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Reading Comprehension and Dysgraphia Study Day

Published 18th October 2018

The Central Neuro Clinical Excellence Network organised an incredibly informative day on Reading Comprehension and Dysgraphia in adults with acquired neurological impairments. The day was held at Birmingham Library specifically for Neuro Speech and Language Therapists. Reading and writing skills are intregral to communciation and difficulties in these areas can often impact on spoken output. As many of our client's express concerns about these skills we jumped at the chance to attend. 


The speakers were specialists in this area and provided us with so much information (as detailed below). We've certainly come away with a greater knowledge about assessment and therapy of Reading Comprehension and Dysgraphia and are excited to try out the new skills we have obtained....Watch out clients!!!!! 



The assessment and treatment of reading comprehension difficulties in adults with acquired neurological impairments 

Dr Janet Webster 

Dr Janet Webster is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University. Her research focuses on the assessment and treatment of verb and sentence production difficulties and reading comprehension difficulties in people with aphasia. She works with students in the Tavistock Aphasia Centre. 

The session considered how to obtain information to feed into goal setting, factors influencing reading and tests which could be used to assess reading. Therapy approaches for reading was discussed, with consideration of direct approaches, strategic approaches and the use of technology to support reading. 


Applying therapies and technologies to the treatment of dysgraphia to enhance use of writing via the internet 

Dr Lindsey Thiel 

Lindsey is a speech and language therapy researcher and clinician. She is also a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. Lindsey’s research has focused on measuring the effects of writing therapies and technologies for people with aphasia and acquired dysgraphia, but she is interested in all aspects of aphasia rehabilitation and in generally improving the quality of life of people with communication disorders. Lindsey has also worked clinically as an adult community speech and language therapist. 

Previous research has suggested that both impairment-focused spelling therapies and assistive technologies can support writing rehabilitation in people with aphasia, although the strength of the evidence has been limited. The studies described in this talk were conducted as part of a PhD project. They investigated whether a combined approach to writing therapy, including impairment-based therapies and assistive technologies, could improve the email writing of participants with varying severity of acquired dysgraphia. 



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