Enhancing Treatment Outcomes by the Strategic Incorporation of Variability During Treatment Sessions

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm MST

picture of Elena PlanteElena Plante, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Plante is a speech-language pathologist and professor at the University of Arizona.  Her teaching and research focuses on the nature, assessment and treatment of developmental language disorder in children and adults.  She has translated basic research on conditions that optimize language learning to treatment contexts.  She has also demonstrated the neurobiological basis of language disorders and language learning, showing the impact of optimized learning conditions on neural systems.   She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies for the last 25 years.

Historically, the vast majority of treatment studies have addressed the question “Does this treatment work [at all] using case study and group treatment methods.  In such studies, treatments often constituted a compilation of individual methods, for which the evidence supporting any one or even the combination of these methods was lacking.  Therefore, it has been hard for clinicians to know what was driving positive outcomes when they occurred.  More recently, treatment research has begun to focus on specific treatment parameters to derive principles that may be applied across treatments.  Many of these are adapted from two decades of work that has focused on conditions that facilitate rapid learning (learning within minutes) by typical individuals.  In this presentation, I will discuss one such principle in relation to a wide variety of treatment goals.  This learning principle states that what is held constant in the input and what is varied strongly dictates what is learned.  This principle appears to hold across various treatment contexts and areas of remediation.  Moreover, it is easily integrated into existing treatment methods, enhancing the learning that may already occur with those methods.

Learner Outcomes
After completing this course, participants will be able to describe the experimental basis of the variability principles, principle in treatment contexts and explain how to structure input to take advantage of the variability effect.

Webinar Fee is free for members and $25 for non-members.
Note: this replay of the live webinar will be available until January 8, 2019.
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Continuing Education

This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, professional area)

Relevant Financial Disclosure: Elena Plante does receive a salary from the NIDCD. She also receives grants for her research.

Relevant Non-Financial Disclosure: Elena Plante does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.