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Go With the Flow: An Introductory Guide to Communication with Dementia

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout outlines communication strategies for families who are adjusting to a new diagnosis of dementia in their family. These strategies focus on maintaining self-esteem and dignity. Nickbakht, M., Angwin, A. J., Cheng, B. B., Liddle, J., Worthy, P., Wiles, J. H., … & Wallace, S. J. (2023). Putting “the broken bits together”: A qualitative […]
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Handout: What is Barium Sulfate and How Does it Affect My Body?

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
During a modified barium swallow study, barium helps assess a person’s swallowing function. A medical professional can use this handout to discuss whether a modified barium swallow study is best for the person and how barium affects the body. <a href=”https://www.bracco.com/sites/default/files/2022-11/us-en-2019-05-31-spc-varibar-thin-liquid.pdf”>Bracco Diagnostics. VARIBAR® THIN LIQUID (BARIUM SULFATE) FOR ORAL SUSPENSION, 81% w/w data sheet. April […]
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Plateau: Is My Recovery from Brain Injury Over

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This material busts the myth of a person’s recovery plateauing after a brain injury and explains how the environment can have a positive or negative impact. Frasca, D., Tomaszczyk, J., McFadyen, B.J., & Green, R.E.(2013). Traumatic brain injury and post-acute decline: what role does environmental enrichment play? A scoping review. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. […]
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Oral Care Assessment, Guide, and Schedule

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Use the Beck Oral Assessment Scale to determine how frequently oral care should be completed, and use the included guides and schedules as visual reminders for completing consistent and thorough oral care. Beck, S. (1979). Impact of a systematic oral care protocol on stomatitis after chemotherapy. Cancer Nursing, 2, 185–199.
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Aphasia Institute’s Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement (AFROM)

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement (A-FROM) was developed with values similar to the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia. This material provides background information regarding the four domains determined to contribute to quality of life with aphasia and how to better assess and treat these domains to improve overall life with aphasia. Kagan, A., […]
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Types of Strokes

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout provides simple information about the different types of strokes. Therapists can circle the types of stroke for each client/family member so that they can compare and understand differences.
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Lifestyle Choices to Support Brain Health

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout covers a variety of lifestyle choices that support brain health. Gomes Gonçalves N, Vidal Ferreira N, Khandpur N, et al. Association Between Consumption of Ultraprocessed Foods and Cognitive Decline. JAMA Neurol. 2023;80(2):142–150. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2022.4397 Martini D. (2019). Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet. Nutrients, 11(8), 1802. Paluch A., Bajpai S., Bassett D., Carnethon M., Eklund […]
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Dementia Staging

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This resource outlines the stages of dementia using the Functional Assessment Staging Tool (FAST Scale) for dementia, as well as provides considerations for intervention and interacting with individuals at each stage designed for clinicians, family members, and caregivers. Reisberg, B., Ferris, S. H., & Franssen, E. (1985). An ordinal functional assessment tool for Alzheimer’s-type dementia. […]
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Ambiguous Loss

February 29, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This resource provides information on ambiguous loss for the clinician and has a handout portion to provide to clients and their family or caregivers covering tips for detailing with ambiguous loss. Pauline, B., & Boss, P. (2009). Ambiguous loss: Learning to live with unresolved grief. Harvard University Press.
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