Cognitive Treatments for Adults

Lisa Young Milliken, MA, CCC-SLP, FNAP, CDP, RAC- CT

Online Course

Includes all course content in digital format

Prerequisites Required
2 hours - Provided by Summit Professional Education



As therapists, we are often asked to provide skilled cognitive interventions for clients with a range of diagnoses. Addressing these deficits are critical as they impact multiple areas of function, to include communication, safety strategies, activities of daily living and the overall ability to achieve optimal functional independence.

This course was developed to assist rehab professionals with evidence-based interventions to achieve the desired outcomes for a range of cognitive deficits. These strength- based approaches are designed to be practical to include both rehabilitative and compensatory strategies when teaching clients in the areas of different levels of memory, executive function, attention, verbal recall, judgement, and problem solving.


  • Strategies for implicit vs. explicit memory & learning concepts
  • Dual task training for improved cognitive and motor outcomes
  • Effective cognitive treatment techniques for clients with a variety of disease processes and comorbidities
  • Implement goal writing and objective documentation strategies

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the use of internal and external strategies to address memory deficits for clients with a variety of diagnoses and clinical scenarios.
  2. Distinguish how the spaced retrieval training and errorless learning techniques can be effective in teaching memory for improved functional outcomes.
  3. Analyze how dual task training can be used to improve cognition and balance.

Course Content

Cognitive Treatments for Adults
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  1. Research-Based Cognitive Processes
    1. Cognitive functions associated with specific brain pathways
    2. Types and definitions of all levels of memory, to include subcomponents of each
    3. Domains of cognitive function
    4. Effects of depression, anxiety, and other mental health on cognitive function
    5. The effects and risks of medications on cognitive function
  2. Cognitive Interventions
    1. Internal and external memory strategies
    2. Spaced retrieval and errorless learning training
    3. Dual-task training
    4. Environmental interventions to target sensory challenges
    5. Compensation for decreased vision, hearing, and other sensory deficits
    6. Client and caregiver education
    7. Case studies, to include their goals and skilled intervention techniques
Lisa Young Milliken, MA, CCC-SLP, FNAP, CDP, RAC- CT has served as a practitioner, regional manager, vice president, consultant, compliance director and education specialist. She has lectured at the state and national level with over 300 professional education courses on topics of importance to the healthcare professional. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and has mentored team members across the country in senior retirement communities on clinical programming for the past 30 years. She also volunteers with community programs in the Houston area to support caregivers of family members living with multiple disorders. Lisa is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she currently serves as a State Advocate for Medicare Policy for Texas. She is Vice President of Professional Services for the Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association and serves on the Financial Advisory Committee and the Publications Board of this organization. She is a Distinguished Fellow of Public Policy for the National Academies of Practice where she serves as the Co-Chair of the Forum Planning Committee and is a prior board president of the Louisiana Speech- Language and Hearing Association and an alumnus of the Council of State Association Presidents. Finally, she is a member of the Kingwood- Humble Aggie Mom Board and lives in Houston, Texas.


FINANCIAL: Lisa Milliken is compensated by Summit as an instructor.

NONFINANCIAL: Lisa Milliken is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) where she serves as the Texas State Advocate for Medicare Policy, for which she receives CMS updates. She is the President-Elect for the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association (TSHA). She is also a Fellow of Distinguished Public Policy for the National Academy of Practice, which focuses on interprofessional practice and education.

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