Neuroplasticity (includes neuroscience)
Aphasia, a language impairment, impacts not only communication, but overall quality of life. Speech- language treatments provide evidence-based behavioral interventions that target the impairment, the communication environment, activity/participation, and psychosocial domains. However, there is presently no cure for aphasia. There is a critical need for research to better understand brain-behavior relations during recovery, treatment factors affecting rehabilitation, and new technologies that might enhance outcomes. We offer examples of current research representative of the state of the science in aphasia rehabilitation research. We illustrate successes and challenges, discuss clinical implications, and offer directions for future research.