Constraint induced aphasia therapy : a review of protocol and findings
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Constraint-induced aphasia therapy (CIAT) is an intensive speech and language treatment approach rooted in motor therapy. It is most often utilized to treat post-stroke language loss. The underlying framework for this treatment is based on the concepts of shaping, intensive practice, and prevention of compensatory strategies. Current evidence reveals that modest evidence exists supporting treatment efficacy of CIAT in chronic aphasia and more recently, its use in the acute phase has been investigated as well. Research supports the role of intensity in the treatment of chronic aphasia and the importance of constraint should also be explored. This report reviews the current evidence concerning CIAT and its findings as well as the efficacy of different treatment protocols.