Speech & Language Therapy Practice in Dementia Care Module 1 and 2


Who is the programme suitable for?

Designed specifically for newly graduated and graduated speech and language therapists who are working with people with dementia. This programme was designed by a team of experienced speech and language therapists.


Learning outcomes: Module 1

Upon completion learners will be able to:

  • Identify the changing role of the SLT in dementia management
  • Interpret therapeutic options and resources which will help in the delivery of interventions to people living with dementia, their families, and carers
  • Evaluate the appropriate assessments needed to effectively support people with cognitive-communication disorders associated with dementia
  • Implement a framework of assessment, treatment approaches, and resources
  • Recognise the importance of supporting communication and improving communication access in the everyday lives of people with communication disorders associated with dementia


Learning outcomes Module 2

Upon completion learners will be able to:

  • Implement the assessment and management of eating, drinking and swallowing in dementia care
  • Recognise the role of SLTs in the assessment and differential diagnosis of cognitive-communication disorders associated with dementia
  • Assess and apply evidence-based practice to SLT interventions for people living with dementia
  • Document the personal, psychological and environmental factors that underpin and influence the decision-making process
  • Examine the Six Step Capacity Assessment Process used to determine capacity to make decisions
  • Detail the SLTs role with regards to specialist aspects of dementia care including assisted decision making, intellectual disability, primary Progressive Aphasia and palliative care management



Module 1: 60 minutes

Module 2: 50 minutes


Mode of delivery



Contact information

Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC).

Tel: 01 4162035

Email: dsidc@stjames.ie