Memory and attention disorders pose problems for rehabilitation of stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injured patients because of their impact on participation in therapy and effect on carryover during the recovery process. This course will review new research on attentional and memory networks in the brain (connectomes) with a focus on how specific therapeutic approaches can enhance selective and divided attention through working memory training. The information will be applicable to all therapeutic disciplines. Offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.
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.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
OT Process: Intervention
Financial — Martha Burns is presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Martha Burns is a paid consultant for Scientific Learning Corporation.
Nonfinancial — Martha Burns has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.
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.
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.
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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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What is an Online Course? Our Online Courses include text, audio, or video formats and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any computer, via your Northern Speech account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%) a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.
Receiving CEUs: Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to online CEUs.
Registering for an online course: You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.
Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course: You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click View next to the course you’d like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.
Course completion timeframes: Nearly all our courses provide for unlimited time to complete your course. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Course content expiration: Nearly all our courses provide for continued access to course content and materials, even after completion of the post test. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Testing requirements: Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Certificate of completion: A certificate displaying participant name, date of course completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and the number of contact hours earned is presented to participants once a score of 80% or greater is earned on the post test. Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry: Northern Speech will provide CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry for you. At the time of course enrollment if you select that you are taking the course for ASHA Credit and if you provide your ASHA Member Number, Northern Speech will automatically submit your hours to the CE Registry after you successfully complete the post test. Please allow 45-60 days from the date of course completion for your hours to appear on your CE transcript. Note that ASHA will record your CEUs as earned on the last day of the month in which you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on Nov 7, the CE Registry will reflect course completion as Nov 30.
Number of CEUs offered: We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs: NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs 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 CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Course formats: Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
Course handouts: Most of our non-text online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout.
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.
Group discounts: Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
Computer requirements: For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc) and newest version of Flash Player. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.
Course Cancellation Policy: A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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The course was organized well, I particularly liked the topic of working memory." – K.O. (May. 2018)
"Good combination of research and treatment strategies. The discussion of treatment techniques and application to daily life was most beneficial." – A.S. (Dec. 2017)
"I liked the research with the imaging to understand patient's brains with dementia and alzheimers." – S.C. (Nov. 2017)
"The Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual contents were very helpful. I liked how some practical strategies were touched on and how, with more studies, we might be able to find tune therapy even more. However, I was hoping for even more strategies that could be used directly with patients." – L.J. (Oct. 2017)
"I like that extremely detailed information was made more understandable." – T.K. (Oct. 2017)
"The specific resources to acquire for treatment techniques and application were most beneficial. I liked the current research, but more treatment examples would have been appreciated." – D.S. (Sept. 2017)
"I enjoyed the interventions involving technical advances (software and Apps). Good pacing - nice integration of research to support points." – J.G. (May 2017)
"I appreciated the new content, current research info to apply to specific treatment." – C.W. (Apr. 2017)
"Provided me with new information regarding advances in research in neuroscience - provided me with numerous references." – K.F.H. (Mar. 2017)
"The therapy applications and activities and the latest trends in attention therapy were all beneficial portions. The Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual Resource appears to be a jewel of a product!" – M.S. (Feb. 2017)
"I enjoyed the education about current research and the practical applications. Excellent material presented at a good pace." – L.D. (Feb. 2017)
"Knowledgeable but down to earth sounding instructor." – A.M. (Jan. 2017)
"The discussion on advances in treatment re: working memory was very good. I liked the potential implications for Pt. treatment following stroke and TBI based on neuroscience research. I expected more specific treatment options, though." – A.M.T. (Dec. 2016)
"This was a great course. Lots of new info. I will definitely check on the Cognitive Rehab Manual." – G.C. (Nov. 2016)
"I appreciated the portion on the benefit of computerized programs for attention and working memory. I liked the combination of research and practical applications." – B.M. (Oct. 2016)
"The clinical application to treatment and resource book were most helpful." – L.N. (Sept. 2016)
"Very comprehensive. The updated research looking at pathways & the relationship of neural plasticity & how to design treatment programs for brain injured individuals was excellent. The information was applicable for the eclectic population served in the acute inpatient facility I serve." – B.A. (Sept. 2016)
"The info on Alzheimers Dis. was most beneficial for me. Cognition is my favorite thing I do." – K.C. (Aug. 2016)
"The idea that focusing on short-term memory can benefit other areas of cognition was really useful. I liked the new insight into brain organization. I would have liked more specific ideas to use in practice." – K.E. (Aug. 2016)
"I appreciated the resources for evidence based practice rehabilitation techniques and the thorough review of the available evidence." – D.M. (Aug. 2016)
"I liked the portions on neuroplasticity and zone of proximal development." – P.Z. (July 2016)
"I especially enjoyed the concepts related to increasing plasticity of the adult brain." – J.W. (July 2016)
"I appreciated learning more in detail about the two different attentional networks and about new research on connectomes and the DMN. I really loved the mix of evidence from basic research with specific clinical applications. However, I expected more in detail about specific, preferred types of working memory tasks." – L.W. (July 2016)
"The clinical practices and suggestions were great. The links were also very good as well as the app suggestions." – C.S. (July 2016)
"The discussion on the zone of proximal development and the information from Chapman reference were most beneficial." – B.M. (July 2016)
"Thank you, M Burns, for this discussion of research. It's always good to hear what research is being done in our field. The discussion covered many research studies. Therefore, practical application was limited due to time." – K.T. (July 2016)
"I enjoyed the discussion of the connectomes and how important it is to work on integrated skills with a patient." – S.W. (July 2016)
"Great references. Excellent diagrams." – S.T. (June 2016)
"I liked the therapy approaches and explanation of neuro functioning." – L.W. (Mar. 2016)
"Understanding connectdomes and tx resources was really helpful." – S.L. (Mar. 2016)
"I appreciated the specific options for improving attention and working memory in TBI patients." – S.L. (Feb. 2016)
"I liked the latest research that supports cog tx is beneficial. I love the presenter's style." – K.W. (Feb. 2016)
"I liked the different theories presented." – G.K. (Feb. 2016)
"All of the information discussed was beneficial. I liked the information about diffusion tensor imaging." – J.W. (Jan. 2016)