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Executive Functions after Brain Injury Part 1: Assessment and Intervention

presented by Mary R. T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Financial:  Mary Kennedy receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial:  Mary Kennedy has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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The purpose of this course is to provide rehabilitation professionals with an understanding of the nature of executive functions and how to assess them in individuals with brain injury.

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Mary R. T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP

Mary R. T. Kennedy, PhD, CCC-SLP, F-ASHA, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Chapman University, Orange, California. She is Board Certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) and as a certified speech-language pathologist. She has worked with individuals with acquired brain injury for many…

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1. What Are Executive Functions?

This chapter reviews historical perspectives of executive functions and describes various definitions of executive functions. We will cover the interaction of executive functions with self-awareness, self-regulation, and with other cognitive processes.

2. Clinical Populations at Risk for Acquired Executive Function Impairments

This chapter covers frontal lobe injuries and executive function disorders. We will describe executive function disorders after acquired brain injury with clinical examples and discuss the impact of executive function disorders on everyday living.

3. Assessing Executive Functions

This chapter applies the World Health Organization International Classification of Functions (2000) to evaluating executive functions. Tests of impairment; as well as tests, surveys, and questionnaires of functional activity and participation, are covered. Interviews and clinical observation are included.

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