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Treatment of Memory Impairments Post-Acquired Brain Injury

presented by Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi, ScD, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Therese M.O’Neil-Pirozzi receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Clinicians report memory as a primary post-injury target of cognitive rehabilitation. Individuals with acquired brain injury and their families report memory deficits as one of the worst and most persisting post-injury problems. This chapter will report on the evidence base supporting memory intervention and will present therapeutic approaches targeting remediation of memory deficits.

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Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi, ScD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Therese M. O'Neil-Pirozzi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northeastern University and is Associate Project Director of the Spaulding/Harvard TBI Model System at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, both in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. O'Neil-Pirozzi's research work focuses on acquired brain injury across the lifespan, with a particular focus on…

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1. Treatment of Memory - Part 1

It is important that the memory interventions used with patients are evidence-based and that they incorporate principles of learning theory. This chapter will provide an update on the ‘state of the science’ of memory intervention and describe three phases of learning that memory interventions should incorporate.

2. Treatment of Memory - Part 2

Traditionally, memory interventions are described as being of two types: restorative and compensatory. It is important that memory training approaches are informed by multiple patient factors. This chapter will define both types of interventions and identify patient candidacy considerations for each.

3. Treatment of Memory - Part 3

Errorless learning, spaced retrieval, and metacognitive strategy training are three commonly used, evidence-supported techniques used therapeutically to improve memory. This chapter will describe these techniques, patient candidacy for them, and their importance facilitating intervention outcomes.

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