Verbal Short-Term Memory Components of Language Impairment in Aphasia: Theory, Assessment and Treatment

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Verbal Short-Term Memory Components of Language Impairment in Aphasia: Theory, Assessment and Treatment

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  • February 15, 2022
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Association presents A Virtual Evening Meeting

Verbal Short-Term Memory Components of Language Impairment in Aphasia:  Theory, Assessment and Treatment

Wendy Greenspan, MA, CCC-SLP
Nadine Martin, PhD

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Course Description
Verbal short-term memory deficits universally co-occur with aphasia. This presentation discussed the theory behind this relationship and described clinical diagnostic and treatment applications. A demonstration of the Temple Assessment of Language and Short-Term Memory in Aphasia was provided. Case studies illustrated the clinical application of diagnosis and treatment of verbal short-term memory deficits.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe evidence for verbal short-term memory deficits in aphasia.

  2. Identify two levels of linguistic processing in language that are typically involved in aphasia.

  3. Explain the difference between signal strength and signal duration and how they impact word processing.

  4. Describe how the Temple Assessment of Language and Verbal Short-Term Memory in Aphasia (TALSA) differs from and complements standard aphasia tests.

  5. Create examples of short term goals to improve verbal short-term memory deficits in aphasia.

6:30 to 6:35  Introductions and disclosures
6:35 to 7:00  Theoretical background:  The role of verbal short-term memory (STM) in normal language and aphasia
7:00 to 7:20  Assessment of verbal STM in aphasia
7:20 to 7:35  Demonstration of the Temple Assessment of Verbal Short-Term Memory in Aphasia (TALSA)
7:35 to 8:00  Treatment of verbal STM deficits in aphasia
8:05 to 8:20  Case studies
8:20 to 8:25  Conclusion and take home messages
8:25 to 8:30  Questions

This event will be hosted via Zoom teleconferencing.

Register online by February 10, 2022:
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This event is no additional charge to DSHA members. $5 for non-members.

A link will be sent to registered attendees only, the day before the event.
Partial credit will not be awarded, attendance will be monitored throughout the presentation.
A post-test will be sent to all attendees during the event and must be completed and returned to DSHA within 48 hours of the event in order to receive a certificate of attendance.

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Speaker Biographies
Nadine Martin, PhD is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University and Director of the Eleanor Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Her NIH supported research on language and verbal short-term memory disorders in aphasia has contributed to both theoretical and applied aspects of aphasia rehabilitation.

Wendy Greenspan is a Research Speech Pathologist at the Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Temple University.  She has extensive experience with adults with neurogenic communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders and specializes in aphasia.  She has worked in a variety of health care and academic settings and is a founding member of Aphasia Access.  Ms. Greenspan graduated from the State University of NY at Buffalo with a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology.

DISCLOSURE:   The DSHA conference committee members have no financial or non-financial relationships to disclose. Dr. Martin is the principal investigator on a related grant funded by the NIDCD, and receives royalties from Medbridge continuing education videos. Ms. Greenspan serves on the advisory committee for the Adler Aphasia Center, and the board of directors for Aphasia Access. Both Dr. Martin and Ms. Greenspan receive salaries from Temple University

Continuing Education Units

This course will be offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs

(Intermediate level; Professional area)

An annual ASHA CE Registry fee is required to register for ASHA CEUs.  Contact the ASHA CE Division (1-800-498-2071 ext. 4219) for  CE Registry fee subscription information.

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