There is increasing scientific evidence that meditation and breath work practices have the potential to improve the structure and function of the brain. This course will review the literature and discuss evidence-based ways to incorporate mindfulness practices into speech, language, cognitive and voice therapy for the adult population. The course will also discuss practical applications including documentation. Offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.
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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.
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation: Social Participation; Performance Skills: Emotional Regulation, Cognition
OT Process: Intervention: Develop & Implement intervention plan; Outcomes: Occupational performance, QoL, Health & Wellness
Jennifer Llado, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Director of Rehabilitation in a long-term acute care hospital in the Boston area. She is also the founder of Bright Side Therapy, LLC, which produces innovative speech therapy materials for adults. Jennifer is the co-author of Mindful Healthcare: 20 Brief Exercises To Get in the Zone with Your Patients. She holds an MS in both Speech-Language Pathology and Leadership specializing in Health Management. She is a graduate of the first ASHA Leadership Development program in 2012. Jennifer is passionate about alternative health care practices and is certified in Reiki and clinical aromatherapy. She is dedicated to bringing consciousness to healthcare and leadership.
Financial — Jennifer Llado is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Jennifer Llado is the founder of Bright Side Therapy, LLC; receives a salary.
Financial — Jennifer Llado is the co-author of Mindful Healthcare: 20 Brief Exercises To Get In The Zone With Your Patients; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Llado has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Brenda Lovette, MS, CCC-SLP, delivers holistic patient-centered treatment in a variety of settings including the Concussion Clinic at Emerson Hospital in Concord Massachusetts, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, and through her private practice, Healthy Expression: Holistic Speech-Language Pathology. She holds an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from UNC Chapel Hill. She is a certified holistic health coach, Reiki practitioner, and registered yoga instructor.
Financial — Brenda Lovette is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Brenda Lovette has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 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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"The Effects of Meditation on the Body and the Effects of Meditation on the Brain is good information for my daily practice. I liked the application of MBSR to various speech-language and cognitive therapies as well as the resources provided at the end for ongoing meditation practice." L.T. (Nov. 2021)
"Examples of treatments and how to utilize them in treatments with patients of varied diagnoses was helpful for my daily practice. Examples of many meditation treatments and studies to support it were good." P.M. (Aug. 2021)
"The research on meditation and executive function, stuttering and language therapy were great for my daily practice. I liked how the presenters gave practical mindfulness activities to weave into therapy sessions." M.D. (July 2021)
"This course helped me with a client who has been avoiding tasks. I want to try to see if Meditation will help. It reminded me of voice therapy and a technique to decrease tension in the larynx." T.E. (June 2021)
“The information on how to incorporate mindfulness into goals within the context of our practice was excellent!” – E.B. (Mar. 2021)
“I have been meditating for a long time and have used some basic strategies with patients and appreciated the research backing this.” – J.C. (Jan. 2021)
“Good presenters and documented research to back up claims.” R.P. (Dec. 2020)
“I'm a huge fan of meditation, so I loved hearing all the research about how beneficial it is.” – A.B. (Nov. 2020)
“I loved how the presenters used so many learning methods and intertwining real practice with how you would state goals and treatments. They also provided notes for presenting with real EBP to back up everything.” – D.F. (Oct. 2020)
“Mindfulness as a therapy practice is a new concept to me but one that I think will be hugely beneficial in my practice. I liked the instruction was clear and concise.” – T.W. (Aug. 2020)
“I found it very interesting the types of practices found useful for various issues of speech, language, and cognition. I liked how meditation techniques could be utilized to address a variety of speech and language goals.” – H.W. (Jul. 2020)
"All of it was beneficial. I found the information on previous research and the recommendations for general application to be very helpful. It was a topic I was unfamiliar with, and now I feel confident in starting to integrate it in my sessions. I really found it to be a great course overall." – C.P. (May 2020)
"I very much appreciated the practical applications in tx along with the goal/documentation examples. More than anything, walking me through the breathing techniques helps me understand and teach more effectively. I liked the functional examples of walking me through it and the evidence based research to support them!" – E.B. (Apr. 2020)
"It is nice to hear about alternative strategies to help patients. The speakers were very knowledgeable." – A.M. (Mar. 2020)
"Finally, a course that cites work relating meditation/yoga/pranayama to what we do as SLPs and explains the importance of use to manage anxiety, etc." – L.J. (Jan. 2020)
"I now have a better understanding of how I can use meditation to assist my practice. I liked the demonstration and documentation examples. Everything was great!" – A.S. (Jan. 2020)
"I thought the discu
“Mindfulness as a therapy practice is a new concept to me but one that I think will be hugely beneficial in my practice. I liked the instruction was clear and concise.” – T.W. (Aug. 2020)
ssion of EBP was especially helpful due to difficulty with buy-in related to meditation practice sometimes encountered. I liked the examples of the guided meditations." – S.G. (Dec. 2019)
"I love the practical applications of specific meditation techniques. Really appreciated the information of possible goals targeted and how the meditation techniques can be implemented as a part of those goals." – J.N. (Nov. 2019)
"I loved this whole course. I loved the topic, instructors, and ability to go at my own pace. Probably my favorite topic yet!" – J.R. (Nov. 2019)
"I love the specific examples related to each area of practice (i.e., voice, stuttering, executive function, etc.). The course was awesome! I plan to start using these interventions on Monday!" – J.K. (Oct. 2019)
"I liked the examples of goals including these techniques and implementation. Directly relating techniques to Evidence Based Practice & SLP goals was most beneficial." – L.S. (Sept. 2019)
"Very helpful to support this practice with the use of evidence-based research. The specific examples for cog vs aphasia vs voice were very helpful. Also loved the actual demonstrations of the use of meditation." – S.F. (Aug. 2019)
"I thought there was a good mix of research, examples, and clinical applications. The presenters had a good presentation style, and I like that they did not read directly off slides." – M.M. (Aug. 2019)
"I appreciated and will use all of the topics discussed during this online course. Using "mindfulness" with all my patients to assist with increasing self-awareness to address anxiety, depression will be helpful. I liked the studies so I can back up with data why mindfulness is so important. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed practicing some of the meditation techniques." – C.E. (July 2019)
"I liked the fact that meditation is recognized as beneficial to well being. The studies that were referenced were most helpful." – M.H. (July 2019)
"I liked the use of referenced studies for as many areas in our field of SLP as possible. Good references for evidence-based practice." – S.H. (June 2019)
"I appreciated the examples of different types of meditation and research to support the use of mindfulness and meditation." – G.M. (May 2019)
"I like how each cognitive area was addressed with examples of goals. The research behind using mindfulness was most beneficial." – S.G. (Apr. 2019)
"I enjoyed the variety of ways to teach different types of meditation to patients as well as the specific diagnoses that were discussed." – J.K. (Mar. 2019)
"I like the fact that evidence was presented to justify the use of meditation for different types of communication disorders." – A.V. (Feb. 2019)
"The discussion on incorporating mindfulness/meditation training for patients with concussion/mTBI and the cited research was very beneficial." – S.B. (Jan. 2019)
"I found all of the topics covered very beneficial and relevant to my practice. I especially found the part on using meditation to help with stuttering therapy interesting. I have a few students who I treat for stuttering, and I'm going to try the breathing techniques with them. I liked the overall message that meditation and breathwork can be incorporated into speech therapy." – K.R. (Dec. 2018)
"All of it was beneficial! I really appreciated the specific examples of therapy targets. I have had a difficult time merging my knowledge of yoga, pranayam, and meditation to my work with patients and students. You made it seem very practical and easy! This course was a huge validation! This made me very excited to use your practical methods to integrate pranayam, mantra, and meditation into my SLP practice." – M.L. (Dec. 2018)
"I enjoyed the clinical applications of mindfulness to various disorders. I liked that the information was directly related to every day clinical practice with examples given for both treatment activities and documentation." – S.D. (Oct. 2018)
"These two clinicians did a great job of researching this topic. They presented a lot of very up to date research supporting the use of meditation by SLPs. I was very impressed." – J.T. (Sept. 2018)
"The discussion on meditation/mindfulness for patients with TBI/Aphasia etc. was most beneficial. I liked the examples provided re goals and treatment plans." – J.M. (July 2018)
"The idea of helping pts shift their focus to accomplish goals, tasks, etc. was most helpful. I learned lots of new info." – K.O. (Apr. 2018)
"I liked the research-backed info and treatment goals. I especially enjoyed the discussion on how to incorporate this information into treatment. " – C.L. (Apr. 2018)
"Great course with a balance of research review, "hands-on" techniques, and practical applications. Accessible for people new to alternative medicine as well as experienced practitioners." – J.S. (Mar. 2018)
"I am impressed by the amount of research presented throughout this course! The presenters related all methods and activities to evidence-based research and gave examples of therapy treatment notes to support practice." – R.G. (Mar. 2018)