Evaluation and Treatment of Cognition Following Neurological Injury in Adolescents to Young Adults

Childhood through young adult is a formidable time for cognitive development – but what happens when that is disrupted by an acute brain injury? Our assessments and treatment approaches need to be age appropriate for behavior, communication, and cognition. Functional cognitive skills allow us the ability to be functional and independent individuals -and that independence varies according to age. This course will review the neuroanatomy of the brain and theories of neuroplasticity. Participants will learn how to assess cognition and develop a treatment plan based on specific evaluations for acquired neurological injury in the medical model, and also address some of the challenges associated with this population.

Appropriate Disciplines: OT/COTAs, SLP/SLPAs
Course Level: Introductory
Instructional Methods: Lecture, Demonstration, Case Studies, Problem Solving
Assessment Methods: Q&A, Self-Assessment on Evaluation

Two ways to attend the Live Stream Event (July 22): NOTE: This event will begin at 7:30 AM Central

  1. Attend as part of the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. Attend via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer.




Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

Janice Dowdy


Janice Osborne Dowdy, MS/CCC-SLP, CBIS, is a speech-language pathologist at NeuroRestorative/Sevita in Ashland, Kentucky. Janice is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and East Tennessee State University. Janice has been a practicing SLP for 20 years treating individuals with cognitive/communication/swallowing deficits as the result of CVA, brain injury, head and neck cancer, progressive neurological diseases, as well as other disease processes. She has worked in acute care, long term acute care, skilled nursing, and acute rehabilitation in inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment programs both as a staff therapist, and in various management roles. Janice also worked for Chattanooga Group/EMPI as Clinical Specialist for Vital Stim Therapy, traveling the USA providing education and consulting services to physicians and therapists in the management and treatment of dysphagia utilizing the modality of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). Janice has presented a variety of in-person and virtual presentations on topics within the field of rehabilitation.

Financial Disclosure Janice receives honoraria from CIAO for the presentation of her live courses and royalties for the sale of her online courses.
Non-Financial Disclosure: There are no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Agenda

Day 1

08:00 - 08:30
Review of brain injury statistics
08:30 - 09:00
What is cognition? How does it connect to language, behaviors, social skills?
09:00 - 09:30
Neuroanatomy Review
09:30 - 10:00
Cognitive Milestones Review
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:15
Changing the trajectory following acquired brain injury
11:15 - 11:40
11:40 - 12:00
Cognitive domains hierarchy
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (30 minute lunch for live stream events)
01:00 - 01:30
Continuum of levels of care; Glasgow Coma Scale; Ranchos Los Amigos
01:30 - 02:00
Evaluation – standardized and non-standardized assessments
02:00 - 02:15
02:15 - 03:00
Contextualizing evaluation to the target age group
03:00 - 03:45
Treatment techniques
03:45 - 04:00
Goal writing
04:00 - 04:15
Interdisciplinary team approach
04:15 - 04:30
Family/caregiver/teacher education
04:30 - 04:45
Complex issues and challenges – behaviors, social skills, sexual inappropriateness, etc.
04:45 - 05:00

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 7.5 Hours
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.75ASHA CEUs) bubble sheet submission required
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.5 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Approved for:
  • 9.0 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-932090)
  • 7.5 Hrs. Registered with CEBroker for OT/COTAs in AL, AZ, GA, LA, MS, SC, TN

Course meets requirements for:

  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, IN, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY

  • CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

    Introductory Level
    0.75 ASHA CEUs

    CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.