This online course will review the types of cognitive-communication strategies that have been shown to be effective with persons with dementia in a variety of settings. SLPs, particularly those working in long-term care, have focused their assessment and treatment goals with this population primarily on feeding and swallowing which is reimbursed by third party payers. Experiences with reimbursement denials for Cognitive- and Communication-based goals due to the perception that patients with dementia have a degenerative condition that will not improve have led to reluctance to treat a wider range of functional behaviors and the myth that only swallowing related goals are reimbursable.
This course will provide information to help justify reimbursement for providing cognitive-communication interventions. Participants will learn strategies to assist clients in maintaining cognitive-communication skills. Strategies will be presented to increase clients' appropriate participation and engagement in activities, as well as strategies to decrease clients' inappropriate and disruptive behaviors. Offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours. This course requires that you have Adobe's Flash Player installed.
1. An Overview of Dementia And Memory
2. Memory Treatment Strategies
3. Memory Aids For orientation, Expression And Safety
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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.
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 CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 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.
Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:
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 E-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 the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).
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.
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What is an Online Course? Our Online Courses include text, audio, or video formats 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 Northern Speech 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 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 online 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.
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 Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click View next to 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.
Course completion timeframes: Nearly all our courses provide for unlimited time to complete your course. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
Course content expiration: Nearly all our courses provide for continued access to course content and materials, even after completion of the post test. Any access limitations will be clearly noted on the individual course description page.
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.
Certificate of completion: A certificate displaying participant name, date of course completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and the number of contact hours earned is presented to participants once a score of 80% or greater is earned on the post test. 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: Northern Speech will provide CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry for you. At the time of course enrollment if you select that you are taking the course for ASHA Credit and if you provide your ASHA Member Number, Northern Speech will automatically submit your hours to the CE Registry after you successfully complete the post test. Please allow 45-60 days from the date of course completion for your hours to appear on your CE transcript. Note that ASHA will record your CEUs as earned on the last day of the month in which you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on Nov 7, the CE Registry will reflect course completion as Nov 30.
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 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 non-text online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout.
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.
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, Internet Explorer, etc) and newest version of Flash Player. 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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"I think the information regarding differential diagnosis of dementia and the step by step guide for the memory book and goal writing was beneficial." – J.F. (May. 2018)
"I liked the information on identifying strengths and remaining skills used in justifying treatment and the example goals and assessment tools." – R.R. (May. 2018)
"Going over how to incorporate a memory book to facilitate language was most beneficial. I liked that the course was simple and very descriptive. Good examples." – S.M. (Jan. 2018)
"I liked the examples, explanation, and the convenience. The visual examples and videos of memory books were especially helpful." – R.A. (Dec. 2017)
"Good descriptions for Dementia and treatment interventions." – A.W. (Oct. 2017)
"I enjoyed the various ways to set up useful memory books." – S.D.A. (Oct. 2017)
"I appreciated the suggestions for tx and that the course was all text." – J.F. (Aug. 2017)
"I liked the videos and the definitions of memory. People misuse 'memory' words (short term, long term) all the time. I like the course's references to Bourgeios's assessments. I will use those." – J.C. (Aug. 2017)
"Going over the causes of dementia was very helpful." – W.M. (June 2017)
"All of it was beneficial!!! I liked the graphs & info provided and that it was very organized." – A.V. (Mar. 2017)
"I liked the evidence presented supporting memory aides and the functional goal ideas." – S.M. (Mar. 2017)
"Excellent resource to print and return for review and application and the goal and treatment suggestions were great." – J.B. (Jan. 2017)
"I enjoyed the treatment strategies and format of the course." – M.R. (Dec. 2016)
"I appreciated the specifics on how to determine content for memory books including information that will be useful and important to caregivers that are helping the patients on a daily basis." – B.V. (Nov. 2016)
"The specific memory aiding techniques for the Aging population (in particular with dementia) were most beneficial. I liked that this information will be helpful in my daily professional life." – D.B. (Nov. 2016)
"The evidence based treatment approaches and examples of using memory books were all excellent." – L.M.J. (Nov. 2016)
"I found the screening sheets and ideas and sample target goals most beneficial. I like that the course had slides, videos, and tests at the end of each section." – L.G. (Nov. 2016)
"The assessment techniques were very helpful. The videos were a nice augmentation to the text." – A.L. (Sept. 2016)
"I appreciated the Spaced retrieval and Bourgeois Reading Screen. I liked the definitions of types of dementia and details about types of memory. I expected more information on behavior specifics." – C.A.S. (July 2016)
"I enjoyed learning how to set up a memory book. Easy read and very informative." – A.M. (June 2016)
"The discussions on cognitive domains and memory levels were most beneficial. I like the ability to apply the info to my caseload." – J.G. (May 2016)
"I appreciated the detailed explanation of the various dementia and memory techniques. I liked the information on assessment tools and creation of aids." – L.R. (Mar. 2016)
"The charts are helpful. Good organization of topic. Videos were helpful." – J.W. (Jan. 2016)