Treatment for the functional deficits associated with dementia should address the specific needs and interests of the individual. Such treatments can be most effective when utilizing a strength-based approach and incorporating evidence-based strategies to compensate for losses of explicit (declarative) memory. Research has supported the fact that procedural (non-declarative) memory may remain relatively intact until the late stages of dementia. Therapists have subsequently found errorless learning and other related interventions to be most effective for teaching skills for safety and function.
This course will review factors to consider when planning and implementing the most optimal therapies to improve safety and functions for people living with dementia. Supporting research and protocols will be shared for skilled interventions utilizing external memory aids, Errorless Learning, Vanishing Cues, Spaced Retrieval training and Montessori approaches. Applications will be shared throughout the course to help the learner envision how to effectively use these approaches in their therapeutic setting.
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- Considerations for treating people with dementia
- Symptoms based on type of Disease Process
- Components As Primary Considerations When Adapting Activities
- Planning optimal skilled Interventions for people with dementia
- ICF Model of Disability and Health
- The Goal of Cognitive Rehabilitation for people with dementia
- Strength-Based Focus
- External Strategies to facilitate memory deficits
- Types of Memory - what is intact (strength) vs. what is impaired
- External Memory Aids (EMA)
- Evidence Supporting EMA
- Graphic and Written Cues
- Memory Books
- Memory Wallets
- Communication Cards
- Memo Boards
- Technology as external aids
- Errorless Learning
- The Rationale of Errorless Learning
- Evidence supporting Errorless Learning with Memory Impairments
- Errorless Learning Methods
- Vanishing Cues
- Evidence Supporting Vanishing Cues
- Methods for Vanishing Cues
- Spaced Retrieval Training
- Step by Step Guide- video
- Fundamental Concepts Supporting SR
- Evidence supporting Spaced Retrieval Training
- Implementing Spaced Retrieval
- Steps to Screen for SR Candidacy
- Additional Tasks To Consider with SR
- Examples of SR Cueing/Response Dialogs
- Montessori Techniques
- Evidence Supporting the Montessori Approach
- Principles of Montessori Schooling for Residents With Dementia
- Montessori-Based Dementia Programming
- Goals of the Montessori Approach
- Breaking down an activity into sensory steps
- A Montessori Implementation Model (with examples for forms, charts and staff communication)
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional on implementing effective therapy interventions using errorless learning and other strategies and approaches described in this course.
- List diagnostic and staging factors to consider when planning treatments for people with dementia
- Identify external strategies found to be effective for facilitating memory deficits
- List examples of external memory aids that may be effective for individuals with memory impairments
- Cite evidence supporting the errorless learning instructional method
- Identify functional examples for utilizing the vanishing cues instructional strategy
- Recognize how the Spaced Retrieval Technique has been found to be effective for teaching new functions for people with memory impairments
- Cite examples of successes found by utilizing the Montessori approach
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Contact Hours: 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist, Activities Professional, Nursing Home Administrator
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved
This course is offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Lisa Milliken is employed by Select Rehabilitation and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial - no relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.