Workbook of Activities for Language and Cognition
Help clients meet their goals for mid- to high-level complexity word retrieval. This book offers plenty of strategies and repetition to meet diverse client needs.
- Name items by association
- Use definitions, word parts, and rhyming to recall words
These ready-to-use activities tap into many facets of cognitive-linguistic processing that contribute to word retrieval:
- vocabulary - reasoning
- problem solving - deduction
- convergent thinking - divergent thinking
- thought flexibility - logic
- general knowledge - creativity
The activities are organized into five skill areas:
- Answering Questions—general information questions require short-answer responses
- Building Categorization Skills—name items by category and add items to a category
- Using Word Relationships—work with opposites, synonyms, and homonyms
- Using Word Strategies—variety of approaches to stimulate word retrieval: use word puzzles, chaining, letter and syllable cues, definitions, and rhymes.
- Naming and Selecting Pictures—name pictures and select pictures by the letter they begin with
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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).
- Rehabilitation is an important part of recovering from a stroke, and the goal is to regain as much independence as possible (NSA, 2005).
- Word finding is a common language deficit in individuals with aphasia. In a study by Beeson, Holland, and Murray (1995) naming category members was a successful compensatory strategy for individuals with aphasia during anomic moments.
- Advances in the study of the brain and neuroplasticity guide future ideas for aphasia rehabilitation. In order for brain restructuring to occur, some important items to consider include the need for multiple trials for learning and salience of items trained to allow for carryover of targeted materials. The items targeted in this book are highly salient to allow for transfer of targeted therapy tasks to everyday life (Holland, 2008).
WALC 8 Word Finding incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Beeson, P.M., Holland, A.L., & Murray, L.L. (1995). Confrontation naming and the provision of superordinate, coordinate, and other semantic information by individuals with aphasia. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 4, 135-138.
Holland, A.L. (2008). Recent advances and future directions in aphasia therapy. Brain Impairment, 9(2), 179-190.
National Stroke Association (NSA). (2005). Clinical guidelines for stroke rehabilitation and recovery. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/_files/cp105.pdf