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.
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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 in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Video PowerPoint Presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Domain of OT: Performance Skills
OT Process: Intervention
Financial — Martha Burns is a 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 My Online 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 Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). 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 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.
What is an Online Course? Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content 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 device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online 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 ASHA 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 CEUs earned online.
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 My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would 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.
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.
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 ASHA 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 online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
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, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. 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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“I liked the evidence based information for improving cognitive functioning for the older adult and the cognitively impaired.” – S.G.L. (Feb. 2020)
“I enjoyed the options of computer based gamed to enhance cognitive re-training and the amount of researched evidence that was presented.” – L.S. (Jan. 2020)
“The speaker was excellent. The discussion of new ways of thinking about neurology and the provision of information on new treatment methods were most beneficial.” – E.A. (Dec. 2019)
"I enjoyed the given treatment strategies and that the information provided could be applied to my current caseload and to enable me to expand my practice." – J.N. (Nov. 2019)
"I appreciated the treatment approaches and references for this info as well as evidence-based support info. The slides were helpful. Info was complex but not overwhelming." – K.G. (Oct. 2019)
"I liked the depth of the overview. I love Martha Burns and her ability to throw everything in there including the kitchen sink. The discussion on working memory as the primary target for therapeutic gains was most beneficial." – M.H. (Oct. 2019)
"The specific treatment approaches for specific deficits were excellent." – B.R. (Sept. 2019)
"The ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual recommendation was most beneficial." – J.N. (Aug. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion on utilizing working memory exercises in attempts at improving a multitude of other domains. I was hoping for more examples of strategies to utilize in practice." – M.M. (July 2019)
"This is one of the best online CE courses I have ever taken. From the foundational review section to the current treatment principles, this course was packed with information that was presented at both an educational and practical level." – R.G. (May 2019)
"I really appreciated the test preview which encouraged (forced?) review of key elements of the course content." – J.A.Y. (Apr. 2019)
"I liked the resources provided to use during treatment (manuals, online tests, charts, etc) - especially treatment of Attention and Memory deficits." – A.S. (Mar. 2019)
"The current brain research related to Alzheimer's Disease etc was most helpful." – J.W. (Jan. 2019)
"I liked that specific studies were cited that provided evidence for the cognitive strategies and interventions discussed. I like that the course focused on what the evidence is saying about cognitive therapy." – A.L. (Jan. 2019)
"The therapeutic strategies and resources were most useful. I liked the information on new research and its application to treatment." – A.C. (Dec. 2018)
"I appreciated the discussion on treating memory and attentional deficits after TBI. LOVE Martha Burns!" – M.D. (Nov. 2018)
"I liked the review of the current research, and this topic was well supported with visuals. The review of amyloid deposits are theorized to spread throughout the brain was most helpful." – C.W. (Nov. 2018)
"I enjoyed the idea that therapy tasks strategically focused on working memory might improve overall function and neuroplastic recovery -- that we get more 'bang for our buck' with this treatment approach." – K.S. (Oct. 2018)
"Understanding the neuroscience better will help me with a variety of patients and disorders. I liked to hear that therapy does work if it's done right, with attention to principles of neuroplasticity. It was presented well at a good pace and at an appropriate level." – A.P. (Sept. 2018)
"I liked the practical treatment recommendations - and the very thorough and practical reference list." – S.E. (July 2018)
"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 ne"w 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)