Using Spaced Retrieval to Effectively Treat Dysphagia in Clients With Dementia Spaced retrieval (SR) is an evidence-based memory intervention that can be effective for helping people with mild to moderate dementia. It can be used to help clients reach a variety of goals, such as less repetitive questioning, better orientation, greater engagement in activities, improved appointment keeping, safe ambulation, and, in ... Article
Article  |   October 2012
Using Spaced Retrieval to Effectively Treat Dysphagia in Clients With Dementia
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cameron Camp
    Center for Applied Research in Dementia, Solon, OH
  • Vincent Antenucci
    Center for Applied Research in Dementia, Solon, OH
  • Jennifer Brush
    Ideas Institute, and I.D.E.A.S., Inc., Kirtland, OH
  • Thomas Slominski
    Northern Speech Services, Gaylord, MI
  • Disclosure: Cameron Camp is coauthor of the book, A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval. His company, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, is a non-exclusive distributor of this book. He is also coauthor of online coursework on dysphagia and spaced retrieval, for which his company has a royalty agreement
    Disclosure: Cameron Camp is coauthor of the book, A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval. His company, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, is a non-exclusive distributor of this book. He is also coauthor of online coursework on dysphagia and spaced retrieval, for which his company has a royalty agreement×
  • Disclosure: Vincent Antenucci is coauthor of online coursework on dysphagia and spaced retrieval, which is marketed commercially. He is employed by a company, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, which has a royalty agreement with the company that markets these online courses. His employer also distributes the book, A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval.
    Disclosure: Vincent Antenucci is coauthor of online coursework on dysphagia and spaced retrieval, which is marketed commercially. He is employed by a company, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, which has a royalty agreement with the company that markets these online courses. His employer also distributes the book, A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval.×
  • Disclosure: Jennifer Brush is the author of a book on spaced retrieval, for which she does not receive royalties.
    Disclosure: Jennifer Brush is the author of a book on spaced retrieval, for which she does not receive royalties.×
  • Disclosure: Thomas Slominksi is employed by Northern Speech Services, which offers an online training course on the topic of this article.
    Disclosure: Thomas Slominksi is employed by Northern Speech Services, which offers an online training course on the topic of this article.×
  • Copyright © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   October 2012
Using Spaced Retrieval to Effectively Treat Dysphagia in Clients With Dementia
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2012, Vol. 21, 96-104. doi:10.1044/sasd21.3.96
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2012, Vol. 21, 96-104. doi:10.1044/sasd21.3.96

Spaced retrieval (SR) is an evidence-based memory intervention that can be effective for helping people with mild to moderate dementia. It can be used to help clients reach a variety of goals, such as less repetitive questioning, better orientation, greater engagement in activities, improved appointment keeping, safe ambulation, and, in particular, safe swallowing. Thus, therapists using SR can enable clients with dementia to reach dysphagia therapy goals. Achievement of these goals can promote independence and reduce anxiety, as well as improve client-staff interactions. SR has been proven to be effective across a variety of types of dementia. It has been used successfully with clients in their homes, adult day centers, and skilled nursing facilities. It can be implemented during treatment sessions with speech-language pathologists and then maintained by family caregivers or nursing care staff.

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