Managing Memory and Executive Functions after Traumatic Brain Injury with Evidence-based Practice

(Previous title: Assessing and Treating the Cognitive problems Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury).

Audience: SLP, OT
Course level: Intermediate
Date: October 22nd, 2011
Check-in time:7:30-8:00
Class time: 8:00-4:30pm
Location: 2450 Riverside avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454.  Course being held in Dining Room A which is located on level 1 of the east building next to the cafeteria.
External Fee: $295.00

Contact Hours: 7.0

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Mary R.T. Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ANCDS-BC,
is an Associate Professor in the Speech Language-Hearing Science Department at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Speech-language Pathologist.  She has over 30 years of clinical and research experience working with individuals with cognitive and communication disorders as a result of brain injury.  Dr. Kennedy has published and presented widely on these topics in both peer reviewed journals and publications aimed at translating evidence into practice.  Her research has been funded by several grants on the executive functions, language and meta cognition of survivors of brain injury. Current projects involve translating these research findings into practical assessment and instructional techniques for individuals to be able to self-regulate their learning and problem solving as they transition back to college.  Currently Dr. Kennedy chairs the Academy of Neurological Communication Disorders & Sciences (AN CDS) committee that develops practice guidelines on managing cognitive and communication disorders after brain injury. 

Course description
Memory and executive function problems occur after a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Adults with TBI can have dual disabilities: a memory disability that results in impaired learning, and a self-regulation disability that results from impaired executive functions.  In this workshop, the disrupted brain-behavior networks will be provided first, followed by a review of the underlying memory and learning problems that survivors of TBI can have.  How executive functions interact with learning is a key focus of this workshop.  Use of validated questionnaires and interviews in the assessment of memory and executive functions will be highlighted.  Treatment principles and instruction techniques will be discussed for individuals with severe learning impairment versus individuals with less impaired memory; these techniques will be applied to memory strategies and tools for complex activities that promote "self" learning. 
Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the most common kinds of memory and executive functions problems after TBI.
  • Create assessment toolboxes for memory, executive functions and self-regulation.
  • Describe the principles of instruction for individuals with various kinds of memory and executive function impairments.
  • Describe the effectiveness of memory strategies based on the severity and type of memory impairment.
  • Describe the effectiveness of management strategies that enhance self-regulation through complex activities.
7:30-8:00 am         Registration/check in    
8:00-9:00 am         Introduction to TBI; Common Memory Problems
9:00-10:00 am      Executive function problems: Self-Regulation
10:00-10:15 am    BREAK
10:15-11:15 am    Assessing Memory and Self-regulation using tests, Questionnaires and interviews.
11:15-12:00 pm    Instructing Survivors of TBI with Memory and executive function problems to promote 
12:00-1:00 pm      LUNCH
1:00-2:00 pm        Internal Memory Strategies and External memory aids.
2:00-3:00 pm        Promoting Self-regulation using complex activities
3:00-3:15 pm        BREAK
3:15-4:30 pm        A program for Students going to College with brain injury: promoting self-instruction. 
                                Questions and Answers    

This course is offered for 0.70 CEU's (Intermediate level, Professional area).

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