Montessori and Spaced Retrieval: Techniques to Enhance Interventions for Individuals With Cognitive Decline

August 30, 2016

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. ET

Sponsored by SIG 15 Gerontology

This live online chat will discuss the use and documentation of Montessori techniques and spaced retrieval as well as other interventions to improve outcomes and satisfaction for individuals with conditions that result in cognitive decline. The Montessori philosophy stresses meaningful engagement for clients and has been shown to decrease undesirable behaviors, agitation, and wandering while increasing quality of life. Spaced retrieval is an intervention that has been shown to increase independence and safety in patients with cognitive impairments. These interventions offer additional resources for clinicians working in many gerontological settings to improve patient functioning and to offer resources and tips for families and caregivers to support ability and engagement. The following panelists will answer question:

  • ​Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, has been working for more than 20 years to improve dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes, and home health care. Prior to establishing her own practice, Jennifer served for many years as the Executive Director of IDEAS Institute, a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of older adults through the conduct of applied research.
  • Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Chester University (PA). Her extensive clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist (SLP) has included work with adults in post-acute, long-term care, and home health settings. Dr. Benigas's research interests include improving quality of life for persons with dementia, specifically those who have difficulties eating and swallowing. Her research has incorporated the use of spaced retrieval[KH1] to teach swallowing strategies so that individuals with dementia can avoid unwanted dietary modifications. She has traveled nationally to speak with other SLPs and continues to practice privately. Dr. Benigas received a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate in speech and hearing science with an interdisciplinary specialization in aging from The Ohio State University. She is the coauthor of Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention.
  • Whitney Postman, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences. As a proponent of interdisciplinary research and its potential for optimizing clinical interventions conducted by speech-language pathologists, Dr. Postman has thus far dedicated her career to integrating the related fields of neuro-imaging, cross-linguistic scholarship and speech-language therapy. Her clinical research investigates neuro-rehabilitation in adults with neurogenic communication disorders due to stroke, trauma or degeneration. Currently, she is experimenting with applications of innovative computer-assisted language and motor-speech interventions in medically underserved urban communities throughout St. Louis. Future research plans involve coupling of these interventions with neuro-stimulation (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), along with neuro-imaging to track therapy-induced neural reorganization.

This free event is open to all ASHA members (it is not offered for CEUs).

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