Figurative Language Deficits Associated With Right Hemisphere Disorder Purpose To describe the nonliteral language deficits associated with right hemisphere disorder (RHD), discuss the neuroimaging data associated with the processing of nonliteral language, and to offer some suggestions for treating this type of cognitive-linguistic disorder. Method In this discussion, we review literature on comprehension of metaphor, idioms, ... Article
Article  |   July 12, 2016
Figurative Language Deficits Associated With Right Hemisphere Disorder
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  • Kristine Lundgren
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Hiram Brownell
    Psychology Department, Boston College, Boston, MA
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Special Populations / Language Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Traumatic Brain Injury / Part 2
Article   |   July 12, 2016
Figurative Language Deficits Associated With Right Hemisphere Disorder
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2016, Vol. 1, 66-81. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG2.66
History: Received February 2, 2016 , Accepted April 27, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, July 2016, Vol. 1, 66-81. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG2.66
History: Received February 2, 2016; Accepted April 27, 2016

Purpose To describe the nonliteral language deficits associated with right hemisphere disorder (RHD), discuss the neuroimaging data associated with the processing of nonliteral language, and to offer some suggestions for treating this type of cognitive-linguistic disorder.

Method In this discussion, we review literature on comprehension of metaphor, idioms, proverbs, and sarcasm and provide some treatment options.

Conclusion The evidence-based treatment options for the remediation of figurative language deficits are extremely limited, not only for those individuals with RHD, but for all populations of children and adults with figurative language comprehension impairments.

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