Targeted neurorehabilitation strategies in post-stroke aphasia

Priyanka Shah-Basak, Olga Boukrina, Xin Ran Li, Fatima Jebahi, Aneta Kielar

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Background: Aphasia is a debilitating language impairment, affecting millions of people worldwide. About 40% of stroke survivors develop chronic aphasia, resulting in life-long disability. Objective: This review examines extrinsic and intrinsic neuromodulation techniques, aimed at enhancing the effects of speech and language therapies in stroke survivors with aphasia. Methods: We discuss the available evidence supporting the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, and functional MRI (fMRI) real-time neurofeedback in aphasia rehabilitation. Results: This review systematically evaluates studies focusing on efficacy and implementation of specialized methods for post-treatment outcome optimization and transfer to functional skills. It considers stimulation target determination and various targeting approaches. The translation of neuromodulation interventions to clinical practice is explored, emphasizing generalization and functional communication. The review also covers real-time fMRI neurofeedback, discussing current evidence for efficacy and essential implementation parameters. Finally, we address future directions for neuromodulation research in aphasia. Conclusions: This comprehensive review aims to serve as a resource for a broad audience of researchers and clinicians interested in incorporating neuromodulation for advancing aphasia care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-191
Number of pages63
JournalRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 8 2023


  • Stroke
  • aphasia
  • fMRI
  • generalization
  • neuromodulation
  • rTMS
  • real-time neurofeedback
  • tDCS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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