Workbook of Activities for Language and Cognition
Keep client interest high with fresh content and functional activities. These 300 pages of exercises cover a broad scope of skills including orientation, auditory comprehension, verbal expression, and reading comprehension.
- Improve orientation to time and space
- Improve verbal and nonverbal communication
- Develop auditory comprehension
- Advance speech intelligibility
Convenient, ready-to-use activities feature illustrations and formats designed especially for persons with neurological injury. Many of the tasks can be used to address co-existing deficits in concentration, memory, reasoning, and problem solving.
The activities target these skills:
Temporal and Spatial Orientation
Recognize, understand and use time concepts in everyday activities like using a calendar and work schedule. Understand concepts of location and direction and use maps.
Communicate by using gestures and pantomime.
Oral Motor /Speech Production
Practice phoneme-specific exercises ranging from the single word level to sentence level.
Target a wide range of skills from the single word level through the structured and unstructured conversation levels. Activities include automatic phrase completion, naming from descriptions, asking questions, giving explanations, and conversing about world events.
Exercises progress from single word comprehension and discrimination to comprehending and recalling multiple paragraph information. Clients answer yes/no questions, follow directions, listening for details, detect and understand humor, and answer questions about stories.
Exercises progress from recognition of individual letters all the way through the paragraph and functional reading level. Reading tasks are done with and without picture supports.
Clients practice writing information about themselves and writing checks.
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- There is evidence that individuals with aphasia who receive speech and language treatment have significantly better outcomes than those individuals with aphasia who do not receive treatment (Hickin, Best, Herbert, Howard, & Osborn, 2003).
- Aphasia rehabilitation should focus on underlying cognitive and language skills that will transfer to everyday life skills. Aphasia therapy should assist individuals with aphasia in becoming effective communicators in a variety of settings, including home, community, and work (Brookshire, 2003).
- The hallmarks of traumatic brain injury include impairments in memory, organization, speed of thinking, attention and concentration, affective control and irritability, motivation, judgment, and socialization (Hutchison & Lebby, 2005).
- Evidence exists for the effectiveness of several forms of cognitive rehabilitation for people with stroke (remediation of language and perception after left and right hemisphere stroke, respectively) and traumatic brain injury (remediation of attention, memory, functional communication, and executive functioning) (Cicerone et al., 2000).
- A stroke may impair an individual's verbal expression, auditory comprehension, and reading comprehension (Brookshire, 2003). The tasks addressing these language areas in this book are systematically arranged to allow for varying difficulty levels as the patient shows improvement.
- ASHA's National Outcome Measurement Systems (NOMS) shows that outpatient speech therapy services for dysarthria are associated with improved intelligibility and communication functioning (ASHA, 2008).
WALC 6 Functional Language incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2008). Treatment efficacy summaries: Dysarthria. Retrieved August 27, 2009, from http://www.asha.org/NR/rdonlyres/986EF2DF-56C4-4FFA-BD9F-A254BD950901/0/TESDysarthria.pdf
Brookshire, R.H. (2003). Introduction to neurogenic communication disorders (6th ed.). St. Louis: Mosby.
Cicerone, K., Dahlberg, C., Kalmar, K., Langenbahn, D., Malec, J., Bergquist, T., . . . Morse, P.A. (2000). Evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation: Recommendations for clinical practice. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 81(12), 1596-1615.
Hickin, J., Best, W., Herbert, R., Howard, D., & Osborn, F. (2003). Therapy for word finding difficulties in aphasia: Measuring the impact on real-life communication. Proceedings of the Fifth European Congress of CPLOL.
Hutchison, H.T., & Lebby, P.C. (2005). Traumatic encephalopathies. In R.B. David (Ed.), Child and adolescent neurology (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, Ltd.