Residency Course

Cognitive-Communication, Language, and Social Pragmatic Disorders: Considerations on Physical Therapists

Faculty: Anne Marie Doyle, M.A., CCC-SLP

Course Description.

Often in neurologic physical therapy, clinicians encounter people that have cognitive-communication, language, and/or social pragmatic disorders. These impairments may be the result of stroke, brain injury, tumor/cancer, or other neurological conditions. It is critical to identify the presence of these deficits, as they can result in substantial rehabilitation challenges, including reduced ability to communicate directly, decreased recall of information session to session, and overall insight into their deficits. This series of courses will provide evidence-based information about how to identify and manage these communication disorders within a physical therapy session.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 3 cognitive-communication deficits commonly associated with acquired brain injury.

  2. Describe the differences between types of aphasia and how they can impact communication.

  3. Utilize supportive conversation for persons with aphasia.

  4. Utilize spaced retrieval training for persons with dementia.

  5. Describe social pragmatic disorders and how they can impact a therapeutic session.

The online course will be launched in Aug, 2019

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