Dementia in a Nutshell: Background Behavior Management, and Communication Strategies

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Presenter: Amanda Stead, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Course Preview:

Many people are unacquainted of the benefits of speech therapy for people grappling with Alzheimers disease.Communication function is always affected when an individual has AD. Speech therapists have a primary role in screening, assessment and treatment, but they can also play a critical role in caregiving training and family counseling. This course will equip practitioners with a basic understanding of AD and dementia. This course will also teach strategies to manage behavioral symptoms, increase communicative effectiveness, and improve family interactions.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how AD differs from normal aging
  • Explain AD behavior management approaches
  • Demonstrate effective interactions with persons with AD
  • Determine how to maximize the person with AD communicative effectiveness
About Amanda: Dr. Amanda Stead is an assistant professor in the College of Education in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her PhD was completed at Louisiana State University in 2011 with a focus on the relationship between language, assessment, and Alzheimer's Disease. Her passion for working with dementia patients comes from personal family experience and from her experiences in long-term care settings. It is her personal goal to educate students and the community about the important role speech-language pathologists play in the care of dementia patients.

In addition to teaching a course in progressive illness and dementia, Dr. Stead teaches graduate courses in communication and aging, counseling and aphasia. She was recently awarded a teaching award from the Oregon Speech-Language and Hearing Association (2013). Her current research examines the relationships between technology, discourse, aging and dementia. It is her hope to develop more patient-friendly assessments of memory and language to minimize patient distress and increase clinical preparedness.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional area)

Course Timeline:

5 minutes:  Introduction

30 minutes:  Normal Decline vs. Pathology 

45 minutes:  Behavior Management & Dementia

60 minutes:  Communication & Dementia

15 minutes:  Maximizing success via Family Interaction 

25 minutes:  Closing and Questions

Disclosure Statement:
Financial: Dr. Stead is a speaker for and receives royalties. 
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
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