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The use of structured observation as a stroke rehabilitation aid: an opinion from neuroscience

Holmes, Paul S. and Ewan, Louise (2007) The use of structured observation as a stroke rehabilitation aid: an opinion from neuroscience. The British journal of occupational therapy, 70 (10). pp. 454-456. ISSN 0308-0226

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Abstract

This opinion piece proposes that individuals who have experienced stroke may benefit from observing meaningful movements. Structured observation interventions, through video, activate the brain in functional motor areas that are similar to those seen for the physical execution of the observed skills. Furthermore, the occupational therapist may be ideally placed to deliver this novel therapy. The simulation of self-movements and others' movements that are meaningful for the individual may provide a valid approach for therapists to retain central motor function, promote motor plasticity and benefit more physically-based interventions.

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