Salia Rehab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 7958. 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 reviews efficacious evidence-based strategies that drive neuroplastic change resulting in improved upper limb functional recovery.  Clinical impairments and recovery timelines are discussed. The latest advances of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) paired with rehabilitation therapy will also be reviewed. 

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 are the key signs and symptoms following stroke?

  • What is the timeline for recovery?

  • What are the principles of neuroplasticity and how do they relate to stroke recovery?

  • What is Paired VNS and how does it work?

  • What does the research say about the benefits one may receive following Paired VNS treatment?

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

  • List 4 clinical impairments that are commonly seen following stroke.

  • Identify the principles of neuroplasticity and its role in rehabilitation.

  • Recognize the clinical and functional criteria required for patients to be deemed appropriate to receive Paired VNS Therapy.

  • Recall the evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of Paired VNS Therapy on improved upper extremity motor function in chronic ischemic stroke.


Isha Vora


Isha is an occupational therapist and 4th year Ph.D. Candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences working under Dr. Teresa Kimberley at MGH IHP. Isha received her BS in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University and her MS in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for 4.5 years in acute care neurology and neurosurgery before joining the Ph.D. program at the IHP. Her research interests and dissertation work center around understanding the neurophysiologic

Dr. Gerard Francisco


Dr. Gerard Francisco is one of the nation’s leading physicians in the field of brain injury medicine, stroke rehabilitation and spasticity management. He is Chairman and Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Dr. Francisco is also the Chief Medical Officer and Director of the UTHealth NeuroRecovery Research Center at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He is President-elect of the 30,000-member International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. In addition to spasticity studies, his current research include neuromodulation and technology-assisted rehabilitation.


  • Extra Accommodations

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  • Disclosures

    Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is provided by Salia Rehab, LLC. Financial Disclosure: The instructors are consultants with MicroTransponder. Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.