Overview

Program Background

 

InteRACT works!

Our clients demonstrate measurable gains in a variety of areas. They complete the program with improved communication ability relative to their specific communication challenges. Most importantly, they leave us with renewed confidence.

Why does it work?

Because it's designed to capitalize on the principles of neuroplasticity. Because it's tailored to meet the specific needs of each participant. Because it draws on the experience and research of a team of highly qualified health-care professionals who know that intensive treatment is the best way to accomplish specific, measurable results.

Neuroplasticity

Researchers know that the brain is a changeable organ, containing cells that can change in their structure and function. Neuroplasticity refers to the idea that our neural circuitry changes over time in response to internal and external factors. Some changes in the brain, such as those seen during a stroke, traumatic brain injury or as a result of a tumor, can result in aphasia. After such an incident occurs, the brain continues to change, and we can impact that change by manipulating the environment and providing therapy and training to assist in recovery. It is generally thought that the neural mechanisms of linguistic recovery include functional reactivation of classical language areas in the left hemisphere as well as functional reorganization of non-classical language areas in the left and right hemispheres (Hamilton et al., 2011; Marcotte et al., 2012). The goal of rehabilitative speech and language therapy is to harness the principles of neuroplasticity by using specific treatments to improve recovery (Kleim & Jones, 2008).