z Neuroplasticity and Implications for Recovery of Stroke

$ 40.00

Description: This self-paced online course will review the new research on recovery from stroke including what is known about the period of diaschisis, early natural recovery mechanisms, and treatment driven neuroplastic recovery mechanisms.  The third section will provide the primary practical focus of the talk on the “what of therapy” and the “how of therapy” – how content and methodology work together to drive permanent plastic changes in the brain. In selecting the content of therapy sessions, neuroplasticity research has shown the importance of precise selection of stimuli and tasks that target specific neural systems.  The course will review known information about specific OT, PT and SLP treatments with ample evidence basis for treatment of stroke. In determining the methodology, the course will review research on specific neuromodulators of neuroplasticity and emphasize how therapists can work to maximize patient attention, motivation and  retention of material.

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

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

  1. Describe the early physiological recovery processes after stroke and how they affect assessment in early post-stroke acute care settings.
  2. Utilize research on treatment driven neuroplastic recovery mechanisms to select evidence-based post stroke treatment content for OT, PT and Speech.
  3. Utilize research on treatment driven neuroplastic recovery mechanisms to maximize upregulation of neuromodulators of motivation including dopamine.
  4. Utilize research on treatment driven neuroplastic recovery mechanisms to maximize upregulation of neuromodulators of attention including acetylcholine and norepinephrine.
  5. Design treatment programs that are balanced with appropriately selected content and methods that maintain patient confidence and maximize outcomes.

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

Successful Completion: After viewing the 1.5 hour pre-recorded webinar, you will complete a course evaluation and take a 5 question assessment. You may download copies of your certificate from the RIC Learning Portal or request a copy to be sent to you by mail.


Financial -  Receives royalties for teaching this course from  the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 
Non-Financial -  No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist

Continuing Education Credits

Physical Therapy 

This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. 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 Hours.

Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago 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. 

Speech-Language Pathology

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

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.

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


Occupational Therapists OTA and PTA Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists