SPPA 304 ~ Cristina Giacobbe
How It Relates:
In a study conducted by Ballantyne, Spilkin and Trauner from the University of California, children ages 5-16 were given the standardized CELF-R test. The children who experienced perinatal strokes received low average or below average scores in receptive and expressive language subtests.
- Receptive: word class, semantic relationships, and oral directions.
- Expressive: word structure, formulated sentences, sentence assembly and recalling sentences.
Children who had a history of seizures due to the stroke had lower scores than the children who did not, neither as high as the typically developing children.
- Early intervention is key!
- fMRI : helps increase neural activity during cognitive tasks (e.g. language)
Depending on the accompanying disorder, the therapy options may change.
- Augmentative communication devices
- Hand gestures
If accompanied by another disorder, other services may be required.