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Principles of Motor Learning: Application in the Treatment of Speech Disorders (PD102732)

Presenter(s): Julie A G Stierwalt, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

Principles of motor learning (PML) are guidelines developed for the purpose of training motor execution of movement. Initially designed for training in the limbs, the methods have been adapted for use with the oral motor system. This course reviews how PML can be employed in training protocols targeting speech production.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • describe the fundamental differences between PML and traditional methods for treating speech disorders 
  • list techniques for treatment stimuli selection and elicitation using a PML approach


  • Introduction (5 min.)
  • Principles of motor learning (20 min.)
  • Design a treatment plan (15 min.)
  • Case review (10 min.)
  • Summary (10 min.)

Presenter Information

Julie A.G. Stierwalt, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Consultant in the Division of Speech Pathology, Department of Neurology, and Associate Professor in Mayo Clinic College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In this capacity she provides diagnostic and treatment services for individuals presenting with a wide range of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing impairments. Prior to her work at Mayo, she was in academia for 19 years, where she taught courses in dysphagia, motor speech disorders, acquired communication disorders, structural-based communication disorders, and medical speech pathology. Stierwalt received her BA and MA degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and her PhD from the University of Iowa. She has written numerous articles, chapters, a co-authored textbook (Brain-Based Communication Disorders), and Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Language Disorders (5th ed., co-edited with Leonard LaPointe). Recently, the latter text has been translated and published in Mandarin Chinese and Greek. In 2009, ASHA recognized Stierwalt’s contributions to the field with ASHA Fellow status.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Mayo Clinic employee

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: March 30, 2023
End date: March 30, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102732
Available Through: March 30, 2028