Functional Treatment Interventions for Adults with Neurogenic Disorders

Functional Treatment Interventions for Adults with Neurogenic Disorders 

Speech-language pathologists often fail to employ functional therapy methods when treating adults with neurogenic cognitive deficits, specifically related to carry over and patient application of these methods to daily living skills. Patients with cognitive deficits often complain of difficulty with attention, processing speed, and recall, as well as critical thinking skills which can negatively impact their daily routine and, ultimately, quality of life. After a full assessment of the patient’s cognitive skills, the therapists’ goals and objectives must reflect functional and purposeful outcomes based on the skill level of each patient. This course will provide speech language pathologists with functional, evidence-based intervention methods, aiding the therapist with the tools to improve functional outcomes in the lives of patients receiving treatment.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Relias LLC

Introductory Level; Professional Area Level

0.10 ASHA CEUs

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-TAND
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify functional treatment methods and how they are used.
Develop and use at least 2 functional strategies to address decreased insight and problem-solving skills.
Acquire functional strategies for short term recall for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Attain knowledge of incorporating patient education, when judged to be clinically appropriate, into the plan of care at the onset of treatment for better treatment outcomes.

Section 1: Overview of Functional Treatment Methods: Differences between Therapy Types

A.  Understanding Functional vs. Drill Based Treatment

B.  The 5 Primary Areas of Executive Functioning (EF) Skills

C.  Activities Related to Application Based Intervention: Treatment Techniques for the 5 Areas of Executive Functioning

D.  Knowledge Check

E.  Use of Functional Treatment Methods in the Field: The Importance of Skill Application

F.  Engaging Primary Caregivers: Empowering Patients & Their Families Through Education

G. Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Application to Cognitive Linguistic Treatment

H.  Knowledge Check

Section 2: Application of Functional Treatment Methods: Insight/Awareness/Problem Solving Skills

A.  The Importance of Teaching Patients Functional Problem Solving, Awareness, Error Detection & Self-Monitoring

B.  Functional Organization: Medication Management Chart

C.  Clinician Generated Visual Aides: Safe Sequencing Through Written Instruction

D.  Targeting Self-Awareness & Error Detection as Key Areas of Insight/Judgement Early on in Treatment: Why is Early Treatment of this Essential to Improved Insight/judgement and Overall Safety Awareness

E.  Knowledge Check

Section 3:  Application of Functional Treatment Methods: Short Term Recall

A.  How Does Short Term Recall Diminish for Individuals with Dementia?

B.  The use of Spaced Retrieval Technique (SRT): Functional Treatment for Patients with Dementia

C.  Applying SRT Principals to Structured 1:1 Treatment Session

D.  Applying SRT Principals to Functional Treatment Session within Patient’s Daily Routine

E.  Incorporating Patient and Primary Caregivers in Treatment Plan from Day 1

F.  Conclusion & Final Considerations to Functional Treatment of Neurogenic Cognitive Communication Disorders

G.  Knowledge Check

Section 4: Conclusion

A.  Resources

B.  References

C.  Course Contributor


Staff Writer: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN worked as a critical care nurse in an Intensive Care Unit of a community hospital and that experience provided significant training in caring for older adults. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college as she received her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as Subject Matter Expert and Content Writer for Relias. She is currently developing her medical writing skills through the University of California San Diego's medical writing program. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Christina M Buchanan, MS, CCC-SLP
Christina Buchanan, M.S., CCC-SLP started in the field of speech-language pathology in 2008 after graduating from Worcester State University, Massachusetts. Her work in skilled nursing facilities, inpatient acute care, outpatient, as well as home health settings provide substantial experience in providing assessment and treatment services for adult and geriatric patients. Her experience and knowledge led her into teaching students as well as mentoring clinical fellows (CFs) (new graduates).  As a lead speech-language pathologist and clinical mentor in her current position, she enjoys shaping the skills of those seeking to further their knowledge and experiences in the field. Her passion for clinical education and teaching has most recently led her to a position as Subject Matter Expert for Relias. Disclosure: Christina M Buchanan, MS, CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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