Language Expression and Comprehension

Language Expression and Comprehension 

Adults can experience language expression and comprehension disorders due to acute neurological insult or chronic and progressive conditions. This course highlights the role of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in screening, performing comprehensive assessment, and developing treatment plans for language expression and comprehension in adults. The learner will engage in understanding use of standardized and informal tests and developing an evidence-based plan of care based on assessment results.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional Area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.50 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-LEC
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between language expression and comprehension disorders.
Describe how to perform a comprehensive assessment of language expression and comprehension in adults.
Identify at least four treatment interventions for adults with communication disorders.


Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Overview of Language and Interventions

Meet Maria

Overview of Language

General Considerations



Section 3: Overview and Assessment of Language Disorders

Etiology of Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders

Aphasia: Description and Etiology

Aphasia: Classification

Aphasia: Symptoms

Aphasia: Assessment

Cognitive-Linguistic Deficits: Symptoms

Cognitive-Linguistic Deficits: Assessment

What About Maria?



Section 4: Treatment of Aphasia

Expressive Language Treatments

Receptive Language Treatments

Both Expressive and Receptive Language Treatments

What Helped Maria?



Section 5: Treatment of Cognitive-Linguistic Deficits

Basic Foundations

Attention Training

General Approaches

Cognitive-Based Therapy


Higher Level Activities

What Helped Maria?



Section 6: Conclusion

Course Contributor




Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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