SLP Cognition and Communication Strategies for Patients with Dementia

SLP Cognition and Communication Strategies for Patients with Dementia 

Speech-language pathologists often treat patients with dementia for a variety of conditions (cognition, communication, dysphagia, etc.). This module will provide insight into the various SLP modalities and strategies to employ when working with people who have cognitive and communication deficits due to dementia as well as information on prevention and caregiver education related to diagnosis and prognosis.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional Area).

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-SRC-0-26476
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Identify types of dementia often encountered.
List SLP evaluation techniques to assess cognition and level of dementia.
State types of cognition and communication treatment modalities often used for patients with dementia.
Identify types of patient/family educational needs related to managing cognition.



Prevalence and Types of Dementia

Prevalence of Dementia

Mortality with Dementia (For Year 2015)

Prognosis and Potential Outcomes for SLP Treatment

Types of Dementia

Types of Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Dementia: Vascular Dementia

Types of Dementia: Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Types of Dementia: Fronto-temporal Lobar Degeneration

Types of Dementia: Mixed Dementia

Knowledge Check

Dementia Stages

Dementia Staging Systems: Simple Stages and Severity

Dementia Staging Models: Global Deterioration Scale (GDS)

Dementia Staging Models: BCRS, GDS, and FAST

Dementia Staging Models: Allen Cognitive Disability Model Tests

Dementia Staging Models: GEMS® Brain Change Model

Other Screening Tools

Hearing Screening

Other Assessments

Knowledge Check

Cognitive-Communicative and Swallowing Abilities and Deficits

Dementia Stages and Some Cognitive, Communication, and Swallowing Strengths

Dementia Stages and Some Cognitive, Communication, and Swallowing Difficulties

Knowledge Check

SLP Treatment Strategies for Dementia

Assistive Technology

Cognitive Interventions

Cognitive Interventions: Cognitive Training

Cognitive Interventions: Cognitive Stimulation

Cognitive Interventions: Computer-Based Interventions

Environmental Modification

Environmental Modification: Ambient Music and Nature Sounds

Environmental Modification: Aromatherapy

Environmental Modification: Bright Light Therapy

Environmental Modification: Snoezelen Rooms

Environmental Modification: Visual Signs and Perceived Barriers

Information Processing

Montessori Techniques

Music Therapy

Reality Orientation

Reminiscence Therapy

Sensory Stimulation

Simulated Presence Therapy

Spaced Retrieval

Validation Therapy

What Worked?

Knowledge Check

Caregiver Education Information

Caregiver Education Topics

Caregiver Education Tools

Communication Training for Caregivers

Communication Support Training for Caregivers

Knowledge Check




Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, 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: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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