$69.00 USD

95% rating - reviews

0.3  ASHA CEUs


A Functional Approach For Achieving Meaningful Goals With Persons With Dementia #e124

Presenter: multiple experts

Presents 6 case studies to demonstrate successful evaluation and treatment of persons with dementia.


"I liked the 'real' examples.... Step by step process starting with diagnosis, to treatment/therapy, to outcomes/results."

– S.S., prior course participant

This clinically focused course uses a case study format to explain how to successfully evaluate and treat persons with dementia. Participants will learn the importance of categorizing the type of dementia before establishing a plan of treatment. Participants will also learn how to document medical necessity and skilled services – the two requirements necessary for reimbursement.

Evidence-based interventions are reviewed that are likely to yield functional and meaningful outcomes for persons with dementia. Additional discussions will include caregiver education and identification of barriers that must be addressed before successful treatment outcomes can be achieved.

Course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 Contact Hours.

Course Overview & Run Time

Course Overview – Run Time: 3:03:46

  • Case 1: Frontotemporal Dementia and Communication Difficulties.
  • Case 2: Vascular Dementia Primarily in Occipital Lobe.
  • Case 3: Acute Care Confusion Resolving to Moderate Dementia.
  • Case 4: Community-Dwelling Man with Mild Cognitive Impairment.
  • Case 5: Moderate Dementia with Swallowing Difficulty.
  • Case 6: Lewy Body Dementia Communication & Visual Hallucinations.
"I liked the explanations for evaluating swallowing in a cognitive diagnosis; that is often a difficult concept to convey to our staff members. All of the presenters showed careful and comprehensive explorations of the problems and solutions that were most suitable for the individual. I liked the case study examples where you could consider personal and family information as well."

– J.C., prior course participant

Over 95% of prior course participants would recommend this course to their SLP colleagues.

"Setting goals for long term residents of a nursing facility was beneficial to my practice. I also enjoyed hearing other SLPs discuss the reasons for the goals they wrote." E.H. (May 2022)

"I liked the discussion on evaluation. The course content was very straightforward." C.P. (Mar. 2022)

"Useful strategies; good case studies." M.B. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the practical aspects of the client interviews and caregivers' interviews as far as setting goals, and the variety of case studies presented." L.K. (Dec. 2021)

"In depth case studies – they were very helpful. The accompanying literature was also helpful." E.L. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the explanations for evaluating swallowing in a cognitive diagnosis; that is often a difficult concept to convey to our staff members. All of the presenters showed careful and comprehensive explorations of the problems and solutions that were most suitable for the individual. I liked the case study examples where you could consider personal and family information as well." J.C. (Dec. 2021)

"The memory interventions were beneficial. Course was easy to follow. I liked the case studies." A.S. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked all of it, especially providing task examples and goals." T.W. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the various case studies with information from referral for speech eval to outcomes of Tx." S.M. (Nov. 2021)

"Case studies are such a great way to learn!" A.G. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the descriptions of specific types of dementia; lots of practical examples of goals." E.S. (Sept. 2021)

"I appreciated the diagnostic procedures (team approach, instruments, etc.). The selection of short and long term objectives was interesting as well. There were "real" examples, and a step by step process starting with diagnosis, through to treatment/therapy, all the way to outcomes/results." S.S. (Jul. 2021)

"Seeing dysphagia and dementia goals combined. Simply stated and easy to follow. Great case studies. Specific goals and considerations. Seeing how functional the goals were." T.M. (Jun. 2021)

"The assessment process for an individual seeking treatment associated with dementia, and developing functional goals will help my practice. The course was packed with helpful information, and it was short and sweet." J.R. (Jun. 2021)

"I liked the background provided regarding the case studies. Everything presented was extremely relevant no matter what kind of facility one is working in on a daily basis." A.D. (Apr. 2021)

"All of the information was specific, detailed, functional and addressed various needs and skills." S.L. (Feb. 2021)

"I appreciated going over assessing patient with new onset confusion with goals to establish reliable responses, all the environmental factors to evaluate, various ways to implement memory strategies, and caregiver training in SNF with dementia and dysphagia diagnoses. I liked the in-depth look at each case from initial symptoms, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and outcomes." J.Z. (Feb. 2021)

"The environmental changes to improve independence and reduce frustration were very helpful. I also enjoyed the first 2 case presentations." M.H. (Jan. 2021)

"I liked the explanations given for certain assessments used and for the treatment plans. Going over the semantic variety PPA was most beneficial." S.R. (Dec. 2020)

"Going over goal setting and functional treatment planning was most beneficial. I liked the case study format." R.A. (Dec. 2020)

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.

Course Format

Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.

Reviews

"Setting goals for long term residents of a nursing facility was beneficial to my practice. I also enjoyed hearing other SLPs discuss the reasons for the goals they wrote." E.H. (May 2022)

"I liked the discussion on evaluation. The course content was very straightforward." C.P. (Mar. 2022)

"Useful strategies; good case studies." M.B. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked the practical aspects of the client interviews and caregivers' interviews as far as setting goals, and the variety of case studies presented." L.K. (Dec. 2021)

"In depth case studies – they were very helpful. The accompanying literature was also helpful." E.L. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the explanations for evaluating swallowing in a cognitive diagnosis; that is often a difficult concept to convey to our staff members. All of the presenters showed careful and comprehensive explorations of the problems and solutions that were most suitable for the individual. I liked the case study examples where you could consider personal and family information as well." J.C. (Dec. 2021)

"The memory interventions were beneficial. Course was easy to follow. I liked the case studies." A.S. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked all of it, especially providing task examples and goals." T.W. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the various case studies with information from referral for speech eval to outcomes of Tx." S.M. (Nov. 2021)

"Case studies are such a great way to learn!" A.G. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the descriptions of specific types of dementia; lots of practical examples of goals." E.S. (Sept. 2021)

"I appreciated the diagnostic procedures (team approach, instruments, etc.). The selection of short and long term objectives was interesting as well. There were "real" examples, and a step by step process starting with diagnosis, through to treatment/therapy, all the way to outcomes/results." S.S. (Jul. 2021)

"Seeing dysphagia and dementia goals combined. Simply stated and easy to follow. Great case studies. Specific goals and considerations. Seeing how functional the goals were." T.M. (Jun. 2021)

"The assessment process for an individual seeking treatment associated with dementia, and developing functional goals will help my practice. The course was packed with helpful information, and it was short and sweet." J.R. (Jun. 2021)

"I liked the background provided regarding the case studies. Everything presented was extremely relevant no matter what kind of facility one is working in on a daily basis." A.D. (Apr. 2021)

"All of the information was specific, detailed, functional and addressed various needs and skills." S.L. (Feb. 2021)

"I appreciated going over assessing patient with new onset confusion with goals to establish reliable responses, all the environmental factors to evaluate, various ways to implement memory strategies, and caregiver training in SNF with dementia and dysphagia diagnoses. I liked the in-depth look at each case from initial symptoms, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and outcomes." J.Z. (Feb. 2021)

"The environmental changes to improve independence and reduce frustration were very helpful. I also enjoyed the first 2 case presentations." M.H. (Jan. 2021)

"I liked the explanations given for certain assessments used and for the treatment plans. Going over the semantic variety PPA was most beneficial." S.R. (Dec. 2020)

"Going over goal setting and functional treatment planning was most beneficial. I liked the case study format." R.A. (Dec. 2020)

Course Objectives

  1. Identify assessment procedures that yield meaningful information.
  2. Recognize and plan interventions that have the potential to yield functional and meaningful outcomes for individuals with dementia.
  3. Incorporate care partners' goals and education into treatment planning.

Presenter & Disclosures

Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida. She has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association to investigate interventions for spousal and nursing home caregivers designed to improve the quality and quantity of communicative interactions with residents with dementia, to evaluate memory aids and interventions for persons with dementia and traumatic brain injury, and to develop training programs for institutional caregivers. A clinical researcher, Dr. Bourgeois has published numerous research articles, training manuals and CDs, and books. She was the recipient of the 2007 Barry Reisberg Award for Non-Pharmacologic Research, Theory, and Clinical Practice.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Michelle Bourgeois is the author of My Book of Memories, which is published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Michelle Bourgeois is co-presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Michelle Bourgeois has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author, and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests, and abilities. With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program.

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.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Jennifer Brush is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

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.

Mary L. Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, FNAP, is currently a Corporate Rehabilitation Consultant with HCR ManorCare. In her 25+ years in the profession, Ms. Casper has focused clinically in swallowing disorders in the geriatric population and communication intervention for individuals with dementia. She is the 2017 ASHA Convention Co-Chair. She represents the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association as the StAMP (State Advocates for Medicare Policy) liaison. Ms. Casper is a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Mary Casper is employed with HCR ManorCare; receives a salary.

Financial — Mary Casper is a presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Mary Casper is a volunteer in various capacities for ASHA; receives no compensation for these roles.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

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.

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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Customer Support: Please phone 888.337.3866 or email info@northernspeech.com.

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.

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 currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at info@northernspeech.com 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.

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. 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.

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. Most courses include closed captioning.

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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