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Foundations of Cognitive Impairments: Attention Examinations and Interventions

presented by Karen L. McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, NCS(E), FAPTA, FACRM

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

Nonfinancial:  Karen McCulloch has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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This course is part of a series on cognitive impairments seen in neurologic conditions. The purpose of this course is to review attention-related issues that are relevant to physical therapists and other allied health professionals. In particular, this course covers dual-task examination options and describes activities that challenge attention as a component of PT intervention.

Meet Your Instructor

Karen L. McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, NCS(E), FAPTA, FACRM

Karen L. McCulloch is a professor in physical therapy in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Health Sciences, School of Medicine at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has taught entry-level and advanced-level students in neurorehabilitation since 1993. She has served in multiple roles within the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy,…

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1. Dual-Task Examination Options

This chapter covers the common examination to identify attention problems in a dual-task assessment. A case example is provided to show a patient with a stroke performing dual-task activities.

2. Intervention Incorporating Attention Deficits

In this chapter, we explore whether attention can be improved by providing appropriate challenges. Environmental and task manipulation are discussed as well as dual and multitask training.

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