Seminar Functional Cognitive Activities for Adults with Brain Injury or Stroke: A Sequential Approach Seminar

Presented by Cross Country Education

Cross Country Education Seminars

Bring this seminar on-site to your facility for groups of 20 or more.

Plan therapy sessions that emphasize real-life tasks. How to select meaningful therapy activities as well as how to grade and adjust the therapy environment to accommodate various levels of cognitive deficits will be covered.

Course Description/Agenda


Typical therapy approaches used for rehabilitation of adults with cognitive deficits due to brain injury or stroke target primary cognitive sub-skills (memory, orientation, attention, etc.) in isolation. Therapy methods normally include tabletop activities, computer training and pencil/paper tasks to improve underlying cognitive impairment. However, the learning associated with these methods does not always generalize to the world outside the clinic. Patients may become frustrated with their lack of progress or find themselves unable to perform necessary tasks once they return to their home environment.

This one-day seminar introduces an innovative, alternative and effective approach to TBI and stroke rehabilitation. It proposes that therapists dealing with cognitive deficits conduct therapy sessions that steer away from work on primary cognitive skills in isolation and switch to having the patient perform comprehensive activities in "real-life" environments. This is accomplished by utilization of a graded sequence of functional therapy activities. The main concept behind this approach is that three global factors influence the patient's "real-life" functioning. These factors include the awareness and management of: interpersonal relationships; the environment; and time constraints. Therefore, therapy activities in this sequence have been structured to interweave the three global factors so that the patient interacts dynamically with other people, physical space and time parameters during sessions. As the patient improves, expectations for sessions change as environmental demands increase and tasks become more complex. The levels of the sequence pertain to patients ranging from inpatient rehabilitation to those in community reintegration. Participants will leave this seminar with a better understanding of how patients' success in cognitive rehabilitation requires a multidisciplinary effort, as well as an emphasis on "real-life" activities to achieve maximum independence.

  • Explore how utilization of a graded sequence of functional therapy activities promotes progress
  • Evaluate abilities and document progress by considering performance of real-life tasks in natural environments
  • Learn to grade and adjust the therapy environment to accommodate various levels of cognitive deficits, from patients in inpatient rehabilitation to those in community reintegration
  • Select meaningful therapy activities that match the patient's interest areas and occupations
  • Determine how this functional therapy approach can be applied by multiple disciplines to achieve treatment goals

What You'll Learn

  • Examine a sequence of functional therapy activities to use with adults with cognitive deficits due to brain injury and stroke
  • Plan therapy sessions that emphasize real-life tasks and move away from tabletop activities
  • Select meaningful therapy activities that match the patient's interest areas and occupations
  • Evaluate abilities and document progress by considering performance of real-life tasks in natural environments
  • Assess how to grade and adjust the therapy environment to accommodate various levels of cognitive deficits
  • Develop realistic caregiver instructions that support the rehabilitative process in the home
  • Discover how this therapy approach can be applied by multiple disciplines to promote progress

 

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Course Summary

Plan therapy sessions that emphasize real-life tasks. How to select meaningful therapy activities as well as how to grade and adjust the therapy environment to accommodate various levels of cognitive deficits will be covered.

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Who Should Attend

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Activity Professionals, Recreational Therapists

 
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