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Potential Impact of Visual Impairment on Vocational Activities
Presented by Elsa Zavoda, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT
Course: #2826Level: Introductory2 Hours
This is an introductory course in Low Vision Rehabilitation for OT’s/OTA’s, who want to incorporate Low Vision Rehabilitation services into current practices. This course is open captioned.

Sensory Strategies: Sanity Restoration for Family Life - Part 1
Presented by Rondalyn V. Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Course: #2937Level: Intermediate2 Hours
The presentation takes a developmental approach to the understanding of the sensory system, providing participants with strategies to improve family routines. The presenter will focus on six areas of occupation that can be supported via sensory strategies (mealtime, bed time routines, morning routines, social participation, holidays, and school related activities). Part I of this presentation focuses on the underlying neurology of the sensory systems and the theoretical constructs of sensory processing. This course is open captioned.

Yoga After Stroke: Does It Work and How Can I Use It In My OT Practice?
Presented by Arlene Schmid, PhD, OTR
Course: #2784Level: Introductory1 Hour
This will be a lecture regarding the research behind the benefits and feasibility of providing yoga to people with stroke. Specific yoga postures that are beneficial and feasible will be included. This course is open captioned.

Facilitating Participation for Parents with Disabilities
Presented by Amanda Acord-Vira, EdD, OTR/L, CBIS, Diana Davis, PhD, OTR/L
Course: #2758Level: Intermediate2 Hours
This presentation highlights the role of occupational therapists when addressing parenting as an occupation for individuals with disabilities. Through case study presentation presenters will introduce specific strategies for use when intervening in this complex occupation. This course is open captioned.

Pediatric Trauma-Induced Conditions: Occupational Therapy Intervention Across the Continuum of Care
Presented by Patti Sharp, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Course: #2798Level: Introductory1 Hour
This 60-minute presentation will discuss common functional impairments resulting from pediatric trauma, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and burn injuries. Occupational therapy interventions vary greatly across the continuum of care; from the intensive care unit, to acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and finally in the community and home. Information will be provided on each condition and strategies for management at each stage of care, including preparatory methods, purposeful activity, occupation-based intervention, and education.

Leadership and Advocacy for the OTA
Presented by Amber L. Ward, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP/SMS
Course: #2743Level: Introductory1 Hour
This presentation will focus on the strengths which the OTA brings to the profession, and how to develop those strengths into leadership and advocacy opportunities. We will focus on personal, local, state and national options to explore to develop potential.

Scleroderma- An Update
Presented by Janet Poole, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Course: #2726Level: Introductory1 Hour
Systemic sclerosis (scleroderma) is an autoimmune connective tissue disease that affects the skin, internal organs and blood vessels. People with scleroderma often develop severe contractures in the hands that make it very difficult to perform daily occupations. This course will review symptoms of scleroderma, the role of the occupational therapist and discuss specific interventions to increase joint motion and manage daily tasks.

Meeting the Driving and Community Mobility Needs of Older Adults
Presented by Wendy Stav, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCDCM, FAOTA
Course: #2689Level: Intermediate2 Hours
This session reviews the occupation of driving and community mobility among older adults who are experiencing the health effects of aging and age-related illnesses. The roles, responsibilities, and professional skills of occupational therapy practitioners are explained to optimize mobility and community engagement for older clients.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication - The Role of the Occupational Therapist
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #2319Level: Introductory1 Hour
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) provides communication for clients who are non-verbal or difficult to understand. Clients using this technology are often evaluated by a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in this area. The Occupational Therapy Practitioner is often a part of the evaluation as well, specifically addressing access, device placement and mounting.

Tablet applications
Presented by Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Course: #2318Level: Introductory1 Hour
Tablets are a hot item and are being used more and more with clients who have physical, verbal or cognitive limitations. New Apps are coming out all the time, but this course will present some that are being used with clients who have autism, are non-verbal, or have cognitive limitations. These Apps can increase participation, education, communication, recreation and independence.

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