Efficacy of constraint-induced language therapy for treating acquired apraxia of speech
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This report investigates the efficacy of using constraint-induced language therapy (CILT) for treating acquired apraxia of speech (AOS). CILT is a treatment method used with individuals with aphasia in which communication is restricted to verbal output in order to isolate the damaged language areas of the brain and reactivate impaired neural connections (Pulvermuller et al., 2001). CILT employs repetitive, massed practiced stimuli and structured shaping of expressive output within the confines of verbal expression (Pulvermuller et al., 2001). Kirmess and Maher (2010) indirectly discovered that two patients with aphasia and apraxia of speech made gains in both language output and articulatory accuracy after receiving intensive CILT, suggesting possible efficacy for the use of CILT with patients with AOS.