This program gives Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists new ideas for developing functional activities to use during therapy or as part of a maintenance program with people with dementia. Creative Connections in Dementia Care is a successful art program for people with dementia. It brings peace, fun, and inspiration into the lives of many and plays an important role in enhancing communication and quality of life for people with dementia. When people are actively engaged in a meaningful leisure occupation which includes creative expression, stress is reduced, memories can be accessed, mood is elevated, and the individual is able to experience a sense of personal identity. This how-to online course is packed with guidance and inspiration that will help Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists discover the abilities of people with dementia. Offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 contact hours.
This course is also included in the material of eCourse #e142: Navigating Neurocognitive Disorders: Step-by-Step Identification, Evaluation, Intervention and Collaboration.
Course Run Time: 2:04:49
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.
Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation: Client Factors: Performance Skills: Leisure, Social Participation, Body Functions, Cognitive, Communication and Social Skills
OT Process: Intervention, Outcomes: Develop intervention plan & approaches; Implementation of intervention QOL
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 a presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.
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.
Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div., is the co-founder of the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health. Her community ministry is devoted to helping people with mental illness and dementia live lives of meaning and purpose. Rev. Norris is a Unitarian Universalist minister with a specialty in pastoral care and communication for people with brain health illness and their families. She works to raise awareness and end stigmas associated with these illnesses through community outreach and public speaking. Rev. Norris received her BA from John Carroll University and her M.Div from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is on the Board of Kendal at Home. She has received certification for training in Montessori-Based Dementia Care and to facilitate Opening Minds Through Art (OMA.) Rev. Norris is the co-author of Creative Connections in Dementia Care: Engaging Activities To Enhance Communication.
Financial — Katie Norris is a co-presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.
Financial — Katie Norris is the co-author of "Creative Connections in Dementia Care"; receives royalties.
Financial — Katie Norris is a presenter of CE seminar sponsored by Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health; receives speaking fees.
Nonfinancial — Katie Norris is the co-founder of Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health.
This program is offered for 0.2 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.
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.
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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 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.
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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“I liked the concept of using art to engage with adults with dementia. Also, the information on how to create an environment for creativity that is adult-friendly was great!” – S.M. (Dec. 2020)
“Great art ideas and the connection of utilizing to enhance skills the artist already has.” – J.D. (Nov. 2020)
“The use of videos, along with the actual implementation of principles and procedures with clients was helpful.” C.V. (Sep. 2020)
"I liked the art recipes. I like the common sense aspects of how to work with dementia patients and simplifying things for them with environment, simplified choices, and step by step instruction." – C.L. (Apr. 2020)
"I enjoyed the emphasis on breaking tasks down into small steps allowing for success and assistance, guidance. The content was very basic but highlights important principles." – K.K. (Mar. 2020)
"I appreciated the arts incorporated into skilled SLP practice." – A.Z. (Feb. 2020)
"The material was clearly presented in a variety of formats, with lots of visual support and enough repetition to drive the points home. The idea of incorporating art into speech therapy practice was the best part." – M.J. (Jan. 2020)
"My mom had memory problems and as an SLP, this course reminded me of the wonderful caregivers who worked with her. I now focus on those I know with memory issues and am cognizant of communication with them. The videos were terrific. Also, the hands on language was easy to follow." – K.P. (Dec. 2019)
"The task breakdown with modeling/demonstrating each steps - including the absence of complicated verbal cues with the Montessori method - was the most beneficial. I thought it was very informative and loved the video demonstrations!" – C.P. (Dec. 2019)
"Going over the best environments to communicate and work with patients with dementia was helpful." – E.S. (Nov. 2019)
"Organized content, creative, but clear instructions regarding art (for the non-artists amongst us!). The use of art to teach skills to caregivers for meaningful communication was especially excellent." – T.M.R. (Sept. 2019)
"Even though I facilitate art activities with patients quite often, I appreciated that this program included family/loved ones into the activities. The video demonstration increased my ability to visualize how to effectively implement these kinds of activities." – S.C. (May 2019)
"I appreciated the ideas and demonstrations and examples of how this type of therapy works." – S.D. (Mar. 2019)
"Tasks set up recommendations, verbal directions, environmental cues...all helpful ideas/suggestions!" – M.O. (Mar. 2019)
"I love the idea of guiding the person in completing art and implementing communicative strategies. This activity can definitely carry over to other tasks." – A.H.A. (Feb. 2019)
"I appreciated the discussion of task break down, error-free learning and communication tips. Great demonstrations!" – M.C. (Jan. 2019)
"Good balance between discussion and video demonstrations. I especially liked the Montessori approach to activities." – S.D. (Dec. 2018)
"I liked the engagement with the artists and understanding the many forms of communication of persons with Dementia." – K.W. (Nov. 2018)
"This course was fantastic. The activity recipes were very good along with the demonstrations on how to guide the patient." – M.G. (Oct. 2018)
"The information was provided in a straight-forward, easy to learn matter while also providing good examples throughout the course." – L.M. (Sept. 2018)
"An extremely well-done course and should be taken by all individuals working with patients with Alzheimer's and dementia! Great information, super important for working successfully and providing quality of life. Great tools for helping a person with dementia make decisions, communicate, and be set up for success and optimal quality of life. THANK YOU!" – S.S. (July 2018)
"I really thought it was a very well-done course. I especially appreciated the ending part where testing was compared to the tasks being discussed and put a specific, positive spin on the skills acquired." – C.B. (Feb. 2018)
"I enjoyed the discussion on the importance of preparing a positive environment for each activity in order to ensure success for persons with dementia. I liked all of the creative ideas that were presented; there were several that I've never attempted." – G.F. (Dec. 2017)
"I liked the practicality and usability of the information presented. The video presentations of art activities were the best part." – J.D. (Nov. 2017)
"I felt every topic was beneficial for my daily practice. I enjoyed the clarity of the presentation! Also, the explicit demonstrations, guidance, and clear expectations were valuable. The course was excellent." – G.H. (Nov. 2017)
"I very much enjoyed this course! I am very fond of art, especially painting, so I could relate to the topic. And I think incorporating art into Speech Therapy is a wonderful approach. I especially liked the Montessori principles used as well as the art "recipes." What a fantastic idea!" – A.H. (July 2017)
"The art activities and video were especially good." – P.S. (Apr. 2017)
"Excellent course." – G.F. (Mar. 2017)
"The functional activities for dementia really helpful. I liked the unique course content." – A.M. (Dec. 2016)
"The creative activities were excellent. I liked the personalization of tasks." – T.C. (Dec. 2016)
"I found the discussion on error-free learning most beneficial. Good ideas & well-presented course." – K.M. (Oct. 2016)
"I enjoyed the functional activities and the realistic approach to SNF environment." – A.R. (Oct. 2016)
"Implementing more art as part of therapy sessions was very helpful. I liked the ease of use of the course." – A.H. (Oct. 2016)
"Breaking down activities into smaller steps was excellent. So important and so glad to get direction on that. I work a lot with dementia patients, both in therapy and then discharge them to a 'Sunshine Club' for carryover of therapy (sort of like a restorative program for other patients after therapy). I loved the activity examples, and I will share with the activities staff." – S.D. (Sept. 2016)
"The concept of art as a type of speech-cognitive and language treatment was incredibly beneficial. I've almost never done this type of work before and do not normally see myself as an artist much less a guide but this opened my eyes! I loved the examples." – E.C. (Apr. 2016)
"I really appreciated the examples of daily routine that these techniques can be applied to. I liked the amount of examples for practice and the task breakdown." – L.W. (Apr. 2016)
"Discussing the idea that difficult behaviors are acts of communication was especially enlightening. The videos were helpful." – R.G. (Mar. 2016)
"I enjoyed the creative nature of the course and going over working with pts with dementia in a functional way." – J.P. (Mar. 2016)