This online course takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours to complete and was designed for Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, and other caregivers of people with dementia. Its purpose is to teach health care professionals about features or characteristics of the both the home and long-term care environment that can support effective communication during activities of daily living. The environment can support communication when it helps people know what to expect, puts them in the situation that will trigger the right pattern, uses multi-sensory strategies to provide information, and reduces distracting stimulation. This course will provide practical ideas for low cost interventions that can help improve communication functioning and quality of life for people with dementia.
After completing this course participants will be able to
- Discuss the impact of the environment on communication
- Initiate the process of environmental assessment
- Identify simple environmental interventions that will improve communication and activities of daily living for people with dementia
After purchasing the self-study course, you will receive an email containing a password that allows you to access the course anytime during a 90-day period. After completing a 10 question quiz and answering 8 or more of the questions correctly, you will be able to print a certificate of completion. At this time we do not offer CEUs for this course, but come back to this page and check periodically; we’ll be posting CEU information as we receive approvals.