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Kim Warchol Presents at the 2014 Allen Cognitive Network Symposium

Attention, therapists! The 10th Cognitive Symposium 2014 is happening this week in Redondo Beach, CA.

If you’re a physical or occupational therapist or speech-language pathologist who helps individuals with cognitive disabilities function to their best ability, don’t miss this chance to strengthen your skills, network with other professionals in your field, earn continuing education credits (CEUs), and get involved with the Allen Cognitive Network (ACN).

Taking place November 6–8, 2014, the symposium is an excellent opportunity to better understand and thereby better serve the needs of the people you help. Introductory, intermediate, and advanced workshops will focus on helping clients manage time, understanding the sensory connection to cognition, and using the Cognitive Disabilities Model, among other topics. The Cognitive Disabilities Model is rooted in Claudia Allen’s Can Do, Will Do, May Do paradigm, describes six cognitive levels, and involves specialized assessment tools to help you tailor programs and interventions and optimize a person’s best ability to function.

If you work in geriatrics or with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, don’t miss dementia care expert Kim Warchol’s presentations. Kim, an occupational therapist and founder of CPI’s Dementia Care Specialists, will co-present two inspiring and informative sessions at the symposium:
Stage-Specific, Person-Centered Memory Care: Advantages and Challenges
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — Co-presented with David Schonberg, MHA
If you need strategies for customizing assisted living memory care, this is the session for you. Learn the benefits of tailoring your approach to each resident’s needs and interests and building care plans based on each person’s Allen Cognitive level, life story, and abilities. Kim and David will share strategies from their work together on designing top-notch memory care facilities, with insight into layout, activities, and care techniques from Kim and insight from David on building, owning, staffing, and operating a truly person-centered and family-centered memory care community.  
Positively Extending Our Impact: Developing Dynamic Maintenance Programs
Friday, November 7, 2014 — Co-presented with Christine Raber, Ph.D., OTR/L
If you need practical tools to effectively develop and implement maintenance programs (MPs) for persons living with dementia, this session is for you. With a focus on Medicare reimbursement, this workshop will help you integrate your understanding of the Cognitive Disabilities Model with the practical uses of MPs. Kim and Christine will present research findings from a qualitative study examining the experiences of therapists and staff in using dementia-specific MPs and will invite you to share your challenges and successes so you can brainstorm strategies for implementing effective MPs. You’ll also learn about the current CMS guidelines for development and reimbursement of maintenance programs, and you’ll have the opportunity to practice key documentation strategies.
Get more details about the workshops and presentations [PDF] and view the Calendar of Events [PDF].
To register for the event, visit the Allen Cognitive Network’s symposium page.

Kim will also be presenting for families and care professionals at the Memory Loss Conference 2014 taking place in Springfield, IL on November 21–22, 2014.