Summary: Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) play a critical role in the assessment and treatment of adults with neurogenic dysphagia. Dysphagia contributes to negative health outcomes, psychosocial burdens, and decreased quality of life. This document provides a list and summary of each of the 10 principles of neuroplasticity, as well as describing their potential relationship to dysphagia rehabilitation. The purpose is to enhance understanding of the principles of neuroplasticity and thus encourage clinicians to utilize them in the assessment and treatment of neurogenic dysphagia, with the goal of promoting person-centered care and improved therapeutic outcomes. It is important to remember that neuroplasticity is simply one element of treatment planning. Principles of neuroplasticity should be considered in conjunction with your understanding of your unique patient and their condition as well as other contributors to recovery such as motor planning.

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