Aphasia in adults with acute, chronic, and progressive conditions
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Title: Aphasia in Adults with Acute, Chronic, and Progressive Conditions

Presenter: Heather M. Clark, Ph.D. CCC-SLP BC-ANCDS

 

Aphasia, impacting the ability to comprehend, formulate, and express language, can develop suddenly or slowly over time. It may result from conditions that can be expected to improve, remain constant, or progress in severity. As our understanding of aphasia as a cognitive-linguistic disturbance has expanded, so has our appreciation for how its chronicity influences how we assess and treat the underlying impairment and counsel patients and their families.  This course will consider the state of the science surrounding aphasia in the context of stroke and neurodegenerative disease and will review assessment and treatment strategies with consideration for chronicity, severity, and concurrent impairments. Case examples will be employed throughout the discussion to allow participants to apply the concepts presented. Participant questions and engagement will be highly encouraged.

 

Time-Ordered Outline:

 

Session 1: Foundational concepts

  • Aphasia definitions and classifications
  • Neurologic considerations

 

Session 2: Assessment

 

Session 3: Treatment Part 1

 

Session 4:  Treatment Part 2

 

Instructional Methodologies:

  • Lecture
  • Video examples
  • Guided discussion
  • Case reviews

 

Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe common characteristics of aphasia
  2. Compare and contrast the aphasic syndromes and classification systems developed to describe aphasia associated with stroke and neurodegenerative disease
  3. Discuss how aphasia assessment and treatment procedures are influenced by chronicity, severity, and concurrent impairments

 

Speaker Biography:

 

Dr. Heather Clark is chair of the Division of Speech Pathology and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. Her work in has been strongly influenced by her mentors, Dr. Edy Strand and Dr. Joseph Duffy.  In her role as Consultant at Mayo Clinic, she has the opportunity to assess children and adults from across the U.S. and the world, seeking to better understand the relative contribution of language, learning, and motor speech impairments to a patient’s communication impairments. She has published and presented dozens of articles, book chapters, conference abstracts, university and advanced courses on aphasia. She is co-investigator on multiple NIH-funded grants studying speech, language, and swallowing disorders in neurodegenerative conditions. She is an award-winning researcher and teacher, fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and grandmother to Valya, a very sweet bilingual toddler.

 

Disclosures

  • Financial:
    • Mayo Clinic: Employer
    • Pro-Ed: Royalties
    • NINDS, NIDCD: Research Support
    • Honorarium
  • Nonfinancial:
    • ASHA SIG 2
    • ANCDS
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