Executive Functions after Brain Injury Part 1: Assessment and Intervention

presented by Mary R. T. Kennedy

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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 years. Dr. Kennedy’s research and clinical focus is in managing adult cognitive and language disorders after traumatic brain injury (TBI). She is nationally and internationally recognized as an expert in the metacognition, self-regulation, and executive function disorders commonly associated with this unique population. She served on the Institute of Medicine writing committee that reviewed the scientific evidence in cognitive rehabilitation and chaired the ANCDS TBI Evidence-Based Practice Writing committee for 14 years, including 13 publications. Dr. Kennedy has authored over 60 publications including, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, and a book titled Coaching College Students with Executive Dysfunction: A Dynamic Approach by Guilford Publishing. Her recent research documents the common challenges that college students with TBI face and validates the usefulness of coaching, which explicitly instructs students in self-regulation so as to support executive functions. Dr. Kennedy has been associate editor and guest editor for peer-reviewed journals on topics related to TBI. She has presented widely on cognitive rehabilitation after brain injury and published one of the first meta-analyses on the effectiveness of therapy aimed at remediating executive dysfunction. She is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Fellow and is the recipient of the Honors of the ANCDS.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. What Are Executive Functions?

    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

    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

    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.