Often after a stroke or head injury, patients lose fundamental abilities that they need to reconnect with their lives and loved ones (e.g., being aware of what’s happening around them, communicating with and without speech, understanding what words mean when listening to others, figuring out facial expressions and what emotions mean, finding the right words and getting them out, remembering enough math to use money, using gestures to convey meaning when the words won’t come).
Brain injury or disease also affects the muscles (e.g., tongue, lips) and structures (e.g., larynx or voice box) used in breathing, speaking, articulation, eating and swallowing.
Located on the 25th floor of Shirley Ryan AbililtyLab, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation Think + Speak Lab is dedicated to recovery of patients with the most severe conditions affecting the fundamental functions of the human brain — arousal, lucidity, awareness, sensory perception, motivation, information-processing and thinking, perception, communication, memory and learning.
Patients in the Think + Speak Lab are immersed in cutting-edge therapeutic interventions provided by leading professionals and research scientists with expertise in neurophysiology and neurological functioning. This special place is equipped with our AbilityLab-developed software, computers and other unique smart thinking-speaking technology and equipment. We are enhancing revolutionary techniques using brain stimulation to explore and advance plasticity of the brain.