Aphasia Assessment, Treatment & Considerations in Goal Setting

This is an ON-DEMAND COURSE that is accessed virtually using the Academy Learning Portal. You will have 3 months from the date of registration to complete and review course materials. 

DESCRIPTION: In recent years, there has been a proliferation of research targeting various aspects of aphasia treatment.  These range from studies addressing the development, theoretical underpinnings and efficacy of specific treatments to more general issues such as intensity and dose that impact learning and outcomes. In this online, self-paced course, participants will have an opportunity to view modules on assessment, treatment planning, principles and considerations and goal setting.  Additionally, a peer reviewed article related to treatment planning and considerations will be read by participants. Participants will apply fundamental knowledge to case-based scenarios, calculations of intervention intensities and translate theoretical underpinnings to practical daily application.


  • ­­Julia Carpenter, MA, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, Clinical Practice Leader for Speech-Language Pathology Research, Speech-Language Pathologist, Center for Aphasia Research & Treatment, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • Leora R. Cherney, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, FACRM, Scientific Chair, Think + Speak Lab, Director, Center for Aphasia Research & Treatment, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Northwestern University
  • Caitlin Ferrer, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Adjunct Professor, Speech-Language Pathology, College of Health & Science, DePaul University


AUDIENCE: Speech-Language Pathologists

SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION:  This is an on-demand course. To successfully complete this course, participants must review all five hours of required recordings and material. You will complete an assessment and evaluation through the Academy Leaning Portal. You will have access for 90 days from the date of registration to complete and review the course materials. 

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

  • Identify common assessment practices and limitations
  • Summarize models of lexical processing in order to assess the underlying language system
  • Review elements important to the selection of intervention targets
  • Discuss factors such as type, severity, and chronicity of aphasia that influence goal-setting and the development of a treatment plan
  • Describe components related to optimal “dose” of aphasia therapy and implications for treatment planning and scheduling


Speech-Language Pathologists:

 Technology Requirements:

To participate, you will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High-speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 

  • Internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or better)
  • Web browser: Latest stable version of one of the following: Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to audio files
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer, as it is not supported.


Speech Language Pathologists