Nov 5-6, 2021, Evidence-Based Aphasia Treatments: Principles and Procedures for the Practicing Clinician
Nov 5-6, 2021, Evidence-Based Aphasia Treatments: Principles and Procedures for the Practicing Clinician

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, regardless of the treatment being administered. This workshop describes the rationale, principles and procedures for administering several aphasia treatment techniques including those that target impairments in semantics, phonology, and syntax. Treatments that focus on the activity-participation levels are also addressed. Videotaped patient examples illustrate these interventions with patients that present with severe, moderate, and milder severities of aphasia. Issues related to inpatient, outpatient and home health treatment are discussed.

Speaker biography

Leora R. Cherney, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, FACRM is the Scientific Chair of Think and Speak at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and Professor of both Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences & Disorders at Northwestern University. She has 40 years of clinical and research experience in the area of adult neurologic communication disorders. She is the founder and director of SRAlab’s Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment which offers an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP) and weekly aphasia community groups. Her innovative, cutting-edge research has explored factors to enhance aphasia treatment outcomes for behavioral, pharmacological, and neuromodulatory interventions. Dr. Cherney has authored over 100 journal publications and five books. She has received numerous prestigious awards including: Honors of both the Illinois and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; Honors of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences; the ACRM and National Stroke Association Excellence in Post-Acute Stroke award; and the ACRM Women in Rehabilitation Science Award. She regularly presents at workshops and conferences nationally and internationally.

Course Objective(s)

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  1.  Describe a framework for treatment planning in aphasia.
  2.  Describe components related to “dose” of aphasia therapy
  3. List procedures for administering at least three impairment-based treatments for aphasia.  
  4. Describe procedures for administering at least two interventions that address activity and participation.
  5. Discuss how interventions can be adapted for a person with severe aphasia.
  6. Explain how interventions can be modified for a person with a milder aphasia.
Course Outline

Pre course work of 90 minutes, self paced to be completed prior to the live virtual session beginning.

Friday, November 5th - breaks will be provided throughout the course as needed.

12:45pm    Zoom Waiting room opens

1:00pm      Pre-work review and discussion

1:30pm      Treatment Principles: Dose, Complexity and Cues

2:30pm      Videotaped Presentation - Working with a Person with Moderate Aphasia

3:30pm      Other Impairment level Interventions: Phonology

4:30pm      Other Impairment level Interventions: syntax

5:00pm      Adjourn

Saturday, November 6th

7:45am     Zoom waiting room opens

8:00am     Videotaped Presentation - Working with a Person with Severe Aphasia

9:00am     Videotaped Presentation - Working with a Person with Milder Aphasia

10:00am   Activity-Participation Level Interventions

11:00am   Levels of Care and Service Delivery Models for Aphasia

12:00pm   Wrap up and adjourn



Friday November 5th 1-5pm

Saturday November 6th 8am-12pm

Online via ZOOM

Registration Information

Target Audience:  Speech Language Pathologists and Assistants who work with patients with Aphasia. 

Registration: Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, attendance will be limited.

Registration Fee: The registration fee is as follows: 

$150 for Providence employees, $275 for all other participants. Registration fees cover access to course handout and electronic certificate of attendance once the course evaluation has been completed.  

Refund Policy: Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested in writing by October 22, 2021. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

Contact Hours: This course qualifies for 9.5 contact hours for Speech Language Pathologists and Assistants in OR and WA which includes the 90 minutes of pre-work. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.  This course may qualify for continuing education contact hours in additional states.  Please verify your states requirements to determine if the course qualifies for CE credit where you practice.  If you need assistance with CE approval for your state, please email