The 10 Principles of Neuroplasticity are evidence-based ways to leverage neuroplasticity into treatment techniques for people with aphasia. Using these principles as a basis for therapy has been proven to help patients with physical, cognitive, behavioral and communicative impairments to maximize potential during therapy.
Furthermore, if these principles are leveraged in connection with an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device they can lead to the most effective long-term use of the device.
When a speech-language pathologist (SLP) teaches an individual with aphasia to use an AAC device for communication, it’s important that he or she incorporate training techniques that allow the individual to be successful in their rehabilitation journey. Many times, SLPs turn on an AAC device and think, “How can I make this relevant for my client over the long term?” It’s a great question, and we believe that reviewing each principle of neuroplasticity and associating a complementary strategy that leads to greater device integration is the answer.
Here are the 10 principles and associated treatment exercises that can be conducted using a device during therapy sessions with an individual.