Chapter 15

Neurocognitive Disorders

Set H

Time Pressure Management (TPM)

An approach to dealing with attention deficits which aims not to try to improve attention itself, but to provide clients with some compensatory skills that will allow them to effectively manage their slowed information processing.

Vascular Dementia

A degenerative cerebrovascular disease that leads to a progressive decline in memory and cognitive functioning.

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD)

A fatal infectious disease that attacks the brain and central nervous system. Commonly known as ‘mad cow disease’.

Wernicke's Aphasia

A deficit in the comprehension of speech involving difficulties in recognizing spoken words and converting thoughts into words.

Wisconsin Card Sorting Task

A widely used test of executive functioning where individuals must sort cards for a number of trials using one rule (e.g. colour) and then sort cards using a different rule (e.g. shape).

Thrombolytic Therapy

The use of drugs to break up or dissolve blood clots - one of the main causes of strokes.

Visual Imagery Mnemonics

A technique for teaching remembering strategies in order to help store and retrieve items and events to be remembered.

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)

A test designed to measure intelligence in adults and older adolescents. It contains scales that measure a number of areas such as vocabulary, arithmetic ability, digit span, information comprehension, reasoning ability, symbol search & object assembly ability.