The starting point for using the Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit is the ECAT Manual—a user’s guide, technical manual, and educational resource all in one easy-to-use-book!
The Manual details how limitations associated with dementia can impact communication, describes step-by-step how to complete the assessments, and includes appropriate interventions and modifications in handy tables cross-referenced to the assessments.
These interventions and modifications offer specific strategies for implementing environmental changes that tackle the communication difficulties the ECAT Toolkit allows you to pinpoint.
The Manual has other bonuses, too—such as the final section with everything you need to know about lighting (methods, types, fixtures, bulbs, suppliers, and more).
Sold separately and also included as part of the Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit (ECAT).
Introduction: What Is the ECAT and Who Should Use It?
Section 1: Resource Guide
- What Is Communication?
- Impact of Communication Disorders
- Impact of Environment on Communication
- Environment, Ability and Performance
- International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
B. From Body Structure to Environmental Interventions
- Body Structure and Function
- Normal Aging
- Changes in Cognition, Memory, and Language
- Changes in Cognition and Memory
- Changes in Expressive and Receptive Language
- Design Strategies
- Optimize Cognitive Aspects
- Maximize Cues
- Personalize Spaces and Materials
- Optimize Visual Aspects
- Enhance Lighting
- Enhance Visual Organization
- Maximize Sightlines
- Maximize Contrast
- Minimize Glare
- Optimize Auditory Aspects
- Minimize Background Noise
- Minimize Reverberation
- Environmental Interventions
- Toileting, Bathing, and Grooming
- Orienting to Time / Location
- Controlling Ambient Conditions
- Engaging in Leisure and Social Activities
- Navigating Throughout the Care Community
C. Environmental Interventions as Part of Treatment Planning Process
- Implementing Modifications in the Care Community
- Examples of Significant Environmental Modifications
Section 2: Assessment Tools
- Assessment Forms
- Gray Scale to Assess Contrast
- Reading Test to Determine Readable Font Size
- Sound Level Meter to Assess Sound Intensity
- Light Meter to Assess Light Intensity
Section 3: Intervention Resources
Interventions Based on Environmental Assessment Results
Developing Visual Cues and Reading Material
Section 4: Resources
Where to Purchase Supplies for Environmental Modifications
Useful Sequencing Cues