Therapy ideas for persons with dementia

Cheat Sheet: Functional Treatment for Cognition

Hi SLPs!
With productivity demands, busy caseloads, full extracurricular lives, or kids interrupting your sleep at night (That’s me, currently!), you might notice that while you attempt to read the current research, it’s not always “sticking” for the moments you need to remember some of the key details. And let’s be honest, we don’t exactly have time to thumb through articles or textbooks trying to recall specific recommended guidelines for the population that benefits from a certain treatment.

Today, I’m sharing a simple “Cheat Sheet” that I use to recall evidence-based treatments that can be applied to meet functional goals in cognitive therapy. All of my treatment packets in my store include a simple Cheat Sheet that can be used to decide if a certain treatment would be appropriate for a patient, at a glance.

*Psst: Those of you that received a coupon via social media when this Series began: It expires on 11/2! 
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The Election, Voting, & Speech Therapy

With the midterm elections in the next month, it’s a perfect time of year to talk all things “Election,” “Voting,” and “Speech Therapy!”. Think you want to stay away from politics in your session? Consider this: These are the conversations our People are having this month! Voting may be an activity they hope to participate in, so why not target language and cognition using voting or the election? Increase the likelihood that your cognitive-communication practice will translate into real life improvement. Read on for ideas on how to use election topics to be person-centered and to target a variety of therapy goals.

*Honeycomb Speech Therapy update: In case you missed it on Facebook or Instagram, I had a baby this month! Things will be a little slow on my posts for the next few weeks, but I do have a few more planned posts coming for my Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series

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Functional Cognition: Book 4 – Spaced Retrieval

Hello SLPs (fellow medical / neuro lovers!) Today is the launch of the last book of the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series: Book 4 Spaced Retrieval! You’ve probably heard of this treatment technique — most popularly known for treatment in dementia, but did you know that it’s also recommended and supported in research as a memory treatment for neurogenic disorders (including stroke and TBI)?

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that I like to take more lengthy / complicated research and boil it down to small summaries that are useable, efficient, and of course FUNCTIONAL!  Book 4: Spaced Retrieval is in-line with my One-Click Series for Aphasia (VNeST, RET, SFA, CART, Script Training), so if you’ve enjoyed digesting those and using the easy handouts and documentation guides, read on! It’s hard to beat for only $5.

Psst: In case you missed it: The Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series is part of my mission to bring affordable, understandable, efficient, evidence-based, useable, functional therapy materials to other SLPs.  If you have that deep-down knowledge/feeling that games and worksheets aren’t really cutting it for our neuro patients…. but aren’t sure what else to pass the time with in therapy, then this series if for you! Evidence tells us there are TONS of treatment methods we can apply to make a functional difference in our patients’ lives!

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Functional Cognition: Favorite Tools for Functional Therapy

Hi SLP Colleagues!

Last week I released Book 3 in the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series: Task-Specific Language & Cognitive Supports! This book is CHOCK-FULL of practical, easy-to-implement, “why-didn’t-i-think-of-that?” ideas and pictures that illustrate how no-tech supports can meet practical, functional needs for the language and cognitive-impaired populations we work with! This book is based off ample evidence that external aids and environmental modifications help improve functional outcomes. Our work doesn’t have to be rocket science to make a real difference in someone’s everyday life.

And because our work doesn’t have to be rocket science, I’m sharing my favorite “tools” ($10 or less!) that I stay stocked up on to help create task-specific language & cognitive supports!

Psst: In case you missed it: The Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series is part of my mission to bring affordable, understandable, efficient, evidence-based, useable, functional therapy materials to other SLPs.  If you have that deep-down knowledge/feeling that games and worksheets aren’t really cutting it for our neuro patients…. but aren’t sure what else to pass the time with in therapy, then this series if for you! Evidence tells us there are TONS of treatment methods we can apply to make a functional difference in our patients’ lives!

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Think It Through Thursday: Impairment vs Activity and Participation

It’s Think-It-Through-Thursday! Here’s a new series to give you and your SLP colleagues some food for thought. Feel free to print and discuss at lunch or use for continuing education or journal review! I will include a recent research article and some thoughts about how this relates (or doesn’t relate) to some of the practices we have in adult speech therapy!

Today’s topic: How Impairment Levels Relates to Activity and Participation

*Spoiler Alert: Level of Impairment does NOT correlate with Activity and Participation! What does this mean for your speech therapy practice?

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Top 10 Reasons for Person-Centered Care

Are you still on the fence about why we need to choose goals and speech therapy activities that matter to everyday life? Check out some research below that helps make the case! There are many reasons to choose real-life goals, toss the workbooks, close the game closets, and choose personally relevant stimuli instead!

Why does speech therapy need to be functional, meaningful, and person-centered?
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Nail Salon: Real Life Speech Therapy

Have you ever treated someone in speech therapy whose interests were outside your comfort zone? For me, it’s the “Handy” people! As a self-proclaimed non-handy person, I barely know how to use the right terminology with someone who is into cars, hunting, or woodworking! I’ve talked about this before with my Car Maintenance Checklist!

Today is a topic I AM familiar with: Nail Salons! We have the privilege of using our knowledge and skills to apply to all sorts of different activities or ways to participate. But it shouldn’t matter if I enjoy a certain activity or not: If we are doing person-centered care, we are working within the activities that matter to each person we work with!

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