Salia Rehab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 8731. 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. The latest advances in vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) paired with rehabilitation therapy will be reviewed. Clinical considerations and criteria will be discussed along with detailed examples of the patient selection process and clinical and functional outcomes.

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:

  • How does learned non-use and compensatory treatment impact functional recovery following stroke?

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

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

  • What is the functional and clinical criteria required to be a good candidate for VNS therapy?

  • What are various ways clinicians can incorporate paired VNS into their daily practice?

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 how learned non-use and compensatory treatment can impact functional recovery following stroke.

  • Identify what treatments are considered beneficial when attempting to drive neuroplasticity following stroke.

  • Recognize the clinical and functional criteria required for patients to be deemed appropriate to receive paired vagus nerve stimulation therapy.

  • List 3 ways occupational therapists can incorporate paired vagus nerve stimulation during ADL tasks


Amanda Saylor


Amanda Saylor is an occupational therapist specialized in neurological rehab; she is a certified brain injury specialist and neurological specialist, and is certified in LSVT BIG. Amanda is the Lead Occupational Therapist for AdventHealth's outpatient neurological clinics across central Florida, where she educates and trains her team on evidence-based practices for their diverse neurological patient population. Amanda led the development of the Vivistim Therapy Rehab program across 11 of AdventHealth's clinics and has personally worked with 10 Vivistim Therapy patients. Amanda's greatest passion is improving the functional use of a hemiplegic upper extremity post-stroke and is excited to share her experience and build awareness of Vivistim Therapy as an option to maximize these individuals' potential.


  • Extra Accommodations

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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.