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From respiration to cognition

Since COVID-19 emerged in December 2019, scientists have been trying to fully understand how the virus affects those that it infects.
Originally it was believed that COVID only infected the respiratory track, leading to breathing difficulties and oxygen starvation in the host body. But within months new symptoms were added to this list including loss of taste and smell, two senses linked to brain function.
This raised the question of whether COVID was also impacting the brain.


Cognition and SLTs 

Cognition and the ability to communicate 


COVID can impact speech, language and communication in many ways, whether as a result of physical interventions such as intubation, or longer-term cognitive issues. 

It is also proven that COVID heightens the probability of complications such as stroke, and the associated impact on speech and communication*.

Below you will find a number of our key assessments used to support speech, language and communication needs associated with COVID and related conditions: 





Assess cognitive abilities quickly and reliably 

Age: 16 years + 

Administration: Individual - 15 to 20 minutes 




Quickly measure cognitive and linguistic strengths and weaknesses in five domains (Attention, Memory, Executive Functions, Language, and Visuospatial Skills) 

Age: 18 to 89 years 

Administration: 15 to 30 minutes




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Brief, individually administered battery to assess neuropsychological status 

Age: 12 to 89 years 

Administration: Individual – 30 minutes 




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An assessment of verbal learning and memory deficits in adults 

Age: 16 to 89 years 

Administration: 30 minutes, plus a 30 minute delay 




An ecologically valid, performance based measure of functional abilities with an emphasis on instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) skills 

Age: 16 to 90:11 years 

Administration: Individual – 15 minutes 



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A complete battery and a bedside instrument to quickly diagnose moderate to severe aphasia 

Age: 18 to 89 years 

Administration: Individual - 30 to 45 minutes; bedside WAB-R: 15 minutes 






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