Live Webinar with Mandy Chamberlain: Putting More "Occupation" in Occupational Therapy When Working with Older Adults 

Tuesday April 24th

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

1 contact hour will be awarded.

How do you challenge and strengthen your older adult patients using occupation (no matter WHAT dx)? Learn easy ways to put together occupation based kits and use activity analysis to develop a no brainer toolbox of ideas for your practice. Helping you to "DISRUPT" the norm, throw away the arm bike and rainbow arc and focusing on the core of occupational therapy! 

Sponsored by Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L of SeniorsFlourish.com and the Learning Lab - a membership site for OT practitioners working with older adults.

 

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100 influential people in Occupational Therapy: Claudia K. Allen, MA, OTR, FAOTA

Friday May 18th

1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P. M.

3 contact hours will be awarded.

Claudia will provide her historical perspective on occupational therapy’s past and how prior knowledge can be carried into a clearer and more confident future.  A discussion will clarify her vision for the practice of occupational therapy.  OT practitioners can help fill in the gaps in the healthcare system by assisting long-term caregivers living with functional disabilities such as dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injuries as well as the traditional psychiatric, pediatric and neurological diseases.  Finally, Claudia will provide you her vision of the role of functional profilers while using technology. 

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Acquired Brain Injury: Meeting Wheeled Mobility Needs

 

Tuesday June 19th

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

*This is workshop is for OTAC Members only

Course Overview:
Functional mobility following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) varies significantly from person to person. The role of the clinical team, in conjunction with the client and family, is to establish a means of mobility that enhances independence and function. Often, this results in the need for a wheeled mobility device. While there is limited evidence available on the topic of wheeled mobility and ABI, it is clear that independent mobility is a predictor of quality of life post ABI. The team must maximize safe and efficient mobility, while considering the cognitive, visual, fatigue, and postural factors often present in this population.

This course will discuss wheeled mobility post ABI including common postural impairments, as well as safety and cognitive considerations. Manual wheelchair configuration for optimizing independent mobility in this population will be reviewed. Additionally, this course will discuss the necessity of introducing power assist and powered mobility options when an optimized manual mobility device is not efficient or functional for a client. Factors for determining safe and independent use of power mobility will be discussed including training strategies to maximize success when working with individuals with cognitive and visual deficits. Participants will leave the course with immediately applicable strategies for maximizing independence in functional mobility post ABI.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe three common functional limitations that occur following Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  2. Identify three common postural concerns in individuals with ABI.
  3. Describe at least two considerations when configuring a manual wheelchair for efficient propulsion and postural support following ABI
  4. State three current perceptions related to prescribing power mobility for people with ABI, including Cerebral Vascular Accidents (CVA) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  5. Discuss two potential training techniques to allow for initiation of power mobility post-CVA.

Cost:
Free to OTAC members

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Aging in Place as Long as it Makes Sense

Thursday July 19th 
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Accessible Systems Adapted Show Home

Free for OTAC members, $20.00 for non members 

2 contact hours 

 

The baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011 and are now driving growth at the older ages of the population, estimating more than 20% will be 65 by 2029.  This course is designed to provide practitioners with strategies of how to effectively determine when aging in place does not make sense.  Review the fundamentals of the aging population challenges including objectively measuring long term care options, healthcare costs related to falls, aging in place through healthcare and accessible equipment at home.  Through an interactive adapted home environment, course participants will identify characteristics of safely aging in place and practical tips to incorporate these skills in their own practice.   

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