Principles of Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning: Implications for Neurorehabilitation

Live Broadcast: Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 1:00 pm (EST).
Recording Expires: Thursday, September 13, 2018.

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Join Dr. Stacie Raymer and Dr. Rachel Johnson for a discussion on Principles of Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning: Implications for Neurorehabilitation. Principles of neuroplasticity include treatment variables that address the content of training (use it, salience), and timing of treatment (repetition, intensity) (Kleim, 2011; Kleim & Jones, 2008). Principles of motor learning (PML), adapted from limb motor learning research on nonspeech motor tasks pertain to conditions of practice and augmented feedback (Schmidt & Lee, 2011). In this seminar, we will describe these principles and how they might influence daily treatment decisions in neurologic communication disorders.

Learner outcomes:

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • State two principles of neuroplasticity relevant to aphasia treatment research. 
  • Describe two principles of motor learning with implications for treatment of apraxia of speech. 
  • Define two types of augmented feedback and how they facilitate learning.


Rachel Johnson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Old Dominion University. Her research investigates methods to improve communication outcomes in individuals with neuromotor speech disorders, including application of motor learning principles and use of augmentative and alternative communication systems.

Stacie Raymer, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Communication Disorders & Special Education at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. For 30 years her research has examined lexical and praxis disorders and means to promote their optimal rehabilitation. She has published more than 50 articles and chapters and is an ASHA Fellow.


ANCDS Members: No charge!
Non-Members: $50

Speaker Disclosures:

Rachel Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP
Financial: Dr. Johnson receives salary from Old Dominion University.
Non-Financial: Dr. Johnson is a member of ANCDS and serves on the Education and Standards Committee. She is a member of ASHA and ASHA Special Interest Group 2 and 12. She also serves as an occasional reviewer for peer-reviewed journals.

Stacie Raymer, PhD, CCC-SLP
Financial: Dr. Raymer receives salary from Old Dominion University.
Non-Financial: Dr. Raymer is a member and serves on the board of ANCDS. She is a member of ASHA and serves on the editorial board for American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.


This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)