The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication: Theory and Clinical Practice

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Margaret Lehman Blake

Details: 301 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-962-0

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The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication: Theory and Clinical Practice provides a comprehensive review of right hemisphere cognitive and communication functions for practicing clinicians and graduate students. It also serves to broaden the understanding of right hemisphere disorders (RHD) within the field of speech-language pathology (SLP). The more clinicians and students understand, the more they'll be able to convey the need for SLP services for patients and clients with RHD, and the more they'll be able to provide effective services.

Strokes on the right side of the brain occur nearly as often as those on the left and cognitive-communication disorders due to right hemisphere brain damage occur nearly as often as aphasia. Unfortunately, they receive much less attention. The deficits vary widely but can affect pragmatics, language production and comprehension, attention and executive function.

This text covers normal right hemisphere processes as well as the communication disorders and deficits apparent after RHD. Evidence-based practice is comprehensively presented along with suggestions for developing treatment in the absence of evidence. Speech-language pathologists working with clients with neurogenic communication disorders will find current best practices for assessment and treatment.


"Dr. Blake has a gift for taking complicated and often convoluted information and making it both accessible for students, and fresh for more experienced clinicians. Her writing style is akin to the way in which we need to address our clients and their families - clear, concise, with strong correlation drawn between a cognitive skill and its functional presentation. Dr. Blake explains and demonstrates the interconnectedness of each cognitive domain and how they impact the other domains (e.g. relationship between attention and working memory). This degree of cooperative functioning is something that is often not even presented in the literature (especially to graduate students) and yet is so critical for successful treatment of cognitive disorders. The appendix on "psychometrics of assessment" was an excellent resource and reference tool. In addition, the tables and charts throughout the chapters were very helpful in summarizing information and can easily be utilized for quick reference, or incorporated into lectures. The contrast of bottom-up vs. top-down treatment (especially in the chapter regarding neglect) was an excellent explanation of what is otherwise a very abstract concept."
Darcy Abrams, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Teacher's College of Columbia University, NY


Chapter 1. The Right Hemisphere
Chapter 2. Fundamentals of Clinical Practice
Chapter 3. Pragmatic Aspects of Communication
Chapter 4. Language Comprehension
Chapter 5. Prosody
Chapter 6. Attention
Chapter 7. Unilateral Neglect
Chapter 8. Executive Functions
Chapter 9. Awareness
Chapter 10. Memory

Appendix. Psychometrics for Select Assessments

Margaret Lehman Blake

Margaret Lehman Blake, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston. Her research focuses on cognitive-communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain damage  and spans basic processes, assessment, and treatment. She has taught neuroscience courses for over 15 years, and frequently presents on acquired cognitive-communication disorders. She is a recipient of the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Blake is the author of The Right Hemisphere and Disorders of Cognition and Communication: Theory and Clinical Practice, also published by Plural Publishing.

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