Topic Areas: Language Disorders in Adults

Topic Chairs: Sarah Wallace and Cathy Off

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on the description, assessment, comparison, treatment, and prevention of acquired neurogenic language disorders in adults; topics may include:  issues related to  the effects of normal aging processes, focal and diffuse brain damage due to stroke (left/right hemisphere, cortical/subcortical, focal/diffuse), degenerative diseases, e.g., amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), etc. Intervention approaches include behavioral, client-/caregiver-focused, computer-based, cross-linguistic, environmental, interprofessional, multi-cultural, pharmacological, and surgical. 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 language disorders in adults should be included in this topic area.


  • Translational research including implementation and applied studies related to language disorders in adults
  • 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
  • Mixed methods research

Professional Education

  • Language abilities in acquired communication disorders
  • Changes in language abilities associated with healthy aging and mild neurodegenerative disorder and dementia
  • Progressive neurological diseases, and neurological syndromes resulting in acquired language disorders
  • Comparisons of language behaviors in adults with acquired neurogenic disorders
  • Prevention of acquired neurogenic language disorders
  • Assessment of language and communication disorders associated with aphasia, right hemisphere syndrome, prefrontal damage, and dementia
  • Behavioral, social, environmental, neuromodulatory, pharmacological, surgical, and other interventions for acquired neurogenic language disorders
  • Innovative treatment strategies for acquired language disorders including group and family/caregiver-focused approaches
  • Innovative service delivery models for acquired language disorders, including delivery models through telecommunication technology
  • Teaming and interprofessional issues (multidisciplinary, with neurology, OT, PT) specific to acquired language disorders
  • Education and training issues specific to acquired language disorders, including supervision
  • Ethical considerations for service delivery for acquired language disorders
  • Palliative care issues including end of life decision making related to acquired language disorders
  • Technology as it relates to language disorders in adults (e.g., mobile applications, devices, software, )
  • Innovative service delivery models as it relates to language disorders in adults through telepractice technology
  • Administrative, legislative and regulatory issues related to language disorders in adults

Related Topics

Proposals including language disorders in adults but with a primary focus on:

  • Cognitive linguistic/cognitive-communication disorders should be submitted to the Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders topic area.
  • Associated motor speech disorders should be submitted to the Motor Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan topic area.
  • Issues related to adult literacy should be submitted to the Literacy Assessment and Intervention topic area; and health literacy to Health Literacy: Optimizing Outcomes topic area.
  • Proposals on the oral language and learning of adults with developmental disorders in public education programs who are still receiving services, are appropriate for the Language and Learning in School-Age Individuals topic area.
  • Use of alternative or augmented devices should be submitted to the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) topic area.
  • The use of telepractice in the delivery of service that include technology-based approaches and outcomes at the system level should be submitted to Telepractice topic area.
  • Hearing loss should be submitted to the Hearing, Balance, Tinnitus - Assessment and Intervention: Adult topic area.
  • Cultural considerations, health disparities and access to services related to language disorders in adults should be submitted to the Equity, Inclusion and Influence on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.

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