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Close The Game Closet: Evidence & Tools for a Person-Centered Approach for Treatment of Adult Neurogenic Disorders (Recorded Webinar)

presented by Sarah Baar

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Financial: Sarah Baar receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She is the owner of Honeycomb Speech Therapy, LLC which sells therapy materials for-profit. Non-Financial: Sarah Baar has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Person-centered care is emphasized as a best practice in general health care as well as speech pathology. However, current therapy practices continue to use games and workbooks as a primary therapy tool for a variety of reasons without clearly emphasizing a link to functional needs of the patient. How can we choose more meaningful therapy tools and interventions using what research tells us about adult rehab? This webinar will describe evidence-based and personalized interventions for the SLP to use in therapy for language and cognitive disorders in adults across the continuum of care.

Meet Your Instructor

Sarah Baar, MA, CCC-SLP

Sarah is a speech-language pathologist working in Grand Rapids, MI. She’s had the opportunity to work in many settings across the continuum, including acute care, acute rehab, home and community, and outpatient therapy, as well as being involved in various leadership projects. In 2016, she started the Honeycomb Speech Therapy website and blog as a…

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1. What is Person-Centered Care?

We often hear about “person-centered care,” “functional therapy,” and “practicing at the top of our license.” This section will describe what exactly person-centered care means and why it is vitally important for our field of speech pathology in the future.

2. Person-Centered Care and the Health Care Reform

This section will briefly summarize the research that shows how person-centered care supports meeting the goals of the “Triple Aim.” As SLPs, we can use this knowledge to provide best-practice therapy for our patients and also support the larger goals of the health systems in which we work.

3. Discovering Functional Needs

Discovering functional needs of the patient in an efficient way is vital to creating a therapy plan that is person-centered. The previous medical model did not emphasize this skill. This section will describe tools and ideas to assist with discovering functional needs that matter to the unique patients you treat.

4. Using Evidence-Based Language Interventions to Meet Functional Needs

Research has shown that many language interventions do not carry over to novel vocabulary or contexts. In other words, playing Scrabble will not improve word-finding for telephone conversations! This section looks at how we can use evidence-based language treatments, as well as personally-relevant vocabulary and context, to meet functional language needs.

5. Using Evidence-Based Cognitive Interventions to Meet Functional Needs

Best practice guidelines support that training for attention, problem-solving, and memory skills needs to be completed in-context and is not likely to generalize from rote drills. In other words, playing solitaire will not help someone improve with medication management skills! This section will look at how we can use evidence-based cognitive interventions, with personally-relevant context, to meet meaningful outcomes for our unique patients.

6. Putting It All Together

A person-centered care approach may be a new and different approach for many practicing SLPs. This section shares a simple “formula” to keep this approach useable and adaptable across many settings and patients.

7. Case Example/Video and Discussion

This section contains a patient and spouse interview looking at their perspectives on the speech therapy they received following a stroke, and how they felt it assisted their real-life goals. Following the video, a discussion will review missed opportunities and how a person-centered approach may have been helpful.

8. Therapy “Makeover” Practice

In order to shift to a person-centered care approach, one must first be able to recognize therapy interventions that are not person-centered. This section will compare and contrast medical model treatment interventions with person-centered care interventions, allowing opportunities for listeners to “makeover” game therapy materials to be more person-centered.

9. Current Challenges and Solution-Oriented Ideas

There are some challenges to implementing person-centered care with ease in every setting. This section will address challenges as well as solution-oriented ideas to address those challenges.

10. Question and Answer Session

This chapter is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by Sarah Baar.

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