Date of Award


Document Type



Communication Disorders

First Reader

Dr. Nancy Hardman

Second Reader

Dr. Jay Curlin

Third Reader

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.



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