Evidence Based Treatments for Word Retrieval Impairments in Aphasia

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Presenter:  Anastasia Raymer, PhD, CCC-SLP
This course reviews several perspectives that influence aphasia treatment for word retrieval impairments in aphasia, including the animal models of neuroplasticity, the World Health Organization (WHO) Model of Functioning, Disability, and Health, cognitive neuropsychological models of word retrieval, and methods of evidence based practice.  Recent research will be highlighted contrasting restorative and reorganization approaches to the treatment of word retrieval impairments in stroke induced aphasia, including results of recent systematic reviews.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three components of the WHO model of disability
  • State at least three principles of neuroplasticity in rehabilitation practice garnered from animal models
  • Describe three key components of the cognitive neuropsychological model of word retrieval
  • Describe at least three components of an unbiased systematic review
  • Describe two restorative treatment approaches for addressing noun and verb retrieval impairments in aphasia
  • Describe two reorganization approaches to word retrieval treatment implementing limb movements
About Anastasia: Dr. Anastasia Raymer, Ph D, CCC SLP research pursuits have centered on the study of the behavioral and neural correlates of impairments of language and limb praxis associated with stroke, including rehabilitation of those disorders. Her research is funded by the NIH (NICDC). Dr. Raymer publishes on a regular basis in peer-reviewed journals and presents her research at meetings of ASHA, International Neuropsychological Society, Academy of Aphasia, and Clinical Aphasiology. In addition, she have served as Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Division 2: Neurophysiology & Neurogenic Speech & Language Disorders, and is an ASHA Fellows

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:

5 Minutes:  Introduction
20 Minutes:  Principles of neuroplasticity in animal literature:  implications for clinical practice
60 Minutes:  Restorative semantic/phonological treatments for word retrieval in aphasi
20 Minutes:  Error-less treatment of word retrieval impairments
40 Minutes:  Other factors influencing generalization 
30 Minutes:  Reorganization approaches to word retrieval treatment
20 Minutes:  Contrasting restorative and reorganization approaches in word retrieval
10 Minutes:  Focus on constraint induced language therapy (CILT) for aphasia
20 Minutes:  Evidence based practice and high quality systematic reviews
20 Minutes:  Systematic Reviews reporting word retrieval outcomes
10 Minutes: Quality of systematic reviews in aphasia
10 Minutes:  Discussion

Disclosure Statement: 
Financial: Anastasia Raymer is a speaker for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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