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. Offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs - 3 contact hours.
Course Run Time: 3:00:00
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 & Disclosure area.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
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).
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:
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.
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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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"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. 2020)
"EVERYTHING was beneficial! It was an excellent course!" – D.P. (Mar. 2020)
"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. 2020)
"All of it was beneficial - especially the therapy interventions and functional goals. Very good course!!" – B.V. (Jan. 2020)
"The documentation and goal writing discussions were most helpful. The presenter was excellent - she did a very good job at presenting the information clearly, was thorough, and gave very applicable information." – L.K. (Dec. 2019)
"I liked the emphasis on how to develop functional treatment plans and how to document medical necessity. Going over staging of dementia and developing treatment plans at each stage was most beneficial." – D.F. (Dec. 2019)
"So many topics were helpful: the specific ideas for targeting treatment, goal writing, information regarding medical necessity, what Medicare is looking for, information regarding RAC's. The course was informative, practical, functional. The treatment ideas were great. I certainly learned information regarding Medicare RAC's of which I was unaware and will implement. I also appreciated details about tests and staging." – S.L. (Nov. 2019)
"I appreciated going over more details of the different types of dementia and the stages of GDS with the FAST. I liked the different examples and case studies." – B.S. (Oct. 2019)
"Going over the dementia types, stages, and interventions was most helpful." – S.F. (Sept. 2019)
"I like that I finally found a course that breaks down the process from referral to discharge recommendations!" – B.R. (Aug. 2019)
"The content was great and functional for daily utilization in treatment. The interventions were especially beneficial." – E.H. (June 2019)
"I liked the practical advice about writing goals and working with patients." – N.D. (May 2019)
"All of the content was interesting, relevant and clinically applicable. I appreciated the detailed description and explanation of each stage of dementia and the evidence based interventions provided." – L.F. (Apr. 2019)
"The course was practical and functional. I especially enjoyed the info on staging dementia and documentation specific data." – B.A. (Mar. 2019)
"I appreciated the examples of long and short-term functional goals and the skilled interventions to document as well as the specific examples of documentation." – B.B. (Feb. 2019)
"I liked the intervention re: medicare and the discussions on various dementias." – R.M. (Jan. 2019)
"I liked the detailed description of each stage of dementia and evidenced-based interventions." – I.P.B. (Dec. 2018)
"Very well structured and informative. The therapy ideas, explanations on rationale for evaluation and tx, and evidence based practice info were most beneficial." – M.C. (Nov. 2018)
"I liked EVERYTHING; from the background of dementia to staging changes in function, functional interventions and goal writing. All very important to know and presented in an organized and understandable manner!!!" – C.W. (Nov. 2018)
"It was concise but in depth and provided only important and useful information." – N.B. (Oct. 2018)
"The screening tests, stages of dementia, evidence based interventions all are beneficial to my practice." – M.O. (Sept. 2018)
"Going over the stages of dementia and assessment was excellent." – E.T. (Aug. 2018)
"I see many patients who have been diagnosed with dementia. I will use the staging information and all of the goal writing and evidence based treatment interventions. I want to learn more about the expected capabilities of individuals at each stage of dementia." – N.G. (June 2018)
"I felt the explanation of the different dementias was informative and helpful. I also, like that the presenter provided a section on goal writing for people with dementia and information on the importance of staging and the basis of goals and interventions. This information will be helpful to me in my daily practice." – J.F. (May 2018)
"Good common sense presentation! Going over the staging correlation to goals and therapy strategies was most beneficial." – J.D. (Mar. 2018)
"I love how the presenter used very typical, real life examples of how the different therapies would be used. There was a great balance between education on dementia and the specific paperwork/Medicare requirements necessary for proper documentation of those specific services. This course was one of the most beneficial tools I have accessed as I am transitioning from school-based services to home health." – J.K. (Mar. 2018)
"I liked the detailed content that explained how the stage of the dementia related to goal writing and expectations of the individual." – J.H. (Feb. 2018)
"The evidence-based interventions, particularly Montessori therapy, were excellent. I like the course was well-structured and gave concrete ideas." – E.R. (Dec. 2017)
"The concept of addressing spared skills was highly relevant and realigned my approach. The interventions were validating. I'm a very experienced clinician - this course was a wake-up call, not just for billable hours but for improving the quality of life for many elderly people. The documentation clarifications were excellent, and I will be doing a much better job in my documentation as a result!" – K.M. (Dec. 2017)
"I found learning about the stages of Dementia as well as treatment most beneficial for my daily practice. The entire course seemed helpful and informative." – M.C. (Nov. 2017)
"There was so much useful information - especially the intervention types." – M.S. (Oct. 2017)
"The interventions were excellent, and I liked the clarity, concentration of information, and ease of use with this course." – C.M. (Sept. 2017)
"The 5 specific interventions were very helpful. I liked the organization of the course." – C.F. (July 2017)
"Good details on how to provide the appropriate dementia therapy. I especially appreciated the evidence-based treatment and goal writing." – L.A. (June 2017)
"Everything was excellent! The course was absolutely wonderful." – K.B. (May 2017)
"The portion on the staging of dementia with the Global Deterioration Scale was most beneficial. The course was very thorough and covered the what to do with the dementia pt from referral through tx." – L.P. (Mar. 2017)
"I was amazed by the definition of stages of dementia and the amount of research and observation it took to assemble the stages of dementia. The course was complete and exciting." – J.R. (Feb. 2017)
"I appreciated the way the course moved from general exploration of dementia types, how to scale decline (GDS), identify appropriate goals and goal writing, and treatment." – M.S. (Feb. 2017)
"Everything was beneficial! Excellent presentation, clearly presented information, well organized." – W.S. (Jan. 2017)
"The staging of different levels and descriptions of each was great! I liked EVERYTHING! The information and examples were so helpful!" – D.P. (Dec. 2016)
"I enjoyed the goal writing and evidence based treatment approaches. The presenter talked at a nice pace and information was clinically relevant for everyday therapist." – C.O. (Nov. 2016)
"I liked the relevance for LTC and Medicare guidelines as well as 5 evidence based practices and goal writing." – C.C. (Oct. 2016)
"I found the stages of dementia and how to create goals based on the different stages very beneficial. Clear cut information and great outline." – A.B. (Sept. 2016)
"Very practical & related to patient / case studies." – L.S. (Aug. 2016)
"I liked the clarity of different dementias and interventions." – P.F. (Aug. 2016)
"I appreciated the discussion about what reviewers are looking for and when skilled TX may be denied." – K.C. (July 2016)
"The staging and evaluation were the most helpful for providing improved dementia intervention." – K.P. (June 2016)
"I found the Montessori treatment examples to be interesting and liked that they are functional activities that the patients may enjoy doing while helping to improve communication." – C.H. (June 2016)
"Very appropriate and much needed course for therapists providing services in long term care. Well organized, concise and clear. Thank you." – C.B. (May 2016)
"This is one of the best online CEU's I have taken. It was very informative and provided useful information for the field." – M.K. (May 2016)
"I appreciated the examples of specific interventions and the staging information." – M.C. (Apr. 2016)
"I liked the simplified presentation of staging of dementia." – L.J. (Apr. 2016)
"Course was an excellent guide for improving therapy using spared abilities. I liked the organized information, understanding dementia, therapy ideas, and Medicare guidelines." – K.G. (Mar. 2016)
"I liked the knowledge of the speaker and practical applications for therapy." – C.C. (Mar. 2016)
"Excellent information. Provided specific examples of goals and treatment interventions. I appreciated the discussion on Types of Dementias and Stages of Dementia." – S.M. (Feb. 2016)