Update on Neuroscience Applications to Treatment of Cognitive Disorders

presented by Martha Burns

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This course will review the current neuroscience on cognitive and communication disorders associated with traumatic head injury and early stage dementias. The course will stress clinical aspects of patient management. The focus of the second section will be a review and demonstration of cognitive assessments available for use by SLP's and other allied health professionals. The course will conclude with an overview of evidence-based interventions for attention, memory and executive function.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Martha Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA

    Dr. Martha S. Burns has been a practicing speech language pathologist in the Chicago area for over 40 years. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, department of communication sciences and disorders, and has been a consultant to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 35 years. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received honors from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University. Dr. Burns has authored 3 books and over 100 book chapters and articles. Doody’s Rating Service selected her book on the Right Hemisphere published through Aspen Press as one of the best health sciences books of 1997. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by The Psychological Corporation.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Neuroscience Update

    1. Neuroscience Update

    Recognize and discuss network theory, fiber tract organization and connectomes. Describe modular organization of inferior frontal gyrus and posterior superior temporal lobe. Describe connectomes and potential treatment applications

  2. Assessment and

    2. Assessment and "How" of Treatment Overview

    Utilize basic cognitive assessments for adults with TBI, stroke and early dementia. Describe neuromodulators associated with recovery. Utilize treatment techniques that upregulate and enhance neuroplastic brain changes.

  3. Treatment Review of Evidence Based Interventions

    3. Treatment Review of Evidence Based Interventions

    Utilize treatment interventions for attention. Utilize treatment interventions for memory. Utilize treatment interventions for executive function.