Workbook of Activities for Language and Cognition
Boost client interest and outcomes with activities that use relevant content themed around home activities and home maintenance.
- Name, organize, and categorize everyday vocabulary words
- Use higher-level verbal reasoning
Written in the best-selling format of the WALC series, these activities have:
- simple, concise language
- easy-to-read format
- application to a wide range of acquired language disorders
- consistent progression of complexity within and between tasks
The book is divided into two sections: Home Activities and Home Maintenance. The lessons in Home Activities are based on general knowledge associated with a home. The topics are familiar and include appliances, home furnishings, cleaning items, and more. The lessons in the Home Maintenance section use higher-level vocabulary which may be less familiar to some clients. Clients talk about practical topics like furnace maintenance, yard work, and car maintenance. All of the activities retrain language and cognitive processing.
The activities target five skill areas:
Name words from associations and descriptions, compare items, and list items for household tasks.
Unscramble words and sentences, choose words to complete paragraphs, sequence steps in a task, and complete schedules.
Categorize and list items, match items to categories, and name categories.
Make deductions and exclusions, complete analogies, modify incongruities, and evaluate information;
Answer questions about pictures and comprehend information in paragraphs.
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- Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is a fundamental human need. Meeting this need by facilitating and enhancing communication in any form can be vital to a patient's well-being (NSA, 2005).
- Therapy should include tasks that focus on semantic processing, including semantic cueing of spoken output, semantic judgments, categorization, and word-to-picture matching (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Therapy may target the comprehension and production of complex, as well as simple, sentence forms (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
- Therapy should be conducted within natural communication environments (NSA, 2005).
- Rehabilitation is an important part of a stroke, and the goal is to regain as much independence as possible (NSA, 2005).
WALC 11 Language for Home Activities incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
National Stroke Association (NSA). (2005). Clinical guidelines for stroke rehabilitation and recovery. Retrieved February 4, 2010, from www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/file/publications/synopses/cp105.pdf
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.