The courses and resources in the Beyond Behavior category search behind the behavior to understand the causes of behavior and how to address them in a way that helps a person. They describe the brain and how changes in the brain affect a person’s cognitive abilities (for example, the ability to think, imagine, and to understand and respond to their surroundings). They provide intervention strategies that address a person’s cognitive abilities so that this person can feel more comfortable and competent, communicate, perform tasks more easily, and in general live a more fulfilling life. The courses and materials address Brain disorders, such as dementia (Major Neurocognitive Disorder including Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia and others), traumatic brain injury, Autism, and stroke, as well as mental illness. They can be applied to all persons whether or not they function well and easily or have a diagnosis. The Cognitive Abilities and Intervention Strategies (CAIS) and many background materials are included here.
The Cognitive Abilities and Intervention Strategies (CAIS) and many background materials are presented in this Beyond Behavior category. The CAIS provides a set of questions to ask yourself to identify a person’s cognitive abilities, including their cognitive strengths and cognitive needs. Additional questions identify how well the environment, interactions with this person, and the structure and timing of tasks support this person’s cognitive abilities. Practical, everyday intervention strategies (support strategies) are then provided to address this person’s specific cognitive abilities by modifying the environment, communication, and the task and daily routines to increase support of this person’s particular cognitive strengths and needs. These are individualized to a particular person and situation and are also useful for general education, intervention planning, or program design. They can prevent and reduce distress, stress, frustration, and distressing situations. The CAIS is adapted from the Cognitive Impairment Assessment Protocol (CIAP) and the Cognitive Impairment Intervention Protocol (CIIP) by the same author, Shelly Weaverdyck, PhD.
The following resources are provided:
- The Cognitive Abilities and Intervention Strategies (CAIS) Questions to Ask with an introduction and instructions for using the CAIS and for each of the four parts of the CAIS.
- The Cognitive Abilities and Intervention Strategies (CAIS) Intervention Strategies with an introduction and instructions for using the CAIS and for each of the four parts of the CAIS.
- Online course with five one-hour modules to learn how the CAIS is structured and how to use it. It also provides an additional orientation to the concepts and background information. Modules 1-5 address the brain, cognitive abilities, the environment, communication, and the task, respectively.
- An instructor-led curriculum of five sessions. This is a training program that can be presented formally or used informally when sharing information, problem-solving, supervising, or advising. Sessions 1-5 address the brain, cognitive abilities, the environment, communication, and the task, respectively. These sessions include informal questions to ask. Each session has a script, objectives, PowerPoint slides, handouts, and evaluation forms. An introduction to the series is provided.
- Background materials presented as five chapters and an introduction to the concepts. Each chapter accompanies one of the five modules of the online course and one of the five sessions of the instructor-led curriculum. The chapter topics are the brain, cognitive abilities, the environment, communication, and the task, respectively. These chapters and introductions provide additional and more in-depth information and background resources for the online course and curriculum.
- CAIS handouts with information and suggestions that go into more depth regarding specific topics that the CAIS, the online course, and the instructor-led curriculum address (such as visual-spatial interventions or frontal lobe interventions, or specific lobes of the brain). They are additional background resources about the brain, cognitive abilities, and intervention and support strategies. They present information and intervention suggestions that address the needs of readers at various levels of understanding and experience, so specific handouts can be distributed to individuals or groups based on specific needs. Most of the handouts are 2-4 pages long; some are longer. An introduction to describe how to use the handouts is provided, as is a list of all 43 handouts.
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