Vol. 6 nº 4 - Oct/Nov/Dec de 2012
Original Article Páginas: 223 a 235

Rehabilitation of language in expressive aphasias: a literature review

Authors Denise Ren da Fontoura1; Jaqueline de Carvalho Rodrigues2; Luciana Behs de Sá Carneiro3; Ana Maria Monção4; Jerusa Fumagalli de Salles5


keywords: rehabilitation, language disorders, review, aphasia.

OBJECTIVE: This paper reviews the methodological characteristics of studies on rehabilitation of expressive aphasia, describing the techniques of rehabilitation used.
METHODS: The databases Medline, Science Direct and PubMed were searched for relevant articles (January 1999 to December 2011) using the keywords Expressive / Broca / Nonfluent Aphasia, combined with Language or Speech Rehabilitation / Therapy / Intervention.
RESULTS: A total of 56 articles were retrieved describing rehabilitation techniques, including 22 with a focus on lexical processing, 18 on syntax stimulation, seven with the aim of developing speech and nine with multiple foci.
CONCLUSION: A variety of techniques and theoretical approaches are available, highlighting the heterogeneity of research in this area. This diversity can be justified by the uniqueness of patients' language deficits, making it difficult to generalize. In addition, there is a need to combine the formal measures of tests with measures of pragmatic and social skills of communication to determine the effect of rehabilitation on the patient's daily life.


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