Clinical Characteristics and Treatment of Primary Progressive Aphasia

Description: During this webinar, we will learn the clinical and pathophysiological characteristics of Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and explain the clinical and pathophysiological differences of the 3 types of PPA: Logopenic (PPA-L), Semantic (PPA-S) and Agrammatic/Non-Fluent (PPA-G). The presenter will provide a review of the Life Participation Framework and its application to treating PPA. We will review current evidenced-based treatments for PPA including use of external communication aids, conversational scripting and personally relevant word training. The presenter will also discuss the importance of counseling, caregiver education and training in working with patients with Primary Progressive Aphasia. Case Presentations will be utilized to provide salient treatment examples, communication strategies and allow learners opportunities to apply their knowledge.

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

  • Describe clinical and pathophysiological characteristics of PPA.
  • Differentiate clinical characteristics between the 3 subtypes of PPA.
  • State 3 evidenced based treatments for PPA.
  • Express 2 strategies to provide counseling and caregiver education in treatment of PPA.

Instructor: Kathryn T. Borio, M.S., CCC-SLP, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy AssistantsPhysical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Speech-Language Pathologists

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits

Occupational Therapists:

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 04323, This distance learning – independent webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Foundational Knowledge]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical 

Physical Therapists:
The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

Speech-Language Pathologists:

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Kathryn T. Borio, M.S., CCC-SLP
Financial: Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Basic Computer Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported. High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

 Additional requirements include:

  • Web browser: latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
  • Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


    Online Learning Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists