Therapy ideas for the neuro population

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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Functional Cognition: Book 2 Case Example

Hello SLP’s! It’s clear that the Functional Cognition Series has been resonating with people  — with our current knowledge, we need tools that are both evidence-based and easy to implement, Functional and fast to document, Practical, person-centered, and pleasing to the patient! If you haven’t yet, check out my newly-released Book 1: Goal Management Training or Book 2: Step by Step Activities,  and stay tuned for Book 3’s release next week (my biggest labor of love for this series!)

Today I’m sharing a Case Example that shows the power and benefit of using a protocol like Step by Step Instruction in therapy to meet real life goals.

Psst: In case you are just tuning in, this post is part of the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series: 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: Book 2- Step By Step Activities

It’s another week and another opportunity to use functional, evidence-based treatments for cognition. That’s right, it’s launch day for the next part of Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series.

Book 2: Step-by-Step Activities. I love this book! You know how watching the Food Network doesn’t really make you a great chef? Or watching Tour de France doesn’t make you a better biker? Well, the same is true for people with brain injury learning to resume everyday activities. We can’t do worksheets or games and hope that real-life skills are going to magically improve. We have to actually DO the skills they want to improve! Book 2: Step-By-Step Activities walks you through (ha, pun intended!) the ways you can apply this evidence-based framework to multiple real-life needs for adult neuro patients across settings.

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!

And now, on to Book 2: Step-by-Step Activities:

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Functional Cognition: Book 1 Goal Examples

Hello SLP’s! It’s a good week to keep plugging along with the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series! Who has had a chance to use the newly-released Book 1: Goal Management Training? As always, thank you for your support which allows me to create these materialsI would love to hear your stories of how this evidence-based treatment is helping you meet functional goals!

Speaking of goals, today I wanted to share Goal Makeovers so you can see just how Goal Management Training might help you adjust goals and treatment in the setting you are, for a person-centered approach.

Psst: In case you are just tuning in, this post is part of the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series: 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: Book 1- Goal Management Training

Hello fellow SLP’s! I’m so thrilled to say that Launch Day is here! (only slightly less exciting than my own impending baby delivery day!) Today I’m launching the start of the Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series, with Book 1: Goal Management Training.

Last week I shared why Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition matters: 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!

To kick off my mission to bring affordable, understandable, efficient, evidence-based, useable, functional therapy materials to other SLPs, here’s what you need to know about Goal Management Training:

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Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition Series

Hellloooo SLP’s!

It may seem like I’ve been missing for the past few months, but never fear! Your functional-friend has been busy reading, researching, creating, and planning for an awesome new series (all while growing another human! I’m due this fall). For the next few months, I’ve focused my efforts on the cognitive side of adult speech therapy.

My new series is all about Functional Treatment for Everyday Cognition. 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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