Maximizing Techniques and Treatment Outcomes to Improve Functional Memory in Adults and Children

Audience: PT, PTA, OT,COTA Speech, Special Education Teachers
Course Level: Intermediate
Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
Check in time: 8:30-9 am
Class time: Saturday: 9-5 pm
                      Sunday: 8:30-4:30 pm
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital. International Rooms A and B
6401 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435

Course Fee: $425.00

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Course Contact Hours: 13.0

Dr. Martha S. Burns
has been a practicing speech language pathologist in the Chicago area for over 40 years. She serves on the Faculty of Northwestern University, department of communication sciences and disorders, and has been a consultant to The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for 35 years. Dr. Burns is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received honors from Northwestern University, Evanston Hospital Corporation, the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation and St. Xavier University. She has authored 3 books and over 100 book chapters and articles. Doody’s Rating Service selected her book on the Right Hemisphere published through Aspen Press as one of the best health sciences books of 1997. In addition to that book, Dr. Burns is the author of a book on aphasia and the test Burns Brief Inventory of Communication and Cognition published by The Psychological Corporation.
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Martha Burns receiveds and honorarium for speaking and teaching this topic.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Martha Burns has no Non-Financial relationships to disclose.

Course Description
Memory disorders pose problems in education and rehabilitation because of their impact on all language and learning as well as participation in therapy and effect on carryover. This course will review and provide an update on new research on types of memory functions, normal development, effects of learning disabilities and brain injury on memory function. The course will highlight the integral contribution of working memory to cognitive functions from attention to executive function. It will also review and update research on long term memory networks in the brain (connectomes). The focus will be on how specific therapeutic approaches have been shown to enhance all kinds of memory and learning in typical children and adults as well as children and adults with specific memory impairments. A focus of the course will be best practices in remediation of memory disorders in children and adults with attention to variables research has shown are essential for long term retention of information and mechanisms now understood to drive neuroplastic change in the memory capacity of the brain. The course will conclude with evidence-based compensatory treatments for impairments of long term memory.

Upon completion of the course, participants will:
• Distinguish the neurological processes which underlie memory disturbances and differentiate from those which underlie the performance of attention, inferencing, and problem-solving;
• Apply new research on working memory and long term retention to identification of children for whom memory dysfunction will impact other aspects of assessment and treatment
• Apply new research on working memory and long term retention to identification of memory problems associated with specific neuropathology in adults
• Identify patterns of memory disorders in children using tests available to Speech-Language Pathologists and other allied professionals
• Develop methods for functional memory assessment in managed care settings and differential diagnosis of adults;
• Develop evidence based interventions that incorporate best practices for retention and generalization of treatment content and function in children
• Develop evidence based interventions that incorporate best practices for retention and generalization of treatment content and function in adults

Day 1
8:30-9 am                    Registration/check in
9-10:30 am                  Neurological Foundations of Attention, Learning and Memory
                                       New Concepts in Brain processing-networks and plasticity
                                       -attention, expectation and reward
                                       -feed forward and feedback mechanisms
                                       -the chemical cocktail of motivation and learning
10:30-10:45 am          BREAK
10:45-12 pm                Neurogenentics and Plasticity through the lifespan
                                        -Brain maturation during childhood and the second critical period-Adolescence
                                        -Neuronal changes of aging
                                        -Mechanisms of neuroplasticity of motor function and cognition
12-1 pm                         LUNCH (On your own)
1-3 pm                            Memory-Definitions and Organization of Memory
                                         -working memory-Baddeley and Hitch evolution of our understanding 
                                           learning-from motor skills to cognition  
                                         sorking memory;the power to build fluid intelligence
                                         -encoding-converting working memory to knowledge-the hippocampus and amygdala
3-3:15 pm                      BREAK                    
3:15-5 pm                      Types of long term memory
                                         -Implicit (procedural, habit, prompting)
                                         -Explicit (semantic, episodic, autobiographical)

Day 2  
8:30-9:45 am               Neurological Components of Memory
                                        -The memory trace (as a network, as weighting)
                                        -Neurophysiology of memory (brain stem, thalamus, limbic, cortical, PFC)
9:45-10 am                  BREAK
10-12 pm                      Memory Disorders
                                        -anterograde amnesia
                                        -retrograde amnesia
                                        -modality specific
                                        -pre-frontal - generalization prospective, working memory
12-1 pm                         LUNCH    
1-2:30 pm                      Assessment in TBI, amnesia, dementing disorders, Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
                                         -pure amnesias
                                         -TBI - stages of recovery
                                         -SLI - retention deficits
                                         Dementing Disorders
                                          -mild cognitive impairment
                                          -frontal lobe dementias
2:30-2:45  pm                 BREAK
2:45-4:30 pm                  Intervention
                                          -mechanisms and stages of long term retention - designing a treatment program
                                          -technological approaches esp. Working memory
                                          -overlearning, task related practice and generalization
                                          compensatory strategies
                                          -organizational strategies
                                          -external Aids (soft tech and technological aids)

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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