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Dementia Therapy: A Speech-Language Pathologist's Guide To Successful Interventions and Proper Documentation

# e92   Dementia Therapy: A Speech-Language Pathologist's Guide To Successful Interventions and Proper Documentation

by Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP

0.3 CEUs

$ 59.00

The number of patients with dementia is exploding across all boundaries and in all settings. The speech-language pathologist plays a key role in staging and assisting patients in achieving their highest level of function in the areas of communication, behavior management, socialization, dysphagia and mobility.

This course provides the clinician with the tools to build on existing skills, and provides a framework for implementing successful interventions for patients with dementia. Documentation for dementia therapy is also covered, including the art of proper documentation that supports skilled intervention for this population.  Offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs - 3 contact hours. 

Topics Include:

  • Types and causes of dementia
  • Memory and dementia
  • Staging of dementia
  • Candidate identification
  • Evaluation
  • The art of documentation for dementia
  • Goal writing
  • Evidence-based interventions

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

1.  Name the essential components for establishing medical necessity.

2.  Identify the seven stages of dementia per Global Deterioration Scale.

3.  Define the components of appropriate goals to avoid reimbursement pitfalls.

4.  List evidence-based interventions appropriate for the dementia population.

5.  Write a Functional Maintenance Plan.
 

A score of 80% or better must be received on the post-test in order to
receive a certificate of completion.

Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of experience working with the geriatric population. She specializes in dementia intervention including the areas of communication, mobility, socialization, behaviors and dysphagia. Ms. Watson has co-written two books, Dementia Therapy & Program Development, which provides therapists a step-by-step guide to achieve successful outcomes; and Dementia Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit, written for caregivers. Ms. Watson has lectured on the topic of dementia nationally and internationally, and for state and national conventions. She is currently employed with Select Rehabilitation Hospital, Denton, Texas, and is also co-owner of Consultants in Dementia Therapy, PLLC, a company founded to be a resource for therapists whose responsibility it is to help people with dementia achieve their highest level of function. 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Peggy Watson is author of the text "Dementia Therapy & Program Development" published by Consultants in Dementia Therapy; receives royalty payments.

Financial  Peggy Watson is co-owner of Consultants in Dementia Therapy, PLLC; ownership interests.

Financial — Peggy Watson is author of the text "Dementia Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit"; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Peggy Watson is the author of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial  Peggy Watson is presenter of CE seminars offered by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.

Nonfinancial — Peggy Watson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.3 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 3 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 03/31/2016.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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"Very practical & related to patient / case studies." - L.S., 8/8/2016

"I liked the clarity of different dementias and interventions." - P.F., 8/1/2016

"I appreciated the discussion about what reviewers are looking for and when skilled TX may be denied." - K.C., 7/12/2016

"The staging and evaluation were the most helpful for providing improved dementia intervention." - K.P., 6/26/2016

"I found the Montesorri treatment examples to be interesting and liked that they are functional activities that the patients may enjoy doing while helping to improve communication." - C.H., 6/20/2016

"The speaker was concise and the information is relevant." - D.J., 6/18/2016

"The flow was good and maintained interest." - T.F., 6/3/2016

"Very appropriate and much needed course for therapists providing services in long term care. Well organized, concise and clear. Thank you." - C.B., 5/23/2016

"This is one of the best online CEU's I have taken. It was very informative and provided useful information for the field." - M.K., 5/22/2016

"I appreciated the examples of specific interventions and the staging information." - M.C., 4/24/2016

"I liked the simplified presentation of staging of dementia." - L.J., 4/14/2016

"Course was an excellent guide for improving therapy using spared abilities. I liked the organized information, understanding dementia, therapy ideas, and medicare guidelines." - K.G., 3/21/2016

"I liked the knowledge of the speaker and practical applications for therapy." - C.C., 3/20/2016

"Excellent information. Provided specific examples of goals and treatment interventions. I appreciated the discussion on Types of Dementias and Stages of Dementia." - S.M., 2/5/2016

 

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