Date of Award
Dr. Nancy Hardman
Dr. Jay Curlin
Dr. Margaret Garrett
Research about the brain's ability to adapt and change is important for speech-language pathologists working with children with language disorders. It offers the possibility to go beyond teaching a simple skill or concept and address the brain itself. Teaching the brain new ways to process information would allow speech-language pathologists to reach the root of the problem, rather than just stopping at the surface symptoms. Research findings in neuroplasticity have important implications for how speech-language pathologists work with language disorders in preschool and school-age children, and techniques based on these findings, such as attention and music training, may produce greater results than methods that merely treat the symptoms.
Gamble, Kiley, "Neuroplasticity and Speech-Language Pathology: What it Means for Language Development and How to Apply it to Therapy" (2013). Honors Theses. 5.