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

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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Speech Language Pathology Asst

Course Description

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.


  • This live event is streamed in real time. 
  • Course agenda is in Central time, please adjust for your time zone
  • Registrants who attend the live broadcast will be able to interact with instructor.
  • All registrants will have access to the broadcast recording for 14 days.
  • A group may view the course together, however each attendee must be individually registered in order to receive CE credit.


  • SLPs - this course is registered with ASHA as Blended Learning. ASHA CEUs may be earned by attending live, viewing the recording, or a combination of both.
  • OT/PTs - Participants who need live hours for state license renewal must attend in real time yet, will still have access to the recording for 14 days.


  • Attend/view entire course
  • Pass multiple choice quiz (80% min score)
  • Complete online course evaluation

Course Objectives

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

  • Define cognition and identify connection to language, behavior, and social skills
  • Identify the major neuroanatomy of the brain
  • List the 2 major functions of each lobe of the brain
  • Name specific milestones related to adolescent to young brain development
  • Differentiate how a brain injury during development impacts the trajectory of development from typical development
  • Name principles of neuroplasticity as a foundation for rehab of neurological injury
  • Identify the components of cognitive domains hierarchy and staging this population
  • Name 3 different levels of care for rehabilitation of cognitive deficits
  • Differentiate between standardized and non-standardized assessments
  • Identify 2 ways to modify the context or environment to the needs of the patients
  • Describe 3 treatment techniques and application to treatment for identified deficits
  • Name 3 complex issues and challenges, including behaviors, interpersonal relationships, social skills, that come with treating individuals with cognitive deficits as the result of neurological injury

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.

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

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be. mail@ciaoseminars.com
  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL. Included with each Live Stream registration is access to the course recording for the 14 days immediately following the broadcast.
  • Live - Sponsored - This is a live course held by an affiliate organization in partnership with CIAO.

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.


    The presenter did a great job of delivering the information but the content was pretty basic. I would like to have more advanced information.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2023

    This seminar was well organized with a detailed handout covering a broad scope of evaluation measures, comprehensive information on therapy provision, detailed discussion on sequelae of brain injury, neuroanatomy review, cognitive milestones and the principles of neuroplasticity etc. I printed the handout and plan to use it as a reference when treating patients who present with brain injury.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2023

    Given the amount and intensity of the materials presented, this course should be considered for a two day presentation. I have to admit, my head is swimming.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2023

    I am a visual learner - more anatomical illustrations on the neuroanatomy slides would have been helpful. Otherwise an excellent presentation!

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Jul 2023

    Good integration of examples from presenter's experience. Especially with the video and patient story.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    Although I understand it was a brief review, a picture or graphic when reviewing the brainstem would have been helpful. I liked the video examples of patients at the end. It was overall an informative course. Thank you!

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    This training was such a pleasant surprise. I am generally very nervous about online learning vs. face/face. The ease of enrollment and access was remarkable for someone with very LOW tech skills. Janice's skilled presentation of such vast amount of material, was impressive for sure.....Her passion and positive commentary made it a real pleasure to attend!!! I've practiced my trade nearly 35 years, this may have been my TOP CEU opportunity. Thank-you for this opportunity!!

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    Enjoyed the course. Would love to have a next class at intermediate level focusing more in-depth on treatment strategies!

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    I would appreciate less review of basic information learned in grad school. Although it was a good review, I would have liked to spend the bulk of time on evaluation and treatment.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    Great speaker!

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    The presenter was very knowledgeable about her subject matter

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    It would be nice to run through some more specific treatment activities that can be done in the outpatient setting at a table for mid- higher level cognitive patients.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    The videos were a nice break in the format. It may be helpful to include more videos.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    Great course, not only for a good refresher but for some added info after being out of school for many years.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    good course.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022

    Show more videos of treatment performed and how patients succeeded, and or experiences rather than reading from the slides.

    - Live Streaming or Studio Audience, FL / Nov 2022