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Neural Plasticity: Can it Inform the Treatment of Dysphagia?


Presented by Jeffrey Kleim, PhD

Registration Fee: $297 for Speech-Language Pathologists




After this course, you will be able to…

  • Explain the concept of neural plasticity with examples.
  • Explain the behavioral/neural signals driving plasticity.
  • Describe the neural and behavioral strategies mediating the effective treatment of dysphagia in the context of neural plasticity.
  • Describe the factors influencing neural plasticity in the context of treating dysphagia.


  • 0-20 minutes: Introduction
  • 20-160 minutes: Neuroanatomy
  • 160-190 minutes: Cognition and Language
  • 190-230 minutes: Neurology Diagnostics
  • 230-305 minutes: Impairments and Diagnoses
  • 305-370 minutes: Assessment
  • 370-410 minutes: Treatment
  • 410-565 minutes: Case Application
  • 565-570 minutes: Take Home Messages


  • 0-30 minutes: What Is Neural Plasticity?
  • 30-60 minutes: How Do We Measure Neural Plasticity?
  • 60-75 minutes: Experience-Dependent Neural Plasticity: Historical Introduction
  • 75-90 minutes: Experience-Dependent Neural Plasticity: Motor Learning
  • 90-105 minutes: Experience-Dependent Neural Plasticity: Sensory Learning
  • 105-120 minutes: Experience-Dependent Neural Plasticity: Cognitive Learning.
  • 120-135 minutes: Behavioral Signals Driving Plasticity: Where Is Memory Stored in The Brain?
  • 135-150 minutes: Behavioral Signals Driving Plasticity: Use It or Lose It
  • 150-165 minutes: Behavioral Signals Driving Plasticity: Repetition, Intensity, and Timing
  • 165-180 minutes: Behavioral Signals Driving Plasticity: Salience, Difficulty and Specificity
  • 180-210 minutes: Neural Signals Driving Plasticity: Neural Activity
  • 210-240 minutes: Neural Signals Driving Plasticity: Cell Signaling
  • 240-260 minutes: Anatomical Substrates of Swallowing: Biomechanics
  • 260-280 minutes: Neural Substrates of Swallowing: Cortical and Pontomedullary Systems
  • 280-300 minutes: Neurological Causes of Dysphagia
  • 300-320 minutes: Recovery Vs Compensation in Neurorehabilitation
  • 320-340 minutes: Recovery Vs Compensation: Behavioral Strategies
  • 340-360 minutes: Recovery Vs Compensation: Neural Strategies
  • 360-390 minutes: Driving Behavioral Signals to Enhance Clinical Outcome
  • 390-420 minutes: Driving Neural Signals to Enhance Clinical Outcome
  • 420-440 minutes: Factors Influencing Plasticity and Clinical Outcome: Development and Aging
  • 440-460 minutes: Factors Influencing Plasticity and Clinical Outcome: Residual Function
  • 460-480 minutes: Factors Influencing Plasticity and Clinical Outcome: Biomarkers

Speaker Information and Disclosures

Dr. Kleim has his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and has worked closely with PTs, OTs and SLPs over the last 25 years to try and understand how neuroplastic changes within the CNS mediate functional recovery across numerous domains. He also serves on the editorial advisory boards for the Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and the Journal of Physical Therapy.  His main focus is to develop adjuvant therapies to promote brain plasticity and enhance functional recovery after brain injury or disease.  In other words…to harness the brain’s innate ability to adapt in order to create novel, more effective rehabilitation strategies.  As a researcher with over 90 papers published about neuroplasticity and exercise, he is neck-deep in this topic- a topic critical to our work as dysphagia-treating clinicians


Dr. Kleim receives a salary from Arizona State University. He receives grants and research support from NINDS, AHA, and ASU. He is a consultant for Dart Neuroscience and receives a speaker fee from Fondazione Prada. Dr. Kleim will receive a speaking fee from MedSLP Education for this presentation.

No non-financial disclosures.

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