CE Introduction This issue of Perspectives is devoted to the subject of attention in aphasia. Although it is now well established that people with aphasia may have co-existing nonlinguistic cognitive impairments, it is my impression that, with rare exception, the majority of aphasia rehabilitation continues to focus exclusively on linguistic processing. ... SIG News
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  • Gail Ramsberger
    University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
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SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2011, Vol. 21, 46. doi:10.1044/nnsld21.2.46
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2011, Vol. 21, 46. doi:10.1044/nnsld21.2.46
This issue of Perspectives is devoted to the subject of attention in aphasia. Although it is now well established that people with aphasia may have co-existing nonlinguistic cognitive impairments, it is my impression that, with rare exception, the majority of aphasia rehabilitation continues to focus exclusively on linguistic processing. This is understandable given the scarcity of evidence to support the use of nonlinguistic treatment methods, the challenge of assessing cognition independent of language, and, as Helm-Estabrooks points out in this issue, the fact that many speech-language pathologists have had no formal training in the area of cognition. In the pages that follow, my colleagues and I aim to provide clinicians with the theoretical rationale for addressing attention deficits in patients with aphasia, suggestions of valid procedures for assessment of persons with attention language impairment, and two examples of attention treatment methods that resulted in improved language/communication performances in people with aphasia.
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