Individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) comprise the fastest growing clinical population in the United States and worldwide because of the tsunami of individuals with dementia producing diseases and those with sports and combat-related head injuries (CTE). Early identification is vital to delay or prevent progression to dementia and diagnostic criteria and test performance cutoffs are now available. Language performance deficits are early indicators of MCI and Speech-Language Pathologists are uniquely qualified to identify those at risk for MCI and provide clinical intervention if needed. This course has four parts: (1) overview of cognition, (2) DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, (3) evidence-based early indicators, (4) clinical objectives and cognitive-science based strategies for triggering neuroplasticity and building cognitive reserve. This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs – 3 contact hours. Also see course #e265, Mild Cognitive Impairment: Assessment Challenges and Solutions
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Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation; Cognitive Skills, Client Factors, Performance Skills
OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention; Analysis of occupational performance; Develop intervention plan & approaches
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.
This program is offered for 0.3 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.
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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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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.
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"The course was thorough and well organized." E.B. (Oct. 2021)
"I appreciated the focus on positive steps that can be put in place to strengthen neural connections through specific cognitive activities, and healthy lifestyle choices. These are things a client can really take control of and feel more positive and empowered in their own health. The clearly defined framework around different types of memory and their significance both in diagnosis and therapeutic planning." J.K. (Sept. 2021)
"The idea of providing hope for people with dementia and the science-based clinical strategies will help my daily practice. I liked that it was applicable to what I do. Her clinical strategies were specific and doable." M.M. (Aug. 2021)
"The testing protocols, specific science based strategies to use in sessions was beneficial for my daily practice." C.S.-D. (July 2021)
"Specificity in the descriptions of memory loss with aging and the course outline were good." P.B. (June 2021)
"The entire course was outstanding. – R.L. (June 2021)
"STRONG review of memory; appreciate new DSM information on MCI and differential diagnostic info for early dementia. Great handout. . . . but mostly just listening to Dr. Bayles synthesize this complex info. Long time since I've been able to take one of her courses. Appreciate strong connection of research to therapy/clinical practice." – M.C. (June 2021)
"The Science-based clinical strategies were very beneficial, especially the use of more personally relevant material combined with errorless learning. Also incorporating sleep, diet and exercise education into intervention as a means of improving cognitive health. I am glad to hear that these topics are in our province from Dr. Bayles; I have used elements of health coaching and personalized nutrition handouts from our dietitian to help my patient to learn and recall nutrition information relevant to diabetes management. The clear explanation of the different types of memory and pathology and the neuroanatomic bases; I have take many courses on this topic but the manner in which Dr. Bayles presented this information was very clear and applicable to clinical practice." – L.D. (June 2021)
"I enjoyed the narration" – M.S. (June 2021)
"Recognizing MCI and science based treatment strategies the research articles linked for further reading and the evidence based treatment strategies" – L.B. (June 2021)
"Easy to follow format." – R.A. (June 2021)
"Pace was good, test was challenging afterwards and handouts had a good amount of information, good reference list provided." – V.G. (June 2021)
"Info about cognitive reserve was useful. The presenter was engaging and seamlessly incorporated information from research studies and articles as well as practical information. I had to do this in sections because it does require concentration and time to absorb the information. I am an "old" medical SLP and found this to be one of the few courses I have taken recently that kept me engaged. Thanks for that!" – B.S. (June 2021)
“I liked that it had slides that were not overwhelmed with material functional applications.” – K.C. (Mar. 2021)
“The Science-based clinical strategies were very beneficial, especially the use of more personally relevant material combined with errorless learning. Also incorporating sleep, diet, and exercise education into intervention as a means of improving cognitive health. I am glad to hear that these topics are in our province from Dr. Bayles; I have used elements of health coaching and personalized nutrition handouts from our dietitian to help my patient to learn and recall nutrition information relevant to diabetes management.” – D.L. (Dec. 2020)
“The presentation was comprehensive, complex and extremely informative.” – T.M. (Nov. 2020)
“I specifically loved the review of clinical anatomy and treatment principles.” – N.B. (Nov. 2020)
“I liked that there were specific recommendations to identify and remediate MCI.” P.P. (Sep. 2020)
“I liked using the tasing effect to increase recall. Also, the information concerning sleep, diet, and exercise as they relate to brain health/learning ability when counseling clients or parents. The presentation was clear and well organized with excellent graphics.” – E.B. (Aug. 2020)
"Going over the clinical strategies and diagnostic measures was most helpful. I liked that I could take it at my leisure." – C.B. (July 2020)
"An extraordinarily well-done course. Dr. Bayles's research into the use of language as a marker for MCI is an important advance in SLP. I have been impressed with Dr. Bayles's presentations & publications since I first heard her in 1983 at the CAC. This course did not disappoint." – W.B. (June 2020)
"Understanding the benefit of engaging my clients in stimulating activities; specifically, understanding the concept of Long Term Potentiation was most helpful. The course was very well organized and easy to follow. The speaker was very good." – R.F. (May 2020)
"So much of the discussion of factors to consider during treatment, and of course the Neuroprotective practices: Sleep, Exercise, Diet were beneficial." – L.C. (Apr. 2020)
"The information was very clear and specific. Going over how the brain learns and forms memories, especially affective immunology was especially helpful." – T.G. (Mar. 2020)
"The discussion on benefits of repeated repetition on learning and memory and excellent breakdown of memory types with graphic representation. I liked the presenter's knowledge on the topic, updated research on MCI, and use of photo example to demonstrate elaborative encoding techniques." – E.O. (Feb. 2020)
"Going over how depression and anxiety affect cognition was most beneficial." – J.B. (Feb. 2020)
"I appreciated going over HOA vs MCI Status and strategies for working with MCI individuals." – C.W. (Feb. 2020)
"I enjoyed the neuroprotective exercise and addition to social cognition for testing." – S.R. (Feb. 2020)
"The discussion of diet and exercise in conjunction with cognitive therapy was most helpful. I liked that I could complete the course at my leisure!" – S.H. (Jan. 2020)
"The examples were excellent, and I now have a better understanding of the concepts. Going over the differentiating differences in decline in normal aging versus MCI versus dementia was most beneficial." – L.M. (Jan. 2020)
"Fascinating topic! I appreciated the discussion on repeated recall vs re reading for improved retention of info." – L.L. (Dec. 2019)
"I enjoyed the discussions of the prevalence of MCI, impact of MCI, and our role as SLPs in assisting in earlier identification and treatment." – L.M. (Dec. 2019)
"The presenter did an excellent job with visuals to assist the learner! Overall, this is an excellent course for clinicians in any setting who are tasked with managing MCI in teens or adults! She details information that helps to sharpen one's understanding of the neurological bases for the deficits that we assess and treat. She also helps clinicians to consider the whole patient (e.g. being mindful of the Pt's eating, sleeping, exercise habits), as this contributes to their ability to benefit from cognitive treatment." – A.D. (Nov. 2019)