Salia Rehab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 9268. This Distance Learning - Independent activity is offered at .1 CEUs, introductory level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Course Overview

This AOTA approved continuing education class will provide neuro rehab professionals with practical ways to deliver evidence-based therapy to help stroke survivors regain arm and hand function. The latest advances in vagus nerve electrical stimulation treatment will be reviewed. In addition, examples of purposeful and meaningful functional task-specific strategies combined with stimulation will be provided along with indications of use and patient selection.

The online class is intended for medical professionals (e.g. OT/OTA, PT/PTA, Physicians, etc.) directly related to the rehabilitation of a patient or client. To participate in this CEU and receive credit, the participant must be a licensed, treating clinician. Completion of this course will reward the participant with .1 CEUs or 1 contact hours, following completion of the presentation and a ≥ 80% score on the quiz. You will have 90 days to complete this course.

Some of the Questions Answered in this Course Include:

  • What role does task-specific training play on functional recovery following chronic stroke?

  • What is Paired Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and how does it work?

  • How effective is VNS therapy?

  • Can all stroke patients benefit from VNS therapy?

  • What are various ways clinicians can incorporate paired VNS into occupation-based tasks?

Course Curriculum

    1. Overview

    2. Learning Outcomes

    3. Presentation Manual & References

    4. Watch Course

    5. Course Review

    6. Quiz

    7. Course Feedback

About this course

  • 1 Contact Hour / .1 CEUs
  • Online Self-Study Course
  • Speaker Video and Slide Content

Learning Outcomes

  • Recall key treatments that are considered beneficial when attempting to drive neuroplasticity following stroke.

  • Identify the clinical and functional criteria required for patients to benefit from task-specific training.

  • List 3 examples how occupational therapists can incorporate VNS electrical stimulation during everyday meaningful functional tasks that are deemed purposeful to the patient.


Jenna Tosto

Jenna is a physical therapist with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Temple University. She received her B.A in Communication Disorders and Biopsychology from William Paterson University of New Jersey. During her studies, she completed multiple clinical and research affiliations at NYU Langone Health, New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She previously served as a physical therapist at NYU Langone Rusk Rehabilitation where she gained experience in adult acute care and adult inpatient neurological rehabilitation. Her areas of clinical and research interest include knowledge translation into neurological rehabilitation practice and the role of novel technology in motor recovery following neurological injury.

Steve Wolf


Steve Wolf is a physical therapist clinician and neuroscientist who received his PT training at Columbia and Boston Universities and his doctoral training at Emory University where he is a Professor in several departments. He explores novel interventions to improve extremity use in patients with stroke as well as mechanisms of cortical reorganization and inter-joint coordination associated with these resulting improvements. Within the past 23 years he has led several NIH funded clinical trials governing these concepts. Relevant to this proposal, work over the past 3 years on the use of implanted vagus nerve stimulation to access pathways to sensory and motor cortices in stroke survivors contributes to an emerging scope of explorations that facilitates planned knowledge translation activities. These activities lay the groundwork for clinical implementation of future evidence generated from clinical trials built upon our foundational studies in cortical stimulation to enhance upper extremity post-stroke functional capacity.


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  • Disclosures

    Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is provided by Salia Rehab, LLC. Financial Disclosure: No financial disclosures pertaining to this course. Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.