Memory, Attention, and Aphasia: What to think about, how to measure it, and why it matters
JoAnn Silkes completed her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University and her M.S. in Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After a 10-year clinical career in medical speech-language pathology, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She is now an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University, where she is the Dr. Sadanand Singh Endowed Professor in Speech and Language Sciences and the Director of the Cognition and Language in Aphasia Laboratory. She is currently the Chair of the Evidence-Based Clinical Research Committee of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research focuses on understanding how implicit language processing breaks down in aphasia and developing aphasia treatment methods based on that understanding.
Course Description: Aphasia is typically defined as a language-specific disorder, but that doesn’t always seem consistent with the clinical cases seen by speech-language pathologists. Apparent memory and attention impairments may be noted by clients, families, and clinicians, and impairments in memory and attention can be fundamental to the presenting language impairment, as well. This session will present definitions and models of memory and attention, ideas for assessing these skills across the range of aphasia severity, and discussion of the possible impact of their impairment.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe models of memory, attention, and aphasia and how they are thought to interact.
- Discuss methods of assessing linguistic and non-linguistic memory and attention across the range of aphasia severity.
- Discuss ways in which memory and attention impairments may impact a client's language recovery and implications for aphasia treatment.
6:30 - 8:30pm
2 CEs Offered
Medical Speech-Language Pathology Council of California
21660 East Copley Dr., Suite #300
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
MSCC - PDP #74
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