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Functional Assessment for Treatment Planning and Measuring Outcomes for Persons with Dementia

presented by Ellen Hickey

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Financial: Ellen Hickey receives an honorarium from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Ellen Hickey has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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In this course, Dr. Ellen Hickey addresses the need for functional assessment procedures for use with persons with dementia. The course starts out with a brief summary of: the DSM-5 changes regarding dementia and the potential causes of dementia, a model of memory processing, and application of social models of rehabilitation. Dr. Hickey then goes into more detail about strategies for assessing cognitive-communication characteristics and functional needs and abilities of persons with dementia. Regardless of where we see people with dementia, clinicians need to use efficient and practical procedures for assessment for treatment planning and for measuring functional outcomes. Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: better describe cognitive-communication characteristics of dementias, identify useful tools for assessment for treatment planning, translate assessment results into functional treatment goals, and describe how to measure functional outcomes.

Meet Your Instructor

Ellen Hickey, PhD, CCC-SLP

Ellen Hickey is an associate professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. She received her doctorate in speech language pathology from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 2000. Dr. Hickey's teaching focuses on motor speech disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and the treatment of cognitive and language disorders in adults. Dr. Hickey's…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Supplementary Materials

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2. Definitions: Memory and Social Models

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Hickey will identify the most common causes of dementia and describe the natural course of cognitive decline, including the cognitive-communication characteristics of the most common types of dementia. Participants will then be instructed on applying basic memory processing models, as well as social models (e.g., the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) to persons with dementia.

3. Assessment: Matching Purposes and Procedures

In the second chapter of this course, participants will learn to describe the purpose of different types of assessment (e.g., differential diagnosis, treatment planning, accessing services, measuring outcomes), to identify general assessment procedures for different purposes, and to apply social models to the assessment process. This chapter emphasizes the importance of starting with functional outcomes.

4. Assessment Procedures: Starting with Functional Outcomes

In this chapter, participants will learn to evaluate and describe informal assessment procedures that will allow them to measure baseline status, assess treatment potential, select treatment procedures, and measure functional outcomes for persons with dementia.

5. Assessment Procedures: Environmental Assessment and Standardized Tests

The final chapter of this course will further describe assessment procedures, including description of an environmental assessment tool and discussion of the use of standardized tests for cognitive communication disorders. A case example that illustrates the assessment process is provided.

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