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Principles of Motor Learning and Apraxia of Speech Treatment

presented by Lauren Bislick

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Financial: Lauren Bislick receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Lauren Bislick has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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In the past decade, there has been a trend towards the use of the Principles of Motor Learning (PML) for the treatment of motor speech disorders. In particular, most investigations have focused on the use of the PML for the treatment of acquired apraxia of speech (AOS). These principles identify conditions of practice and types of feedback thought to promote generalization and maintenance of trained skills. Although the research on PML for speech rehabilitation is still in the early stages of investigation, there are some promising results. In addition, the current treatment programs for speakers with AOS incorporate motor learning theory and PML. Findings from the literature will help guide clinical practice by identifying practice and feedback conditions shown to promote generalization and maintenance of trained skills in individuals with acquired AOS, as well as highlight those principles currently incorporated into established treatment programs.

Meet Your Instructor

Lauren Bislick, PhD, CCC-SLP

Lauren Bislick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, FL. Dr. Bislick is the director of the Aquired Neurogenic Communication Disorders (ANCD) Research Lab at UCF, and a research affiliate in the Aphasia Research Lab at the University of Washington…

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1. Motor Learning Review and Apraxia of Speech

This chapter will provide a review of motor learning theory and the PML and theoretical support for the use of these principles in the rehabilitation of AOS. This information provides the foundation from which the remainder of the talk builds upon.

2. The Current Evidence: Practice Conditions & Feedback Conditions

This chapter will discuss the current evidence for the use of the PML in speech skill training/treatment for speakers with AOS. Some of the studies discussed here will have been explained in the previous presentation, “Principles of Motor Learning: The Current Evidence in Speech Training and Treatment.” The outcomes of these investigations, as well as methodological issues that may have led to inconsistent results, will be discussed. A summary of the information will be provided. The information in this chapter will provide examples of how PML have been examined in speakers with AOS, as well as challenges that have led to inconsistent findings.

3. Current Practices and Future Directions

This chapter will cover the current state of AOS treatment and how motor learning theory and the PML are integrated into established treatment protocols. This information informs clinicians about the current state of practice for AOS treatment and how the PML are currently implemented. In addition, considerations for clinical practice and future directions for continued investigation of the PML in AOS rehabilitation will be discussed.

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