According to Wikipedia, over 41.1 million cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the U.S. Of the 41.1 million, over 40.8 million people recovered from the disease. Due to the severity of this disease, the need for isolation, and the often invasive nature of the treatment, many of those who recovered from the disease were left with cognitive deficits, speech and voice problems, and difficulty swallowing.

People with COVID-19 who experienced decreased oxygen to the brain or were on a ventilator, might be confused or disoriented. Mild cognitive problems might now be moderate or severe after recovery. Some long-term cognitive problems include difficulties with memory, attention, problem solving and reasoning skills according to the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Speech pathologists are uniquely prepared to help COVID victims remediate, or compensate, for these deficits.

Memory: Remediation might include exercises and activities targeting memory and recall. Adding in a distraction, or a delay in recall can increase the difficulty level for higher level skills. Compensation might include education on compensatory strategies such as mnemonics or association, followed by exercises for reinforcement.

Memory Game with Distractions for Speech Therapy
This game uses cards in an engaging way to target attention, immediate recall, and delayed recall with the added demand of a distraction. Recall of facts and information from one card are challenged by a distraction on a second card.
This memory game also utilizes the compensatory strategies of repetition, mnemonics, and association, targeting three strategies in one!

Target attention and visual memory by scanning and locating numbers, objects, following a trail or completing a sequence.

This printable worksheet addresses several goals in therapy including attention, visual memory, recall, sequencing, and problem solving. Eight different worksheets from basic to higher level demand areas can be presented one each session, or several in one session depending on your patient’s skill level, target areas, and time constraints. This exercises is perfect for anyone who has difficulty with the clock face, or Trail Making Test A or B.

Problem solving is best addressed with functional activities, that are relevant to the person and incorporate real word problems such as getting dressed, or counting change.

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