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Adult Language and Cognition Clinic


Sarah Wallace, Ph.D., Program Director

Annette Neff, M.S., Clinical Instructor

Caterina Staltari, M.A., Clinical Instructor


This Clinic is designed for individuals with communication and cognitive-communication problems resulting from neurological impairment with a primary focus on people with aphasia. Aphasia is an acquired language impairment that affects speaking, understanding, reading and writing. Services include diagnostics and individualized treatment in a one-on-one setting as well as a group setting. Services may also be provided through Telepractice.

Program Goals
• Provide evidence-based intervention
• Provide comprehensive therapy for people with neurological cognitive and communication disorders
• Develop and implement treatment goals that promote functional effective communication
• Provide caregiver instruction and support in communicating with people with language and cognitive disorders
• Research the effectiveness of specific therapy approaches

Treatment Approaches/Therapeutic Strategies
• Thematic treatment with functional role-play
• Word retrieval treatment
• Sentence building approaches
• Reading strategies to enhance comprehension and expression
• Cognitive- language strategies
• Augmentative and alternative communication strategies

Treatment Tools
The Adult Language and Cognition Clinic offers a variety of treatment techniques and makes use of augmentative and alternative communication strategies and devices such as:
• TobiiDynavox© and Prentke Romich Company software and hardware
• iPad applications (e.g., Proloquo-to-go©)
• Gestures, drawing, writing choice strategy


Faculty

Sarah E. Wallace, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Program Director for the Adult Language and Cognition Clinic and Associate Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Wallace received her B.Ed. from Miami of Ohio University, M.A. from Western Michigan and her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her clinical, research, and teaching interests include assessment and interventions for adults with neurogenic communication disorders with emphasis on augmentative and alternative communication strategies.

Annette Neff, M.S.,CCC-SLP is a Clinical Instructor in the Adult Language and Cognition Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. Mrs. Neff received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master's degree from Penn State University. She specializes in the areas of voice and adult neurogenic disorders.

Caterina Staltari, M.A., CCC-SLP
Mrs. Staltari is the Director of Clinical Education and a Clinical Instructor in the Adult Language and Cognition Clinic. She received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of language and cognitive disorders following neurological impairment.