Updates in Neuroscience: How Therapy Changes the Brain

Description: The human brain is a remarkably plastic organ – changed by experience and selectively pruned with disuse throughout our lives. This webinar will cover the newest research on how therapy drives neuroplastic change, especially after brain injury. The webinar will distinguish between what is understood about natural and therapeutically driven recovery processes. Research on the effects of therapy on sensory and motor function, perceptual skills, speech, language and cognition will be emphasized. The course is designed as a practical guide for clinicians to develop evidenced based intervention approaches for their patients.

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

  • Describe new brain plasticity research on how therapy changes the human brain
  • Identify how the new research impacts timing of treatment to coincide with natural recovery processes
  • Generalize the new research for goal setting in PT, OT and Speech
  • Recognize how the new research on treatment intensity and frequency applies to select adjunctive evidence-based technological interventions

Instructor: Martha S. Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Ad Hoc Joint Appointment Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, 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

Physical Therapy 

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

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

Occupational Therapy 

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This introductory level program awards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hour. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 2: OT Process

Speech-Language Pathology


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


Financial -  Receives an honorarium for teaching this webinar from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Non-Financial -  No relevant non-financial relationship exists

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 Occupational Therapists OTA and PTA Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists