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The Spaced Retrieval Technique: A How To For OTs

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1.  Which type of memory is relatively-spared in persons with dementia andtherefore provides a foundation for Spaced Retrieval to be effective?
  1. Declarative memory
  2. Explicit memory
  3. Procedural memory
  4. Short term memory
2.  Dementia is a descriptive term for:
  1. Alzheimer's dementia only
  2. Vascular dementia only
  3. A specific disease
  4. A collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain.
3.  A mistaken belief about a person with dementia is:
  1. They cannot learn information
  2. They cannot remember information
  3. Care should primarily include being patient and dealing with their idiosyncrasies
  4. All of the above
4.  The spaced retrieval technique is defined as:
  1. Technique used to retrieve information from memory space
  2. Technique focused on the recall of information over progressively longer time intervals
  3. Technique to teach face/name learning only
  4. Technique for retrieval of time and space
5.  Spaced retrieval:
  1. Uses declarative memory
  2. Is error-based
  3. Is not successful with those with Alzheimer's disease
  4. Is the ability to use previously learned skills/habits
6.  If a patient incorrectly answers a prompt question in spaced retrieval treatment, one should:
  1. Discontinue treatment
  2. Praise the patient for trying and move to the next time interval
  3. Provide the correct answer and return to last time interval where patient demonstrated success
  4. Change the prompt question or answer
7.  Which of the following is true about the screening process for spaced retrieval:
  1. It tests retention of information at 3 different time intervals
  2. The client or patient only has one trial to succeed at each time interval
  3. The client or patient cannot use visual supports/external cues in the screening
  4. Discussion focused on the target response should occur between time intervals in the screening.
8.  Following an initial session using spaced retrieval to target a goal/s, the therapist should:
  1. Document patient response to treatment and establish new prompt questions and responses for goals targeted.
  2. Document patient response to treatment, including longest time interval attained for correct response. Begin subsequent session by probing for retention of response by asking prompt question.
  3. Provide education to staff and family on prompt question/response so they can practice with patient prior to next therapy session.
  4. Consider the goal met and discontinue treatment using spaced retrieval.
9.  Which of the following are questions a therapist should consider when choosing or implementing the spaced retrieval technique:
  1. Are there challenging behaviors being exhibited that could be addressed?
  2. What are the strengths of the client? What are the weaknesses (physical impairment, vision, etc.)?
  3. What other staff/family members will be involved in the training/carryover?
  4. All of the above
10.  Goals for spaced retrieval:
  1. Should be functional
  2. Have different criteria for measurement
  3. Should not be written differently than other goals
  4. All of the above

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