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Clinical Application of Research Methodology for Phoneme-Based Rehabilitation for Anomia

Course: #7011 Level: Advanced1.5 Hour 60 Reviews

Traditional therapy approaches for anomia typically focus on compensatory approaches, such as semantic feature analysis and circumlocution, or on whole word naming drills which, unfortunately, show little if any direct generalization in improving naming and word finding to variable communicative contexts. This course will review the research of Diane Kendall, PhD and colleagues and will present a case study which hypothesizes that a different approach, namely phoneme-based rehabilitation, has greater far-reaching effects and can directly improve naming skills across multiple contexts via the application of principles of neuroplasticity and consideration of parallel-distributed processing (PDP) models of communication.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to compare and contrast traditional modular depictions of language learning and processing with the parallel distributed processing model.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how parallel distributed processing accounts for bottom-up processing and activation of language across concept, articulatory motor, acoustic, and orthographic representations.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how concepts of neuroplasticity relate to the efficacy of a phoneme-based approach to treating anomia in people with aphasia.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe how to develop a treatment protocol for anomia based on phoneme-based rehabilitation, allowing necessary modifications due to traditional barriers and variables encountered by the clinical speech-language pathologist.


0-10 Minutes Introduction and Overview
10-30 Minutes Background/Foundational Information
30-50 Minutes Evidence-based Research
50-80 Minutes Case Study/Clinical Application
80-90 Minutes Q&A/Closing Statements


60 Reviews
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