Author

Alyssa Lanzi

Defense Date

6-13-2016

Availability

Worldwide Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MS

Department

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

School

Rangos School of Health Sciences

Committee Chair

Sarah Wallace

Committee Member

Caterina Staltari

Committee Member

Diane Williams

Keywords

external memory aids, group treatment, mild cognitive impairment

Abstract

Short-term memory deficits associated with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) make complex daily activities challenging. External memory aids (EMA) could help compensate for impairments. The study purpose was to examine the effects of group EMA treatment for individuals with MCI on functional EMA use, cognitive abilities, maintenance of skills, and EMA preference. Six participants (divided into wait-list control and treatment groups) completed six weekly group treatment sessions. Post-treatment participants slightly increased or maintained functional EMA use and cognitive abilities. Mixed results related to maintenance of skills indicated the importance of treatment to reinforce EMA use. Clinical implications and research directions will be discussed.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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