Verbing With An Attitude: High-Level Cognitive Exercise
In order for a PWA to maximize his/her recovery, treatment and practice must go beyond traditional efforts to complete closure tasks, imitate, or search for a pre-targeted word. The goal of this treatment and practice activity is for the client to be able to remember words and semantic relationships while performing various mental processes that increase in difficulty. We cannot overemphasize the importance of addressing cognitive problems in an effective aphasia recovery program. While the effectiveness of using apps and programs to drill mental skills such as memory and attention continues to be debated, plentiful evidence exists that clearly supports the value of threading work on the cognitive underpinnings that support communication including recent work on dual processing. Threading work on cognition into the treatment for speech and language sidesteps the issue of just working on isolated cognitive drills and tasks.
This is the first in a series of exercises dedicated to improving the high-level cognitive underpinnings for speech and language recovery. Its corresponding exercise for moderate - severe aphasia is Verbing Aphasia Exercise
This 10-page, telepractice-friendly product contains:
- full instructions with multiple ideas for expanding the exercise and a goal-performance objective.
- worksheets with stimuli coordinated for progress.
- a discussion of rationale and professional issues.
- a score sheet for tracking data including a sample, completed sheet.
- full evidence-based reference list.
This product is in WORD format which would allow entering data directly into the practice worksheets.
Click here for the PDF format of this exercise which is more compatible to entering answer by pencil.