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Learning Outcomes and Course Description

This course reviews elements of implementation practice as it relates to care partners of people with dementia.  Techniques to support quality of life are reviewed, as are case studies highlighting evidence-based practice in life participation for persons with dementia.

  1. Describe elements of implementation practice that support training formal and informal care partners of people with dementia in techniques to support quality of life and communication

  2. Discuss case studies highlighting evidence-based practice approaches to manage communication and life participation for a person with dementia

  3. Summarize strategies to position SLPs as key members of the healthcare team within the SNF



About the Speakers

SLP/BCBA; SLP

Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Natalie Douglas Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Natalie Douglas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Lead Collaborator at Practical Implementation Collaborative and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Central Michigan University. Her work aims to advance best, person-centered practices in communication and quality of life interventions for people with dementia, aphasia, and other acquired communication disorders in adults. She additionally aims to empower local healthcare and educational teams to support best practices, quality improvement initiatives, and person-centered care through applying principles of implementation science.

Speaker Disclosures

Dr. Natalie Douglas financial disclosures: Dr. Douglas receives a salary from Central Michigan University and The Informed SLP; She also receives book royalties from Plural Publishing and has research funding from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.  Dr. Natalie Douglas non-financial disclosures: Dr. Douglas is a member of ASHA SIG 2 and SIG 15, the Gerentilogical society for America, and the aphasia access group.  

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast. Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.



Course Disclosures

Financial and In-Kind

Funding for this course was provided by one of our Corporate Sponsors, Med Travelers.





Time Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  descriptions of elements of implementation practice that support training formal and informal care partners of people with dementia

15 minutes:  descriptions of case studies highlighting evidence-based practice approaches to manage communication and life participation for a person with dementia

10 minutes:  descriptions of strategies to position SLPs as key members of the healthcare team within the SNF

5 minutes: Summary and Closing



References and Resources

Metz, A., Louison, L., Burke, K., Albers, B., & Ward, C. (2020). Implementation support practitioner profile: Guiding principles and core competencies for implementation practice. Chapel Hill, NC: National Implementation Research Network, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rogalski, E., Roberts, A., Salley, E., Saxon, M., Fought, A., Esparza, M., . . . Rademaker, A. (2021). Communication partner engagement: A relevant factor for functional outcomes in

Montesorri for Dementia and Ageing

Spaced Retrieval from the Brush Development Company



Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice. SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated. We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material. We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle. That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared. If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!



A Big Thank you!

To our Corporate Sponsor Med Travelers who helped make this course possible!