Saturday, June 23, 2012

Demanding Repetition

I do a lot of talks on stroke recovery. From Alaska to Florida, from New Hampshire to San Diego I'm all over the place all the time. I do these talks  for therapists; OT, PT, speech. Survivors and their caregivers show up as well. Also, medical device people, nurses, physiatrists, etc. So I get to talk to a lot of people about stroke. I always do the best I can to make things as simple as possible. Here is a really simple but profound way to look at stroke recovery...

Repetitive.
Demanding.


That's it. Repetitive practice of the movement or sound or walking or skill or whatever. Of course repetitive practice has the habit of doing two things: 1) causing people to repeat things that they can do pretty well, over and over. 2) Plateau. People plateau (don't get any better) because they keep doing what they can do pretty well over and over.

That's where demanding comes in. Repeatedly practice the skill in a way that "nips at the edges" of your current ability.

Repetitive without demanding and progress will slow to a crawl.
Demanding without enough repetition will halt progress."the stroke blog" "The stroke recovery blog"

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