Language Disorders Across the Lifespan

Date/Time: Monday, October 14, 2019 - 8:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Level: Plenary Session
Room: Majestic D
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Language disorders can arise during development or can be acquired after development of normal language, due to neurodegenerative disease, stroke, or other brain injury. Recent advances in imaging, genetics, and clinical assessment have provided new insights into the nature of these disorders and their association. Dr. Yeatman will describe how structural and functional neuroimaging studies of developmental dyslexia have led to a greater understanding of the nature of the disorder, and plasticity associated with a successful intervention. Dr. Gorno-Tempini will provide evidence that developmental dyslexia and Primary Progressive Aphasia may reflect shared vulnerabilities. Dr. Mesulam will report on new insights related to language and dementia that have come out of research on Primary Progressive Aphasia. Dr. Hillis will then discuss novel treatment strategies to improve language and communication in Primary Progressive Aphasia and post-stroke aphasia.


  • Describe the neurobiological underpinnings of developmental dyslexia and how an intervention can modify brain circuits
    Describe clinical manifestations of Primary Progressive Aphasia and impact of learning differences across ages.
    Present results of recent trials showing the effects of various interventions for improving language in aphasia.