Seminar Detail

Functional Cognitive Activities for Adults with Brain Injury or Stroke
Functional Cognitive Activities for Adults with Brain Injury or Stroke


When:  Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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Progressing from the Clinic to the Community
Typical therapy approaches used for rehabilitation of adults with cognitive deficits due to brain injury or stroke target primary cognitive sub-skills (memory, orientation, attention, etc.) in isolation. Therapy methods normally include tabletop activities, computer training, and pencil/paper tasks to improve underlying cognitive impairment. However, the learning associated with these methods does not always translate to the world outside the clinic. Patients may become frustrated with their lack of progress or find themselves unable to perform necessary tasks once they return to their home environment.

This one-day seminar introduces an innovative, alternative, and effective approach to TBI and stroke rehabilitation. It proposes that therapists dealing with cognitive deficits conduct therapy sessions that steer away from work on primary cognitive skills in isolation and switch to having the patient perform comprehensive activities in "real-life" environments. This is accomplished by utilization of a graded sequence of functional therapy activities. The main concept behind this approach is that three global factors influence the patient's "real-life" functioning. These factors include the awareness and management of interpersonal relationships, the environment, and time constraints. Therefore, therapy activities in this sequence have been structured to interweave the three global factors so that
the patient interacts dynamically with other people, physical space, and time parameters during sessions. As the patient improves, expectations for sessions change as environmental demands increase and tasks become more complex. The levels of the sequence pertain to patients ranging from inpatient rehabilitation to those in community reintegration. Participants will leave this seminar with a better understanding of how patients' successes in cognitive rehabilitation require a multidisciplinary effort, as well as an emphasis on "real-life" activities, to achieve maximum independence.

  • Examine a sequence of functional therapy activities to use with adults with cognitive deficits due to brain injury and stroke 

  • Plan therapy sessions that emphasize real-life tasks and move away from tabletop activities 

  • Select meaningful therapy activities that match the patient's interest areas and occupations 

  • Evaluate abilities and document progress by considering performance of real-life tasks in natural environments 

  • Assess how to grade and adjust the therapy environment to accommodate various levels of cognitive deficits 

  • Develop realistic caregiver instructions that support the rehabilitative process in the home 

  • Discover how this therapy approach can be applied by multiple disciplines to promote progress

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants 

  • Physical Therapists 

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Speech-Language Pathologists 

  • Activity Professionals 

  • Recreational Therapists

  • Nursing Home/Assisted Living Administrators


ROB KOCH, BS, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience treating patients of all ages with a diverse range of diagnoses. Mr. Koch spent more than 20 years working in inpatient and outpatient neurological rehabilitation in North Carolina where his occupational therapy practice included extensive emphasis on promoting the skilled use of functional therapy activities to optimize the independence of patients with CVA, ABI, and SCI. This focus resulted in the creation of “Functional Therapy Activities”, an online catalog for use in adult neurological rehabilitation. He currently practices in a skilled nursing facility working with patients in rehab and long-term care with a variety of cognitive deficits.
Over the last decade, Mr. Koch has been developing the Functional Cognitive Activities approach to improving the lives of patients with cognitive deficits due to brain injury and stroke. This approach, utilizing a sequence of functional, “real-life” activities to promote independence, is presented in detail in this seminar. 

Financial-Functional Therapy Activities online website, Functional Cognitive Activities website, Occupation Based Kits for Therapy, and receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education. 
Nonfinancial- No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Activity Professionals
This course has been pre-approved for 6 hours of continuing education by NCCAP (approval # NCCAP 29313-19).

Nursing Home Administrators
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This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 6 total clock hours and 6 total participant hours by NAB/NCERS – approval # Columbia, SC on 06/20/2018, #20190123-6-A43541-IN, Savannah, GA on 06/21/2018, #20190123-6-A43543-IN, Jacksonville, FL on 06/22/2018, #20190123-6-A43544-IN. This program is approved by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. For additional information, contact NAB at 1444 I St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005-2210, (202)712-9040, or

Nursing Home Administrators: Florida
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators Provider #50-466. This course is offered for 6 contact hours, CE Tracking # 20-557221.

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants
Vyne Education, LLC. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process.

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants: Florida
Vyne Education, LLC. is an approved provider #50-466 with the Florida Department of Health Board of Occupational Therapy Practice. This course is approved for 6 contact hours for Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants: Florida: This program has been approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association for 7 continuing education hours (Approval #CE18-657452). Accreditation of this course does not necessarily imply the FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.

Recreation Therapists
NCTRC does not pre-approve programs for CEU credit. It is the individual therapist's responsibility to retain documentation of sessions attended in order to demonstrate the relationship of session content to the NCTRC job analysis code.

Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists
This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Other Professions
This educational offering qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

All Professionals: In order to process continuing education, please bring the appropriate license/certification number to the seminar.

Certificates, Educational Offering Completion Requirements: Certificates will be awarded upon receipt of payment and successful completion of the educational offering and evaluation form.

Amended Certificates: Please note that the credit hours listed above are offered by Vyne Education and/or boards/associations for a full day's attendance. In the event of late arrival and/or early departure, amended certificates indicating the actual number of credit hours earned will be provided upon calling Vyne Education.

ADA: If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Vyne Education at least two weeks before the seminar date or prior to purchasing any online or distance learning products so that arrangements can be made.

"Very good course. I left with ideas to implement immediately!"
Elizabeth Foss, Occupational Therapist

"Many, many ideas and resources. I've attended many seminars over the years and this was absolutely the best."
Michele Fey, SLP

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