Mild Cognitive Impairment: Assessment Challenges and Solutions

#e265

0.2 ASHA CEUs

$39.00


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Description

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. This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours. Also see course #e237, Mild Cognitive Impairment: Early Indicators And Clinical Interventions

Run Time: 2:03:55

Course Overview:

  1. Understanding mild cognitive impairment.
  2. Differentiating mild cognitive impairment from healthy aging.
  3. Common causes of mild cognitive impairment.
  4. Evidence-based assessment guidelines.
  5. Screening measures with normative data.
  6. Neuropsychological test batteries with normative data.
  7. Language performance deficits as early indicators of mild cognitive impairment.
  8. Considerations when counseling clients & interpreting performance data.
  9. Summary.

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.

Course Format

Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

Course Objectives

  1. Describe mild cognitive impairment and the need for early identification.
  2. Contrast mild cognitive impairment from healthy aging.
  3. Contrast mild cognitive impairment from mild dementia.
  4. Interpret the evidence-based guidelines for diagnosing mild cognitive impairment.
  5. Summarize the characteristics of good screening tools and neuropsychological test batteries.
  6. Identify language performance deficits that are early indicators of mild cognitive impairment.
  7. Identify factors to consider in interpreting test performance.
  8. Describe considerations when counseling clients and interpreting performance data.

 

Presenter & Disclosures

Kathryn A. Bayles, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Professor Emerita of the University of Arizona and an internationally known expert on cognitive-communication disorders associated with Alzheimer’s and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes on Aging, Mental Health and Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, the Alzheimer’s, Andrus, and Robert Woods Johnson Foundations, and the Universities of Arizona and Central Arkansas. Widely published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Dr. Bayles has also authored four books, the most recent being Cognitive-Communication Disorders of MCI and Dementia and two standardized tests: The Arizona Battery for Cognitive-Communication Disorders (ABCD-2) and the Functional Linguistic Communication Inventory (FLCI-2). She is a Fellow and Honors Recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Past President and Honors Recipient of the American Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.

Speaker Disclosures:

FinancialKathryn 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.

Speaker Disclosures:

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.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP
  • SLPA

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:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

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.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.

Frequently Asked Questions

Customer Support: Please phone 888.337.3866 or email info@northernspeech.com.

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.

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 currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at info@northernspeech.com or fax to 888-696-9655.

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.

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. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.

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.

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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.

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. Most courses include closed captioning.

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. 

Special Needs:

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Reviews

"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.C.(Oct. 2021)
"The differentiating of MCI from other neurodegenerative diseases was beneficial for my daily practice.  The concrete facts presented and objective measures were 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. Note: the handouts do not print well with the font color!" 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 pacingmost 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.-D. (July 2021)

"This course was comprehensive." A.L. (July 2021)