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7th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Symposium

Monday, March 21, 2016

Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom

Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP

"Effective Interventions from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Severe Dementia: Some New Ideas"

Featured Speaker: Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP


Michelle S. Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida. She has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Association to investigate interventions for spousal and nursing home caregivers designed to improve the quality and quantity of communicative interactions with residents with dementia, to evaluate memory aids and interventions for persons with dementia and traumatic brain injury, and to develop training programs for institutional caregivers. As a clinical researcher, Dr. Bourgeois has published numerous research articles, training manuals and CDs, and books.


Intervention strategies and instructional techniques will be described, including errorless learning, spaced-retrieval training, graphic and written cues, and strategy training for cognitive and communication goals. Other therapeutic approaches, such as reminiscence therapy, question-asking reading, and Montessori programming will be presented to address social, activity, and leisure goals. Clinical case examples will illustrate evidence-based intervention approaches applied in various settings and across diagnoses.

Learner Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. describe functional assessment procedures for cognitive-communication and life participation goals of persons ranging from MCI, PPA, to severe dementia
  2. match appropriate interventions and instructional approaches to a variety of cognitive-communication, sensory, social, and leisure needs in a range of settings
  3. describe how to implement and evaluate various evidence-based techniques including Spaced Retrieval, Errorless learning, Strategy training, written and graphic cuing, and group therapy approaches to enable clients to meet therapeutic goals

8:30-9:00 Registration and sign-in
9:00-10:30 Functional Assessment: From MCI to PPA to Severe Dementia
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Evidence-based Sensory & Environmental Interventions
12:00-12:50 Lunch - Boxed lunch provided
12:50-1:50 Evidence-based Cognitive & Communication Interventions
1:50-2:00 Break
2:00-3:00 Evidence-based Social & Activity-based Interventions
3:00-3:15 Q&A

Tuition fee per person
Registration by March 1, 2016 $100.00 (Includes continental breakfast, lunch and parking)
Duquesne SLP Alumni/ae $50.00 please include maiden name (if appropriate) and year of graduation on registration
University of Pittsburgh SLP CSD graduate students $35.00 (Includes continental breakfast, lunch and parking)
**Current and past Clinical Instructors/Sueprvisors of Duquesne SLP graduate students Free

Funding to support registration for Duquesne University externship Clinical Instructors is provided in part by a grant from PNC

For more information call 412-396-1584
Email: slpconference@duq.edu

Registration policy: Each attendee must register separately. Payment must be made at the time of registration.

ADA: Please contact us a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the program for accommodations.

ASHA: This program is offered for .50 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). ASHA account number required for ASHA registry.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:Speech Language Pathologists working with adults.


PARKING: Forbes Avenue Garage

Cancellations: Paid registration fees will be refunded if you contact us within 72 hours prior to the conference date. The registrant will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be issued after that time. Duquesne University SLP Department reserves the right to cancel the course with due cause. In case of cancellation, a full refund will be given to enrolled participants within one week of scheduled conference.

Disclosure statement:

Financial Disclosures:
• Author for Health Professions Press, Memory and Communication Aids for People who have Dementia, for which she receives royalty payments.
• Author for Taylor & Francis, Dementia: From Diagnosis to Management -A functional Approach; royalties
• Employed by the University of South Florida.
• Serves as a paid consultant for federally funded research grants obtained by Cameron Camp (Center for Applied Research in Dementia, Solon, OH) and Michael Skrajner (Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, Woburn, MA).

Nonfinancial Disclosure:
• Grant Reviewer, Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Chicago, IL; no compensation
• Inaugural Advisory Committee Member, Association Montessori International, Montessori for Aged Care and Dementia; no compensation