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Thematic Language Stimulation

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Thematic Language Stimulation is a specific aphasia treatment approach, designed to change language performance, and bridge traditional clinical activities with functional conversation. This course describes its principles, along with those of stimulation theory in general. It provides examples of the approach, and trains attendees in its use. Finally, it instructs participants in skills and formats for creating their own TLS units, based upon the unique needs of their clients.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to list two major principles of aphasia stimulation therapy.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list two ways TLS differs from traditional aphasia stimulation therapy.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list two elements that should be considered in the creation of a TLS unit.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-15 Minutes Introduction and philosophy of TLS
15-25 Minutes Brain function, stimulation theory, research evidence
25-40 Minutes TLS for assessment and treatment
40-55 Minutes Creating TLS Units
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Course Presenters

shirley morganstein

Shirley Morganstein, M.A., CCC-SLP


marilyn certner smith

Marilyn Certner Smith, M.A., CCC-SLP

Shirley Morganstein and Marilyn Certner Smith collaborated together in formulating and developing Thematic Language Stimulation. Their work has been presented at state and ASHA speech and hearing association conventions, and is described in chapter sixteen of Roberta Chapey’s text, Language Intervention Strategies in Adult Aphasia.   In 2004, they formed a life participation private practice in Montclair, New Jersey called, Speaking of Aphasia.   Since then, they have enjoyed the partnerships formed with their clients in “getting back to life,” as well as the opportunity to teach courses on topics relevant to aphasia. 

Shirley Morganstein and Marilyn Certner Smith are the authors of a workbook entitled, Thematic Language Stimulation, which is based upon the material in this presentation, and for which they receive earned income.  


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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)


Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.