Articles in Category: Dementia

A REALISTIC PERSPECTIVE: Your Responsibilities for Dementia Patients

BY: Karlene Stefanakos, M.A., CCC-SLP on Thursday, 10 February 2011. Posted in All, Dementia, Dysphagia, Speech Pathology

Through my travels and as I read my emails, I am uncomfortable with the lack of knowledge that SLPs have regarding the laws that govern their responsibilities for evaluation and functional maintenance programs required for the dementia patients. Even if SLP’s have “some” knowledge of their “job” with the dementia patient, a fully implemented program is not instituted within the facility. So here’s a brief synopsis of the SLP’s responsibilities under the law.

Back to the Basics

BY: Karlene Stefanakos, M.A., CCC-SLP on Sunday, 19 December 2010. Posted in All, Dementia, Dysphagia, Speech Evaluation, Speech Pathology

As I travel and lecture across this country, the question continuously surfacing in each workshop is "What did I spend my money on for my master's?" This question is usually generated by a feeling that somewhere in their graduate studies, the workshop attendees should have had instruction on the workshop topic areas, since these topics have such basic implications on their SLP practices. Quite frankly, as I look at the catalog curriculums of some of our schools, it is difficult to discern curriculum differences since the time when I went to school - twenty years ago.