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Cognitive Communication Impairments CPPD

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Course overview

This module is for speech and language therapists working with people who have communication disorders and others with a special interest and some background in this area.

Through a mixture of lectures, in-depth reading, and interactive discussion, the module will lead you through current research on the nature of cognitively based communication impairments such as dementia, right hemisphere damage, head injury and cognitive deficits in communication impairments such as acquired aphasia and developmental language impairment.

You will learn about current theories of relations between cognition and language in different clinical populations, and current approaches to intervention.

The module will cover:

  • Assessment and intervention in dementia and head injury
  • Cognitive processing in acquired language impairments and implications for intervention
  • Quality of life issues in acquired cognitive communication impairments
  • Cognitive processing and social communication in developmental language impairment and implications for intervention.

Module dates

Start date: Friday 25 January 2019

Submission Date: Friday 3 May 2019



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • First or second-class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject
  • The Licentiate Diploma of the Royal college of Speech and Language Therapists is also accepted.

Individuals with less than a second class degree will be considered where they have substantial relevant experience (Clinical, teaching or other relevant professional experience).

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English., the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Module leaders

  • Dr Lucy Dipper

    Lucy is a clinical linguist with a particular interest in aphasia, right hemisphere communication disorder and specific language impairment. She joined City University in 2000, and previously worked at University College London. Lucy studied Linguistics at Sussex University and then undertook both her Masters and PhD at University College London.  Her ...