ASSBI - Real people, Real Life Workshop by Bottari & Giroux



Real people, Real life: Evaluations, cognitive assistance and smart homes for adult individuals with moderate or severe TBI

presented by Carolina Bottari and Sylvain Giroux from Canada

Synopsis of session: When treating people with cognitive deficits in their everyday activities, therapists must consider the interplay between cognitive deficits and the person’s real-world environment. People with cognitive deficits face multiple challenges with regards to executive functions when attempting to formulate goals, plan activities, solve problems, and detect and correct errors. However, given uninterrupted time and space to think through complex issues in a real-world environment, they may find their own solutions and strategies, and attain higher levels of independence than expected. If a problem persists, minimal assistance could be provided gradually to maximize the person’s true abilities. Developed with this perspective in mind, the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Profile (IADL Profile), a valid and reliable measure, provides a view on independence through the lens of executive functions in the real world. This assessment tool is administered within the person’s home and community environment and tests independence in three scenarios: receiving unexpected guests for a meal, obtaining a bus schedule, and making an annual budget. This tool provides an in-depth modeling of errors that can be used to guide treatment interventions. It also identifies gaps in thinking that must be supported by a grading of cues, or cognitive assistance.  In continuity with the IADL Profile evaluation, our interdisciplinary team, including both rehabilitation specialists and computer scientists, has recently developed a smart home technology called COOK with a user-centered design. Interventions provided by COOK ensure safety while cooking and promote greater independence through the use of adapted cueing for all task-related components, i.e. goal formulation, planning, carrying out the task, and ensuring goal attainment, for individuals with severe cognitive deficits.  COOK has so far allowed 3 individuals having sustained catastrophic brain injuries to integrate an alternative living residence where they are now managing part of their meals on their own, with or without COOK. This work is ongoing with other smart home technology, other clienteles, other types of living environments, and caregivers.

Learning objectives:

  • 1-Understand the advantages of using an non-directive and ecological approach such as that underlying the IADL Profile to evaluate people with cognitive deficits;
  • 2-Learn more about the concept of cognitive assistance and the world of opportunities this opens up for technological innovations developed to provide this assistance.
  • 3-Learn about recently developed smart home technology based on evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation interventions that can facilitate greater independence in the home for people with cognitive deficits.

You can register to view live at the Ariel Function Centre in Ultimo, Sydney OR via Zoom on the day and receive an MP4 of the presentation by clicking on the REGISTER button on the right hand side

If you live or work in Sydney we would prefer you attend in person.

If you are not a member of ASSBI clicking on this link to join prior to registering will get you the reduced ASSBI member rate.

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ASSBI is pleased to bring you a full day workshop by A/Prof Carolina Bottari and Prof Sylvain Giroux from Canada entitled "Real people, Real Life: Evaluations, Cognitive Assistance and Smart Homes for adult individuals with moderate or severe TBI"
This workshop is offered: live in person, live via Zoom Streaming and as a video to be downloaded and watched at your leisure

  • When

  • 26/03/18
    9:45 AM - 4:15 PM
    E. Australia Time

  • Where

  • Ariel UTS Function Centre
    Level 7, Building 10
    235 Jones St
    ULTIMO, New South Wales 2007
    +61 2 9514 1633

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