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CSU OT Alumna Works To Improve Lives Of Children With Special Needs Internationally

March 14, 2017

Kelly Yates, a 2009 alumna from Colorado State University, is changing the world internationally and here at home through occupational therapy, CSU's Occupational Therapy School reports. 

Since receiving her master's degree from the Department of Occupational Therapy, Yates has been a pediatric therapist at Children's Therapy TEAM and has been involved in the non-profit organization TEAMworks that seeks to improve and enhance the lives of children with special needs both locally and internationally. 

Traveling to Ukraine twice and Guatemala four times, Yates and her teammates assisted underprivileged children and children in orphanages with special needs providing them with the tools and equipment needed to improve their quality of life. 

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Call for Comment on Draft ACOTE Standards and Notice of Open Hearing

March 14, 2017

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) is inviting comment from all communities of interest regarding the first draft of the revised ACOTE Accreditation Standards for a Doctoral-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, Accreditation Standards for a Master’s-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapist, Accreditation Standards for a Baccalaureate-Degree-Level Occupational Therapy Assistant, and the Accreditation Standards for an Associate-Degree-Level Educational Program for the Occupational Therapy Assistant.

The draft Standards are available on the ACOTE Accreditation section of the AOTA website.

To submit a comment, please take this Web-based survey. Comment may also be provided by e-mail to [email protected].

All surveys must be submitted on or before April 15, 2017. 


South Dakotans Hold Fundraiser For Skier Being Treated By Craig Hospital OTs

March 14, 2017

Black Hills, S.D., local Drew Stephens broke seven vertebrate after falling from a ski lift two months ago. His friends and co-workers hosted a fundraiser recently to help him financially on his journey to recovery.

The Dark Horse Saloon at Terry Peak was full of people for Drew's "Moving Mountains" fundraiser. He's currently going through occupational therapy at Craig Hospital in Colorado.

Many of his co-workers went through a lot of effort to put on this fundraiser for him but they say they are glad to help him out and just want to see him back where he loves - the outdoors. Desmond Keller says, "I think it's great that the community of Terry Peak, Lead, Spearfish, the whole Northern Hills is coming together to help Drew. I think it really shows the family style that Terry Peak provides."

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New Study Finds Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Dementia

March 14, 2017

A recent study found that occupational therapy interventions can benefit individuals with dementia both cognitively and behaviorally.

Pimouguet, LeGoff, Wittwer, Dartigues, & Helmer (2017) explored the impact of occupational therapy within the context of usual dementia care practices for 421 participants in 16 outpatient clinic settings in southwest France.

This study used an observational design with baseline, post-test (at 3 months) and follow up (at 6 months) to measure the impact of occupational therapy intervention. Participants receiving the occupational therapy intervention had steady cognition scores and a decrease in problematic behavioral symptoms.


Join OTAC At Capitol Hill Day March 8

March 1, 2017

Capitol Hill Day is just a few weeks away! Join us to advocate for our profession at the state capitol.

Register now through March 6.

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