SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS

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Perceiving the Horizon

Perceiving the Horizon

Aphasia therapy is fascinating. Many speech therapists that I have met on my travels seem to agree. Aphasia therapy can be fascinatingly intimidating and enticing. If I list all the whys for this, you would never finish reading these comments. So I...

The Literacy Core

The Literacy Core

Serving children in schools who have speech and language impairments comes with great responsibility and planning. A student with an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is being prepared for educational support to facilitate success in school for...

Finding J.R.

Finding J.R.

By the time I had completed a speech-language evaluation on JR, I knew that there was more to the story. JR is a retired auto mechanic who had ended hospitalized after leaving his home at 4:30 in the morning and getting lost for several hours. Once...

Patient-Driven Payment Model

Patient-Driven Payment Model

Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which affect much of healthcare this fall has been implemented. Some speech therapists are wondering. Will PDPM help us provide quality care to our patients?   We pursued our field to improve the lives of...

It was amazing to see the patients coming alive with speech while they played Wordstim.

Milady Ruiz

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Evidence Based Practice

WORDStim, Adult Clinical by Ayana Webb, M.A. CCC-SLP SKILLS AND TASKS

Word retrieval, grammar, cognition, memory Evidence Based Practice: A person’s cognitive ability impacts anomia treatment success (Dignam et.al., 2017). Dyadic communication skills can enhance longterm preparation and management of Aphasia (Elman, 1999). Repetition is significant in driving plasticity and the ability of a patient to rehabilitate (Kleim & Jones, 2008). Language therapy including practice and production of sentences help patients with Aphasia improve internal strategies that assist with fluency of speech (Lee et.al., 2015). Diminished communication access and participation affects an individual’s “emotional and social well-being and quality of life” (Fotiadou, Northcott, Chatzidaki & Hilari, 2014; Hilari, Needle, & Harrison, 2012; Northcott, Moss, Harrison, & Hilari, 2016). References: Lee, J., Yoshida & M.,Thompson, C. (2015). Grammatical Planning Units During Real-Time Sentence Production in Speakers With Agrammatic Aphasia and Healthy Speakers. Journal of Speech, Language, and hearing Research, 58, 1182-1194. Elman, R. (1999). Long-Term Care Approaches to Aphasia Treatment and Management. Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders,15-17. Dignam, J., Copland, D., O’Brien, K., Penni, B. Et al. (2017). Influence of Cognitive Ability on Therapy Outcomes for Anomia in adults With Chronic Postroke Aphasia.Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 60, 406-421. Kleim, J., & Jones, T. (2008). Principles of Experience-Dependent Neuroplasticity: Implications for Rehabilitation After Brain Damage. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 51, S225-S2239.

This game is very engaging. The game format took away the sometimes clinical feel you can get providing treatment for anomia. It helps people stay motivated for longer and achieve a greater number of targets than I’m able to get using picture or word cards alone. The data sheets are easy to use and provide a great layout to track progress.

Ariana Ventura, M.A., CFY-SLP

Speech Pathologist

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