A Clinical Guide to Enhance Learning in People with Alzheimer’s Disease (PwAD)

Presented by Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Meet Your Instructor

  • Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
    Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Dr. Carrie Ciro is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults/older adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, home health and hospital care. Additionally, she has 18 years of academic experience teaching introductory-level and post-professional curriculum to occupational and physical therapists. Her current research focuses on examining an intervention to improve activities of daily living for people with dementia called Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice, or STOMP. Dr. Ciro received her PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Preventative Medicine and Community Health. She has presented at international and national conferences and published 25 peer-reviewed publications on topics such as activities of daily living, dementia and inter-professional education.

Learning Objectives

  1. Link brain strengths and weaknesses at each stage of Alzheimer’ disease (AD) with the type of learning possible. 
  2. Apply an educational model for PwAD that considers the type of task you want them to learn and the evidence-based training paradigms and interventions that will support your training. 
  3. Choose an appropriate training paradigm (e.g., errorless learning, effortful processing and dual cognitive support) based on the severity of AD and the task you want the PwAD to learn. 
  4. Strategize the appropriate intervention (e.g., task-specific training, cognitive training) based on the severity of AD and the task you want the PwAD to learn. 
  5. Explain the appropriate recall support (e.g., spaced retrieval, cognitive strategies) based on the severity of AD and the task you want the PwAD to learn.


5:00pm-5:30pm Chapter 1: Linking Brain Strengths with Potential Learning Paradigms Across the Continuum of AD
5:30pm-5:50pm Chapter 2: Overview of a Dementia Educational Model for Teaching PwAD
5:50pm-6:10pm Chapter 3: Choosing Your Learning Paradigm and Intervention
6:10pm-6:30pm Chapter 4: Choosing Your Encoding Training
6:30pm-6:40pm Break
6:40pm-7:00pm Chapter 5: Choosing Your Recall Strategies
7:00pm-7:30pm Chapter 6: Choosing Your Training Variables
7:39pm-7:50pm Chapter 7: Utilizing the Dementia Educational Model to Provide Client-centered Care for PwD
7:50pm-8:15pm Question and Answer Session