Portland Communication Disorders Conference

Management of Cognitive Communication Disorders Associated with Right Hemisphere Brain Damage

Presented by Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

September 30-October 1, 2016 | Providence St. Vincent Medical Center Cancer
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This course will benefit speech-language pathologists and assistants working with adults in all levels of care.

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Course Objectives

This course will cover the assessment and treatment of cognitive communication disorders associated with right hemisphere brain damage (RHD). The focus will be on adults with acquired disorders. Etiology and characteristics of cognitive disorders covered will include attention, memory, executive function and awareness, as well as language and communication disorders commonly seen after RHD. We will discuss evidence-based practice for treatment of these disorders, as well as strategies for what to do when there is little evidence to support clinical practice.

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Describe typical cognitive communication deficits associated with RHD.
  • Explain current best evidence for treatment of cognitive communication deficits associated with RHD.
  • Describe how to select or design treatments in the absence of evidence.



Register online using the form below. Confirmations will be emailed; registration is first-come, first-served.

Registration Fee:

The registration fee of $300 per person covers continental breakfast, refreshments, certificate and course manual.

Receive a $50 early-bird registration discount if you register online or registration is postmarked by September 9, 2016.

Refund Policy:

Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by September 16. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

Contact Hours:

This course qualifies for 12.5 contact hours for Speech and Language Pathologists in Oregon. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.

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Featured Speaker

Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Margaret Lehman Blake, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Margaret Lehman Blake is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Houston and is a past president of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders & Sciences. Her research focuses on cognitive-communication disorders associated with RHD and mild traumatic brain injury.

Currently, she is investigating how people with RHD use contextual cues to facilitate language comprehension and, in collaboration with Dr. Connie Tompkins, is testing the efficacy of a treatment for language comprehension deficits in this population. Dr. Blake has authored numerous articles and chapters on RHD and has presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based practice for disorders associated with RHD. She also presents on ethics for speech-language pathologists.


Friday, September 30

 7:30 a.m.  Registration, Continental Breakfast
 8 a.m. Etiology & Outcomes of Stroke
 9:30 a.m. Break
 9:45 a.m. Evidence-based Practice for RHD & Cognitive Rehabilitation
11 a.m.    Cognitive Communication Disorders: Attention, Memory, Executive Function & Awareness
12 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
 1 p.m. Cognitive Communication Disorders: Attention, Memory, Executive Function & Awareness (continued)

 2 p.m. Break
 2:30 p.m. Treatment of Cognitive Communication Disorders
 4:15 p.m. Questions and wrap up

Saturday, October 1

 8 a.m. RHD Communication Disorders
 9:15 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m. Treatment of RHD Communication Disorders
11:30 a.m.   Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. Evidence-based Practice in the Absence of Evidence
 2 p.m. Break
 2:15 p.m. Assessment of the patient with tracheostomy; are protocols the answer?
 2:15 p.m. RHD vs. Normal Aging
 4:15 p.m. Questions and wrap up


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