Course Learning Objectives:
In this course, participants will learn how to positively enrich an individual’s life with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia through intellectual engagement. Participants will learn how to effectively use this strategy to engage these individuals regardless to the stage of disease, behaviors they exhibit and how to achieve the desired outcomes of improved communication and socialization skills for activities of daily living and social interactions with others.
- Understand the theory and concepts behind intellectual engagement and list five key reasons why intellectual engagement facilitates a connection with others
- Understand how to structure and implement a hierarchical of cognitive linguistic activities to stimulate specific parts of the brain and it’s function
- Learn how to use technology, rhythms, sensory integrative techniques and adaptations to overcome sensory impairments and behavioral problems
- Learn how to avoid triggers that would disengage the resident and cause a response delay or total shut down
- Demonstrate the ability to design a dementia toolkit with functional goals and outcomes to be achieved
The incidence and prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other Dementias continue to increase in our society. The costs of care have skyrocketed, and the overall impact on caregivers is a substantial burden both financially and emotionally. According to a 2017 report by the Alzheimer’s Association, there is an estimated 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s dementia, and the number of people living with the disease in the United States is expected to grow to 13.8 million by midcentury. Incredibly, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease every 66 seconds and in 2050 that number will be every 33 seconds. Therefore, it is imperative that we have a greater understanding about Alzheimer’s and Dementia in order to provide the most cost effective and the highest quality of care. Also, keeping these individuals safe in all environments is a daunting task. Continuing education for healthcare professionals is the key to success! This course offers innovative ways to engage patients with cognitive and social impairments. Therapists will learn strategies for intellectual engagement & socialization through a series of methodological approaches designed to unlock the patient’s potential. Treatment includes the use of technology, sensory integration & adaptations to engage patients, which is key to achieving successful outcomes.
• This course is offered for .30 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area)
• Leigh Elliott, owner and developer of Team Elliott Education, has accomplished a decade long career creating meaningful, engaging programming for seniors in healthcare facilities, with a passion for those experiencing Alzheimer’s Disease, special needs and related cognitive compromises. Her program, Moments of Brilliance®, facilitated by Team Elliott Education, offers induction to the Lifelong Learners Hall of Fame for curriculum participants. She is willing to share successful tools and techniques during this workshop to support optimal patient participation during speech therapy sessions!
• Leigh’s credentials include: CDS, CADDCT, CDP, AP-BC, BS, ALF Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Training Provider, Fieldwork Supervisor: Florida International University.
• Disclosures: Financial: Instructor is owner of Team Elliot Education. Speaker will be compensated by Educational Development & Guidance Essentials, Inc.
NonFinancial: MEMBERSHIPS; International Council on Active Aging, Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce.
• It is imperative that we have a greater understanding about Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia care and special needs, in order to provide the most cost effective and the highest quality of care. Therapists will learn strategies for intellectual engagement & socialization through a series of methodological approaches designed to possibly unlock the patient’s potential.
• Disclaimer: Leigh Elliott is not a medical doctor or speech therapist and does not offer professional medical advice, research, diagnosis, or treatment in those fields.
- Overview of Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Diagnosis and Treatment, Research & Medical Advances with Alzheimer’s/Dementia
- Intellectual Engagement and Human Behavior; Tips for successful communication and socialization
- Interactive LAB-I-NAR & Group participation on how to develop a cognitive linguistic toolkit using technology, rhythms and sensory integrative techniques
- Interactive Lab-i-nar on implementation of Cognitive Linguistic activities; Self Assessment