Department of Rehabilitation Sciences - The College of Allied Health

Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Allied Health
University of Oklahoma HSC
1200 N Stonewall, Room 3092
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901
Phone: (405) 271-2131,
Fax: (405) 271-2432

STOMP Dementia Study

Assistant Professor
Primary Investigator (WOC)
Oklahoma City VAMC

Principal Investigator, STOMP Dementia Study

E-mail Carrie Ciro
(405) 271-2131 ext. 47022

The STOMP Intervention
(Skill-building through Task-Oriented, Motor Practice)

Background: The STOMP intervention is a research project examining a way to improve functional skills in people with mild-moderate dementia. The STOMP intervention is designed to tap into the cognitive strengths of people with dementia by focusing on “procedural memory” which is memory for how tasks are done. We hope to show that we can improve skills by repetitively practicing them in an errorless learning environment working 1:1 with a STOMP interventionist in the person’s home environment.

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Who is eligible to participate in the STOMP intervention?

arrowAn adult (50-90) diagnosed with mild-moderate dementia
arrowLive with a caregiver or spouse
arrowSpeaks and reads English
arrowCan follow a one step command
arrowCan see and hear functionally.
arrowCan use at least one arm functionally
arrowCan participate in 3 hours of therapy per day, for 5 days per week for 2 weeks.

What will participants and families have to do to participate?
Participating in this research project will require a 4-6 month commitment from a family. First, Dr. Ciro, the principal investigator, will come to your home to review your eligibility for the project and consent you to the project. Second, a STOMP interventionist will come to your home and establish 3 family goals related to improving self-care or home management skills. The interventionist will watch the performance of these tasks so that he/she can determine where the problems are occurring and if assistive technology is needed to support performance. Following this visit, you will be scheduled for either a morning (9am-12pm) or afternoon therapy schedule (1-4pm) in your own home. The intervention will occur 3 hours/day, 5 days/week for 2 weeks.  You will be also be asked to practice the intervention in the home at least one time per day when not in therapy. One week and then again at 3 months after the intervention is complete, Dr. Ciro will come to your home to re-examine your performance with the intervention. Every 30 days, Dr. Ciro will call you to check in with how the intervention is going and answer any questions you may have. .

When will the STOMP intervention be held?
We are running two week trials beginning June 10-July 26th, 2013.

Compensation for time is available to those who participate.

For more information, please call Dr. Ciro at (405) 271-2131 Ext 47022 or email at

This research project has been approved by the OUHSC IRB # 2357.