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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 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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Med Management: Real Life Speech Therapy

Hello SLPs and colleagues! Today I am introducing a new series: The “Real Life Speech Therapy” series will focus on activity and participation of specific tasks, with tools for the everyday SLP to use across assessment, goal-setting, therapy, external language and cognitive supports, and home program.

If you’ve ever finished a worksheet, card game, or another task in therapy and wondered to yourself, “How did this task help my patient function better this week?”, this series is for you.

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YouTube Treasures: Knitting

Hello, hello! I’m back after a little break off-line and full of ideas to share, focusing on how YOU can make your speech therapy sessions with adults functional, meaningful, and relevant. I even re-organized the Idea Blog into searchable topics including Aphasia + Personalized Protocols, Home Sweet Home Topics, Back To Work Topics, Hobby Hub, and Web-Based Therapy Resources. Wouldn’t it be cool if our therapy room file cabinets were organized by activity / participation this way? Feel free to peruse–more ideas will be added each month.

And now, I would like to welcome you to Week 1 of YouTube Treasures!

Plan to find me here for 8 weeks so you have a fresh treasure trove of YouTube videos to use as a vehicle in therapy, with person-centered treatment ideas.  If you’re new to YouTube or want some new ideas for how to use these videos in therapy, read on!

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The Back To Work Series!

Hello fellow SLPs! Today is a special day for me as I share my next project with you: The Back To Work Series! Just over 6 months ago I launched Honeycomb Speech Therapy and the Home Sweet Home Series with a hope that other SLPs would also see the need for person-centered, functional therapy activities: I have been surprised, thrilled, and fueled to hear from so many of you that are ready to #tosstheworkbooks and #fliptherehabmodel. Let’s keep moving towards saying goodbye to generic goals and worksheets, and HELLO to rich communication, life participation, and real-life improvements!1

I am thrilled to share the Back To Work Series with you! During the past 9 years I have worked with a variety of people who have been able to return to some sort of work: From grocery stockers, engineers, and pastors, to dog trainers and factory workers. Standard worksheets, card games, or computer games just don’t meet the needs to prepare someone for the real-life task of returning to work! The Back To Work Series was created for SLPs to use in therapy, in order to focus on skills, strategies, or accommodations that each person will uniquely need for his or her job. (more…)

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