Updates in Neuroplasticity and Implications for Stroke Recovery

Description: This course will review current neuroscience research on neuroplasticity and the human connectome project (mapping human brain connectivity) relevant to stroke recovery. The focus will be on our current knowledge about the human brain as an experience dependent organ. The course will review in practical terms how therapists facilitate and maximize natural recovery processes as well as how therapy changes the brain even in chronic stroke patients.

Instructor: Martha S. Burns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech Language Pathologists, Registered Nurses

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

  • Summarize diaschesis and other natural recovery processes to develop goals for patients in the acute stage of recovery.
  • Discuss research on best practices for driving experience-based changes in recovery processes during chronic recovery periods.
  • Give examples of short and long-term goals based on evidence-based practice designed to maximize recovery outcomes in stroke patients.

    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

    Physical Therapy 

    This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

    Occupational Therapy 

    The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level program awards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1: Occupational Therapy Process

    Speech-Language Pathology

    This course is offered for 0.1 5CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).Disclosures

    Financial - Receives honoraria for teaching this course from  the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; 
    Non-Financial - No relevant non-financial relationship exist

    Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

    • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
    • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

    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 Nurses Occupational Therapists OTA and PTA Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists