Presenter: Martha S. Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP
– S.A., prior course participant
With the explosion in neuroscience now being applied to clinical populations like autism spectrum disorders, auditory processing disorders, motor speech disorders, language disorders in children and aphasia in adults, as well as neurocognitive disorders, knowledge of basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology is essential.
This online course is for practicing clinicians who would like a quick review of neuroanatomy and overview of newer approaches to neurophysiology for better understanding of the new research applications to the world of the clinician.
This course covers basic components of the human nervous system with emphasis on the central nervous system and cerebrum as well as the physiology of neuronal connections. It then reviews neurodevelopment from the basics of prenatal development to the maturation of major fiber tracts and cortex.
Offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs – 2.5 contact hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:36:08
– S.G., prior course participant
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"Good review of neural systems. This course also had good visuals." A.P. (Sep. 2023)
"The entire review of brain anatomy with all the updated research information was very rewarding in this course." S.S. (Aug. 2023)
"The areas of the brain related to language/phonology was a beneficial topic. I liked the review of all structures of the brain." M.B. (Aug. 2023)
"It was fantastic to have a review of the new literature after not being in graduate school for so long. Also, I really appreciated that the speaker was constantly pointing out how a presented topic of brain anatomy is relevant to an SLP." L.P. (Jul. 2023)
"The speaker was fantastic! She really elevated what could have been a dry topic and kept the entire lecture engaging." L.P. (Jul. 2023)
"Very needed updated information." D.F. (Jun. 2023)
"I enjoyed hearing about all the new research." S.C. (May 2023)
"It was very helpful that the information was tied to practical application for the SLP. Ensuring the patient's attention and engaging them in the activities is critical for positive outcomes. The overall refresher was helpful for me as I am a program leader for our brain injury and stroke programs. I was also interested in the updated research that is taking place at NIH and will be excited to see those results." S.L. (Mar. 2023)
"I liked the way Dr. Burns phrased how the stretching of axons resulting in a TBI affects cognitive-communicative inefficiency, and I will use this with our brain injury patients since many have negative scans and it is difficult to explain DAI to patients." S.L. (Mar. 2023)
"Great content - This area fascinates me. I liked the updated information - it's been a while since I have heard more recent information and research findings." M.B. (Mar. 2023)
"New research. I liked the depth of knowledge provided." M.S. (Mar. 2023)
"The connections to executive function and language were very interesting. The instructor was engaging and the material was very interesting." C.H. (Feb. 2023)
"The development of the prefrontal cortex and how it relates to students that have difficulty with executive function, making sound decisions, and problem-solving. I liked the refresher in anatomy." B.G. (Jan. 2023)
"New research on connectivity and learning. Update on existing knowledge." S.W. (Jan. 2023)
"I plan to apply this new information to speech and language treatment of my pediatric and adult patients." S.A. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked Martha's approach to teaching. Afforded the learner the ability to accomplish a comparative & contrast analyses of "Traditional" vs. "Contemporary" neurology, neuroscience and neurodevelopment required by SLPs for clinical competence." S.A. (Dec. 2022)
"Dementia and neuroscience. Very informative course." J.M. (Dec. 2022)
"New research regarding ASD. I liked review of all parts of the brain." E.G. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning brain function associated with networks and connectomes; neuroplasticity; oscillatory patterns. The images used for the PowerPoint depicted the information very well." J.L. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning correlation between brain tracts and therapy approaches. I liked the use of examples to illustrate difficult concepts." K.F. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the ASD studies. Beneficial information overall." A.B. (Dec. 2022)
"Relevance to education. Charts were most helpful." P.A. (Dec. 2022)
"Clinical application. Great details and review." C.C. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked how Martha tied clinical research to how our treatment is shown to effect physical changes in the brains of our clients." S.J. (Nov. 2022)
"The applications of how learning changes the brain were good. I liked the discussion on brain herniation and all the new research. I liked Martha's energy and knowledge, and how she continues to keep us up to date." I.U. (Oct. 2022)
"I would recommend this course." S.S. (Oct. 2022)
"It was a very good reminder of the functions of the brain and how important each part is to helping a child learn to communicate." K.N. (Sept. 2022)
"The anatomy of areas important for executive function and regulation were beneficial." M.F. (Aug. 2022)
"This course covered a lot of information." K.B. (July 2022)
"What wasn't beneficial! This course was a much needed refresher. Not only did this course jog my memory but I learned so many new things. The visuals and graphics in the course are amazing. I wish we had those in grad school!" J.G. (June 2022)
"Clinical applications – the explanations with diagrams of different brain views were very helpful in understanding." K.S. (June 2022)
"Covered a broad range of topics in the area of neuroscience." L.L. (June 2022)
"Clinical application throughout the course. She was very thorough and the visuals really helped to connect her information." C.G. (June 2022)
"I appreciated the connections to the interventional aspects, and the depth of information." J.B. (May 2022)
"Discussion of fiber tracts, role of thalamus in language, and new clinical research was all good information. I also liked that I was able to go at my own pace." M.C. (May 2022)
"The relationship of the limbic system to functioning of memory and learning was interesting. Each major point was followed by clinical application for the knowledge." J.H. (Apr. 2022)
"Well organized and efficient coverage of extensive education." J.E. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the discussion of implications in clinical practice – a very informative update on neurology." K.V. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the updates on bilateral vs. coordinated whole brain functions. The graphics really help." K.L. (Feb. 2022)
"Liked the presenter's wealth of knowledge. I don't spend a lot of time studying or reading about neurology or neuroscience. It was challenging but stimulating to stretch my knowledge and Dr. Burns was the perfect expert to provide the challenge." S.G. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the activities in session to promote dopamine and help with joy and memory." H.J. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the connection between therapy and changes made in the brain. The speaker provided great examples!" S.G. (Jan. 2022)
"All information was excellent, and was well directed to the SLP field of practice." S.S. (Dec. 2021)
"I enjoyed learning about current research that is happening in the field of neurology." D.Z. (Sept. 2021)
"I was encouraged by research that shows that neuroplasticity lasts longer than we thought. The course was very informative." M.K. (Sept. 2021)
"Love this presenter!" A.B. (Sept. 2021)
"The functions of memory and attention control will be the most beneficial information. This course was very detailed, great visuals, and challenging." G.G. (Jul. 2021)
"I will use this info to help parents understand what we do as therapists and to explain to parents and prospective parents why their role in educating their children begins at birth. The presenter was so knowledgeable that the information flowed from her easily." O.S. (Jul. 2021)
“I very much enjoyed the latest technology used to image anatomy and its function. The course also provided basic information and linked it to more contemporary information.” D.J. (Jun. 2021)
“Excellent information on the necessity of the limbic system/emotional regulation in learning. Updated research information and upcoming research in the field.” T.C. (Jun. 2021)
"The impacts of problems at various stages or within various areas of the brain are good topics. It was very detailed and evidence based." K.R. (May 2021)
“This course was well organized. And in such short time, the speaker was able to convey a good amount of very informative material.” L.A. (Feb. 2021)
Financial — Martha Burns is a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Martha Burns is a paid consultant for Scientific Learning Corporation.
Nonfinancial — Martha Burns has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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ASHA CE Registry Submission:
During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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