SLPs are in a unique position to educate and assist both professional and family care partners of people with dementia. This online course offers positive, solution-focused practices that SLPs can implement with nursing staff, home health aides, spouses, children, or other care partners to help them support those with dementia.
This course advocates five strategies that SLPs can use to coach care partners in order to provide quality, loving care, as part of a healthy relationship. The first step includes an easy-to-comprehend explanation of what is happening in the brain of a person with dementia. Once care partners have this foundation, they are more easily able to make changes in their own behavior and how they view their role in the relationship.
Building upon this footing, the course then explains how to respond when communication is limited, why "negative" behaviors are often seen, how care partners can be most supportive, and how to minimize care partner guilt and stress so they can be more fulfilled in their care giving role. Also addressed is how to guide family members to prepare for the future, while living in the present, including suggestions for home modifications that will make the home safe and supportive, allowing people to stay home for a longer period of time. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU – 1 contact hour.
Content Note: This course is also included in the material of eCourse #e142: Navigating Neurocognitive Disorders: Step-by-Step Identification, Evaluation, Intervention and Collaboration.
Run Time: 1:12:50
1. Understanding The Brain With Dementia
4. Helping A Person With Dementia Engage In A Meaningful Life
5. How To Make The Home Safe And Supportive
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: Client Factors
OT Process: Context and Environment
Jennifer is the author of 5 nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a 5-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing 2 books on the subject.
Financial — Jennifer Brush is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Jennifer Brush is a presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.
Financial — Jennifer Brush is the author of "Meal Time Matters" and "Meal Time Matters at Home"; receives royalties.
Financial — Jennifer Brush is the author of "A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval" and "Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit"; receives royalties.
Financial — Jennifer Brush is an editor and author for IDEAS Institute; receives consulting fees.
Financial — Jennifer Brush is the owner of Brush Development; ownership interests.
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Brush has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Kerry Mills, MPA, earned recognition in the field of Alzheimer’s care as a Regional Manager for a pioneering Alzheimer’s healthcare organization, where she served for eight years. Her goal then and now is to change the perception of dementia in the public square. Kerry has witnessed many success stories first-hand and knows that much of the despair and anguish of families can be overcome through education and training. As founder and president of Engaging Alzheimer's LLC, she has had many opportunities to share her expertise and vision here in the United States as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and China. She co-authored I Care – A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia and most recently has authored Serving Residents with Dementia: Transformative Care Strategies for Assisted Living Providers. Kerry is a regular guest on local radio stations and has completed an interview on PBS' The News Hour with host Paul Solman as well as CBS television with Dr. Max Gomez.
Financial — Kerry Mills is a co-presenter of an online CE course sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Kerry Mills is the owner of "Engaging Alzheimer's"; receives salary and royalties.
This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related 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 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.
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.
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 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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"So much of the info can be used in my daily practice. I liked the term 'care partners.' " – L.C. (Apr. 2020)
"Good suggestions on strategies and documents to prepare beforehand." – D.P. (Mar. 2020)
"I like the focus on helping the patient rather than just managing them. The course was well organized, clearly communicated and practical." – S.P. (Dec. 2019)
"The environmental control information was most helpful. I appreciate the positive outlook with which Ms. Brush presented this course." – J.C. (Dec. 2019)
"I really enjoyed information on visual organization, something that I can implement in my SNF work location and can involve other nursing staff. I appreciate the presenter's method of presentation, pace of speech, use of examples along with power point slides. All of these techniques made the information more easily understood, salient, and memorable." – L.K. (Nov. 2019)
"I like that I can use this material to make my own presentation with the appropriate references." – J.L. (Nov. 2019)
"I already knew most of this information, but it was a good reminder. I didn't know Montessori methods could be used to promote communication with people with dementia and appreciated the reference to related materials." – B.C. (Aug. 2019)
"I thought the entire presentation contained nuggets of wisdom that will be helpful for many patients. I liked that the presenter did not just read off of her slides." – M.M. (July 2019)
"I appreciated the strategies to give to family members and other healthcare providers. I liked that I could take it at my own pace. I could also rewind if I needed clarification." – N.L. (July 2019)
"I liked the use of contrast for safety and ADLs as well as the organization and use of written words for objects." – T.B. (July 2019)
"I enjoyed the list of possible activities for the dementia patient and the course's superb organization." – D.M. (July 2019)
"Great course to look at things from a patient-oriented view. I liked that the course had a good general overview." – K.D. (Mar. 2019)
"I appreciated the functional information and the discussion on caregiver needs." – J.W. (Jan. 2019)
"I liked the practical applications shared. The course helped me learn how to communicate with family members and provide specific solutions." – S.S. (Dec. 2018)
"I felt all of the thorough and real-life examples were eye-opening and a great way to improve education to others about dementia. I specifically found the strategies to provide family members to assist their loved ones with dementia most beneficial." – K.G. (Dec. 2018)
"The course was very clearly explained with useful, functional information. I especially enjoyed the discussion on how care partners can maximize the abilities of persons with dementia by meeting them at their level of ability and giving them choices." – R.A. (Dec. 2018)
"I think the idea of a Care Partner vs Caregiver was most beneficial. I liked the way it was organized and the presentation of the information provided." – A.M. (Dec. 2018)
"It contained a great general overview of brain function and impairment with dementia, as well as many specific steps and techniques to help the care partners and patients. I learned a great deal of practical information. I hope this lecturer gives more courses. She is an excellent presenter and her knowledge and passion for this area of work were evident throughout the course." – J.B. (Dec. 2018)
"As a Speech Pathologist and a daughter of a parent diagnosed with dementia, this is so helpful to me. I will recommend it to other SLPs and care partners." – K.G. (Dec. 2018)
"Going over how to help the care partner to understand what happened to a person with dementia through discussing the brain function was most beneficial. I liked the 20 activities to do in a pinch." – H.D. (Sept. 2018)
"I am working with a caregiver who really has difficulty with not arguing with her mother who has dementia, and this helped." – A.R. (June 2018)
"Practical solutions for any healthcare setting. Excellent descriptions and examples." – G.E. (Apr. 2018)
"The part about handling imperfection and guilt in caregiving was most beneficial. I liked the examples to illustrate points." – J.P. (Mar. 2018)
"Realizing the magnitude of care partner education will help me focus my treatment sessions for more productive outcomes. I liked the specific examples provided to explain different strategies." – H.L. (Jan. 2018)
"The organization of environment was the most helpful discussion. I work in home health and see clutter that stresses me out, and I'm sure this is stressful for the pt too." – A.A. (Dec. 2017)
"All aspects were helpful - especially the discussion on helping family members understand the disease process." – K.E. (Nov. 2017)
"Great information and examples. I enjoyed the communication strategies and tools." – E.E. (Aug. 2017)
"Going over how to involve care givers in care planning was very useful." – D.B. (June 2017)
"The ways to redirect with meaningful activities was beneficial." – L.C. (Apr. 2017)
"It was very well done and comprehensive for the topic. All the slides were very clear and the instructor's voice was easy to understand and done at an appropriate rate." – C.B. (Mar. 2017)
"The concept of staying engaged through communication was most helpful. Very practical and 'down to earth' in terms of therapeutic intervention. Very well done course!" – D.S. (Dec. 2016)
"I appreciated her going over the steps a clinician should go through in educating families of a person with dementia. I liked how she encouraged preserving abilities and management – not control." – S.C. (Dec. 2016)
"I enjoyed the discussions on visual enrichment and client directed orientation." – E.L. (Dec. 2016)
"This is a quick overview for SLP's to educate Caregivers. It is not in depth but begins the process and sets the groundwork for important dialogue to occur. I plan to use some of the slides as handouts in my facility to educate caregivers. In addition as an individual who has recently had several family members diagnosed with dementia I plan to review this information with their primary caregivers." – M.S. (Dec. 2016)
"Jennifer Brush is an excellent and very clear presenter. She sets up the course with a nice overview initially. Her ideas and suggestions are realistic and thorough." – L.H. (Nov. 2016)
"I enjoyed the strategies to teach care partners. It was a good overview of managing individuals with dementia." – J.L. (Oct. 2016)
"The discussion on the importance of environmental cues was really beneficial. I liked the reinforcement that I'm on the right track with my dementia therapy. However, I expected her to address noncompliance or buy in with SNF staff." – L.N. (Sept. 2016)
"I appreciated the section on Visual Modifications; it was most helpful for me." – I.C. (Sept. 2016)
"I liked that the presenter was well spoken and paced the course perfectly. I greatly appreciated the discussion on training care partners to consider the best alternatives to redirect the pt./person with dementia." – R.A. (July 2016)
"It was all good. Excellent length and information! I especially enjoyed the discussions on the term care partner and focusing on what is remaining – not what is gone." – J.H. (June 2016)
"I like that the information is easy to put into practice." – A.C. (June 2016)
"Excellent course." – L.M. (Mar. 2016)
"Great content! I really appreciated the discussion on dementia care for care partner." – J.B. (Feb. 2016)