Generalization in Aphasia Treatment - SLPA0025

Generalization in Aphasia Treatment

by Janet Patterson, PhD
(4.6 / 5 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.10 CEU)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


An important goal of aphasia treatment is generalization of a learned behavior to real-life communication situations. However, this aspect of treatment often is left until the end of a treatment program, appearing almost as an afterthought as a program for home practice or hope that a client will figure out how to use learned responses in new communication environments. Evidence from early studies in aphasia rehabilitation suggests that generalization may not happen automatically and must instead be planned and incorporated into treatment from the beginning. This course explores the nature of generalization, reviews examples from the aphasia treatment literature that show planning for generalization, considers methods of selecting an optimal approach for promoting generalization for a patient, and demonstrates methods of data reporting to show generalization.


The goal of this course is to provide theoretical and practical information as well as examples of generalization and the importance of including skills to increase generalization early in the treatment planning process for patients with aphasia. Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Define categories of generalization: response generalization and stimulus generalization.
  • Describe how response generalization and stimulus generalization differ in treatment   planning.
  • Identify skills to increase generalization that can be included in treatment for patients with aphasia.
  • Describe a method for tracking behavior change to demonstrate generalization.

Accreditation Information
The course is intended for speech-language pathologists
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This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Janet Patterson, Ph.D., SLP-CCC, is chief of the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Service at the VA Northern California Health Care System and an associate professor at California State University, East Bay. Her research and teaching interests are aphasia, treatment dosage and intensity, and single-subject research design. The foci of her academic, clinical, and administrative career have been aphasia. She is an ASHA Fellow.
Disclosure: Ms. Patterson has no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.

Course Originally Released on: 9/23/2019
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/23/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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MARY D - Gilbert, AZ  ·  Feb 05, 2020
The course demonstrated good examples of research.
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00