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Course # 5354
Thematic Language Stimulation

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

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.
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on April 7, 2012


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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

Average Rating

(230 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 97 most recent comments out of 230 reviews

Review by: Member on November 11, 2015
Review by: Member on November 11, 2015
well-organized and thoroughly covered the topic from theory to practicality
Review by: Member on October 26, 2015
Presented good info, but not in an engaging manner
Review by: Catherine on October 13, 2015
Clear and concise explanations; Very good examples.
Review by: Member on October 9, 2015
The presenters pacing through the material felt a bit slow. The first 38 minutes were spent mostly on background with about 15 minutes of practicals at the end. I felt as though the 38 minutes could have been condensed somewhat.
Review by: Vanessa on September 28, 2015
Was not what I expected. I had not read the course description in detail, only the title of the course. Information was a bit dry, not that informative. Not very practical information.
Review by: Member on September 25, 2015
The slides and the examples
Review by: Member on September 20, 2015
Description of varied activities to achieve goals.
Review by: Member on September 16, 2015
Clearly presented
Review by: Member on September 9, 2015
very informative
Review by: Rebecca on September 6, 2015
very useful information
Review by: Rosa L on September 4, 2015
Clear, organized and relevant!
Review by: Pam on August 30, 2015
Provided examples of how to use TLS
Review by: Member on August 24, 2015
Review by: Member on August 11, 2015
Application of concepts and use of examples
Review by: valbea on July 29, 2015
The abc Of exercises
Review by: Debra on July 23, 2015
Morganstein and Certner-Smith were excellent presenters. They are very knowledgeable and organized. I learned so much from this presentation.
Review by: Stephanie on July 23, 2015
The information was presented ina very clear fashion..
Review by: Jan on June 3, 2015
Explanations were clear and concise.
Review by: Jason on June 1, 2015
clearly presented.
Review by: Kelly on May 31, 2015
Well organized and excellent power point presentation
Review by: Jeanne on May 16, 2015
Very practical and easy to implement! I loved that the presenters provided an example of how TLS is actually carried out.
Review by: Sarah on April 2, 2015
Good examples of treatment method
Review by: Diane on March 27, 2015
Organized presentation with good examples
Review by: Valerie on March 23, 2015
Good info
Review by: Annette on February 1, 2015
descriptions of exercises, examples
Review by: Julie on January 24, 2015
The presenters were very knowledge and provided good information.
Review by: Laurie on January 10, 2015
Review by: Lisa on December 12, 2014
It was wonderful to get concrete information on a step-by-step process that can be implemented (with modifications as appropriate) into my own therapy practice. So many courses are very theory-based and don't necessarily give me any tricks to put in my bag-but this one does. Thanks!
Review by: Kathryn on October 30, 2014
Very enlightening and will improve my approach to aphasia therapy
Review by: Rachel on September 9, 2014
Example exercises
Review by: Jennifer on September 8, 2014
A very clear Presentation of the method that can be immediately put in to use in therapy. It seems like a clear and concise methodology.
Review by: Sandy on June 18, 2014
They explained things very well and provided practical examples.
Review by: Deborah on December 3, 2013
very well organized presented with clarity and comprehensive
Review by: Carolyn on November 24, 2013
Content, examples of strategies, etc.
Review by: Beverly on October 13, 2013
Good presentation of therapeutic exercises to utilize for TLS. Both presenters are extremely knowledgeable.
Review by: Martha on October 8, 2013
clear and organized presentation of materials from the philosophical underpinnings to practical tx examples
Review by: Sandy on August 27, 2013
Interesting approach to treatment
Review by: Annette on May 1, 2013
Thw organization of material.
Review by: Stacey on April 22, 2013
Functional information to be used for therapy with aphasia patients
Review by: Jean on February 14, 2013
i like having 2 presenters - the alternate manner of presentation helps to keep the listener's interest;good material and well presented.
Review by: Valarie on February 2, 2013
The information provided was information that I can benefit from; also, the speakers were clear. The content was easy to comprehend.
Review by: April on January 28, 2013
Gave concrete therapy ideas
Review by: Julie on January 17, 2013
clearly presented with activities that could be utilized.
Review by: Catherine on January 16, 2013
the specific examples for the activities and knowledge of the presenters.
Review by: Leslie on January 13, 2013
I love operating in thematic units. It makes so much sense. I did it when I was a school-based SLP and will now use it as a Home Health SLP with my patients who have aphasia. Yea! my right brain is singing!
Review by: David on January 2, 2013
The focus on practical topics that are of interest to the client presented in a structured and flexible manner.
Review by: Angie on December 31, 2012
refreshing, innovative elements, neurobasis is inspiring
Review by: Ginger on December 30, 2012
Great Handouts! Easy to follow and understand.
Review by: Linda on December 21, 2012
usable information from a neurobehavioral approach. very powerful.
Review by: Margaret on December 17, 2012
Well supported with research and examples.
Review by: Renee on December 14, 2012
Examples provided!
Review by: Debra on December 12, 2012
Organized and well presented
Review by: Pamela on December 5, 2012
Very well organized, and moved along quickly after making each point, without belaboring it.
Review by: Katherine on November 30, 2012
Good description of theoretical rationale then concrete examples of how exercises are developed. Thank you!
Review by: Dawn on November 26, 2012
Good content and examples.
Review by: Cheryl on November 22, 2012
It was perfect for a client I have recently evaluated. I will use every bit of this to design therapy and continue my on going eval.
Review by: Cashwell L. on November 16, 2012
The TLS approach allows for more individualized tx for the patient.
Review by: Maggie on November 3, 2012
good suggestion to organize around themes and avoid jumping between random topics from day to day
Review by: Sandra on October 29, 2012
The presenters helped to make the information easily understandable. thank you!
Review by: Anne on October 15, 2012
Clarity of presentation and slides.
Review by: Donna M. on September 30, 2012
the visual presentation
Review by: Zoe on September 10, 2012
sequence of course outline to activities
Review by: Michelle on August 24, 2012
The reinforcement that if treatment is personalized for each client/patient, it increases their motivation and in turn has more suggestable positive communication outcomes.
Review by: Christine on August 12, 2012
The specific outline of TLS exercises.
Review by: Paula on July 28, 2012
good focus on using a client's interests to drive the theme of the therapy
Review by: Andrea on July 27, 2012
Very well organized, clearly presented, and specific examples how to use in treatment were provided
Review by: Jan on July 27, 2012
Relating to their suggestions to my experiences working with clients with aphasia.
Review by: Danielle on July 24, 2012
clear tx protocols
Review by: Lanita on July 24, 2012
Well organized; however I would have enjoyed more practical application
Review by: Melisa on July 21, 2012
The two ladies presented the material in a manner that was easy to understand and remember.
Review by: Patricia on July 15, 2012
It built upon a previous learning experience that I have used in therapy sessions
Review by: Karen on July 12, 2012
The examples of how to go about providing therapy were helpful
Review by: Kelly on June 22, 2012
The presentation was well organized, used an affective multi-modality approach, and provided excellent examples,
Review by: Jeanne on June 20, 2012
Presented in a easily understood manner.
Review by: Ann on June 17, 2012
Very matter-of-fact and practical information!
Review by: Janice on June 14, 2012
Provided examples of how to use program.
Review by: Art on June 13, 2012
It explained how to implement the theory of TLS in practice.
Review by: Alejandra on June 8, 2012
Good information and examples of therapy techniques
Review by: Sheryl on June 7, 2012
The information was easy to follow. It gave a great overview of TLS.
Review by: Karen on June 6, 2012
I enjoyed this course very much. It was well presented, and interesting!!
Review by: Dwight on June 1, 2012
Very well organized.
Review by: Jacqueline on May 30, 2012
I found it interesting and appreciated the examples given of exercises used in this program.
Review by: Meghan on May 29, 2012
The specific examples for treatment sessions.
Review by: Amanda on May 22, 2012
Good examples provided and well organized.
Review by: Ellyn on May 22, 2012
Examples of various therapy activities
Review by: Betsy Elisabeth on May 9, 2012
direct learning, specific ideas
Review by: Angela on May 6, 2012
practical and well organized
Review by: Sally on May 6, 2012
Handouts; well organized lecture
Review by: Amy on May 3, 2012
very practical, great ideas!
Review by: Migdalia on April 30, 2012
Because it's explain step by step the TLS
Review by: Sheila on April 26, 2012
Presenters were very clear and handouts were comprehensive
Review by: Sara on April 24, 2012
well rganized information
Review by: Lauretta on April 24, 2012
These therapists have it down to a science and employ the same principles taught in their course to their teaching format. Absolutely love the templates provided.
Review by: Leonard on April 17, 2012
It was a comprehensive and concisely designed presentation on TLS with readily usable information.
Review by: Mary on April 12, 2012
Organization-handouts-pace of speakers-vocal intonations and style of speakers.
Review by: catherine on April 8, 2012
reflects some ideas i have had on my own about pts responses improve according to how closely they are interested in subject

Course Information

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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. 

Disclosure: Financial: These presenters own a private practice and authored a book chapter related to this topic. No nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

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

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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