Topic Areas: Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders

Topic Chairs: Yvonne Rogalski and Michael de Riesthal

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include description, assessment, comparison, treatment, and/or prevention of acquired cognitive or cognitive-communication disorders, including the effects of normal aging processes, mild cognitive impairment, focal and diffuse brain damage due to stroke (left/right hemisphere; cortical/subcortical, focal/diffuse), neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, primary progressive aphasia, progressive supranuclear palsy, etc.), or traumatic injuries (e.g., traumatic brain injury/chronic traumatic encephalopathy, concussion, head injury, or blast injury, across the lifespan). This area is also appropriate for intervention approaches including but not limited to behavioral, client-/caregiver-focused, computer-based, cross-linguistic, interprofessional, environmental, multi-cultural, pharmacological and surgical. Other appropriate presentation topics include interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to acquired cognitive/communication disorders, and end of life communication issues should be included in this topic area.


  • Diversity, equity and inclusion research specifically related to acquired cognitive communication disorders
  • Translational research including implementation and applied studies related to acquired cognitive and cognitive-communication disorders
  • Quantitative inquiries including but not limited to clinical guidelines, meta-analysis, systematic reviews, randomized-controlled trials, well-designed case-control/quasi-experimental studies, single subject designs, patient reported outcomes (PRO)
  • Outcomes evaluation/research
  • Qualitative inquiries including but not limited to ethnographic, narrative, PRO

Professional Education

  • Professional education issues on topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion specifically related to acquired cognitive communication disorders
  • Changes in cognitive abilities associated with post-concussion syndrome, TBI (mild, moderate or severe), chronic traumatic encephalopathy, polytrauma, veterans and active duty military, elderly with TBI, and pediatric TBI
  • Changes in cognitive abilities associated with healthy aging, progressive neurological diseases, strokes, and neurological syndromes resulting in acquired cognitive disorders in adults
  • Comparisons of cognitive behaviors in groups with neurogenic disorders
  • Prevention of acquired cognitive disorders
  • Characteristics, differential diagnosis and management of individuals with acquired cognitive disorders and co‐morbidities (e.g., balance and dizziness, mental health issues, PTSD, visual and hearing impairments, learning disabilities, tinnitus, sleep disorders, etc.)
  • Communication and cognitive assessment and treatment that includes but is not limited to cognitive rehabilitation therapy, care‐provider education and support, rehabilitation across the continuum of care (acute to community), interdisciplinary/interprofessional management, behavioral management, or use of technology
  • Behavioral, social, environmental, neuromodulatory, pharmacological, surgical, and other interventions for acquired cognitive disorders
  • Innovative service delivery models along with telepractice technology for acquired cognitive disorders including but not restricted to: school‐based programs, intensive care unit services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, community support groups, or transitional programs
  • Teaming issues (interprofessional, with neurology OT, PT, school staff, etc.) specific to acquired cognitive disorders
  • End of life communication issues for persons with cognitive disorders.

Related Topics

Proposals including acquired cognitive disorders but with a primary focus on:

  • Policy and professional issues when serving diverse populations should be submitted to the Equity, Inclusion and Influence of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.
  • Language disorders associated with aphasia should be submitted to the Language Disorders in Adults topic area.
  • Language or cognitive disorders associated with developmental disorders for individuals enrolled in public education should be submitted to the Language and Learning in School-Age Individuals.
  • Language or cognitive disorders for children preschool or younger should be submitted to Language in Infants through Preschoolers topic area.
  • Associated motor speech disorders should be submitted to the Motor Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan topic area.
  • Use of alternative or augmented devices should be submitted to the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) topic area.
  • Use of telepractice in delivery of service should be submitted to the Telepractice topic area.
  • Hearing loss should be submitted to the Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus – Assessment and Intervention: Adults topic area.

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