Communication Abilities Following Right Hemisphere Damage: Prevalence, Evaluation, and Profiles It is now consensually accepted that the contribution of both hemispheres is required to reach a functional level of communication. The unilateralized view of language function, introduced more than a century ago, has since been complemented by clinical experience as well as neuro-imaging observations. Studies based on healthy and right-brain-damaged ... Article
Article  |   July 12, 2016
Communication Abilities Following Right Hemisphere Damage: Prevalence, Evaluation, and Profiles
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Perrine Ferré
    Centre de Recherche, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
  • Yves Joanette
    Centre de Recherche, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
    Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
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Special Populations / Language Disorders / Part 2
Article   |   July 12, 2016
Communication Abilities Following Right Hemisphere Damage: Prevalence, Evaluation, and Profiles
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2016, Vol. 1, 106-115. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG2.106
History: Received January 23, 2016 , Revised May 14, 2016 , Accepted May 16, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2016, Vol. 1, 106-115. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG2.106
History: Received January 23, 2016; Revised May 14, 2016; Accepted May 16, 2016

It is now consensually accepted that the contribution of both hemispheres is required to reach a functional level of communication. The unilateralized view of language function, introduced more than a century ago, has since been complemented by clinical experience as well as neuro-imaging observations. Studies based on healthy and right-brain-damaged individuals assert the necessity to better describe, assess, and care for this broad population. Indeed, various neurological conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or neurodegenerative disease, can affect the right hemisphere (RH) and lead to distinct communication disorders. In the past 30 years, knowledge about communication assessment and, more recently, therapy designed for right-brain-damaged adults has drastically evolved. This manuscript aims at presenting the theoretical and clinical background that established the current expertise to support accurate assessment of communication following right brain damage. It is believed that a better understanding of the various profiles of impairments following a RH infract will allow speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to develop the clinical awareness necessary for appropriately taking care of these individuals.

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