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Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Teepa Snow Instructor Bio:
Teepa Snow is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and seeks to change and improve life for everyone involved. Her practice has included everything from neuro-intensive care units in tertiary hospitals to in-home end-of-life care in rural parts of North Carolina. She has taught at medical schools and post-doctoral programs, health professional programs, colleges and universities, community colleges, and community centers. She led educational and training efforts as the Educational Director of the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for many years and was a major contributor and author of the in-depth hands on training delivered to family members and staff that led to the production of the DVD Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia, an internationally recognized resource for training and understanding dementia.

As one of America's leading educators on dementia, Teepa has developed a dementia care philosophy reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. She is a graduate of Duke University, and received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience in geriatrics, she has worked as the OT Director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and a Restorative Care Coordinator for a long term care facility. Her hands on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in home health, assisted living, long term care, and rehabilitation settings. Teepa also served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and as a clinical associate professor at UNC's School of Medicine, Program on Aging.

She has served as an interdisciplinary team member and helped develop and conduct clinical research with leading researchers in dementia and geriatric care. Through opportunities she has had, she has learned from people living with various forms of dementia including: head injuries, stroke, autism, down syndrome, and many other neurological and chronic health conditions. Teepa has become committed to building a program of support and care that provides a just right match between what the person needs and is able to do, and the environment and care partnering that can provide it.

This wealth of experience and knowledge led to her development of a Positive Approach to Care for those living with dementia or other brain changes. Teepa's teaching style integrates facts about the brain and what happens to someone when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes different or difficult.

Teepa Snow's Continuing Education Courses

How to Communicate When Someone is Living With Dementia

How to Communicate When Someone is Living With Dementia

This session will help learners develop better interaction skills when working with people with Dementia and their families. The goal of this course is to enhance treatment session outcomes and quality of life for those living life with… Read Morearrow_right

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Working with Dementia: Understanding Changes in Movement and Sensation

Working with Dementia: Understanding Changes in Movement and Sensation

There are many changes in behavior, communication, and interactive ability that take place when someone is living with Dementia. Behaviors observed may appear strange, unusual, dangerous, or frustrating to others. This course is designed… Read Morearrow_right

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Depression, Delirium, Dementia: The 3 D's in a Complex Patient

Depression, Delirium, Dementia: The 3 D's in a Complex Patient

As people age, their brains become more vulnerable to chemical changes, damage, and disease. Recognizing the differences among changes that signal an acute illness or medical emergency, symptoms of a mood or emotional condition, or a chronic,… Read Morearrow_right

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Untangling Depression, Delirium, and Dementia: Screening and Assessment Strategies

Untangling Depression, Delirium, and Dementia: Screening and Assessment Strategies

When assessing someone who may exhibit signs of one, or all three of the conditions, delirium, depression, and dementia, it can be difficult to determine what changes can be made and what tools to use for screening. Each of the three Ds… Read Morearrow_right

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Key Indicators of Primary Dementias and How They Fit Together

Key Indicators of Primary Dementias and How They Fit Together

For therapists who provide services to people living with various forms of dementia, awareness regarding differential diagnoses in order to tailor condition management and interventions is becoming more and more vital. Current understanding… Read Morearrow_right

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Differentiating Dementias: Alzheimer's, Vascular, and Lewy Body

Differentiating Dementias: Alzheimer's, Vascular, and Lewy Body

For therapists that provide screenings and possible diagnoses, it can be difficult to determine the major characteristics of each form of dementia separately. Given that a correct diagnosis is extremely important to the quality of life… Read Morearrow_right

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Differentiating Dementias: Frontal, Temporal and More

Differentiating Dementias: Frontal, Temporal and More

For therapists that provide screenings and possible diagnoses, it can be difficult to determine the major characteristics of each form of dementia separately. Given that a correct diagnosis is extremely important to the quality of life… Read Morearrow_right

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Overview of Dementia: Alzheimer's, Vascular, Lewy Body, Frontotemporal

Overview of Dementia: Alzheimer's, Vascular, Lewy Body, Frontotemporal

Video Runtime: 49 Minutes

This introductory course provides clinicians, care providers, care supporters, and others interested in these conditions with essential and important information. This course will help in understanding… Read Morearrow_right

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Dementia Care: Understanding Common Symptoms for Better Care

Dementia Care: Understanding Common Symptoms for Better Care

Video Runtime: 48 Minutes

The goal of this course is to help care providers, and clinical staff better appreciate the changes that occur in brain structures and functions when someone is living with dementia. In this course,… Read Morearrow_right

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Dementia Care: Reducing the Risk of Challenging Situations

Dementia Care: Reducing the Risk of Challenging Situations

Video Runtime: 57 Minutes

This course will provide clinicians and direct care providers with a care planning approach and problem-solving strategy that reduces the risk that challenging behaviors or situations will arise.… Read Morearrow_right

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Dementia Care: Coping with Challenging Situations in Support & Care

Dementia Care: Coping with Challenging Situations in Support & Care

Video Runtime: 61 Minutes

This course is designed to help clinicians and direct caregivers better understand why the person they are trying to help frequently exhibits what are seen as difficult or challenging behaviors… Read Morearrow_right

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Dementia Care: Using the GEMS States Model for Personal Care Tasks

Dementia Care: Using the GEMS States Model for Personal Care Tasks

Video Runtime: 57 Minutes

This course will help direct care providers and clinicians see beyond the inevitable losses that happen when someone develops and lives with dementia and focus instead on what is still possible… Read Morearrow_right

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Dementia Care: Communicating When Someone Has Dementia

Dementia Care: Communicating When Someone Has Dementia

Video Runtime: 57 Minutes

This course will help learners develop better interaction skills when working with people living with dementia (PLwD). Using a consistent and sequential cueing system is part of developing skillful… Read Morearrow_right

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Dementia Care: Offering Engagement for People Living With Dementia

Dementia Care: Offering Engagement for People Living With Dementia

Video Runtime: 63 Minutes

This course will help clinicians and direct caregivers develop and offer activities and interactive opportunities that are appropriate and effective when someone is living with dementia. The course… Read Morearrow_right

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Dementia Care: Helping as Abilities are Failing and Life is Ending

Dementia Care: Helping as Abilities are Failing and Life is Ending

Video Runtime: 55 Minutes

This course is designed to provide knowledge and skills for clinicians and direct care providers that will enhance the quality of life, reduce the level of distress, and improve the helper’s ability… Read Morearrow_right

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