Functional Cognitive Rehabilitation: Assessment and Intervention

Mathy Lecture Hall, Gonda Building, Room 2-101 at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

8/17/2019 - 8/18/2019


Day One:

Cognitive Perceptual Deficits:  Assessment Tools and Performance-Based Measures

This workshop will provide therapists with the ability to analyze and interpret task errors observed during IADL performance and select or choose the most appropriate assessment tools and outcome measures.  An in depth review of executive function (EF) components and the interdependence of EF with other cognitive perceptual domains will provide a foundation for interpretation of performance errors.   Different assessment methods will be reviewed with a focus on executive function and recently developed performance based measures.  Evaluations that include standardized rating scales of awareness,  everyday behaviors, cognitive screenings,  IADL, participation measures and  specific cognitive perceptual tests including will be discussed along with general implications for treatment.


Day Two:

An Overview of Cognitive Intervention Methods for Optimizing Function

Day 2 will provide a broad overview of different methods that can be used to promote and enhance cognitive function and participation in everyday activities. Interventions such as errorless learning,  task and environmental adaptations, use of everyday technology,  remediation and emerging technologies will be discussed in the context of Occupational Therapy and evidence based practice.  The afternoon will focus on use of a metacognitive strategy approach. Case examples and videos will show how repeated experiences with a range of activities that present common cognitive challenges, provide clients with the opportunity to self-discover patterns of performance errors, anticipate activity conditions that present difficulties, and practice similar strategies across different tasks.  Clinical examples and applications will focus on adults with acquired brain injury, however implications for a wide range of populations will be discussed.


Joan Toglia, Ph.D, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Joan Toglia, is Professor of Occupational Therapy and Dean of the School of Health & Natural Sciences at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York and Professional Associate in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at New York Presbyterian- Cornell Weill Medical Center..  Dr. Toglia has over 30 years of experience in Occupational Therapy and is internationally recognized as a leader in the rehabilitation of persons with cognitive deficits.  In addition to her degree in Occupational Therapy, Dr. Toglia completed advanced graduate and doctoral work in Educational Psychology with specializations in cognition & learning as well as measurement & evaluation.  

Dr. Toglia has contributed extensively to the field of cognitive perceptual rehabilitation as a clinician, author, educator and researcher.  She has presented over 300 workshops and lectures around the world on cognitive rehabilitation, focusing on theory, assessment methods and intervention strategies to support and optimize cognitive function across different ages and diagnostic groups.  Her publications and research include metacognitive strategy intervention, assessment tools and the relationship between cognitive impairments and occupational performance.

Learning Objectives

Day One:

1. Identify and analyze different cognitive perceptual symptoms from written case descriptions and video clips (eg. working memory, flexibility, inhibition, prospective memory)
2. Determine the impact of executive function disorders on everyday activities
3. Select standardized assessments and rating scales that can be used to differentiate symptoms, prioritize goals and establish a baseline for intervention.
4. Identify and differentiate between different types of Performance Based Assessments
5.  Interpret evaluation data and link results to treatment planning

Day Two:

1. Identify and describe OT assessment tools, and intervention strategies for prevention and management of delirium and Post-Intensive care syndrome (pics)
2. Identify and implement a wide range of evidence based intervention strategies to enhance everyday functioning for persons with cognitive perceptual impairments
3.  Compare and contrast different treatment techniques and identify clinical indications for use
4.  Describe different ways that everyday technology can be used in treatment to support and enhance cognitive function
5.  Demonstrate the ability to analyze and manipulate EF components of activities to provide the optimal level of challenge
6.  Identify a wide range of cognitive functional treatment activities that can be used within metacognitive based strategy intervention for individuals with moderate and mild cognitive difficulties
7.  Integrate a metacognitive framework across a variety of activities

Course Schedule

Day One:

8:00 am            Registration

8:30                  Overview of Cognition and Occupational Performance

10:15                Break

10:30                Cognitive Assessment

12:00 pm          Lunch

1:00                  Functional Cognition and Performance Based Assessment

2:30                  Break

2:45                  WCPA-Interpretation and Case Analysis

3:15                  Complex Task Performance and Subtle Cognitive Deficits

4:15                  Summary and Questions

4:30                  Adjourn

Day Two:

8:30 am            A Multi-Model Approach to Cognition in Acute Care

10:15                Break

10:30                Neuroplasticity and Remediation

12:00 pm          Lunch

1:00                  Promoting Strategy Use to Optimize Function

2:30                  Break

2:45                  Video Case Analysis and Discussion

4:15                  Summary and Discussion

4:30                  Adjourn


Sponsored by the Program in Physical Therapy, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. This course meets the criteria for 13 category I Continuing Education Units per Minnesota Physical Therapy Rules 5601.2400, 5601.2500.

Mayo Clinic - Rochester Campus is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #5660. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA. At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be awarded a certificate for up to 1.3 AOTA CEUs.

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be awarded a certificate for up to 13 contact hours maximum based on actual contact hours. Please see your state specific requirements for licensure credits.


The regular cost to attend this course is $450. We are offering the following discounts:

  • AOTA members receive an additional 10% discount

Thank you for your interest in our program. If you have any questions, please contact PM&R Conferences at 507-266-1748 or send an email to

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