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Role play and simulation are both powerful teaching tools that have been used in nursing and physician education for many years. Role playing offers a cheaper alternative than simulation and allows the individuals playing the roles to experience the patient’s perspective. The University of St. Augustine in California is one of the few PT programs to teach PT students the Allen Cognitive levels, and the importance of cognition when planning and developing interventions. With the aging of the baby boomers, more therapists will be working with the aging population, and it is critical that the concept of cognitive challenges is introduced, and practiced, within the professional educational setting. The university also strongly supports inter-professional education and its growing role in health education.

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Salt Lake City, UT


Education, Professional, Occupational Therapy - Education, Role Playing, Neurocognitive Disorders


Higher Education | Occupational Therapy


Presented at the April 2018 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

Also presented at the Fall 2018 Research Day on the San Marcos, CA, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.


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