Stroke to the right hemisphere of the brain – right hemisphere syndrome

Right hemisphere syndrome is caused by injury to the right hemisphere of the brain. The brain is divided into the right and left hemispheres, which are each responsible for different functions. The left hemisphere is primarily responsible for language; the right hemisphere is primarily responsible for non-verbal communication, processing of visual, spatial, and cognitive-communicative information.



Characteristics of Right Hemisphere Syndrome:

- Left visual neglect - an individual may neglect words on the left side of the page or not realize that there are objects on the left side
- Difficulty with facial recognition
- Poor awareness of deficits
- Poor self-monitoring
- Impulsive behavior
- Poor initiation and motivation
- Disorientation
- Impaired attention/memory
- Difficulty with organization and reasoning/problem - solving
- Difficulty with social aspects of language (e.g., poor turn taking skills, providing too much information)
- Difficulty understanding humor
- Difficulty with word retrieval
- Monotone and flat affect

Causes of right hemisphere syndrome:

- Strokes
- Hemorrhage
- Brain tumor
- Brain trauma

Useful resources:

- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Stroke Association
- American Stroke Association 

Beata Klarowska, M.S. CCC-SLP

Beata Klarowska is an American Speech Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech and language pathologist, licensed by the state of California.Beata cofounded Virtual Speech Center Inc. in 2011 and, to date, has developed more than 30 apps for speech, language, and cognition.

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