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Spaced Retrieval: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention

presented by Jennifer Brush

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If you are looking for an effective way to support individuals with memory loss, this course will provide you with a fresh approach to Spaced Retrieval (SR). Now you can learn this innovative process step-by-step to assist people in learning the important information needed to improve independence, safety, and quality of life. Speech-language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, nurses, and homecare professionals can use SR to bring more confidence, safety, and independence into the lives of people with memory loss.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP

    Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author, and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests, and abilities. With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program. Jennifer is the author of five nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a five-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing two books on the subject.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction

    1. Introduction

    The course begins with an overview of some of the research that has been done in SR as well as the author's experiences with this evidence-based strategy.

  2. Memory Review

    2. Memory Review

    Because SR is a behavioral intervention that can be used to help people compensate for memory loss, it is helpful to have a basic overview of some of the key elements that are central to understanding our complex memory system.

  3. Why Does Spaced Retrieval Work?

    3. Why Does Spaced Retrieval Work?

    Several theoretical components account for the success of SR, namely classical conditioning, priming, the spacing effect, and errorless learning.

  4. Implementing Spaced Retrieval

    4. Implementing Spaced Retrieval

    This chapter walks you through each step of the Spaced Retrieval (SR) process. These recommendations have been compiled following careful consideration of how SR has been used in clinical practice and research.

  5. Visual Aids

    5. Visual Aids

    Visual cues and external memory aids can be combined with SR practice to facilitate learning and retention of information and physical tasks. A cue is a signal, situation, or piece of information that enhances a person’s ability to retrieve details not recalled spontaneously.

  6. When to Modify the Technique

    6. When to Modify the Technique

    SR can be adapted to meet the needs of the person. This section discusses option for modifying the procedure when needed. Once SR has been initiated with a person with memory loss and the person is having consistent success for a few days at recalling the information, the rest of the care team should be informed of the person’s SR goals. SR works best when the entire care team works together to reinforce the information that has been taught and remembered.

  7. Case Examples

    7. Case Examples

    This chapter includes case examples that illustrate the use of Spaced Retrieval (SR) in practice to address a diverse range of needs for people with memory loss.