Introduction to Functional Cognition
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SKU: OL5141

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2018

Member Price
Non-Member Price: $39.95

Product Overview


M. Tracy Morrison, OTD, OTR/L

Private Practitioner in Functional Cognition

Earn: .15 CEU’s (1.5 Contact hours and 1.88 NBCOT PDU)


Functional cognition is the way in which an individual utilizes and integrates his or her thinking and processing skills to accomplish everyday activities in clinical and community living environments. Every occupational therapy practitioner knows that cognitive impairments, regardless of the root cause, can significantly impact the clients’ participation in meaningful life activities in areas such as cooking, driving, community mobility, and general safety in the home.

As a result of the Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) data collection is now being conducted by CMS in an effort to better coordinate care and improve functional outcomes.  As a result, now is the time for OT practitioners to step up and provide assessments and interventions that target cognitive client factors to improve functional abilities.

This course will help you to understand that functional cognition is not assessed or treated with table top activities, but must be contextual and focused on functional performance.


Learning Objectives:

Following this course, the learner will:

  1. Describe functional cognition
  2. Describe functional cognitive outcomes
  3. Describe the key components to the functional cognitive assessment process.
  4. Describe the key components to the functional cognitive intervention process.
  5. Describe the relationship between occupational performance and functional cognition.


Learning level: Introductory to Intermediate

Target Audience:  OT practitioners

Content Focus: Impact Act; functional cognition, performance based assessment

Domain of OT: OT Process; evaluation, outcomes