Assessment and Treatment of Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)

December 3, 2012

8:00–10:00 p.m. ET

Sponsored by SIG 15: Gerontology

This event is dedicated to two relatively uncommon clinical dementia syndromes, namely, behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia.  Information will be shared on the neuropsychology, neuropathology, neuroanatomy and genetics of these disorders. Most of the session will focus on treatment strategies to facilitate cognitive skills and communication for individuals with bvFTD and primary progressive aphasia PPA.  The majority of the discussion will focus on interventions for PPA and will differentiate this treatment from treatment for stroke-induced aphasia. Interventions to be discussed include self-cueing strategies, script training, communication wallets and books, rehearsal of personally relevant words, strategies for agraphia and alexia, the use of AAC devices, caregiver training, and counseling.  
The following experts will be available to answer questions:
  • Sandra Weintraub, PhD, ABCN/ABPP, Northwestern University 
  • Becky Khayum, MS, CCC-SLP, Memory Care Corporation 

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).


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