Mindful Aphasia-Apraxia Treatment: Exploiting Neuroplasticity

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Presenter:  William Connors, M.A., CCC-SLP, Certified TCC provider
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Estimates are that more than 2 million citizens of Canada and the USA continue to endure the hope-robbing and independence-depriving effects of aphasia and its related disorders. This highly interactive presentation shared with SLPs innovative treatment protocols, materials and technology-based tools that exploit neuroplasticity to enhance clinical skills and assist in the integration of existing scientific evidence and patient values into aphasia rehabilitation. The presentation format included: lecture, discussion and active participation. It also included the demonstration of and participation in real-time distance therapy (telepractice) and demonstration videos. Techniques to implement clinical, formative assessment and to facilitate data collection were presented as well smart ways to address weaknesses in the cognitive underpinnings for language recovery such as verbal working memory, flexibility of thought, problem solving and attention skills. Areas of focus also included treatments specific to: initiating self reliance and independent practice; training coaches; apraxia; auditory comprehension; alexia; letter-by-letter reading; agraphia; keyboarding; verbal working memory; attention; cost-benefit of intensive aphasia treatment; critical elements of acute vs. ongoing treatment; use of groups; and working with younger-generation clients with aphasia. The workshop is appropriate for all clinicians of all experiential levels including those focusing on school-age children.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify 10 techniques to simplify, adapt and maximize information technology for aphasia, alexia, agraphia and cognitive therapy.
  • Identify 10 key cognitive/mental processes that underpin and support language and its rehabilitation and incorporate these into treatment protocol development and application.
  • Identify 10 techniques, tools, professional issues, and platforms for effective use of telepractice in providing treatment at a distance including individual and group work.
  • Identify 10 observation and analysis techniques of aphasic client behavior to use in applying evidence-based treatment to maximize rehabilitation activities and effectively train caregivers/coaches participation in the treatment process. 
About Bill: Bill Connors combines technology and neuroscience with current evidence to advance the treatment and recovery of acquired communication problems with a focus of delivering services at a distance.  He has presented at numerous venues internationally, has provided treatment daily via telepractice for 11 years, and collaborates with SLPs worldwide online.  A clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, he also chaired its Medical Center’s SLP Rehab committee assisting on numerous aphasia-related research studies.  

He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and serves on the telepractice committees of the PA and OH SLP associations.  He is collaborating with Bloomsburg University, PA USA to introduce telepractice into the graduate CSD curriculum.   Bill founded the Telepractice Certification Community and its website, telepracticecommunity.com®, in 2015 in order to provide training, information and ongoing professional and peer support for rehab specialists wanting to work with clients via telepractice.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.7 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline: 

75 minutes: Define Aphasia and related disorders; intro to treatment and telepractice demo 

75 minutes: Review of neuroplasticity principles;  Evidence-based practice discussion  

75 minutes: Addressing the effects of Apraxia on articulation, phonation and gestural  representation, motor planning and execution. 

45 minutes: Addressing phonological and syllable structure issues. 

45 minutes: Incorporating work on the cognitive underpinnings for language              

30 minutes: Treatment techniques and materials for alexia and agraphia 

60 minutes: Program Design and implementation for neuroplasticity; discuss materials, technology and evidence-based support 

15 minutes: Summary, Q&A, Focus on propositional speech and fostering independence

Disclosure Statement:

Financial: William Connors is a speaker for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties. He is also the owner of and works for aphasiatoolbox® and The Telepractice Certification Community® 

Nonfinancial: William Conners is a Board Member for the Brain Recovery Crew Connection and is a member of the National Aphasia Association.

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