Dementia Essentials: Strategies for Success When Working With Patients With Dementia

Author / Instructor: Margie Mudri MS, CCC/SLP 
Profession: Speech and Language Pathologists
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Course Number: 3051
CEU Hours: 1.5
Course Method: Online
Provider: Educata
Amount: $45
Active: Yes

Designed for the beginner and intermediate speech-language pathologist, this course provides learners with the knowledge base, skills and strategies necessary to achieve therapeutic success with a dementia patient.

The lecture delineates the stages of dementia and the functional abilities associated with each stage, giving the learner a good understanding of how different patients with dementia may (or may not) be able to retain information. It also covers such treatment essentials as screening and evaluations, how to set goals and write a treatment plan, and the best methods for planning for interventions and discharge.

Continuing education credits

ASHA: This program is offered for 0.15 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Note: Post-test must be passed with a score of 80% or more in order to receive certificate of completion.

Learners will gain an understanding of the major impact that dementia has upon the therapeutic process.

Learners will become familiar with the fact that the individual with dementia can greatly benefit from a tailored, individualized treatment plan when developed from a patient’s residual/capable abilities.

Goals & Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe and classify the dementia process and effects on physical function and communication.
  2. Identify the specific stage of dementia and associated capabilities, limitations and behaviors.
  3. Screen, evaluate, set functional/attainable/measurable goals, and develop a treatment plan.
  4. Document and demonstrate skilled interventions.
  5. Formulate a functional maintenance program.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Ms. Mudri receives compensation as the Speech/Language CE Consultant for EDUCATA, and as the professor of this course.

Nonfinancial: Ms. Mudri developed some of this material while previously employed by Harborside Healthcare.


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