presented by Lisa A. Edmonds
The purpose of this course is to provide information regarding the clinical and theoretical basis for VNeST. The course will include a description of the clinical problem, a review of lexical retrieval and sentence production models, and an explanation of the Verb Network. The course concludes by consolidating all of this information to apply it to every day practice.
Lisa A. Edmonds, PhD, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and Associate Professor/Program Director for Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Edmonds received her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin and her MA degree from The Ohio State University. Prior to her current position at Columbia, Dr. Edmonds was an Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences Disorders at The University of Florida and a Research Health Scientist at the Brain Rehabilitation and Research Center of Excellence at the Malcom Randall VA in Gainesville, FL. She was funded with a VA Merit grant to conduct a clinical trial with Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST), a treatment she developed to improve sentence production and discourse in persons with aphasia. At Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Edmonds directs the Aphasia Rehabilitation and Bilingualism Research Lab. Her lab aims to: 1) develop and test treatment approaches and outcome measures for aphasia, including bilingual aphasia, 2) understand mechanisms of improvement resulting from various treatment approaches, 3) evaluate outcomes of treatments delivered via teletherapy, 4) develop assessment measures and treatment protocols that incorporate typing and computer use, and 5) describe normal language and related impairments in aphasia via various methodologies, including eye tracking. Most of the treatments developed in the lab are multi-modality (include spoken and written production and comprehension) and aim to facilitate generalized improvement to the production of spoken and written output in sentences and discourse. Dr. Edmonds’ primary research goal is to conduct clinical studies that can be translated for use by speech-language pathologists working in the field. She hopes that her courses provide information and tools helpful to practicing clinicians, and she welcomes follow-up questions via email.
The first chapter of this course will explain the clinical problem with regard to facilitating improvement to sentences and discourse in aphasia and provide definitions and examples of generalization.
This course describes theoretical basic single word and sentence production models that provide an important basis for clinical reasoning.
This chapter will provide Information regarding relationship between verbs and their thematic roles (The Verb Network), and will describe evidence for co-activation of verbs and thematic roles. After viewing this chapter, participants will be able to explain how these relationships can theoretically be activated for promotion of generalization.
What does all of this theoretical background and research evidence mean for every day care of patients? This chapter puts it all together and applies the information from this course to clinical practice.