Presenter: Gwen Griffin, MA, CCC-SLP
All materials needed to implement the What’s Next?™ program are included as part of this course:
This course serves as the formal training requisite for implementation of the What’s Next?™ treatment protocol.
What’s Next?™ is a measurable, routine-based, cognitive retraining program used to teach individuals with dementia and other cognitive disorders to perform the vital functional skills required for independent living. Specifically, this course discusses assessment protocols, goal development, and treatment strategies to maximize the management of 6 major activities that play a vital role in daily living.
Presented are objective and functional measurements for assessment, reassessment, and discharge to measure the efficacy of the treatment program. Participants will learn a specific testing protocol that can be used to build goals around the tasks that are tested, and retested, with increased and improved performance expected.
On successful completion of this course, participants may download their certificate of competency which enables them to implement What’s Next?™ in their daily practice.
Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:00:00
"Very relevant treatment program, as our payors are increasingly looking for measurable gains. The video presentation of the information was very conducive to learning. Also, the role-play scenario was helpful to see how the AMPS would be administered."
– V.C., prior course participant
"The video example of meeting with the patient and daughter, and having the SLP explain the patient's cognitive linguistic deficits, areas that needed to be worked on, scoring on the AMPS assessment, and suggested goals were very helpful and functional."
– V.M., prior course participant
Content Disclosure: This course focuses exclusively on the What’s Next?™ treatment protocol. Other therapy programs will not be covered during this course. All materials needed for implementing What’s Next?™ are included with this course. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.
Prerequisite Note: Course participants should be familiar with assessing and staging dementia via their choice of cognitive screenings and/or assessment tools. Participants should also be familiar with the therapy tools of environmental cueing and memory strategies such as Errorless Learning and Spaced Retrieval.
"Learning how to pair a new task with an old task already in a routine to allow patient to make it habit is beneficial to my daily practice. The presentation was clear and easy to understand and directly related to the current issues in everyday practice."
– J.V., prior course participant
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handouts. This course includes all materials needed for implementing the What’s Next?™ program. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"I like the worksheets." M.M. (Sept. 2022)
"The course was very practical. I liked learning that we don't need times on a schedule, just activities/tasks." K.M. (Aug. 2022)
"It was an excellent course and well presented. Well organized content." B.P. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the goals that were discussed and the specific areas to target to improve independence." J.G. (July 2022)
"Good course. Liked the downloads for implementation." E.H. (June 2022)
"I liked the routine-based approach. Good content." S.C. (May 2022)
"The actual case study and test to walk through and score was the most helpful part for functional application – to see how it is functionally utilized." L.C. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked the review of event-based tasks." T.J. (Apr. 2022)
"How to incorporate daily routines to add new routines was beneficial – and working through a mock assessment and examples of AMPS scores to help become efficient." A.P. (Mar. 2022)
"A very practical approach. I was given a better understanding of how to attach the new task to an already established task." K.O. (Jan. 2022)
"The hands on practice was beneficial. I liked the idea of incorporating new tasks into daily routine." S.J. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the specific targeted goals." R.K. (Jan. 2022)
"Very practical. Functional testing program." J.T. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked that the questionnaire can be used for initial assessments, reassessments, and d/c planning." J.W. (Dec. 2021)
"New techniques to address dementia. Applicability to current position." A.I. (Dec. 2021)
"I liked being able to perform a new assessment, which clearly demonstrates medical necessity." T.M. (Nov. 2021)
"The presenter did an excellent job presenting the material in an organized manner. The video example of meeting with the patient and daughter, and having the SLP explain the patient's cognitive linguistic deficits, areas that needed to be worked on, scoring on the AMPS assessment, and suggested goals were very helpful and functional." V.M. (Oct. 2021)
"The role playing was key to be able to visualize how to rate the AMPs and implement the goals. Also, the test was a great learning tool!" C.M. (Oct. 2021)
"The idea of attaching new learning goal to already learned activity was helpful." C.G. (Sept. 2021)
"Learning how to pair a new task with an old task already in a routine to allow patient to make it habit is beneficial to my daily practice. The presentation was clear and easy to understand and directly related to the current issues in everyday practice." J.V. (Aug. 2021)
"How to incorporate functional activities into goals and plan of care are beneficial for my daily practice. This course provided me with a set of materials for assessment and treatment." D.B. (July 2021)
"The idea of anchoring new tasks to existing ones will be beneficial for my daily practice." K.M. (July 2021)
“This course provided practical ways to make progress and document progress in functional tasks.” C.E. (Mar. 2021)
“This could be effective in Acute Care Rehab or Home Health with good results. Difficult to see this happening with Dementia beyond the moderate Range and this is why I feel she does a good job of explaining the criteria for the program. She did an excellent job thru out the program with questions to make sure the listener was understanding.” T.B. (Mar. 2021)
“Very relevant treatment program, as our payors are increasingly looking for measurable gains. The video presentation of the information was very conducive to learning. Also, the role-play scenario was helpful to see how the AMPS would be administered.” V.C. (Jan. 2021)
Gwen Griffin, MA, CCC-SLP, is the founder and owner of Speech and Cognition Specialists, LLC and she is the developer of the What's Next?™ Program (patent pending). She treats patients in various settings including home health, acute care, SNF, long term care, assisted and independent living facilities, acute and sub-acute rehabilitation hospital, and residential facilities for people with special needs. Her experience is in TBI, SCI, CVA, vent-dependent patients and neurological diseases. Gwen has participated in clinical research, family and staff education development, and on quality improvement teams.
Financial — Gwen Griffin is a presenter of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial —Gwen Griffin is the Owner of Speech and Cognition Specialists, LLC; receives salary.
Financial — Gwen Griffin is the Owner and Creator of What's Next?™; holds pending patent.
Nonfinancial — Gwen Griffin has no relevant nonfinancial disclosures.
This program is offered for 0.2 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 our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.
However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.
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 are currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 888-696-9655.
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.
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. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for 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 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.
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.
Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
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.
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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