Myth: People with memory loss conditions, such as dementia, cannot learn or remember new information, which limits my ability to provide effective therapy. Fact: People with memory loss remember some things and not others. Tapping into preserved abilities can facilitate new learning and recall. This webinar will explore the therapeutic application of spaced retrieval as a learning technique to enhance recall in persons with memory loss. The presenter will discuss the components that account for the technique’s success, recent research related to spaced retrieval, and the updated protocol, including the addition of visual aids to enhance outcomes. The program will assist therapists in determining assessment strategies, appropriate treatment goals, and how to use the technique effectively.
Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP, practices privately as a speech-language pathologist. Her extensive clinical experience has included work with adults in post-acute, long-term care, and home health settings. Benigas's research interests include improving quality of life for persons with dementia, specifically those who have difficulties eating and swallowing. Her research has incorporated the use of Spaced Retrieval to teach swallowing strategies so that individuals with dementia can avoid unwanted dietary modifications. She has traveled nationally to consult and speak with other professionals in the medical field who work with persons with memory loss. Benigas received a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Eastern Michigan University and a doctorate in speech and hearing science with an interdisciplinary specialization in aging from The Ohio State University. She is a former Assistant Professor and is the coauthor of Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention.
This chapter is a basic overview of the key elements that are central in understanding the complex memory system.
This chapter will discuss the evidence of why spaced retrieval works so it can be used effectively with therapeutic treatments.
Having an understanding of why and how spaced retrieval works will help determine how to implement the intervention for an individual's needs. This chapter will go over a step-by-step process for implementing spaced retrieval for people experiencing memory loss.
Spaced retrieval has evolved tremendously over the years. This chapter will go over the most up-to-date protocols and procedures for spaced retrieval.
Over the years, there have been many changes and modifications researchers have made to create a successful technique of spaced retrieval. Although the current procedure is the best, it may not work for everyone. For this reason, the procedure can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the individual. Visual cues can also be combined with spaced retrieval practice to facilitate learning and retention of information and physical tasks.
Anyone can use spaced retrieval in order to help others learn and remember. Similar to clinicians who adopted spaced retrieval, family members can use this technique in the home setting. The appropriate time to educate the care team is when the technique is initiated and consistent success for a few days is noted.
Planning and documentation is used to help track the patient's progress. Different methods are used for this such as evaluation with screening methods and goal writing.
This chapter will go over a few case studies to explain how to implement spaced retrieval from start to finish.
This segment is a question and answer session that was sent in by viewers and answered by Jeanette.