Cognitive Treatments for Aphasia: Should We and can We Help Attention and Working Memory Problems?

Cognitive Treatments for Aphasia: Should We and can We Help Attention and Working Memory Problems?

Findings from a growing number of studies indicate that patients with aphasia frequently have concomitant impairments of working memory, attention, or both that may negatively affect their language comprehension and production skills (e.g., Caspari, Parkinson, LaPointe, & Katz 1998; Murray, 2002). In contrast, how these cognitive deficits might be remediated or accommodated for has been the subject of relatively few investigations. The purpose of this article is to review critically initial research findings pertaining to treating working memory and attention in patients with aphasia. First, evidence supporting the coexistence of attention and working memory problems in aphasia is reviewed briefly. Next, previous results pertaining to the direct behavioral treatment of attention and working memory impairments in patients with aphasia are described and evaluated. Finally, suggestions are provided to spur further empirical investigation of behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for nonlinguistic deficits associated with aphasia. **********

Cognitive Treatments for Aphasia: Should We and can We Help Attention and Working Memory Problems?

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