Descriptive Analysis: Survey of Direct and Indirect Interventions for Persons With Dementia-Based Communication Disorders Results of a survey made available to SIG 2 and SIG 15 affiliates via the SIG listservs revealed information on direct and indirect interventions utilized for persons with dementia-based communication disorders. Fifty-eight practicing speech-language pathologists (SLPs) participated and reported using the following direct interventions most frequently: specific verbal instruction, cognitive ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2015
Descriptive Analysis: Survey of Direct and Indirect Interventions for Persons With Dementia-Based Communication Disorders
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  • Nancy Paul
    Department of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
  • Joni Mehrhoff
    Department of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
  • Financial Disclosure: Nancy Paul is a professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Joni Mehrhoff is an assistant professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    Financial Disclosure: Nancy Paul is a professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Joni Mehrhoff is an assistant professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: The authors have no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
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Article   |   October 01, 2015
Descriptive Analysis: Survey of Direct and Indirect Interventions for Persons With Dementia-Based Communication Disorders
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 25, 125-141. doi:10.1044/nnsld25.4.125
History: Received June 11, 2015 , Revised September 5, 2015 , Accepted September 22, 2015
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2015, Vol. 25, 125-141. doi:10.1044/nnsld25.4.125
History: Received June 11, 2015; Revised September 5, 2015; Accepted September 22, 2015

Results of a survey made available to SIG 2 and SIG 15 affiliates via the SIG listservs revealed information on direct and indirect interventions utilized for persons with dementia-based communication disorders. Fifty-eight practicing speech-language pathologists (SLPs) participated and reported using the following direct interventions most frequently: specific verbal instruction, cognitive stimulation, memory wallet, spaced retrieval, and errorless learning. The overwhelming majority of participants utilized caregiver training as the most frequent indirect technique. Barriers and facilitators to providing intervention for persons with dementia-related communication disorders were identified.

Acknowledgement
The authors acknowledge the Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Class of 2015 from Minnesota State University Moorhead for involvement in designing and implementing the study.
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