEED.>>THE DAMAGE TO THE LEFT SIDE OF MARY’S BRAIN WAS DEVASTATING. SHE COULDN’T MOVE HER RIGHT ARM AND LEG AND COULDN’T SPEAK.>>THAT WAS THE TIME THAT I REALIZED THAT, WOW, I REALLY HAVE SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME.>>MARY WAS DIAGNOSED WITH APHASIA, A COMMUNICATION DISORDER MOST OFTEN CAUSED BY STROKE. PATIENTS LOSE THEIR ABILITY TO TALK, LISTEN, READ AND WRITE.>>THE BRAIN TRIES TO REACH INTO THE STORE OF WORDS AND SENTENCES AND COMES UP EMPTY.>>HE IS A PROFESSOR AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY AND DIRECTS THE SCHOOL’S LABORATORY.>>THE MORE YOU CAN PROMOTE AND EXERCISE THE BRAIN THE MORE YOU WILL SEE GAIN.>>REHABILITATION USUALLY INVOLVES WORKING DIRECTLY WITH A CLINICIAN ON SPECIALIZ TASKS.>>BUT THEY DEVELOPED AN APP CALLED CON CONSTANT THERAPY THAT ALLOWS THE PATIENTS TO INCLUDE THIS INTENSIVE WORK AT HOME.>>PLEASE LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING VOICEMAIL AND ANSWER THE ASSOCIATED QUESTIONS.>>AND IT ALLOWS THE CLINICIANS TO TRACK THEIR PATIENT’S PROGRESS AS THEY IDENTIFY SOUNDS AND REPEAT WORDS AND EVEN LISTEN TO A SEQUENCE OF INSTRUCTIONS.>>CONGRATULATIONS. YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR TASK.>>I DIDN’T KNOW HOW MUCH OF A GOD SENT IT WAS GOING TO BE. I COULD TALK INTO IT AND PLAY IT BACK AND HEAR MY VOICE.>>USING THE THERAPY ALMOST DAILY MARY REGAINED HER SPEECH AND CONFIDENCE IN THE CLASSROOM.>>I THINK I AM DOING VERY WELL.>>Ben: I THINK SO. DATA FROM THE APP IS CHANGING THE WAY RESEARCHERS THINK ABOUT BRAIN RECOVERY. SHE SAID IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START SPEECH THERAPY. EVEN PEOPLE WHO SUFFERED A

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