A Clinician's Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia




This book was written for SLPs, OTs, PTs, and Psych Therapists because of considerable uncertainty "out in the field" regarding how to evaluate and treat persons with dementia. Therapeutic techniques selected often do not take the person's diagnosis and staging into mind. Subsequently, this can lead to pessimism regarding the efficacy of doing therapy with persons with dementia.

In order to extensively address evaluation and therapeutic questions, several experts in the field of dementia were invited to submit chapters to allow for in-depth discussions. Topics include: types & stages of dementia, assessment & evaluations, pharmacology, therapeutic interventions including everyday routines and care partners, direct cognitive therapy techniques, and best practices.

  • Part I is foundational and addresses items such as obtaining the exact diagnosis, staging the person, and considering the various memory systems all in the context of appropriate treatment planning.
  • Part II focuses on evaluation techniques. Test instruments and evaluation techniques specific to identifying frontal lobe disorders and the specific stage of the dementia are reviewed. Included in this discussion are the Global Deterioration Scale and the Allen Cognitive Levels and how these two cognitive tools can assist in managing clients with dementia and how they help in matching specific treatments with specific stages of deterioration. In addition, there is discussion of medications and how each specifically affects cognitive behavior.
  • Part III discusses evidence-based interventions including use of routines, environmental adaptations, utilizing preserved procedural memory abilities, behavioral memory techniques like spaced retrieval and errorless learning, Montessori-based dementia training and program implementation strategies. Throughout this text the authors stress the importance of using evidence-based interventions and how doing this can lead to predictable and positive outcomes.

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• Peter R. Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

• Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP

• Margaret P. Calkins, PhD

• Cameron J. Camp, PhD

• Lynette Carl, Pharm.D.

• Natalie Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP

• Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP

• Patrice S. Platteis, MBA, OTR/L

• Michael J. Skrajner, MA

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7 x 10" softcover • 252 pages • ©2016

Target Audience

For SLPs, OTs, PTs, Psych Therapists and other care partners of persons with dementia.


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 presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is author of "Meal Time Matters" and "Meal Time Matters at Home"; receives royalties.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is 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 owner of Brush Development; ownership interests.

Nonfinancial — Jennifer Brush has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D, is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of environments for elderly, especially those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. After completing an A.B. in psychology at Kenyon College, she received her Masters and Ph.D. of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Calkins has spent many years exploring the therapeutic potential of the environment—social and organizational as well as physical—particularly as it relates to frail and impaired older adults. A member of several national organizations and panels which focus on issues of care for cognitively impaired older Americans, she speaks frequently at conferences both here in the US and abroad. She has recently served on several design juries, which seek to identify state of the art facilities in both health care and long term care. She has published extensively, and her book Design for Dementia: Planning Environments for the Elderly and the Confused was the first comprehensive design guide for special care units. Most recently she developed a four-volume book set titled Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings (see product page for information). Dr. Calkins has served as Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health. She is also Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Institute on Aging and Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial — Margaret Calkins is the author of educational resources and online courses offered by I.D.E.A.S., Inc; receives salary, royalties, and has ownership interests.

Nonfinancial — Margaret Calkins has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., is a noted psychologist and international lecturer specializing in applied research in gerontology and applied cognitive aging. Dr. Camp is Director of Research and Product Development for Hearthstone Alzheimer Care in Woburn, MA. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Camp has published over 80 articles in journals such as the Journal of Gerontology, The Gerontologist, Experimental Aging Research, Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders, Clinical Gerontologist, Psychology and Aging, The Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, and the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. His research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Alzheimer's Association.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Cameron Camp is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Cameron Camp's research is funded in part by the National Institute on Aging; receives grant funding.

Financial — Cameron Camp's research is funded in part by the National Institute of Mental Health; receives grant funding.

Financial — Cameron Camp's research is funded in part by the Alzheimer's Association; receives grant funding.

Nonfinancial— Cameron Camp has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Lynette Carl, PharmD, BCPS, has practiced as a Consultant and Clinical Pharmacist in pharmacies providing patient care in the settings of hospital, psychiatric, hospice care, home infusion care, and skilled nursing facilities. Her clinical practice experience includes infectious disease, critical care, nutrition support, geriatrics, internal medicine, anti-coagulation, cardiology and pain management. She is co-author of the text Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing.


Financial — Lynette Carl is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Lynette Carl is Coauthor of the text, "Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing"; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Lynette Carl has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Natalie F. Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Central Michigan University. She completed her B.S. and M.A. degrees at Ohio University and her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida (USF). At USF she investigated adult neurogenic disorders and the implementation of evidence-based practices in services for individuals with dementia. Her research aims to advance implementation science, communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, and life participation approaches to the treatment of aphasia. She is actively involved with the Global Implementation Initiative and serves on an international committee charged with consolidating tools to drive both organizational and individual change as it relates to evidence-based practice implementation.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Natalie Douglas is the presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Natalie Douglas has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Jerry Hoepner, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He teaches coursework in adult neurogenics, including Anatomy & Physiology, Neuroanatomy & Physiology, Aphasia, Acquired Cognitive Disorders, Dysphagia, and Counseling. He was the 2015-16 UW Systems Wisconsin Teaching Scholar fellowship recipient. He is co-founder of the UW Systems SoTL Think Tank, an annual disciplinary consortium of faculty interested in evidence based instruction and scholarship of teaching and learning research. He is a founding editor and editor-at-large of the Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders (TLCSD) journal. Dr. Hoepner’s teaching research focuses on non-course based learning opportunities (e.g., immersion learning, undergraduate research, course-embedded clinical experiences), apprenticeship pedagogy, and training CSD students as educators. This research has been published in a variety of journals, including: the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology, and Council of Undergraduate Research Quarterly. He also remains active in clinical research, including student and camper outcomes at the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp, social networking applications for individuals with aphasia, Video Self-Modeling interventions for individuals with acquired cognitive disorders, and communication partner training. This research has been published in a variety of journals Brain Injury, Aphasiology, and the Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition, Dr. Hoepner has published several chapters in edited texts. He remains active in community programming for individuals living with traumatic brain injuries and those living with aphasia, including being a co-founder of the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group, Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp, and Mayo Mild Brain Injury Group.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial — Jerry Hoepner is presenter of online CEU courses offered by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Nonfinancial — Jerry Hoepner has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Peter Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, earned his MS and PhD in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive Graduate Degree in Healthcare Financial Management from Ohio State University. Dr. Johnson serves as a healthcare consultant. He develops continuing education programs as well as one-on-one mentoring. He assists in the development of memory units. His previous experience includes working in acute care, home care, outpatient clinics and long-term care.

Dr. Johnson served as a Column Editor for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (SID 13) Dysphagia Newsletter and the (SID 11) Administration and Supervision Newsletter. He is a four-time recipient of the President's Award and the Outstanding Service Award from the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. He is the Chair of the Florida Department of Health State Licensing Board for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Dr. Johnson has co-authored several books including Business Matters: A Guide for the Speech-Language Pathologist, Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing, and Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Effect of Medication on Therapy. His newest book is, A Clinicians Guide to the Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia published by Northern Speech Services.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Peter Johnson is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "Drugs and Dysphagia: How Medications Affect Eating and Swallowing"; receives royalties.

Financial — Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "Practical Pharmacology in Rehabilitation: Effect of Medication on Therapy"; receives royalties.

Financial — Peter Johnson is Coauthor of the text, "A Clinicians Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia"; receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial — Peter Johnson is Chair of the Florida Licensing Board for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

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