Presenter: Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP
– M.D., prior course participant
The number of patients with dementia is exploding across all boundaries and in all settings. The speech-language pathologist plays a key role in staging and assisting patients in achieving their highest level of function in the areas of communication, behavior management, socialization, dysphagia and mobility.
This course provides the clinician with the tools to build on existing skills, and provides a framework for implementing successful interventions for patients with dementia. Documentation for dementia therapy is also covered, including the art of proper documentation that supports skilled intervention for this population.
Course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 3:00:16
– K.S., prior course participant
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. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.
"The documentation aspects of this course were particularly helpful, from the way it described how to better establish medical necessity during the evaluation portion to goal writing for cognitive skills." R.A. (Sep. 2023)
"This information was timely for my current caseload/setting and proved to be most interesting. The causes and types of Dementia as well as the staging of dementia were very informative and helpful." S.J. (Aug. 2023)
"I liked the breakdown of each dementia and Alzheimer's, and I liked the breakdown of each level of the Global Deterioration Scale." C.B. (Aug. 2023)
"Functional and applicable. I liked the daily life applications as well as strategies and evidence to implement." K.K. (Jun. 2023)
"All content was beneficial. Easy to follow course." M.S. (Jun. 2023)
"I really enjoyed the evidence-based interventions b/c I learned new things after 22 years in the field! Great information and practical information I can use where I practice." L.D. (Mar. 2023)
"Goal writing and documentation were beneficial. Liked freedom to complete course on my own time." V.M. (Feb. 2023)
"I found the discussion about staging to be the most beneficial." A.W. (Jan. 2023)
"Easy to follow course. I liked the 5 evidence-based interventions and the examples for goal writing. I also appreciated being able to see the post test prior to watching the course." C.S. (Jan. 2023)
"All of it was beneficial." L.L. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked everything. Course was very informative." J.A. (Nov. 2022)
"Very specific and helpful information was shared. I liked the detailed explanations of the stages of dementia." R.W. (Oct. 2022)
"Staging of dementia was very informative." G.K. (Oct. 2022)
"Best online CEU I've ever done. I liked all of it - goal writing, eval writing, listing the treatments, wording for Medicare reimbursement." A.S. (Sept. 2022)
"I will be able to use this information immediately. I liked the stages of dementia and examples of goals." A.Y. (Aug. 2022)
"The presenter was knowledgeable and gave great examples of evaluation and treatment. I liked the therapy interventions and review of dementia stages." M.D. (Aug. 2022)
"I liked the goal writing discussion - the slides were helpful." T.N. (Jul. 2022)
"I liked how course was organized and the handouts were helpful. The information on staging and documentation was good." C.H. (Jun. 2022)
"I found using the staging scale and texting information beneficial to my practice." K.D. (Apr. 2022)
"I appreciated the way the presentation was organized and reviewed essential components for improved quality of life and outcomes along with the documentation requirements." E.M. (Mar. 2022)
"I will change the way I write goals and objectives after listening to this course. I liked the way the course was presented – factual with relevant examples. The Global Determination Scale was very helpful." M.D. (Mar. 2022)
"Very functional applications in a Long Term Care setting. I liked suggestions for incorporating other modalities (PT and OT) into SLP goals." B.S. (Jan. 2022)
"I liked the practical examples given by the presenter. Presenter did not talk too fast and explained slides in easy to understand, meaningful terms." C.W. (Dec. 2021)
"Staging with examples and more specific behaviors, further explanations on Medicare guidelines, and examples of techniques in therapy were all really helpful." A.C. (Dec. 2021)
"Great information on the dementia stages, goal writing, and dementia interventions." J.H. (Dec. 2021)
"The straightforward presentation style of the presenter helped increase my understanding of all topics discussed. I appreciated the direct examples of what to do and what not to do for each stage of dementia based on the GDS." A.R. (Nov. 2021)
"I liked the description of staging and how it connected to goals and treatment. Liked all of her personal examples and descriptions that illustrated the topics she covered." L.G. (Oct. 2021)
"I appreciated the wording she provided to write goals and evaluations. I also liked the format and the in-depth discussions that are very practical. It really exceeded my expectations. I want to hear more from this speaker." A.D. (Oct. 2021)
"Different activities for treatment – a lot of detail regarding goal planning." W.S. (Sept. 2021)
"The presenter was well organized and very clear in her delivery. I also appreciate the ability to listen as many times as I wanted and to stop the presentation when I needed a break." E.B. (Sept. 2021)
"I felt like I was front seat being taught one on one by a seasoned and knowledgeable clinician. I liked the 5 evidence-based approaches to therapy for individuals with dementia." M.S. (Aug. 2021)
“I enjoyed learning the stages of dementia and therapeutic interventions. The examples and patient behaviors were helpful also.” C.B. (Jul 2021)
"So many times I hear from providers or other SLPs that intervention with patients with a dementia diagnosis is not appropriate. This course does a great job providing evidenced based information on why it IS appropriate, and what interventions to utilize and best practice for documentation. So helpful!" K.S. (May 2021)
"It was very informative and I feel prepared to work with this population if/when I get the opportunity. Going over the staging and the evidence based interventions was most helpful. I also appreciate that they name assessments for dementia and not just screeners." C.P. (Apr. 2021)
"EVERYTHING was beneficial! It was an excellent course!" D.P. (Mar. 2021)
"I am retired but interested in the topic. The therapy effective for dementia was of most interest to me. Well organized course, good slides, staging and therapy tools." P.B. (Feb. 2021)
"All of it was beneficial - especially the therapy interventions and functional goals. Very good course!!" B.V. (Jan. 2021)
Peggy Watson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist with 30 years of experience working with the geriatric population. She specializes in non-pharmacological dementia behavior management using evidence-based interventions including the areas of validation, reminisce, spaced retrieval, sensory and Montessori. Peggy has co-authored two books, one for therapists providing step-by-step guidance to achieve successful outcomes, Dementia Therapy & Program Development and one for caregivers, Dementia Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit. She has presented on dementia programming nationally and internationally, and for state and national conventions since 2009. Peggy is a member of the Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and ASHA. She is co-owner of Consultants in Dementia Therapy, a company founded to be a resource for caregivers, therapists and medical staff helping people with dementia achieve or maintain their highest level of function.
Financial — Peggy Watson is the author of the text "Dementia Therapy & Program Development" published by Consultants in Dementia Therapy; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Peggy Watson is co-owner of Consultants in Dementia Therapy, PLLC; ownership interests.
Financial —Peggy Watson is the author of the text "Dementia Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit"; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Peggy Watson is the author of online CE courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Peggy Watson is a presenter of CE seminars offered by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.
Nonfinancial — Peggy Watson has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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