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The Aging Brain, Part B: Alzheimer’s - Clinical Signs and Symptoms

Presented by Jennifer Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD

The Aging Brain, Part B: Alzheimer’s - Clinical Signs and Symptoms

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This course, with Jennifer Bottomley, is designed to provide the clinician with a in-depth understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The clinical features of the disease will be discussed, including common terms associated with AD. The six functional spheres for evaluating AD will be explored to enhance the clinicians understanding of the specific needs of this patient population. The clinician will be introduced to assessment tools used during evaluation of persons with AD, including the Blessed Dementia Scale, test of tone and reflexes, gait analysis, and balance testing. Functional assessment staging of AD will also be investigated, looking at clinically observable areas of neurological dysfunction specific to AD.

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Vision Loss and Older Adults

Presented by Orli Weisser-Pike, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV

Vision Loss and Older Adults

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In this course, Orli Weisser-Pike, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, discusses normal vision and normal age-related changes in vision. The course reviews age-related eye disorders and teaches participants to recognize the impact of vision loss on function. Participants will learn to determine when treatment referrals and intervention is needed, as well as be able to identify first-line interventions for people presenting with low vision.

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Dementia: Using Assistive Technology to Improve Functional Performance

Presented by Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dementia: Using Assistive Technology to Improve Functional Performance

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In this course, participants will be introduced to different types of technology or environmental modifications that support function in people with dementia. As many older adults suffer from issues related to vision, Dr. Carrie Ciro outlines the most common low vision diagnoses, presentation and supports for improving function. In a section focused on activities of daily living, participants will explore a variety of low and high tech options that can be incorporated into task-oriented training. Specific to memory support, a variety of stationary and mobile devices to support function are highlighted. Finally, Dr. Ciro provides a framework for training people with dementia how to use assistive technology within a task-oriented program using motor learning structure.

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Hip Fracture Part C: Acute Care Management

Presented by Sandy Shelton, PT, GTC

Hip Fracture Part C: Acute Care Management

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Hip fractures have a significant impact on the lives of older adults and their families, and the subsequent surgery, although very effective in treating the fracture, places a significant emotional, physical, and financial strain on the patient. With continual rising costs in healthcare, and as little as 3 days to transition the patient out of the hospital, the physical therapist in the contemporary acute care setting, now more than ever, needs to understand how to assess and treat this patient population. In this course, learn how physical therapy can effectively evaluate and treat this patient population. Learn techniques that can make mobility easier and safer, while helping facilitate more independent movement in this setting. Understand the importance of teaching the patient about pain control, the role of exercise and early mobilization for successful outcomes, and how barriers may impact where a patient goes after the acute care setting. This is the third course in a five course series. Please be sure to watch:
Hip Fracture Part A: Overview, Classifications, and Evidence
Hip Fracture Part B: The Surgical Approach
Hip Fracture Part D: Long Term Care Management
Hip Fracture Part E: Home Care Management

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An Overview of Critical Areas in Home Health

Presented by Diana 'Dee' Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D and Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O

An Overview of Critical Areas in Home Health

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What makes therapy care planning different in a home-based model? At face value it may seem that the delivery of therapy is fundamentally the same across all settings but being in a person’s home presents unique challenges and opportunities to maximize impact of functional ability. This course will set the stage for home based care by comparing and contrasting regulatory, care coordination and documentation expectations to facility based care.

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Deconstructing Documentation for Home Care

Presented by Jennifer DeRosa, OT/L CAPS

Deconstructing Documentation for Home Care

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Many home health therapists struggle to complete documentation in a timely fashion and often find it to be a laborious task. The demand for home health care clinicians is growing at a rapid rate, challenging hiring managers to keep pace with the need. This course will provide seasoned home health clinicians with an opportunity to evaluate their current habits and offer guidance using actual, real life case studies to streamline their documentation time. For clinicians new to the home health setting, this course will translate Medicare regulation in understandable terms, instruct in a clinical reasoning process, and facilitate patient specific documentation that is audit ready.

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An Occupational Therapist's Remodeling Project

Presented by Carolyn Sithong, MS, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS

An Occupational Therapist's Remodeling Project

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According to the American Institute of Architects, universal design trends are rising in the home remodeling and building industry. Therapists who have a passion for working within environmental modifications can benefit from this finding by offering consulting services to consumers and the building and design industry. This course will detail how one occupational therapist worked from start to finish on a remodeling project for aging in place, enhanced with images and animations so you can see the steps taken for their patient.

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Depression, Delirium, Dementia: The 3 D's in a Complex Patient

Presented by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Depression, Delirium, Dementia: The 3 D's in a Complex Patient

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As people age, their brains become more vulnerable to chemical changes, damage, and disease. Recognizing the differences among changes that signal an acute illness or medical emergency, symptoms of a mood or emotional condition, or a chronic, progressive, and terminal condition that will eventually rob a person of their cognitive abilities is vital in providing the best possible care and responding effectively when changes are noted. This course will provide some basic signs to differentiate between the three Ds: Delirium, Depression, and Dementia.

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Self-Awareness Training Through Learning and Function

Presented by Diane Powers Dirette, PhD, OTL, FAOTA and Martha Acosta, PhD, PT, GCS

Self-Awareness Training Through Learning and Function

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In this course, Dr. Diane Powers Dirette presents the Self-awareness Enhancement through Learning and Function (SELF) guideline for practice. This guideline includes the theoretical base and instruction in how to provide the optimal assessment and intervention for deficits in self-awareness using the latest theoretical evidence. Evaluation forms for use with clients, families and therapists are provided and the use of these forms is demonstrated.

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Motor Rehabilitation Post-Stroke: Principles of Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning

Presented by Lorie Richards, PhD, OTR/L

Motor Rehabilitation Post-Stroke: Principles of Neuroplasticity and Motor Learning

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Hemiparesis is one of the most common impairments experienced by individuals with stroke. It is one of the most disabling of conditions, and regaining adequate use of the arm and leg after stroke is a highly desired goal for many individuals. Currently, the only treatment for hemiparesis is motor rehabilitation. Thus, it is important that therapists provide the most efficacious and effective motor rehabilitation. The goal of this course is to present the attendee with information about the kinds of motor training that facilitate the most motor function recovery in the upper extremities after stroke. The first module will review the neurology of the motor system, and discuss the main motor impairments that arise following a stroke. Module two will present the principles of practice that facilitate neuroplasticity in the motor system. These principles serve as a basis for designing motor rehabilitation protocols for promoting motor recovery after stroke. The third module will discuss the evidence for the most commonly studied upper extremity motor rehabilitation protocols, while the last module of the course will expose the attendee to experimental treatments for post-stroke hemiplegia/hemiparesis.

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Traumatic Brain Injury: Treatment Strategies to Facilitate Community Participation

Presented by Steven Wheeler, PhD, OTR/L, CBIS

Traumatic Brain Injury: Treatment Strategies to Facilitate Community Participation

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This course outlines key aspects of the therapy process during rehabilitation of executive cognitive functions following TBI. While established protocols and approaches to treating many components are outlined in the literature, these are best accomplished when in the context of a therapeutic relationship and client-centered program. Participants of this course will learn ways to establish this context within individual and group interventions to maximize functional outcomes and the transition from the hospital setting to the home and community.
This is the second course in a two-part series by Dr. Wheeler. The first course, Challenges of Community Reintegration Following Traumatic Brain Injury should be viewed first.

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Concussion Symptoms and Evaluation

Presented by Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR/L

Concussion Symptoms and Evaluation

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Recent media coverage of injuries from professional sports and combat in Afghanistan and Iraq has heightened the public’s awareness of concussion. Rehabilitation practice has responded accordingly, developing evidence-based practices in acute symptom management for sideline and battlefield settings. This course identifies common physical, cognitive, and psychological clusters of symptoms seen in chronic concussion. It also explores how variable these symptom presentations can be, both between patients and over time. Guidance on how to address common interdisciplinary evaluation challenges is provided, including negotiating invalid testing results and addressing ecological validity concerns present in traditional evaluation approaches.

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Preparing Family Members for Stroke Caregiving

Presented by Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Preparing Family Members for Stroke Caregiving

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There are approximately 4 million stroke family caregivers in the United States. Research indicates that these caregivers are often underprepared to assume the caregiving role post-discharge. In this course, Dr. Barbara Lutz discusses the concerns of stroke caregivers and gaps in preparation that may result in poor outcomes for stroke survivors and their family caregivers. She discusses strategies for addressing these gaps and evidence-based tailored caregiver interventions. This course also includes information about community-based and web-based resources specifically designed for caregivers.

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Upper Extremity Inhibitory Casting (Fabrication)

Presented by Stacy Williams, OT, C/NDT

Upper Extremity Inhibitory Casting (Fabrication)

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With continued demand to reduce spasticity and increase range of motion in the neurologically impaired patient for improved functional use of the upper extremity, clinicians need up to date information on how to effectively implement a casting program. Starting with an overview of general principles of casting, this course educates clinicians on how to fabricate, remove and bivalve an elbow cast. This course uses instructional video to demonstrate the casting procedure and concludes with client and caregiver education material. This is the second course in a three course series. Be sure to also watch:

Inhibitory Casting and Decision Making
Lower Extremity Inhibitory Casting (Fabrication)

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One Handed Strategies for Personal Care Tasks

Presented by Debra Latour, M.Ed., OTR/L

One Handed Strategies for Personal Care Tasks

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Occupational therapists advise and counsel clients on strategies to increase functional independence and improve quality of life. Many occupational therapists struggle with knowing how to demonstrate adaptive strategies to clients who have suffered loss of one hand or loss of function of one hand to complete functional activities. This four-part series is directed toward completion of bi-manual tasks using such adaptive strategies with one hand, the residual limb, and a prosthesis, and may include the use of assistive devices.

The first part of this series focuses on completing personal care tasks including feeding, hygiene, toileting, and dressing. Patients often desire independence in these very intimate tasks without the fear of relying on another person or caretaker to accomplish them. Join Debi Latour as she personally demonstrates how to complete each of these personal care tasks.

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Introduction to Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy

Presented by Stephen Page, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAHA, FACRM, FAOTA

Introduction to Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy

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Arm weakness after neurologic injury is one of the most common and debilitating impairments in all of rehabilitation. Now, you can learn the most well-known and intensively studied neurorehabilitative therapy, taught by one of its pioneers! Learn from Dr. Page, who was the first to develop and implement modified, distributed versions of constraint-induced therapy, and to show that this reimbursable outpatient approach changes the brains and movements of patients even decades after brain injury and stroke. In this introductory course, Dr. Page will introduce the rationale, scientific basis, and practical application of modified constraint induced therapy into your clinic, including applications to the upper and lower extremities and speech. Tips and techniques from this area of research are offered that can be applied to a variety of neurorehabilitative therapies.

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Part A: Functional Treatment Ideas and Strategies in Adult Hemiplegia

Presented by Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

Part A: Functional Treatment Ideas and Strategies in Adult Hemiplegia

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Jan Davis skillfully combines Motor Learning Theory with handling methods designed to improve upper and lower extremity function with actual stroke survivors. She uses functional activities taken from real-life and makes complex principles easy to understand. In Part A, the first of this two-part course, you will follow four stroke survivors as their key problem areas and treatment goals are identified and treatment begins.

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Graded Motor Imagery: Retrain the Brain to Decrease Pain, Improve Motion and Function

Presented by Susan Stralka, PT, DPT, MS

Graded Motor Imagery: Retrain the Brain to Decrease Pain, Improve Motion and Function

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Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) and Mirror Therapy are emerging therapeutic strategies for both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. They integrate established principles of graded exposure and response prevention with the current theories in the neuroscience of pain and neuroplasticity. Graded Motor Imagery is a sequential process consisting of laterality training, imagery and mirror therapy. These techniques are delivered sequentially but require a flexible approach from the patient and clinician to move forwards, backwards and sideways in the treatment process to suit the individual, which targets the synapsis in the brain. These strategies are supported by new evidence, showing the cortical reorganization of the brain improving with Graded Motor Imagery. The interplay between the brain and the body is most important to understand and to assist in designing a rehabilitation technique that can “rewire the brain”. This lecture will present a model to understand the role of the brain and ways to use a “top down’’ treatment program to treat the changes that occur in the brain.

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TheraBand® Kinesiology Tape: Research and Methods

Presented by Phil Page, PhD, PT, ATC, CSCS, FACSM, LAT

TheraBand® Kinesiology Tape: Research and Methods

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The first course in this four-part series on TheraBand Kinesiology Tape focuses on the research and methods of kinesiology taping. Kinesiology taping is a popular clinical intervention, yet there remains controversy about its efficacy. Typically applied to reduce musculoskeletal pain, other claims of efficacy include improvements in strength, range of motion, swelling, and function. Research behind the efficacy of applying specific patterns, directions, and tape tensions remain scarce despite widespread training programs. This course provides a scientifically-based approach to applying kinesiology tape and by recognizing the limitations in the literature. By combining the best available evidence with clinical experience and patient presentation, clinicians will make better clinical decisions when using kinesiology tape.

This is the first course in the four-part TheraBand Kinesiology Tape series. Please be sure watch the following three courses:

TheraBand® Kinesiology Tape: Basic Applications of the Upper Quarter
TheraBand® Kinesiology Tape: Basic Applications of the Lower Quarter
TheraBand® Kinesiology Tape: Clinical Integration

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Flexor Tendon Rehabilitation of the Hand and Wrist

Presented by Kristin Valdes, OTD, OT, CHT

Flexor Tendon Rehabilitation of the Hand and Wrist

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Do you need an update on the flexor tendon? New research has made significant changes to the flexor tendon rehabilitation program for the hand and wrist. There are many protocols in place that differ in regard to design of the orthotic device and the time frame when active motion starts. Join Dr. Kristin Valdes as she covers the current evidence regarding tendon rehabilitation and improves the understanding of differing protocols. Detailed motion graphics, illustrative and informative handouts, and demonstrations focused on application provide the participant with a new perspective on flexor tendon rehabilitation of the hand and wrist.

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Introduction to Orthoses

Presented by Deborah A. Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Introduction to Orthoses

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Using orthoses for immobilization is an important therapeutic intervention to help support and protect the injured upper extremity after surgery or trauma, and also to offer balance and help position the hand and wrist for enhanced function due to injury or pain. Therapists require core knowledge in upper extremity anatomy, biomechanical principles of orthotic fabrication and hands on practice to be able to fabricate well-fitting and appropriate orthoses for clients requiring immobilization of joints of the upper extremity.

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Specific Orthoses for Neurological Conditions

Presented by Deborah A. Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Specific Orthoses for Neurological Conditions

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Orthoses for immobilization can also be applied to specific populations for a variety of goals beyond support and protection. Therapists may be required to apply orthoses to the upper extremity presenting with abnormal or increased muscle tone as seen in patients with neurological conditions such as post brain trauma or stroke. Increased muscle tone can lead to soft tissue contractures, muscle and tendon shortening and joint deformities. In this course, orthoses designed to maintain muscle and soft tissue length and prevent joint contractures are described.

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Introduction to Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy

Presented by Stephen Page, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAHA, FACRM, FAOTA

Introduction to Modified Constraint-Induced Therapy

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Arm weakness after neurologic injury is one of the most common and debilitating impairments in all of rehabilitation. Now, you can learn the most well-known and intensively studied neurorehabilitative therapy, taught by one of its pioneers! Learn from Dr. Page, who was the first to develop and implement modified, distributed versions of constraint-induced therapy, and to show that this reimbursable outpatient approach changes the brains and movements of patients even decades after brain injury and stroke. In this introductory course, Dr. Page will introduce the rationale, scientific basis, and practical application of modified constraint induced therapy into your clinic, including applications to the upper and lower extremities and speech. Tips and techniques from this area of research are offered that can be applied to a variety of neurorehabilitative therapies.

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Identification and Evaluation of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Presented by Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT, CMTPT

Identification and Evaluation of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

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What do I do with patients that hurt all over? Why do carpal tunnel symptoms seem to keep coming back? This course is designed to assist practicing therapists in identifying key features of thoracic outlet syndrome and provide guidance for evaluating these patients using a manual therapy approach. Obtaining a pertinent history and performing a thorough physical examination will give therapists the tools to identify disputed neurogenic TOS and prioritize the patient’s impairments.

CHTs, when submitting this for recertification through HTCC, this course can be used for CAT B (hand therapy courses < 3 hours in length); however, if this course certificate is submitted with the following course certificates listed below (or any combination totaling 3 hours or more), they can be submitted under CAT A (hand therapy courses > 3 hours in length).
  • Identification & Evaluation of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (2 hours)
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Assessing the Elevation Chain (1.25 hours)
  • Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Where to Begin (1.75 hours)
  • Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: Addressing Shoulder and Upper Thoracic Limitations (1.5 hours)


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    Dysgraphia: Helping Children Overcome Handwriting Difficulties

    Presented by Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L

    Dysgraphia: Helping Children Overcome Handwriting Difficulties

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    Illegible handwriting, also known as dysgraphia, is the primary reason for referrals to therapists practicing in school-based settings. Although handwriting instruction is the responsibility of teachers, the therapist's role is in the identification of the motor, sensory, and perceptual deficits underlying dysgraphia. In this course you will learn signs and symptoms of the three different types of dysgraphia and be able to identify functional handwriting challenges in school-age children. Assessment tools used to determine recognition of dysgraphia will be discussed with specific case examples. Viewers will ascertain a variety of remedial activities along with functional adaptations that can be used to assist children with success in functional written communication skills for scholastic achievement.

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    The Sensory Side of Pediatric Toe Walking

    Presented by Liesa M. Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP

    The Sensory Side of Pediatric Toe Walking

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    To effectively assess pediatric toe walking, an awareness of the contributions of the sensory systems is necessary. This course describes the reasons to consider specific sensory systems as they relate to toe walking and ideal gait, and how to recognize the sensory-based pathologies relevant to toe walking. Methods to screen for sensory dysfunction and pathologies relevant to toe walking are explained, while scientific and research findings are described from a clinical perspective.

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    Effective Evaluation Strategies for School Based Therapists

    Presented by Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Effective Evaluation Strategies for School Based Therapists

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    This course provides an overview of evaluation considerations when working in public school practice, within the context of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004). Emphasis is placed on selecting appropriate tools and strategies, decision-making and collaboration with other members of the educational team.

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    Interventions for Feeding and Eating: Occupation-Based Evidence

    Presented by Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES

    Interventions for Feeding and Eating: Occupation-Based Evidence

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    Feeding, eating, and swallowing are essential components of successful social participation in daily meals; therefore, children with feeding difficulties are at risk of being excluded from full participation in meals at home, school, and in other social situations. This course discusses evidence for an occupation-based approach and provides intervention strategies for enabling occupational participation and performance of children with feeding difficulties in mealtime routines at home, school, and in the community. Dr. Jennifer Pitonyak presents an overview of evidence that guides intervention aimed at supporting the participation of children with feeding difficulties in mealtime experiences. Case examples and panel discussion with experienced clinicians are used to introduce intervention approaches across neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), early intervention, and school-based settings. This course is a second introductory course in a series on occupation-based approaches to intervention for children with feeding and eating difficulties.

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    Theoretical Frameworks Guiding OT Practice in the NICU

    Presented by Ashlea D. Cardin, OTD, OTR/L, BCP

    Theoretical Frameworks Guiding OT Practice in the NICU

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    Why do we do what we do? What drives our actions, motivates our thoughts and intentions, and shapes how we interact with others? Human behavior is framed through behavioral, social, and occupational sciences, and theories about human behavior guide our understanding of human “doing”. As occupational therapists, we are concerned with human behavior as it is revealed in meaningful activity, or occupation. For neonatal therapists, awareness and knowledge of human behavioral theories is foundational when providing evidence-based, occupation-centered, and family focused intervention. In this course, therapists will not only review pivotal theories undergirding NICU practice, but will be introduced to a visual model representing how occupational therapists use human behavioral theories to uniquely address the needs of infants and families in the NICU.

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    Intervention Strategies for using Ayres Sensory Integration® with ASD

    Presented by Susan Spitzer, PhD, OTR/L

    Intervention Strategies for using Ayres Sensory Integration® with ASD

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    How can we use Ayres Sensory Integration® for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who present unique challenges to implementing this approach? Despite the benefits of a sensory integration approach to meet core sensory needs of children with ASD, the features of ASD often present unique challenges in implementing this approach. This course investigates the sensory integration factors related to disorganization, communication, social interaction, play, and apparently “inconsistent” sensory behaviors. Strategies for each challenge are offered and related clinical reasoning considerations are clarified. This course assumes basic working knowledge of using a sensory integration approach because it focuses on specific application of this knowledge for children with ASD. The content of this course is best understood after taking my course: "Ayres Sensory Integration®: Application and Individualization for ASD," which provides a foundation for the material in this course.

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    The Importance of Play: Overcoming Barriers to Addressing Play in Occupational Therapy Sessions

    Presented by Heather Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/ L, FAOTA

    The Importance of Play: Overcoming Barriers to Addressing Play in Occupational Therapy Sessions

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    Play is considered to be an important occupation; however, it is often neglected in therapy. Knowledge of the importance of play and the typical barriers to including play in occupational therapy may help practitioners remove those barriers. Engaging in a more joyful and playful therapy session provides benefits for the child and the clinician.

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    Understanding Challenging Behavior for Pediatric Therapists

    Presented by Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Understanding Challenging Behavior for Pediatric Therapists

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    This course will examine the challenging behaviors that occur in pediatric clients, give current statistics of challenging behavior in children and discuss the social implications of these behaviors. Challenging behavior will be defined and described as a foundation for further information including functional analysis of behavior. Behavior theory will be presented with detailed discussion of antecedents and consequences to the behavior. The content of this course will assist pediatric therapy practitioners in better defining and describing the challenging behaviors their clients demonstrate, the function of the behavior and the factors that maintain the behavior. These elements lay the foundation for the next course in this series that examines the clinical reasoning process that therapists use when planning intervention for challenging behaviors.

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    Ethics for Rehabilitation Professionals (2019)

    Presented by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD

    Ethics for Rehabilitation Professionals (2019)

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    This course addresses salient ethical and legal issues facing rehabilitation professionals in practice. The course begins with an overview of the four foundational biomedical ethical principles, core values, and codes of ethics. State practice acts and certification standards, and the “modern blending of law and health professional ethics are also covered. Focus topics follow and include, among others: confidential communications, privacy, and exceptions (including the Tarasoff rule); delegation and supervision of subordinates; ethical decision-making models; gift-giving and receipt; informed consent; HIPAA/HITECH standards and expectations; over- and under-utilization of services; patient and professional autonomy; professional advertising; reimbursement fraud, waste and abuse; and sexual harassment and misconduct (including patient-initiated sexual behaviors). The course concludes with a panel discussion of 14 case exemplars. Pre- and post-learning assessments are also included. This is a general ethics course appropriate for all disciplines.

    PLEASE NOTE: This course does NOT cover jurisprudence for any state, only topics related to ethics.

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    How ECG Rhythms Impact A Patient's Activity Tolerance

    Presented by Jennifer Ryan, PT, DPT, MS, CCS

    How ECG Rhythms Impact A Patient's Activity Tolerance

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    The course will describe the principles of electromechanical coupling that augment healthy cardiac function and adequate bloodflow to allow progressive exercise tolerance. With a thorough understanding of healthy function, the impact of arrhythmias will then be discussed. In a variety of practice settings, patients present with a variety of arrhythmias, yet still perform daily functional activities and exercise. The challenge to the therapist that this course will address is to identify the appropriate measurements used to determine a patient’s readiness for exercise as well as their tolerance of an exercise intervention. A review of the latest research on premature ventricular contractions and atrial fibrillation will be included in the review of the literature.

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    Lymphedema Gold Standard Therapy: Risk Management and Adaptations

    Presented by Steve Norton, CLT-LANA

    Lymphedema Gold Standard Therapy: Risk Management and Adaptations

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    In this course, Steve Norton expands on the fundamentals of lymphedema to address proper therapy standards, precautions and applications of complete decongestive therapy (CDT). He further addresses serious concerns to patients and practitioners including the risk factors for lymphedema and risk reduction, as well as the benefits to early intervention. In this course, the instructor will meet with Vera, a long-term lymphedema patient, to learn about her treatment, what made it successful, and what red flags were identified early on in the process. Upon completion of this course, the participant will understand how to successfully and knowledgeably manage care of the lymphedema patient.

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    Dysphagia Therapy: Prevention, Compensation, Rehabilitation

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    Dysphagia Therapy: Prevention, Compensation, Rehabilitation

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    Effective strategies employed in the management of swallowing dysfunction in adult populations involve compensations, rehabilitation and prevention. Recognizing the appropriate domain of intervention and utilizing the appropriate tools within each category are vitally important. This course provides an overview of these domains of intervention and defines principles and rationale for food and liquid modifications. Dr. Crary describes the various maneuvers and postural adjustments that are employed in therapy and discusses the role of oromotor exercises in dysphagia treatment with emphasis on principles of motor learning and exercise.

    For students interested in learning more about the future of swallowing evaluation and treatment, consider attending the Florida Dysphagia Institute 2.0 - a week long course featuring Dr. Michael Crary and Dr. Giselle Carnaby. The course takes place in Orlando, FL, and includes 32 Hours of CEUs with practical application, exhibitors and receptions. For more information visit the course WEBSITE or download the course BROCHURE.

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    Concussion Functional Interview and Treatment

    Presented by Matthew Dodson, OTD, OTR/L

    Concussion Functional Interview and Treatment

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    In the last few years, combat operations in the Middle East and professional sports have heightened awareness of mild Traumatic Brain Injury, or concussion. This heightened awareness has led to expanded clinical programming addressing concussion, but significant challenges remain in the identification and treatment of chronic concussion deficits. This course provides theoretical and practical guidance in how to identify and treat common functional deficits from concussion, driven by the administration of a thorough functional interview. Through discussion and interactive components, major areas of functional deficits from concussion are identified and treatments for these concerns are demonstrated.

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    Home Health Assessment Part 1: Subjective and Objective Data Gathering

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    Home Health Assessment Part 1: Subjective and Objective Data Gathering

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    Given the complexity of a home health assessment, where should the therapist start? Although the integration of electronic systems into home health have expanded the options for therapy documentation, the fundamental areas of the SOAP note continue to be the key elements for supporting medical necessity. This course will get “back to the basics” while moving practice forward by providing a structure for the S – subjective and O – objective components.

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    Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: Regaining Balance, Mobility, and Strength

    Presented by Danielle Keyser, MS, LOTR, GTC

    Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: Regaining Balance, Mobility, and Strength

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    This course will take participants through a well-planned 60-minute treatment session with an elderly client exhibiting decreased strength, endurance, and activity tolerance. The course will illustrate the framework of a treatment session as the therapist assesses patient status, facilitates a functional treatment session that is meaningful to the client, and provides analysis of the performance to move forward and improve the patient’s functional status.

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    Geriatric Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy

    Presented by Danielle Keyser, MS, LOTR, GTC and Carole B. Lewis, PT, DPT, GCS, GTC, MPA, MSG, PhD, FAPTA

    Geriatric Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy

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    This course is a capstone course, which introduces the diverse roles of physical and occupational therapy in geriatric rehabilitation. The course is divided into three core chapters that focus on a myriad of topics ranging from the identification of responsibilities within occupational therapy, to observing the relationship between physical and occupational therapists in care. Join occupational therapist Danielle Keyser as she highlights the foundation and philosophical basis of OT, and reminds occupational therapy practitioners of the importance of embracing effective utilization of standardized tests, as well as evidence-based treatment techniques. Keyser also highlights the tools of the therapy trade that inspire creativity for the OT clinician by providing concrete examples of how everyday, inexpensive items can be integrated into the therapy toolbox for increased patient function. The course includes a dialogue between Keyser and renowned physical therapist Dr. Carole Lewis demonstrating their unique roles and therapy perspectives on the profession, and how their individual disciplines approach the case study patients. This course is a forerunner to the Putting the ‘FUN’ in Functional case study courses. Please be sure to watch:
    Putting the 'FUN' in Functional:Regaining Balance, Mobility, and Strength
    Putting the 'FUN' in Functional:Pain Management, Environmental Safety, and Balance
    Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: Dizziness, Mobility, and Transfers
    Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: IADLs, Mobility, and Car Transfers

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    Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

    Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L is an internationally recognized leader in providing clinical training for therapists working in stroke rehabilitation. Trained as an occupational therapist (OT) in the United States, Davis’ career has spanned several areas of healthcare. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation centers, directed OT departments in rehabilitation centers located in California and Switzerland. She has held faculty and guest faculty positions at universities. In addition, Davis has presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Society of NeuroRehabilitation and the American Academy of Neurology. Davis is committed to providing interesting and highly effective training materials developed specifically for the purpose of improving the quality of life for stroke survivors. Since 2000, Davis has developed state of the art educational materials for both practicing clinicians and educational programs and universities schools for PT and OT education. Her unique and highly successful multi-media programs combine excellent written materials with state-of-the-art video technology. With an emphasis on evidence-based practice, Davis completed her MS degree in Health and Rehabilitation Science in 2007. Her work has been published in university texts, medical journals, and publications for OTs and PTs. She has written articles to provide helpful information for families and caregivers published by the American Stroke Association and the National Stroke Association. Perhaps best known for providing high-quality continuing education to physical therapists and occupational therapists worldwide, she makes complex principles easy to understand as she provides practical, functional treatment ideas to illustrate her classes. Her teaching style is highly effective as she skillfully combines Motor Learning, Motor Control and NDT theory.

    Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Dr. Swinth is a professor and program chair at the University of Puget Sound. She has more than 25 years of experience working in pediatrics, primarily in school-based settings. Within the schools, she has provided therapy services for children from birth to 21 years of age and has been involved in the development of several different programs and grants that address service delivery issues to students with disabilities. She also has completed research projects, has worked on different local and national committees, and is a past chair of the School Systems Special Interest Section. She has mentored student research studies for more than 12 years and has extensive experience with qualitative research, single-subject studies, and survey research. Currently, Dr. Swinth and some of her students have been researching the effectiveness and outcomes of dynamic seating in general education classrooms to support student participation. Other research interests include effective and efficient occupational therapy assessment and services in the schools, assistive technology, and service delivery options for children with disabilities. Dr. Swinth is currently completing the data analysis of a national research project that looks at issues of efficacy and efficiency of school-based practice. Dr. Swinth has presented locally and nationally regarding issues of school-based practice for occupational therapists and has authored several chapters in books regarding occupational therapy service delivery in the schools as well as pediatric service delivery. Most recently, she authored a chapter on school-based services for Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy and a chapter on services for children with severe disabilities in the new AOTA textbook for school-based therapists. She has also recently published several articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy on services for children with autism. Dr. Swinth is the founding editor of the Journal of Occupational Therapy In Schools and Early Intervention.

    Stephen Page, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAHA, FACRM, FAOTA

    Dr. Page’s team develops and tests approaches that increase function and independence after stroke and other neurologic diseases. He has held uninterrupted extramural funding to support his rehabilitative trials for over 15 years, and has produced many "firsts" in neurorehabilitation, developing and showing efficacy of mental practice, portable robotics, modified constraint-induced therapy, functional electrical stimulation, brain stimulation in moderately impaired individuals, and several other innovative strategies in people with acquired brain injuries. This includes eight NIH grants and five grants from the American Heart Association, as well as funding from multiple private organizations and subcontracts. He has also published well over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and has served as guest issue editor for 14 special issues of rehabilitative and neurological journals since 2001, including The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Heart Association, The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and The American Occupational Therapy Association, and a standing panel member on NIH's Function, Integration, and Rehabilitation Sciences Panel. While "translation" is a common buzzword in academic circles, very few clinician scientists make efforts to actually speak regularly with nonscientist audiences (such as clinicians and patients) about their findings. To accomplish such translation, Dr. Page has organized and chaired eight regional, national, and international neurorehabilitation conferences, co-chaired the 2003 and 2004 international, joint meetings of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation / the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and served on the Board of Directors for these organizations. Locally, he created and co-directed the Ohio Neurorehabilitation Academy, which brings in national speakers to provide all-day, "hands-on" neurorehabilitation education to rehabilitation clinicians from across his region. He also takes great joy in providing lunch and learns to area clinicians, and outside of his region co-develops and co-implements the field's only stroke certification for physical and occupational therapists. This seminar-based program–called the "Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist" (CSRS)–is another way that he translates scientific information to clinicians. You can learn more about this opportunity at www.strokecertification.com. Finally, he has mentored well over 60 students, with almost all of them at least publishing a paper and/or presenting the results of their work at a professional meeting. His mentees have won multiple awards for their work, including four "Outstanding Poster" Awards in the past two years alone at the annual international meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and four capstone awards, won by his mentees in engineering over the past four consecutive years. In 2008 Dr. Page was co-awarded the "Outstanding Mentor" Award from Xavier University.

    Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Teepa Snow is an advocate for those living with dementia and has made it her personal mission to help families and professionals better understand how it feels to be living with such challenges and seeks to change and improve life for everyone involved. Her practice has included everything from neuro-intensive care units in tertiary hospitals to in-home end-of-life care in rural parts of North Carolina. She has taught at medical schools and post-doctoral programs, health professional programs, colleges and universities, community colleges, and community centers. She led educational and training efforts as the Educational Director of the Eastern NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for many years and was a major contributor and author of the in-depth hands on training delivered to family members and staff that led to the production of the DVD Accepting the Challenge: Providing the Best Care for People with Dementia, an internationally recognized resource for training and understanding dementia. As one of America's leading educators on dementia, Teepa has developed a dementia care philosophy reflective of her education, work experience, medical research, and first hand caregiving experiences. She is a graduate of Duke University, and received her MS degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. As an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of experience in geriatrics, she has worked as the OT Director in a head injury facility, a clinical specialist in geriatrics for a Veteran's Administration Medical Center, and a Restorative Care Coordinator for a long term care facility. Her hands on caregiving experiences include providing direct care in home health, assisted living, long term care, and rehabilitation settings. Teepa also served as the Director of Education and Lead Trainer for the Eastern N.C. Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and as a clinical associate professor at UNC's School of Medicine, Program on Aging. She has served as an interdisciplinary team member and helped develop and conduct clinical research with leading researchers in dementia and geriatric care. Through opportunities she has had, she has learned from people living with various forms of dementia including: head injuries, stroke, autism, down syndrome, and many other neurological and chronic health conditions. Teepa has become committed to building a program of support and care that provides a just right match between what the person needs and is able to do, and the environment and care partnering that can provide it. This wealth of experience and knowledge led to her development of a Positive Approach to Care for those living with dementia or other brain changes. Teepa's teaching style integrates facts about the brain and what happens to someone when doing, thinking, reasoning or processing becomes different or difficult.

    Susan Spitzer, PhD, OTR/L

    Susan Spitzer is a licensed occupational therapist, author, and lecturer with expertise in sensory integration, play, and autism spectrum disorders. She has operated her own private practice clinic in Pasadena, CA for 15 years. Her highly creative and individualized approach continues to energize her practice after 20 years of experience. Previously, she directed a hospital program and worked in early intervention programs and public and private schools. She is certified in sensory integration and the Interactive Metronome®. Dr. Spitzer has taught occupational therapy courses at the University of Southern California. She is a highly respected presenter for audiences within and outside of occupational therapy. Her work radiates her passion about the benefits of occupational therapy as well as the capacity for development and potentiality in all children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Spitzer received her B.A. in psychology from Claremont McKenna College, where she conducted research on video modeling for play with children with autism and assisted in behavioral interventions. She received both her M.A. in occupational therapy and her Ph.D. in occupational science from the University of Southern California. Her doctoral research focused on understanding individual meaning in activities for children with autism. This research and training provided the foundation for her focus on using personal occupational meaning as the cornerstone for effective intervention. Dr. Spitzer’s professional endeavors have been driven by her desire to make research more accessible and relevant to practice. Currently, she is co-editing the 4th edition of the text, Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach (published by the American Occupational Therapy Association). She co-authored the text book Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right, as well as chapters in other books. She has written several articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy as well as published in the Journal of Occupational Science and the Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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