Module Curriculum

This module provides speech-language pathologists with cognitive and communication assessment and treatment strategies, tools, research and resources for patients in acute or early stages of intervention. This includes disorders of consciousness (Rancho Level 2, 3) and agitation (Rancho Level 4). This course will help SLP’s to apply the available evidence in designing individualized treatments, family education, and communication partner training.

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    Module 2: Early Interventions for Cognitive-Communication Disorders (Prerequisite: Module 1)

    • Welcome

    • Pre-Module Confidence Assessment

    • Pre-Module Quiz

    • Module Video

    • Module Materials Library

    • Post-Module Quiz

    • Post-Module Confidence Assessment

    • Module Evaluation

    • Module Evaluation Form

SLP’s/SLT’s who work with individuals with acquired brain injuries in all settings (acute to community) interested in cognitive and communication interventions. Focus is on adults and adolescents with some pediatric resources provided.

Sheila MacDonald M.Cl.Sc. SLP (C). For disclosure information, see the About CCCABI webpage.

Learning Outcomes 
As a result of this module the participant will be able to: 

  1. Describe clinical indicators and practice guidelines for individuals with disorders of consciousness (coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state. 
  2. Assess individuals with disorders of consciousness using evidence-based measures. 
  3. Plan SLP interventions for individuals with disorders of consciousness and individuals in confused states after ABI. 
  4. Educate and train family, staff, and other communication partners about methods to manage stimulation, optimize responsiveness, and facilitate communication, orientation, and participation.

Module Completion Requirements
To complete the module and receive a certificate the learner is required to complete the following: 100% of the module video, a pre-test, a post-test with 80% accuracy on 10 multiple-choice questions (may be taken multiple times), a pre-/post-confidence assessment with 3 confidence ratings, and a brief module evaluation. A clinician's self-evaluation checklist is also provided for your ongoing learning.

This program is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level, Professional Area

Time Ordered Agenda

Topic Area 

Time Allotted 

Video Presentation 

1. Overview of Disorders of Consciousness  (DOC) 

8 mins 

2. SLP Role in Disorders of Consciousness & Guidelines

8 mins 

3. SLP Assessment for DOC 

18 mins 

4. SLP Treatment for DOC : Evidence, Treatment procedures, family involvement 

25 mins 

5. Agitation: CCD Characteristics & SLP Role 

10 mins 

6. Agitation Intervention 

 6 mins 

7. Clinical Illustrations 


Total Video Presentation 

75 minutes 

Additional Instructional Materials 

1. Clinician’s Self-Evaluation Checklist 

Download and review at your convenience 

2. Baseline Observations Checklist 

Download and review at your convenience

3. Sensory Stimulation Kit Description 

Download and review at your convenience

4. Agitation Education Handout 

Download and review at your convenience

5. Extensive Reference List 

Download and review at your convenience

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
For Frequently Asked Questions, please see the FAQ page.