Presenters: Kathryn Bayles, PhD, CCC-SLP (Retired) & Kim McCullough, PhD, CCC-SLP
– J.B., prior course participant
This course focuses on MCI assessment. MCI is often a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementia producing disease. Early identification provides those affected with options for pharmacologic intervention and cognitive and linguistic stimulation therapies that can delay or prevent evolution to dementia.
Topics presented during this course will include: types of MCI; differentiating MCI from healthy aging and dementia; signature cognitive features of Alzheimer’s MCI and other pathologies associated with MCI; research-based guidelines that promote testing validity; characteristics of good screening tests and neuropsychological test batteries; and factors to consider when interpreting performance data and counseling clients.
Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:03:55
– J.W., 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.
"Clarification of the types of MCI and characteristics of PD and Lewy Body dementias was beneficial. Excellent, thorough, and well presented review of types of MCI, which is a term at times misused in the profession." S.C. (Feb. 2023)
"Excellent coverage of things we can address as SLPs when working with patients with MCI. I liked the assessment measures." L.D. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the differentiation between mild cognitive impairment and healthy aging. Learning the different types of MCI. I thought course was very thorough in terms of defining the different types of dementia and the effects on cognitive-communication skills for each type." S.L. (Jan. 2023)
"I liked the information regarding different types of dementia, MCI types." D.K. (Jan. 2023)
"Learning difference between Parkinson's and Lewy body. Very informative course." J.M. (Dec. 2022)
"Learning the impact of a severe TBI and how the brain is affected immediately is most beneficial to my daily practice. The overall topic of age and how it impacts the brain/neurological diseases was very interesting to learn." A.C. (Dec. 2022)
"The entire course was beneficial. It was well organized." P.D. (Nov. 2022)
"Being able to complete this on my own timeline was good." J.G. (Nov. 2022)
"Very practical information regarding evaluation for MCI and differentiating between other neuro-cognitive disorders such as AD, Lewy Body Dementia, etc." L.H. (Nov. 2022)
"I can use this information tomorrow at work." S.B. (Nov. 2022)
"I liked the specific standardized batteries to use for each situation and practical explanations." M.V. (Oct. 2022)
"Very informative about best tests. Included practical information about how to discuss results with patients." J.W. (Oct. 2022)
"I liked the methods recommended for a thorough assessment of cognitive function." J.W. (Oct. 2022)
"The pace of the course was good. I liked the discussion of assessments." J.F. (Oct. 2022)
"The course was well organized and very informative. Good explanation of the standardized tests and recommendations for use of specific tests." L.H. (Sept. 2022)
"I liked the course. It was short and specific." T.M. (Sept. 2022)
"I like the handouts provided for use later." P.M. (Aug. 2022)
"Excellent information in all areas. Good screening and assessment information." C.L. (Aug. 2022)
"The course is easy to follow." A.S. (Aug. 2022)
"The course format was excellent!" K.H. (July 2022)
"I liked the content – assessment, counseling, follow up, and treatment." C.B. (June 2022)
"I liked the comprehensive nature of the presentation; the dividing of the subject matter into units; and the specific information regarding the identification of MCI." L.M. (June 2022)
"The visuals were good, and learning to differentiate different forms of dementia vs. MCI was helpful." B.W. (May 2022)
"The organization of the material, and the presenter's knowledge of the subject made this course very interesting, and very worthwhile for SLPs." J.B. (Jan. 2022)
"Easy to access and can stop and replay to take notes." P.W. (Jan. 2022)
"Review of MCI types, dementia types, and standardized screening tools was helpful. I will share with professionals and use this in my clinical practice. All of the information was very good and important." A.H. (Dec. 2021)
"The entire class was helpful in the areas of diagnostics." M.E. (Oct. 2021)
"I enjoyed the comprehensive discussion of types of diagnoses associated with MCI." C.G. (Oct. 2021)
"The explanation of MCI and its assessment will be beneficial for my daily practice. I liked how language performance associated with the MCI." C.K.(Oct. 2021)
"The differentiating of MCI from other neurodegenerative diseases was beneficial for my daily practice. The concrete facts presented and objective measures were very good." C.R. (Oct. 2021)
"Really appreciate the testing section and variety of tests available. Terrific review for those of us older SLP's!! Visual presentation (slides) were well done, although the number of abbreviations was a bit overwhelming." M.C. (Sept. 2021)
"I liked the differential diagnosis of the various dementias." M.W. (Sept. 2021)
"The symptoms, introduction of screeners and ax were beneficial for my daily practice. The clear definition of terms and explanations good pacing most of what is said is in slides." G.G. (July 2021)
"The list of assessment and screening tools that MCI does not lead to Dementia or AD and further decline may be prevented will help my daily practice. The course was well organized, detailed, useful clinical info." P.B. (July 2021)
"I liked the breakdown of types of dementia, characteristics." C.S. (July 2021)
Financial — Kathryn Bayles is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Kathryn Bayles has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Kim McCullough, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor and Graduate Program Director at Appalachian State University. Dr. McCullough is a certified speech-language pathologist with clinical expertise in providing services to individuals with neurogenic communication disorders. Dr. McCullough’s clinical activities and research focus on aging, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and interventions for sustaining brain function. She teaches the following courses: Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Motor Speech Disorders. Dr. McCullough also serves as the BCHS IPE program director. In this role she is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing interprofessional education within the college.
Financial — Kim McCullough is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Nonfinancial — Kim McCullough has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
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