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Better conversations: a language and communication intervention for aphasia in posterior cortical atrophy

Volkmer, A; Farrington-Douglas, C; Crutch, Sj; Beeke, S; Warren, Jd; Yong, Kxx; (2022) Better conversations: a language and communication intervention for aphasia in posterior cortical atrophy. Neurocase 10.1080/13554794.2022.2125326. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA) describes a neurodegenerative syndrome characterized by progressive difficulties in cortical visual and other posterior cortical functions consistent with parieto-occipital and occipito-temporal involvement. It is increasingly recognized that many patients develop difficulties with other aspects of daily living, in particular, with language and communication. We present a case emphasizing how language difficulties may emerge in PCA. Difficulties are interpreted as arising from interacting effects of linguistic deficits and impaired detection of nonverbal (particularly, visual) turns that normally facilitate, schedule, and disambiguate the exchange of verbal messages between speakers. We propose that relatively simple speech and language therapy interventions may hold promise in addressing language and communication difficulties as secondary features of PCA by targeting the behaviors of both the person with PCA and their communication partners.

Type: Article
Title: Better conversations: a language and communication intervention for aphasia in posterior cortical atrophy
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13554794.2022.2125326
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13554794.2022.2125326
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Posterior cortical atrophy, communication partner training, conversation, primary progressive aphasia, speech and language therapy
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10156514
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