Potential Implications of Attention Deficits for Treatment and Recovery in Aphasia When thinking about what drives language recovery in aphasia, it is important to consider the possible role of attention processing. Not only is attention a fundamental skill that is required during even very simple tasks, it has also been shown to be impaired in individuals with aphasia. In this paper, ... Article
Article  |   February 28, 2017
Potential Implications of Attention Deficits for Treatment and Recovery in Aphasia
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  • Sarah Villard
    Aphasia Research Laboratory, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Boston University, Boston, MA
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Language Disorders / Aphasia / Part 1
Article   |   February 28, 2017
Potential Implications of Attention Deficits for Treatment and Recovery in Aphasia
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 7-14. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG2.7
History: Received October 28, 2016 , Revised November 13, 2016 , Accepted November 30, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 7-14. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG2.7
History: Received October 28, 2016; Revised November 13, 2016; Accepted November 30, 2016

When thinking about what drives language recovery in aphasia, it is important to consider the possible role of attention processing. Not only is attention a fundamental skill that is required during even very simple tasks, it has also been shown to be impaired in individuals with aphasia. In this paper, we consider what successful attention during a typical language therapy session might look like, and discuss how impaired attention might negatively impact language treatment and recovery.

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