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My Aging Client Loses Their Train of Thought in Conversation—What Can I Do?

presented by Sarah Baar, MA, CCC-SLP and Alyssa Lanzi, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Sarah Baar is the owner of Honeycomb Speech Therapy LLC and the Activity Studio, which sells therapy materials for profit. She is also the owner of a for-profit private practice. She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Sarah Baar is a chapter author in Neurogenic Communication Disorders and the Life Participation Approach. She has has no other competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Financial: Alyssa Lanzi is a consultant for Honeycomb Speech Therapy LLC. She is also an employee for the University of Delaware. She does contracted research for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course.

Nonfinancial: Alyssa Lanzi is a Governing Board member for TalkBank and an Executive Committee member for Delaware Center for Cognitive Aging Research. She has has no other competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Audio Runtime: 49 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 21 Minutes

Speech Scope Episode 4: My Aging Client Loses Their Train of Thought in Conversation--What Can I Do?
Join Alyssa Lanzi, a seasoned clinical researcher, as she talks with Sarah about tackling the sticky situation of word-finding challenges in older adults with and without a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. In this insightful conversation about aging, they explore strategies for organizing thoughts around vague client language complaints and gain valuable insights into assessment and treatment for mild neurocognitive disorders.

Learning Objectives
  • Interpret the evidence around language changes that are not a normal part of aging
  • Develop assessment and treatment choices that assist the SLP in speech therapy for vague word-finding complaints
  • Apply evidence-based, practical strategies to actionably address word-finding challenges in clients without a primary language disorder diagnosis
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Meet Your Instructors

Sarah Baar, MA, CCC-SLP

Sarah is a speech-language pathologist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has had the opportunity to work in many settings across the continuum, including acute care, acute rehab, home and community, and outpatient therapy and has been involved in various leadership projects. In 2016, she started the Honeycomb Speech Therapy website to promote person-centered and functional…

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Alyssa Lanzi, PhD, CCC-SLP

Alyssa M. Lanzi is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Delaware and is on the Executive Committee for the Delaware Center for Cognitive Aging Research at the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Lanzi is an academic speech-language pathologist and has dedicated her clinical research career to…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. My Aging Client Loses Their Train of Thought in Conversation—What Can I Do?

Alyssa and Sarah explore strategies for organizing thoughts around client complaints and assess treatment for mild neurocognitive disorders.

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