Presenters: Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP & Brush Development,
– M.F., prior course participant
This course offers a functional approach to providing person-centered speech-language pathology services for individuals living with dementia. Each of the 10 modules include a lecture, handouts, and therapy activity ideas that provide the essential tools needed for clinicians working with individuals who have cognitive impairment.
Participants will leave this course with blueprints for purposeful activities for all levels of cognitive impairment that will increase elder engagement throughout the day. Learn tips for working collaboratively and for enhancing the elder care environment to support functioning.
Course is offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs – 5.5 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 5:41:13
– B.D., 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.
"Techniques for working with challenges in cognition and language in those with dementia. I liked the description of the different types of dementia." R.D. (Aug. 2023)
"This course was extremely relevant to my daily work. Mealtime suggestions, signage color suggestions, therapy treatment session ideas, were all helpful." C.M. (Aug. 2023)
"Many examples and practical ideas. Engaging, easy-to-follow course. I liked the activity ideas to target patients with dementia." E.T. (Aug. 2023)
"Dementia-friendly & environment-practical recommendations. All topics were appreciated! Numerous strategies offered." C.H. (Aug. 2023)
"This course opened my eyes to how much CAN be done with patients who have dementia. I liked the activities to use with patients." E.D. (Aug. 2023)
"It was beneficial discussing how to help with mealtimes and therapeutic activities. I liked the strategies for self-care of caregivers." V.C. (Aug. 2023)
"I enjoyed learning about the Montessori approach to working with adults with dementia. I liked how the instructor acknowledged that therapists often have to work with what they have due to budget constraints and how to make the most of what is available in the building in which they work." K.D. (Jul. 2023)
"It was nice to see practical examples of activities and procedures. Explanation and implementation modeling of the treatment strategy of spaced retrieval was beneficial. I appreciated the focus on helping the individual with dementia to be and feel successful. The activities demonstrated give purpose and enrichment to the individual’s day." S.P. (Jul. 2023)
"The therapy ideas were fantastic. Lots of ideas along with conveying the need to validate and provide understanding." S.H. (Jun. 2023)
"Strategies to increase quality of life. I liked the real life examples." M.B. (Jun. 2023)
"Informative and updated course. Functional activities provided for appropriate dementia intervention for quality of life/care." M.W. (Jun. 2023)
"Good information and activities to use in therapy and interdisciplinary work." B.E. (Jun. 2023)
"I liked the manageable module format. Good start and stop points. Easy to revisit a topic." M.B. (May 2023)
"Specific tasks to complete with dementia pts to improve participation within daily tasks and enhance QoL. I liked that course was broken up into segments." L.R. (May 2023)
"The discussion of Montessori and dementia was beneficial. I liked the photos." M.M. (May 2023)
"All aspects were important. I liked the pace, demonstrations, and therapy ideas." S.L. (Apr. 2023)
"All sections were good. Detailed in ideas and examples. Lots of good suggestions, guidelines, and activities. I liked the amount of practical suggestions." R.S. (Apr. 2023)
"The spaced retrieval training was beneficial. I liked the detailed examples." S.V. (Mar. 2023)
"Therapeutic activities for those with late-stage dementia as well as making the most out of mealtime. I liked how comprehensive this course was and all of the examples provided for therapy activities." K.H. (Mar. 2023)
"Provided answers to the commonly asked questions of families. I liked the presenters' expertise." L.M. (Mar. 2023)
"There were so many suggestions in this course that I can apply to my treatment sessions for educating family members." M.W. (Feb. 2023)
"The instructors provided practical and functional strategies that may be used immediately to aid patients with memory deficits. This course is an excellent reference that may be used by SLPs and caregivers to understand and facilitate improved management of people with dementia." B.D. (Feb. 2023)
"Strategies that are beneficial when working with elders with dementia. The neurological aspect was interesting." V.F. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked Montessori for aging and dementia. And all the examples and visual aids along with the thorough slides." M.S. (Jan. 2023)
"Making the most of mealtime and the talk on late stage dementia was beneficial. Helpful examples." M.C. (Jan. 2023)
"This course was presented in a user-friendly manner in an optimistic tone that took away the possible second thoughts about the frustration one might have working with this population. I highly appreciated the segments on 'Self Care' and 'Sundowning'." J.B. (Dec. 2022)
"Techniques and strategies to utilize with patients daily to increase quality of life, meaningful interactions and relationships. I liked the spaced retrieval practice." L.E. (Dec. 2022)
"This was an excellent review of what dementia is, the different types, and how they differ. Learning the causes of dementia was beneficial and also the difference between "normal" aging memory loss versus dementia." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"Strategies with treating dementia. Very informative course." J.M. (Dec. 2022)
"The example of person-centered activities for people with moderate to advanced dementia was beneficial. I liked how complete and encompassing course was on dementia and treatment." L.D. (Dec. 2022)
"Very thorough information. I liked the strategies for meal times, review of spaced retrieval." B.O. (Dec. 2022)
"Dementia vs. Alzheimer's and how to approach and help patients. Learn at your own pace online." M.A. (Dec. 2022)
"Useful info - how to help a person with dementia." P.F. (Dec. 2022)
"I liked the specific activities, landmarks, and signs for orientation." C.B. (Dec. 2022)
"The topic of managing repetitive and wandering behaviors was beneficial. Speaker provided good examples and case studies." T.B. (Dec. 2022)
"I loved the visuals, spaced retrieval, understanding of the walkabout and sundowning tips. I loved every part of this course. Much of the information was familiar, but the day-to-day tasks and helpful ideas really helped me put things in perspective. I really appreciate the information." K.C. (Nov. 2022)
"Clear definitions of types of dementia and how to address dementia. I liked the organization and the memory books." M.S. (Nov. 2022)
"Specific strategies to help increase independence in people suffering from dementia. Many suggestions for creating a dementia friendly environment." M.F. (Nov. 2022)
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 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.
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, Director, Brush Development, AMI Certified Trainer, Montessori for Dementia and Aging
Margaret Jarrell, M.Ed, CCC-SLP, AMI Auxiliary Trainer, Montessori for Dementia and Aging
Mandy Cheskis, MS, CCC-SLP
Nonfinancial — Brush Development has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.55 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.
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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. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.
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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 courses include closed captioning.
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.
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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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