Rehabilitation programmes: Executive functions in language disorders

Product: Book

ISBN: 978-88-590-1338-9

Publication date: 01/05/2017

Suitable for: Nursery 1st Level (ages 3-4), Nursery 2nd Level (ages 4-5), Primary 1st level (ages 6-7), Primary 2nd level (ages 8-10)


Although a Language Disorder is mainly characterised by language difficulties, it is often accompanied by deficits of an extra-verbal nature, particularly in Executive Functions (EF).
After an initial section in which neuropsychological reference models and the developmental dynamics of EF are outlined, the book examines the topic of their assessment, describing the tools available. Sections dedicated to interventions with the child, family and school — with a wide range of tips and practical suggestions — and the presentation of clinical cases follow. The book also contains practical material focusing on the main components of EF:
• attention, with worksheets for training the two sub-components – selective and sustained attention;
• working memory, with worksheets on abilities connected to verbal and visual-spatial domains;
• planning, with activities aimed at developing higher cognitive abilities;
• inhibition, with activities aimed at practising the ability to control a habitual, predominant response in favour of a less habitual but necessary one.

Presentation of the «Speech therapy in childhood and adolescence» series (Luigi Marotta and Tiziana Rossetto)
Introduction: Executive Functions in (Primary) Language Disorders (Andrea Marini)

Part one. Theoretical aspects
Ontogenesis and development of Executive Functions (Giovanni Valeri and Alessandra Amendola)
Language and Executive Functions (Paolo Stievano)
Individual factors and contextual influences in the development of Executive Functions (Maria Carmen Usai, Paola Viterbori and Alda Maria Scopesi)

Part two. Assessment
Assessment of executive aspects in language abilities (Enrica Mariani, Manuela Pieretti and Luigi Marotta)
Assessment of Executive Functions in childhood and adolescence: critical aspects and practical suggestions (Elena Gandolfi, Laura Traverso, Paola Viterbori and Maria Carmen Usai)
Tools for evaluating Executive Functions (Paolo Stievano and Eleonora Napoli)

Part three. Intervention
The intervention with the child (Claudia Ronchetti, Serena Rossi and Gaia Codazzo)
The intervention with the family  (Laura Casula)
Executive Functions in pre-school children with Specific Language Disorders: the intervention at school (Erica Menotti, Mascia Beretta and Sonia Di Tella)

Part four. Clinical cases
A clinical case with confirmed Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia and EF deficits (Letizia Michelazzo)
Speech therapy rehabilitation of a Specific Language Disorder and the Executive Functions involved (Luisa Degasperi, Graziella Tarter and Monja Tait)
Marco's case (Valeria Gazerro)
Clinical cases compared (Maria Letizia Ferretti and Giorgia Pietrosanti)

Part five. Practical material
Type and structure of the worksheets (Noemi Capogreco and Ilaria Cacopardo)
Working memory