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10 principles of neuroplasticity: how to harness the ability of the brain to heal itself after injury [Infographic]

Constant Therapy | Traumatic brain injury, Stroke

The term “neuroplasticity” (or “brain plasticity”) refers to the ability of our brains to reorganize, both physically and functionally, throughout our lives, due to our environment. One of the biggest shifts in our understanding of brain plasticity is that it is a lifelong phenomenon, and this understanding has had a profound impact on developing therapy for those recovering from brain injury.

neuroplasticity + brain injuryResearchers used to think that the brain is plastic only during childhood and once we reach adulthood, no new changes can be made to it. However, we now know that at any age, and with repeated and specialized training/instruction, even an injured brain can change and recover.

Kleim and Jones published a well-known paper in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research that details the 10 principles of experience-dependent neural plasticity with considerations as to how to apply them to survivors of brain injury. Our growing understanding of neuroplasticity raises optimism that this knowledge can be capitalized on to improve rehabilitation and to optimize functional outcomes.

Because the 10 principles of neuroplasticity are incorporated into most brain rehabilitation therapy, the goal of this infographic is to:

  • better explain how cognitive therapy works, and
  • encourage survivors of brain injury to apply these principles to take a more active role in their recovery.

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Kleim JA, Jones TA,
Principles of experience-dependent neural plasticity: implications for rehabilitation after brain damage, Journal Speech Lang Hear Res. 2008 Feb;51(1): S225-39. doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2008/018).

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  1. Antoinette Boyd

    I am really praying to get the left side if my body functioning completely

    • Constant Therapy

      Hi Antoinette, that is a great goal. We believe in you!

  2. Antoinette Boyd

    I am trying to get my fingers to open on my left hand

  3. Tina Hicks

    I have my 3rd traumatic brain injury that has been untreated by neurologist and a prescriber has me on up to 13 most wrong meds and is very unkind. And there is more for my symptoms/reactions with worsening and new ones. I can’t do it like this anymore. My dad and brother (my family) have passed.i don’t know people in New town, no support or help.


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