This online course is designed for Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, and other caregivers of persons with dementia. It addresses characteristics found within the home and the long-term care environments that can support effective communication during activities of daily living. The environment can support communication when it helps people know what to expect, puts them in a situation that will trigger the right pattern, uses multi-sensory strategies to provide information, and reduces distracting stimulation. Participants will learn practical ideas for low-cost interventions that can help improve communication functioning and quality of life for persons with dementia. Offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.
Text and case studies.
OT Process: Intervention
OT Process: Outcomes
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.
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.
Financial — Carrie Bruce is the author of educational resources and online courses offered by I.D.E.A.S.; receives consulting fees and royalty payments.
Nonfinancial — Carrie Bruce has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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.
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.
Robin L. Chilton, MBA, OTR/L, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University. She is a licensed and registered occupational therapist who has been working in the field of geriatrics for over 15 years. In 2011 Ms. Chilton was awarded a grant from the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE): 1) to promote health careers in gerontology for undergraduate and graduate students, and 2) to conduct a needs assessment for the purpose of determining possible curriculum modifications and/or enhancements to meet the demands of the current geriatric climate. Ms. Chilton was also responsible for developing and implementing a Service Learning Program that provides occupational therapy students with the opportunity to plan and facilitate task-oriented groups with economically disadvantaged African American older adults at an inner-city adult day care center.
Financial — Author of online CEU courses offered by I.D.E.A.S., Inc; receives consulting fee.
Nonfinancial — Robin Chilton has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.15 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.
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 this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.
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 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 computer, 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.
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’d 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.
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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"Excellent case studies with a lot of information!" - J.W. (Aug. 2018)
"I took this course to assist my friends and family to care for aging parents. It provided me with a lot of new information!" - L.H. (April 2018)
"Love the text format! Also loved how multiple disciplines' perspectives were combined into this course" -K.S. (Dec. 2018)
"I liked the practical strategies for intervention." – T.P. (Sept. 2017)
"I appreciated the specific modification examples for the environment to improve communication and ADL participation." – E.M. (Aug. 2017)
"The examples of what things to look for in the environment and the case studies were helpful." – K.A. (Aug. 2017)
"I found the areas to consider when implementing modifications to a patient's environment to assist in communication and independence in tasks to be most beneficial. I liked the specific examples to think about when modifying my patients' environments. I would have liked the course to be audio/video in nature, but I have to admit that reading and note taking seemed to solidify the major points for me." – R.M. (Aug. 2017)
"I liked the photographic support and examples, and I especially enjoyed the discussion on environmental modifications." – J.J. (Apr. 2017)
"Describing the competence Press model and ICF was most helpful. I liked the examples provided, and the course objectives were well covered." – S.E. (Feb. 2017)
"I enjoyed the specific ideas that can be implemented -- the examples of signage, cues, etc. for practical application." – W.S. (Jan. 2017)
"I appreciated the tips for environmental modifications, factors to be aware of as they often get overlooked. I liked how functional it was and that I can apply it in practice tomorrow." – R.W.K. (Dec. 2016)
"Very functional solutions that are easy to enact, with good suggestions. I found the discussion of modifications in different settings (e.g., at home or in facility) most beneficial." – N.M. (Dec. 2016)
"All of it was helpful. Obviously the SLP oriented info such as making memory books or wallets is most useful to me, but it was good to read the info related to OT and Nursing perspectives. I liked the practical examples and case studies." – S.W. (Dec. 2016)
"The discussion on environmental design strategies was most beneficial." – R.P. (Nov. 2016)
"The info was relevant to my daily caseload." – K.P. (Nov. 2016)
"I enjoyed the case studies and treatment plan examples." – M.C. (Nov. 2016)
"I like the visual examples of environmental modifications." – B.H. (Oct. 2016)
"I appreciated the discussion on environmental assessment." – D.L. (Oct. 2016)
"It was very informative. I especially enjoyed the strategies to increase oral intake." – T.S. (Oct. 2016)
"The visual aids were excellent." – G.F. (Sept. 2016)
"I liked the memory wallet and visual examples." – K.P. (July 2016)
"Overall good information for daily use in therapy." – D.M. (May 2016)