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Addressing Challenging Behaviors Associated with Dementia in Occupational Therapy

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Addressing Challenging Behaviors Associated with Dementia in Occupational Therapy

1.0 Contact Hour, 0.10 CEUs

Educational level: Introductory

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery, 

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This course is offered EXCLUSIVELY in our JUST FOR OT SUBSCRIPTION beginning January 1, 2024

This course was created by and has previously been offered through ARC Seminars

It can be intimidating to work with individuals with dementia especially when addressing challenging behaviors.  For busy OT practitioners it can even be overwhelming. This course will provide clinicians with simple techniques and strategies that will help them engage clients, build rapport and change the way practitioners work with their clients. 

With the number of individuals with Alzheimer's dementia expected to continue to increase, it is important for OT practitioners to be able to communicate effectively and help clients with dementia feel safe and secure. 

This course will discuss challenging behavior in dementia and provide techniques and skills that practitioners can utilize to help communicate with their clients. This course will examine language used, conversational tricks and strategies, and the relationship between behavior and communication.

This course will utilize a case study and provide cheat sheets to help OT practitioners take the strategies straight to practice!

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapy students
This occupational therapy continuing education course uses the following instructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), discussion board, guided note taking, and learning, and practice opportunities.
Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.

Presented by:
Emily Cahalan OTR/L, CLT, CBIS
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Benefits of this course
  • Explain dementia, its variants and what to expect with clients who have dementia..
  • Discuss interventions that can be utilized to target challenging dementia behaviors.
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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 08490
This Distance Learning-Independent course is offered at 0.10 CEUs (Introductory level, OT Service Delivery)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Instructor bioS
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Emily Cahalan OTR/L, CLT, CBIS:
Aspire OT Instructor

Emily Cahalan OTR/L, CLT, CBIS: Emily is an OT with almost fifteen years experience in the field, having graduated from National University of Ireland, Galway in 2010. Emily is passionate about inpatient rehabilitation, dementia care, and lymphedema therapy. Emily has been working in therapy education for the last ten years, and is happy to do her part in further promoting the advancement of OT in the rehab world.


Financial: Emily has been compensated as the owner of ARC Seminars and as the creator of this course.
Non Financial:  Emily does not have any non-financial disclosures.
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Course Outline

 0 - 5 minutes

 6-10 minutes 

11-20 minutes

21-30 minutes

31-45 minutes

46-60 minutes

 Introduction and Objectives 

Overview of Dementia: What to expect from someone with dementia

Focus of care/ role of practitioner

Communication and behavior is dementia

Strategies for addressing challenging behaviors

Case studies and conclusion
Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Payment of the course in full
  • Attend webinar in its entirety
  • Complete Attestation of Attendance
  • View course videos in entirety
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
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Live Courses and Webinars
Learner cancellations: In the event that the learner requests to cancel or is unable to attend a course, a refund for the total paid for the course will be granted if Aspire OT is notified via email at within 10 business days prior to date of the scheduled course, minus a non-refundable registration fee of 25% of registration price.  If the learner provides notification of cancellation less then 10 business days prior to the scheduled course, the learner will be offered the opportunity to attend the same webinar on an alternate date or enrollment in the recorded on-demand version of that webinar, instead of a refund.  

No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

Provider cancellations: 
In the event of inclement weather or other event resulting in the inability for a live course to be provided within the scheduled time, learners will be offered an alternate date or a full refund for registration paid.
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