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OTAs Student Membership Circle project began in 2007 as a way of engaging occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant students through their colleges or universities by recognizing the role they play in supporting AOTA efforts and helping achieve Centennial Vision goals, while showing them the value of AOTA membership in supporting their academic education in career preparation. Gold level programs achieved 100% percent AOTA student membership, Silver level programs received 80% student membership, and Bronze level programs achieved 75% student membership. Congratulations to the following Student Membership Circle programs for the 20112012 academic year.

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GENERAL ELECTIONS Virginia (Ginny) Carroll Stoffel: President-Elect Amy Lamb: Vice President Shawn Phipps: Director to the Board of Directors Pamela E. Toto: Director to the Board of Directors Andrea R. Bilics: Commission on Education ChairpersonElect Yvette Hachtel: Ethics Commission Chairperson-Elect SPECIAL INTEREST SECTIONS (SISs) Jane Richardson Yousey: Administration & Management SIS Chairperson Dottie Handley-More: Early Intervention & School SIS Chairperson Tracy Van Oss: Home & Community Health SIS Chairperson Linda M. Olson: Mental Health SIS Chairperson ASSEMBLY OF STUDENT DELEGATES (ASD) Laura Mills: Chairperson Russell Thompson: OT Vice Chairperson Sara Androyna: OTA Vice Chairperson Ashley Nichols: Secretary Jamie Morris: Communications & Advocacy Chairperson

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Embracing Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day

ay 9 marks Childrens Mental Health Awareness Day, when occupational therapy practitioners can take extra time to highlight the professions ability to address function and increase childrens participation. Those looking for ways to highlight the value of occupational therapy as it relates to childrens mental health will find a wealth of information in the Children & Youth section of the Practitioners area on AOTAs Web site, at On that page, members can find links to pediatric virtual chats on bullying and obesity; tip sheets on preventing obesity and encouraging play and productive recess; a consumers toy checklist, and more.

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Meeting the Needs of

Caregivers of Persons With Dementia


An Important Role for Occupational Therapy

ccupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants should expect to work with persons with dementia now and into the future. Currently, an estimated 5.4 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and related dementias (ADRD), which means 1 in 8 adults ages 65 and older (13%) have dementia.1 If current trends continue, by 2030 the number of persons over age 65 diagnosed with ADRD is estimated to be 7.7 million. This is a 50% increase from the current number.1 Persons with ADRD can present with a unique constellation of needs based on the changes associated with the particular diagnosis. The symptoms of ADRD, including loss of intellectual functioning, changes in personality and mood, and/or the manifestation of problematic behaviors, can make caregiving a very difficult and complicated task. Because of occupational therapys holistic approach, it is appropriate and imperative that the profession be a leader in research, education, and practice efforts with regard to dementia care, which must include the needs of caregivers.

The occupational therapy profession must consider the needs of caregivers in its efforts to build research, education, and practice in dementia care.
and are supported by informal caregivers1typically, relatives or friends who provide daily care and oversight.2 Nearly 15 million informal caregivers are providing 80% of the care for a person with ADRD in the home, totaling an estimated 17 billion hours, which averages 21.9 hours of care per caregiver per week.1 Most of these caregivers are women (60%), aged 55 or older (56%), married (66%), and have less than a college degree (67%). More than half of caregivers are the primary breadwinners of the household (55%) and nearly half are employed full or part time outside the home (44%).1 Often, caregivers are told by health care providers only the types of activities or functions that their family member with dementia can no longer do. The heart of occupational therapy intervention for persons with dementia focuses on what the person with dementia can dothat is, his or her functional capacity to perform daily activities. Thus, occupational therapy practitioners bring important professional skills and expertise to the care of patients with dementia and the education and support of caregivers. Over time, the person with dementia requires more assistance and supervision with daily activities and routines for safety as physical, sensory, and cognitive functions decline. Family caregivers must often provide this care; however, they may not possess the knowledge and skills to effectively function in this role. Caregivers often experience distress, depression, emotional upset,1 and anxiety,3 and they are at high risk for poor physical and emotional health and decreased quality of life.2,4 The responsibilities of caregiving can disrupt routines of employment, leisure exploration, social participation,5,6 and health maintenance.7 Caregiver stress frequently increases when the person with dementia exhibits challenging behaviors that typically manifest as part of the disease. Examples of such behaviors include agitation, wandering or excessive moving, refusing or resisting care, inappropriate or destructive behaviors, physical or verbal aggression, rummaging and hoarding, or distressful feelings or beliefs.8 Evidence suggests that family caregivers find these behaviors very disturbing and difficult to manage.810 Research indicates that persons with dementia have a higher rate of negative


Care for persons with dementia is provided by formal (paid) and informal (unpaid) caregivers. Seventy percent of persons with ADRD live at home

A woman with dementia and her caregiver read a birthday card.

behavior symptoms when their family caregivers are stressed.11


Successful approaches and techniques used when caring for a family member with dementia may be counterintuitive to caregivers. In fact, their best intentions may actually trigger certain types of behaviors. For example, not correcting a mistake or going along with something that is not true may feel deceitful and wrong to the family member providing care; however, this strategy can minimize anxiety and other problematic behaviors in the person with dementia. Research shows that family caregivers need and benefit from training in managing behaviors and promoting function in their family member.5,1214 Evidence suggests that interventions that include the caregiver have been effective in improving the occupational performance of the individual with ADRD as well as increasing caregiver competence and skill at managing challenging behaviors; reducing caregiver stress, anxiety, and depression; and improving caregiver sense of health.3

Occupational therapy practitioners are in a unique position to help families understand the disease process, set up or modify daily routines, provide training on effective strategies to manage difficult behaviors, and teach family caregivers ways to reduce their own stress and take care of themselves.15 Evidence-based practical approaches are effective in helping family caregivers manage the care for persons with dementia.


Conceptual frameworks offer a foundation for occupational therapy practitioners to approach family caregiver education. These frameworks are built on what we know about reducing the stress in the environment. Through the use of these frameworks, occupational therapists can develop approaches, treatment goals, and interventions that improve the competency of the caregiver and ultimately the participation in daily activities of the person with dementia. A few frameworks describe the interaction between the person with dementia and his or her environment.

The CompetenceEnvironmental Press Model suggests that the interchange of the declining competency of the person with dementia, and the physical and social environments presenting greater demands, leads to maladaptive behavior and dysfunctional outcomes.16 As the caregiver simplifies components of the multi-layered environment to align with the persons reduced competency, he or she may display less excess disability.17 Training the caregiver to obtain that just-right fit between individual capabilities and external environmental demands results in positive behaviors and enhanced quality of life for both the caregiver and the individual with dementia. The Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold model views dysfunctional behavior as a response in part to the build up of environmental stressors that overwhelm the capacity of the individual with dementia.18,19 By teaching the caregiver how to modify environmental demands that exceed functional capacity, the individual with dementia will exhibit less occupational dysfunction. The caregiver can promote more adaptive behavior by regulating activity and stimulation levels




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Determining Capacity to Drive for Drivers With Dementia Using Research, Ethics, and Professional Reasoning: The Responsibility of All Occupational Therapists
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Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MOHOST): Theory, Content, and Purpose
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laire Cohen, now 64, felt overwhelmed. When her husband had a stroke 5 years ago, she consulted many professionals who she thought could provide advice on how to best care for her newly impaired spouse. I knew how to put a Band-Aid on and that was about it, Cohen says, half-kidding. She visited social workers and nurses, but she wasnt getting any in-depth answers. What do people do when suddenly faced with this situation? Nobody would tell me to go off the deep end, but they would say, This is a rough one. I dont have a solution, Cohen says. I wanted and needed solutions. Cohens husband, now 69, had been a career-focused computer scientist, but his hemorrhagic stroke left him a changed man. He couldnt walk without the help of a 4-pronged cane, couldnt drive, and couldnt use his dominant left hand. In addition, because the stroke occurred in the right front temporal lobe, the part of the brain involved in planning, organizing, problem solving, and personality, he lost most of his computer skills. After 3 years without finding any great solutions, Cohen learned about the Customized Toolkit of Information and Practical Solutions (C-TIPS) program (, a caregiver training course created by Mary Corcoran, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, that provides practical, personalized advice on how to better care for a patient and also offers participants one-on-one caregiver training consultation. It was an eye-opening course because it actually gave me real insight


Occupational therapy practitioners are working to provide better caregiver training to help seniors live life to its fullest, in the home and in pursuit of daily activities and occupations.

from a patients perspective, Cohen says. It was something that I could do in the privacy of my own home, at my own pace, and at that point I was leaving no stone unturned in my quest for caregiver knowledge. I had already talked to social workers and other caregiver groups. I had also already looked at some other online sites. Maybe this was something different. Cohen found the sites instructional videos and tips about previewing activities especially helpful. As an example of what she learned: [If] I was going to take my husband to the movies, [I knew that] maybe I should swing by the movies and see where the curb cut was. The training was effective because it allowed Cohen to see what caregiving style was going to work for her. She knew she would need a strategy that would allow her to continue her full-time job. She also knew any hired caregivers would have to be able to provide her husband with both mental and physical stimulation. Corcoran, an associate dean and professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC, who provided Cohens one-on-one training as part of C-TIPS, suggested Cohen contact a local college and hire occupational therapy students as her husbands weekend caregivers. That suggestion turned out to be the perfect solution.

Two years later: Hes on the computer all day long. Hes taking seminars, installing a little bit of software, and playing games. I mean, even the students, for example, said they were looking to buy a computer, and he was helping them try to figure out whats the best deal, Cohen says. When you first go through this, you feel like youre alone and that you are the only person that its ever happened to. But once you have the right caregiver education, you realize lots and lots of people are going through this, and you do everything possible to make it work.

As the American population continues to age, health care in this country increasingly will focus on end-of-life treatment. Most adults are looking to remain in their own homes as they grow older, a decision that saves money and leads to happier seniors.1 Better caregiver training is one way to help seniors stay out of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, but improving caregiver training requires reassessing old methods. Those whose mission is better training say the future of successful caregiver education focuses as much if not more on the caregiver as on the care recipient. Since 1997, Corcoran has interviewed nearly 100 people who provide daily

care for a family member. (Her work has focused on Alzheimers disease but the principles can be applied to general caregivers as well.) Her research was published in the February 2011 issue of The Gerontologist.2 What Corcoran found is that caregivers, like parents, have different styles, and if we want to most effectively harness peoples caregiving abilities, we must identify how they approach the role and what unique skills they bring to the table. I noticed very early on, probably close to 30 years ago, when I started out in OT, that you could offer the same strategy to five different people and some would embrace it; some would kind of shine you on, and others would tell you flat out that it wasnt going to work for them, Corcoran says. By observing and asking myriad questions of each caregiversome as basic as, How do you and your care recipient spend your day together? Corcorans research classified caregivers into one of four categories: facilitating caregivers, who focus on emotional health; balancing caregivers, who maintain a balance between their needs and the care recipients needs; advocating caregivers, who are

We need to ask the right questions of the caregiver. How much time are you going to be able to assist? Are you going to be able to physically assist? Are you just going to be able to be there as supervision?
especially mindful of the care recipients well-being; and directing caregivers, who are focused on the recipients physical health.2 We can begin to tailor caregiving interventions not by trying to change anyones style but by offering suggestions that are consistent with style, Corcoran says. The C-TIPS program that worked so well for Cohen is a way to implement the tailored approach. I also ask the caregivers to assess their own style, and based on the results of those assessments, I send them to our C-TIPS matrix that represents caregiver style in terms of the types of things they would hope to prioritize in the C-TIPS program, Corcoran says. The notion behind Corcorans research and C-TIPS is that a greater emphasis on the caregiver and his or her technique will lead to caregivers who are more able and willing to do everything necessary to best support the person, which, in turn, leads to more productive aging. As Corcoran notes in The Gerontologist article, Evidence suggests that such tailored interventions are more culturally relevant, support health behaviors, and reduce health disparities. Because tailored caregiver skill building interventions are designed to reflect the caregivers intrinsic attitudes and beliefs, adherence is likely to improve, and the likelihood of successful outcome will increase (p. 472).2


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Her story shows us the value of pediatric occupational therapy.

Deborah Frigon What a great thing!! The worst thing for an older person is to lose their car. This could be a way to help them to keep their independence!!! OTwhat a wonderful occupation!! February 21 at 5:26pm


To advertise your upcoming event, contact the OT Practice advertising department at 800-877-1383, 301-652-6611, or Listings are $99 per insertion and may be up to 15 lines long. Multiple listings may be eligible for discount. Please call for details. Listings in the Calendar section do not signify AOTA endorsement of content, unless otherwise specified. Look for the AOTA Approved Provider Program (APP) logos on continuing education promotional materials. The APP logo indicates the organization has met the requirements of the full AOTA APP and can award AOTA CEUs to OT relevant courses. The APP-C logo indicates that an individual course has met the APP requirements and has been awarded AOTA CEUs. April
educators, researchers, and students. Focusing on science, innovation, and evidence, these 3-1/2 remarkable days will provide attendees with continuing education up to 24 contact hours through advanced-level learning in Pre-Conference Institutes and Seminars and more than 700 educational sessions; inspiring special events such as the Presidential Address, Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, and Plenary Session; and numerous networking opportunities to connect with colleagues and leaders. Register online at

Continuing Education Sensory Integration Certification Program by USC/WPS Regina, SK, Canada: Course 2: May 37 Richmond, VA: Course 1: May 1721 London, ON, Canada: Course 1: May 31June 4 For additional sites and dates, or to register, visit or call 800-648-8857

San Francisco, CA

Warren, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA. This updated course has the latest evidence based research. Participants learn a practical, functional reimburseable approach to evaluation, intervention, and documentation of visual processing deficits in adult with acquired brain injury from CVA and TBI. Topics include hemianopsia, visual neglect, eye movement disorders, and reduced acuity. Also in Syracuse, NY, Sept. 2930, 2012. Contact or 888-752-4364. Fax 205-823-6657.

Eval & Intervention for Visual Processing Deficits in Adult Acquired Brain Injury, Part I. Faculty: Mary

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contact hours for CDRS renewal and advance your career in the field of driver rehabilitation. Contact ADED 866-672-9466 or visit our Web site at www.


St. Louis, MO

Envision Conference 2012. Learn from leaders in

Sept. 1215


Milwaukee, WI

Handling the Rib Cage. This workshop has been

Apr. 1920

Baton Rouge, LA

May 515

designed for speech language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists who have minimal experience in focusing on rib cage activity and its influence on respiratory, general movement, and oral-pharyngeal function in terms of the evaluation and treatment services they provide. Anatomical/kinesiological and developmental characteristics of typical rib cage activity will be reviewed. Atypical rib cage activity in infants and young children with neuromotor involvement will be discussed. Treatment strategies will be explored through group movement lab sessions. For additional courses, information, and registration, visit our Web site at www.chs-continuing. or call 414-227-3123.

in Complete Decongestive Therapy (135 hours), Lymphedema Management Seminars (31 hours). Coursework includes anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the lymphatic system, basic and advanced techniques of MLD, and bandaging for primary/secondary UE and LE lymphedema (incl. pediatric care) and other conditions. Insurance and billing issues, certification for compression-garment fitting included. Certification course meets LANA requirements. Also in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, May 515, 2012. AOTA Approved Provider. For more information and additional class dates/locations or to order a free brochure, please call 800-863-5935 or log on to

Lymphedema Management. Certification courses

the field of low vision rehabilitation and research while earning valuable continuing education credits. Attend the multi-disciplinary low vision rehabilitation and research conference dedicated to improving the quality of low vision care through excellence in professional collaboration, advocacy, research, and education. Envision Conference, September 1215, 2012, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark. Learn more at


Internet & 2-Day On-Site Training

Become an Accessibility and Home Modifications Consultant. Instructor: Shoshana Shamberg,


Milwaukee, WI

Manual Edema Mobilization for the Sub-Acute Upper Extremity Edema. Therapists are often frustrated

Apr. 2021

Hanover, MD

The Impact of Disabilities, Vision, & Aging, and their Relationship to Driving. Course designed for
driver education and allied health professionals who wish to apply their knowledge of the different types and levels of disabilities to the driving task. Course: DRV 509. Call 410-777-2939 or visit our Web site at

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with persistent edema that continues to return in spite of their best efforts. Specific techniques to activate the lymphatic system will quickly and permanently reduce edema that presents as viscous, thick, and very slow to rebound from being pitted. Manual Edema Mobilization (MEM) was designed specifically to activate the lymphatic system. The extensive lab time and case study presentation enable participants to feel confident to immediately apply techniques in a clinical setting. For additional courses, information, and registration, visit our Web site at or call 414-227-3123.

OTR/L, MS, FAOTA. Over 22 years specializing in design/build services, technologies, injury prevention, and ADA/504 consulting for homes/jobsites. Start a private practice or add to existing services. Extensive manual. AOTA APP+NBCOT CE Registry. Contact: Abilities OT Services, Inc. 410-358-7269 or Group, COMBO, personal mentoring, and 2 for 1 discounts. Calendar/info at Seminar sponsorships available nationally.

Clinicians View Offers Unlimited CEUs

Two great options: $177 for 7 months or $199 for 1-Full Year of unlimited access to over 640 contact hours and over 90 courses. Take as many


Orlando Florida

Building Blocks for Becoming a Driver Rehabilitation Therapist. A comprehensive live workshop for
the therapist who has little or no experience in driver evaluation or driver rehabilitation, is developing a new driving program, or is joining an established program. Guidance for the clinical and in-vehicle portion of a comprehensive driving evaluation is taught within the OT Practice Framework. Hands-on with evaluation tools, equipment, vehicles, and real clients. Instructors: Susan Pierce, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS; Carol Blackburn, OTR/L, CDRS. Contact Adaptive Mobility Services, Inc. at (407) 426-8020 or visit us at

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courses as you want. Approved for AOTA and BOC CEUs and NBCOT for PDUs. www.clinicians-view. com 575-526-0012.

AOTA Self-Paced Clinical Course

Milwaukee, WI

McConnell Approach to the Problem Shoulder.

Apr. 2021

Learn how the static and dynamic posture of the upper extremity may contribute to the patients signs and symptoms at the shoulder. This program includes a review of shoulder biomechanics and will examine the influence of thoracic spine stiffness, muscle tightness, and muscle control problems on shoulder girdle movement. Numerous intervention strategies will be discussed. There is an extensive lab component teaching Jenny McConnells shoulder taping and muscle training techniques. For additional courses, information, and registration, visit our Web site at or call 414-227-3123.


FAOTA, and Carla Chase, EdD, OTR/L, CAPS. This new SPCC consists of text, exam, and a CD-ROM of hundreds of photographic and video resources that provide education on home modification for occupational therapy professionals. Practitioners who work with either adults or children will find an overview of evaluation and intervention, detailed descriptions of assessment tools, and guidelines for client-centered practice and occupation-based outcomes. Earn 2 AOTA CEUs (20 NBCOT PDUs/20 contact hours). Order #3029, AOTA Members: $370, Nonmembers: $470.

NEW! Occupational Therapy and Home Modification: Promoting Safety and Supporting Participation. Edited by Margaret Christenson, MPH, OTR/L,

AOTA 92nd Annual Conference & Expo. The 2012 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo will be a vibrant gathering of occupational therapy practitioners, 20

Indianapolis, IN

April 2629

Kansas City, MO

sionals specializing in the field of driver rehabilitation meet annually for continuing education through workshops, seminars, and hands-on learning. Earn

ADED Annual Conference and Exhibits. Profes-

Jul. 2931

AOTA Self-Paced Clinical Course

PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. This important new SPCC provides a framework on the role of occupational therapy

Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention With Children and Youth: A Guiding Framework for Occupational Therapy. Edited by Susan Bazyk,


Continuing Education

Tex as Womans UniversiT y

online Ph.D. in occupational Therapy
Texas Womans University offers the traditional doctoral degree through contemporary technology. Therapists across the nation can obtain the highest level of occupational therapy education in a wellestablished (1994) Ph.D. program offered primarily online, with two oncampus workshops each semester. Blended delivery has been offered for the past two years and the feedback is excellent! The Ph.D. degree offers the greatest opportunity for career growth in practice, academia and research Doctoral teaching faculty are full-time TWU faculty and recognized scholars in their area of research Applicants identify a faculty Research Mentor as part of the admission process Students are admitted as a cohort each fall limited enrollment Current students come from across the nation: Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas TWU is a state university Ph.D./OT online students can enroll at resident tuition rates For more information, contact: Sally Schultz, OTR, Ph.D., LPC-S 214-207-6943

in mental health interventions for children that can be applied in all pediatric practice settings. The public health approach to occupational therapy services at all levels puts an emphasis on helping children develop and maintain positive mental health psychologically, socially, functionally, and in the face of adversity. Earn 2 AOTA CEUs (20 NBCOT PDUs/20 contact hours). Order #3030, AOTA Members: $370, Nonmembers: $470.

AOTA Self-Paced Clinical Course

Early Childhood: Occupational Therapy Services for Children Birth to Five. Edited by Barbara E.

Chandler, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. This course is an enlightening journey through occupational therapy with children at the earliest stage of their lives. Explores the driving force of federal legislation in occupational therapy practice and how practitioners can articulate and demonstrate the professions long-standing expertise in transitioning early childhood development into occupational engagement in natural environments. Earn 2 AOTA CEUs (20 NBCOT PDUs/20 contact hours). Order #3026, AOTA Members: $370, Nonmembers: $470. http://store.

AOTA Self-Paced Clinical Course

Kavanaugh Scheinholtz, MS, OT/L. A comprehensive discussion of recent advances and trends in mental health practice, including theories, standards of practice, and evidence as they apply to occupational therapy. Includes content from several federal and non-government entities. Earn 2 AOTA CEUs (20 NBCOT PDUs/20 contact hours). Order #3027, AOTA Members: $370, Nonmembers: $470.

Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: Considerations for Advanced Practice. Edited by Marian

AOTA Self-Paced Clinical Course

Dysphagia Care and Related Feeding Concerns for Adults, 2nd Edition. Edited by Wendy Av-

Continuing Education

ery, MS, OTR/L. Provides occupational therapists at both the entry and intermediate skill leves with an up-to-date resource in dysphagia care, written from an occupational therapy perspective. Earn 1.5 AOTA CEUs (15 NBCOT PDUs/15 contact hours. Order #3028. AOTA Members: $285, Nonmembers: $385.

AOTA Self-Paced Clinical Course

for caregivers of people with dementia

Specialized Training and Certification for Occupational Therapists:

Home-based program to reduce stress and help caregiver: Manage challenging behaviors Enhance ADL performance Make environment safer May be reimbursed by Medicare Parts A and B when provided to caregiver as part of the patient plan of care Two-year certification with annual re-certification requirements

Barbara Hanft, MA, OTR, FAOTA, and Jayne Shepherd, MS, OTR, FAOTA. Engages school-based occupational therapists in collaborative practice with education teams. Identifies the process of initiating and sustaining changes in practice and influencing families/education personnel to engage in collaboration with occupational therapists. Perfect for learning to use professional knowledge and interpersonal skills to blend hands-on services for students with team and system supports for families, educators, and the school system at large. Earn 2 AOTA CEUs (20 NBCOT PDUs/20 contact hours). Order #3023, AOTA Members: $370, Nonmembers: $470. http://

Collaborating for Student Success: A Guide for School-Based Occupational Therapy. Edited by

AOTA Self-Paced Clinical Course

Strategies to Advance Gerontology Excellence: Promoting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy. Edited by Susan Coppola, MS, OTR/L, BCG,

Next individual Skills2Care training sessions: May 10 11 and August 9 10. Group training available for agencies.

Redefining Healthcare Education Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA

FAOTA; Sharon J. Elliott, MS, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA; and Pamela E. Toto, MS, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA. Foreword by: Wendy Wood, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. Excellent resource for gerontology practitioners today to help sharpen skills and prepare for the spiraling demand among older adults for occupational therapy services. Special features include core best practice methodology with older adults, approaches to and prevention of occupational problems, health conditions that affect participation, and practice in cross-cutting and emerging areas. Earn 3 AOTA


eMploYMenT opporTuniTies
Faculty Faculty University of the sciences samson coLLege of heaLth sciences Department of occUpationaL therapy The University of the Sciences is seeking three dynamic individuals to join our Department of Occupational Therapy in new 12-month assistant or associate professor positions, rank commensurate with experience. These positions offer the right candidates a unique opportunity to be involved in the inception of our entry-level doctoral program, which has an emphasis on leadership and community-based practice. This is an exciting opportunity that involves working with faculty leaders, program development, and a chance to influence the future of the profession. University of the Sciences is a comprehensive health care university situated in the University City area of Philadelphia, offering tremendous academic and educational opportunities. Our department is known for providing a wide variety of hands-on learning experiences. We have developed strong community partnerships, which provide active service learning programs for our students. We highly value student centered learning, innovative teaching, and active scholarship with student participation. Applicants with clinical expertise in cognition, neuroscience, and mental health preferred; however, strong candidates will be considered regardless of expertise. Assistant or Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy (Tenure Track) Candidates should have teaching experience and a defined research agenda. The ideal candidate for this position will hold an earned doctorate, have at least 3 years of clinical experience, and have some teaching and research experience. All candidates must be initially certified by NBCOT and be eligible for a Pennsylvania license. Responsibilities include scholarship, teaching in our post baccalaureate MOT and entry-level Dr. OT programs, and service to the University. Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy (Non-Tenure Track) The ideal candidate for this position will hold an earned doctorate and have at least 3 years of clinical experience. Teaching experience is preferred. Candidates with terminal degree in progress will be considered. All candidates must be initially certified by NBCOT and be eligible for a Pennsylvania license. Responsibilities include teaching in our postbaccalaureate MOT and entry-level Dr. OT programs, scholarship, and service to the university. Academic Fieldwork Coordinator of Occupational Therapy, Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track) Masters degree in occupational therapy or related field is required. Candidates with an earned doctorate or a commitment to pursuing doctoral education are preferred. A minimum of 3 years of clinical experience, including 2 years supervising fieldwork students, is required. All candidates must be initially certified by NBCOT and be eligible for OT licensure in Pennsylvania. Collaborate with current academic fieldwork coordinator to coordinate Level I and Level II fieldwork placements, mentor students through the fieldwork experience, academic advising, teaching in areas of expertise, and service to the university. Qualified applicants are invited to submit their resume, unofficial transcripts, and a cover letter indicating position of interest via e-mail attachment to Colleen Maher, OTD; Search Committee Chair; E-mail: otprof@ F-5925 Electronic (e-mail) submissions only. MS Word or PDF format only. EOE/AA. Faculty

OTA Program Coordinator

Keiser University is looking for a full-time program coordinator for its Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Must be an occupational therapist or certified occupational therapy assistant with a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience, including administrative/supervisory experience and at least 1 year of full-time teaching and experience supervising occupational therapy assistants. Must have at least a masters degree from a regionally accredited university and hold a Florida license. To apply, send resume and unofficial transcripts to: Annie Mathews Keiser University 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Fax: 386-274-2725


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The School of Occupational Therapy at Belmont University is seeking applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2012. Belmont University seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application, and integration of faith. Belmont is among the fastest growing Christian universities in the nation. Ranked No. 7 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the fourth consecutive year as one of the top Up-and-Comer universities by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of approximately 6,400 students who come from every state and 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The universitys purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the worlds needs. With more than 75 areas of study, 20 masters programs and four doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individuals horizon. The School of Occupational Therapy is recruiting for two facutly positions. One position requires expertise in the content areas of research, assistive technology, and/or rehabilitation (orthopedics and cardiovascular preferred); the other position requires expertise in the content areas of research, neuroscience, and/or rehabilitation (general), although those with other areas of expertise will be considered. A minimum of 5 years clinical experience in occupational therapy is required. Two years of full-time graduate teaching experience or its equivalent is preferred. An earned doctorate (PhD, EdD, DrPH, post-professional OTD) is required. Occupational therapy candidates must have certication by NBCOT and must be eligible for licensure in TN. The university seeks persons of Christian faith and commitment to the mission of the university. For additional information about the position and to complete the online application, candidates are directed to During the application process, applicants will be asked to respond to Belmonts mission, vision, and values statements, articulating how the candidates knowledge, experience, and beliefs have prepared him/her to contribute to a Christian community of learning and service and give a brief statement of teaching philosophy. An electronic version of a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and List of References with contact information must be attached in order to complete the online application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are lled. The selected candidate for this position will be required to complete a background check satisfactory to the University. If you have questions about the position, please contact Faculty Search Chair: Teresa Plummer, PhD, OTR, ATP, CAPS at (615) 460-6707. A comprehensive, coeducational university located in Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont is a student-centered Christian university focusing on academic excellence. Belmont University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse learning community of committed Christians from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.




eMploYMenT opporTuniTies
Faculty Faculty

A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy
invites applications for a newly created faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level to teach in the residential entry-level Master of Science Degree Program, conduct facultyled student research projects, and participate in developing a postprofessional online doctoral degree program. Responsibilities include teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and service. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications. Qualifications: PhD or other research doctoral degree and 4 years of teaching experience preferred. Candidates with a postprofessional masters degree near completion of doctoral degree will also be considered. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate excellence in teaching at the graduate level, a clinical background in the area of adult neuro-rehabilitation, and interest in scholarly activity. Candidates must be eligible for and agree to secure occupational therapy licensure in Arizona. ATSU is a fully accredited graduate health professions institution offering doctoral degrees in physical therapy (entry level and postprofessional), osteopathic medicine, dentistry, and audiology. Masters programs are offered in occupational therapy, athletic training, and physician assistant studies. Opportunities for interdisciplinary education and research are available and encouraged. As the founding school of osteopathic medicine, ATSU is committed to the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Additional information can be obtained from our Web site at The residential Occupational Therapy Program is located on the Mesa, Arizona, campus close to the Phoenix metropolitan area. Mesa is an eclectic mix of museums, culture, and heritage set in the beautiful Southwest, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor recreational activities with nearby lakes, canyons, golf courses, and the Superstition Mountains. Interested applicants should fill out an application at and send a cover letter and curriculum vita to: Bernadett Mineo, PhD, OTR/L Chair, Occupational Therapy A.T. Still University 5850 E. Still Circle Mesa, AZ 85206 Phone: 480-219-6075 E-mail: F-5928 Faculty The University of Missouri invites applications for TWO positions. Join a dedicated faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research, evidence-based practice, and clinical service. ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Description: Full-time 9-month tenure-track position to teach courses in research and other related courses. Qualifications: An earned PhD or OTD, or eligible, certification by NBCOT, and eligibility for licensure in Missouri. Previous teaching experience, evidence of scholarly work, or research experience recommended for this position. Duties: Primarily a research position, with service on committees and student advisement. Candidates are required to conduct research, apply for and receive funding, and mentor students on research projects. Salaries: Competitive and commensurate with experience. CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Description: Full-time 9-month nontenuretrack position to teach courses in research, mental health, and neuroscience. Qualifications: An earned PhD or OTD, or eligible, certification by NBCOT, and eligibility for licensure in Missouri. Previous teaching experience, evidence of scholarly work, or research experience recommended for this position. Duties: Primarily teaching position, with service on committees and student advisement. Candidates are also encouraged to conduct research and pursue scholarly endeavors. Salaries: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Application Procedure: Go to http://hrs.missouri .edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php. LINK the following materials in the Cover Letters and Attachments section once you have registered with the system. You can link the required application materials either before or after submitting your application. There is no restriction on file type for your attachments. Each file can be no larger than 20MG. You will be able to link your CV as part of the application when you apply for a specific position. Submit: Letter of intent addressing position qualifications, teaching experience, research interests Curriculum vitae Three letters of reference Application Deadline: Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.
The Department of Occupational Therapy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran per the policy of the University of Missouri. For additional information, please see the MU Statement of Nondiscrimination.





Living Life To Its Fullest

OT Reflections From the Heart

s I buckled myself into the surprisingly small airplane headed from Montana to Colorado, I noticed the firm directive affixed to its wing: Do Not Walk Outside this Area. It occurred to me that in one way of thinking I had done just that. As bookends of our generation descended from sturdy farmers, my cousin Bev and I have always been an unusual pair. Although she is 32 years older than me, we have an esprit dcor that would have brought smiles to our predecessors, so when able I occasionally return to Montana to visit her. After a great deal of pragmatic decision making, Bev recently left our family home for the steady and predictable environment of the Sweetwater Retirement Center. For the better part of a week, I bunked in with her and learned more about the subtleties of retirement center living than I had in my 30-year career as an occupational therapist. As a card-carrying member of the sandwich generation, I am a busy person, juggling relationships with my spouse, children, and in-laws with professional and civic responsibilities. Typical for people my age, I take pride in being able to do four things at oncefrying bacon for everyones breakfast; checking a backpack or lunchbox; and verifying the chickens, dogs, and peacocks have been fed and wateredall while preparing a mental list of occupational therapy responsibilities. Thats why the lovely environs of Sweetwater were so difficult to settle into. Things were smooth: ambient lighting just right, noise level comfortable, and meals reliable. All the multitasking skills I have mastered really didnt seem necessary there.

Do Not Walk Outside This Area

Tina Fletcher
report our experiences to the class. From my new perspective in the Sweetwater dining room, the raisin meditation seemed a little silly and contrived. Here, I was learning mindfulness from the masters. Evenings at Sweetwater involved ambling beside Bev while she expertly maneuvered on her scooter, oxygen bottles plunked in the handlebar basket. People congregated around a few of the lobby windows. Some offered the best views of local jackrabbits, while others provided a glimpse of the little wild duck who recently made her nest in an ornamental shrub. One night, just as darkness descended, we were finally rewarded with a startling view of the largest rabbits I had ever seen. Soon, I was back in the Denver airport. As always, people rushed around checking their electronic devices, squabbled with ticket agents, and comforted bawling babies. I recalled how one of the retired farmers at Sweetwater wryly asked if I was one of those busy city folks who couldnt move a muscle without having a telephone in hand. My feelings about the utility of occupational therapy in a world like Sweetwater have shifted. Working there, I would shift my focus away from exercises and stretches to a world that embraces mindfulness and mutual support. Wed build duck boxes and bake biscuits rolled out and cut with a floured cutter and not dropped from a spoon. Wed learn how to help the community maintain a husk of jack rabbits, and figure out ways to share some wisdom with the younger, technology-bound generation. We could all use a little Sweetwater. n
Tina Fletcher, OTR, EdD, MFA, is an assistant professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Womans University in Dallas.

To give Bev my full attention, I turned a blind eye to my iPad, laptop, and phone, vowing to leave them tucked into my luggage while I immersed myself in her world. She described the mealtime routine as a nearly 2-hour-long layering of visiting, selecting, eating, more selecting, more eating, and finally, more visiting. It had been a very long time since I had enjoyed such a leisurely meal. It was time to slow down, speak less, and enjoy more. During my first meal at Sweetwater, one of our tablemates was reminded it was her birthday, and her response to queries about her age was a rejoinder that age really doesnt matter, but enjoying the day did. Typically, our mealtime chit-chat centered on small matters and soon lapsed into a quiet, calm meal experience where food was tasted and savored, each bite thoroughly chewed. I remembered a long-forgotten exercise from a meditation class many years ago. We were told to chew on a single raisin for no less than 5 minutes, and then


April is OT Month
Celebrate it all year!
You are part of a vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Lets promote occupational therapyand honor it all yearas a top 2012 New Years resolution. Start celebrating OT Month today! Share the value of your profession through OT Month products, special events, and messages; and reward your occupational therapy team with gifts from the 2012 OT Month Catalog. These new items feature our OT brand Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest and the special theme Building Skills for a Better Life.

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Education Article

(one contact hour and 1.25 NBCOT PDU). See page CE-7 for details.

Earn .1 AOTA CEU

Evaluating Sensory Processing in Mental Health Occupational Therapy Practice

Occupational Therapy Program Director, Institute for Dynamic Living International Consultant, Champagne Conferences & Consultation Springfield, MA ments (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003a, 2003b; NASMHPD, 2009). In addition, there has been a rise in research on sensory processing problems in people with mental health symptoms and conditions and sensory processings effect on occupational performance. Research demonstrates that although sensory processing problems are often evident without the presence of other mental health conditions, they may be a result of or contribute to some mental health symptoms and conditions, such as trauma and attachment disorders, schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders, pain catastrophizing, and learning disabilities (Brown, Cromwell, Filion, Dunn, & Tollefson, 2002; Butler et al., 2009; Canbeyli, 2010; Engel-Yegar & Dunn, 2011; Hoffman & Bitran, 2007; Lane, Reynolds, & Thacker, 2010; van der Kolk, 1994; Van Hulle, Schmidt, & Goldsmith, 2011; Yeap, Kelly, Reilly, Thakore, & Foxe, 2009). The comorbidity of sensory processing disorder (SPD) and mental health conditions was demonstrated in a recent study by Carter, Ben-Sasson, and Briggs-Gowan (2011) of 338 children ages 7 to 10 years. In this study, 24.3% of the children had an elevated sensory overresponsivity (SOR) score while also meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-VI; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) criteria for a mental health condition, and 25.4% of those with an existing DSM-VI diagnosis also had an elevated SOR score. Given the advances in the use of sensory approaches in mental health practice, there has been an increase in the demand for some of the following types of occupational therapy services: evaluating sensory processing as part of the occupational therapy process; developing intervention plans that include sensory approaches (e.g., ASI interventions, sensory diet, sensory modalities); developing sensory supportive modifications and enhancements to physical environments (e.g., sensory rooms); and training interdisciplinary staff, clients, and their families in understanding and using sensory processingrelated interventions (Champagne, 2011; Moore, 2005; Hughes & Koomar, 2010). Occupational therapists have also taken a leadership role in working with interdisciplinary professionals and policy makers to help create policies and tools to promote the role of sensory approaches and occupational therapy in mental health practice (Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2006; Hughes & Koomar, 2010; LeBel & Champagne, 2010; Stromberg, Bluebird, & Champagne, 2003; Warner, Cook, Westcott, & Koomar, 2011). This rise in interest suggests that occupational therapists in mental health practice need to re-examine the


President, Occupational Therapy AssociatesWatertown Board President of the Spiral Foundation Watertown, MA This CE Article was developed in collaboration with the
Mental Health Special Interest Section.

This article will demonstrate the importance of evaluating sensory processing as part of the occupational therapy process when working with clients in mental health practice. In particular, the article will introduce assessment tools and clinical observations that may help in exploring sensory discrimination, with a secondary emphasis on sensory modulation and praxis.

After reading this article, you should be able to: 1. Recognize the importance of evaluating sensory processing in mental health occupational therapy practice. 2. Differentiate among the sensory processing disorders. 3. Identify a variety of evaluation tools that help assess sensory processing patterns with clients of different age ranges.

Ayres sensory integration (ASI) approach has been employed in occupational therapy practice for many years (Ayres, 1972, 1979). Modifications to ASI and its use with people with mental health conditions was introduced by Lorna Jean King (King, 1974). The use and modification of ASI principles for application within mental health practice has grown exponentially over the past decade (Champagne & Stromberg, 2004; LeBel & Champagne, 2010). This growth is due in part to the national and international mental health initiatives promoting the use of sensory approaches in mental health practice (National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors [NASMHPD], 2009; Sutton & Nicholson, 2011). These national initiatives include the trauma-informed care, seclusion and restraint reduction, and recovery moveMARCH 2012



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assessments they use as part of the occupational therapy evaluation process (Champagne, Koomar, & Olson, 2010). Evaluation is necessary to identify the symptoms of sensory processing problems that may be affecting occupational performance, participation, and the recovery process. Thus, this article explores a variety of assessment tools, some of which mental health occupational therapy practitioners may already be familiar with, and some of the sensory processing areas targeted by these tools.


Miller and colleagues proposed SPD as a new diagnostic category for inclusion in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. SPD is an umbrella term for sensory processing problems that includes sensory modulation disorder, sensory discrimination disorder, sensory-based motor disorders, and dyspraxia (Miller, Anzalone, Lane, Cermak, & Ostein, 2007). Sensory modulation is: The capacity to regulate and organize the degree, intensity, and nature of responses to sensory input in a graded and adaptive manner. This allows the individual to achieve and maintain an optimal range of performance and to adapt to challenges in daily life. (Miller, Reisman, McIntosh, & Simon, 2001, p. 57) Sensory modulation is the regulatory component of sensory processing and is explained in terms of neurological thresholds for sensory over-responsivity, sensory underresponsivity, and a behavioral response continuum of sensory avoiding and seeking (Dunn, 1999; Miller et al., 2007). Regarding the functional implications of sensory modulation on occupational performance, there is often a one-to-one correspondence with sensory modulation problems (e.g., sensitivity to taste and smell) and specific outcomes (e.g., eating a limited diet, avoiding people wearing perfume or shopping at stores with strong scents). As the regulatory component of sensory processing, sensory modulation problems may appear to be more directly related to psychosocial and emotional difficulties in mental health practice than other SPDs because people with mental health symptoms and conditions often have difficulty with self-regulation. It is important to recognize, however, that sensory discrimination problems often also coexist and can add to difficulties with occupational performance and participation. Sensory discrimination is the ability to take in information from the physical environment and gain spatial, temporal, and perceptual awareness (Ayres, 1972; Koomar & Bundy, 2002). Difficulty with sensory discrimination can negatively affect some of the following abilities: to feel bodily present and organized, to safely negotiate ones environment, to function with automaticity and ease, to attend to personal hygiene, and to pick up on social cues. For instance, sensory

discrimination problems may increase arousal and anxiety and first present as modulation problems (e.g., a person with poor vestibular discrimination may appear to be fearful and demonstrate isolative and avoidant behaviors). At times, people may appear to have poor hygiene or to avoid social and leisure activities, but these problems with participation may be due in part to difficulty with sensory discrimination and not only to problems with sensory modulation, cognition, or volition. When sensory input is not easily located and identified in space and time or within and around ones body, anxiety often increases, which may raise arousal levels and compound any existing sensory modulation issues (e.g., hyper sensitivities) and difficulties with global cognitive performance. Sensory discrimination problems, however, are often less discernible without direct assessment. Sensory-based motor disorder includes problems related to postural control and motor coordination. Praxis is the term used to describe the ability to plan, sequence, and execute nonhabitual or new actions, and difficulty with praxis is referred to as dyspraxia (Ayres, 1972; Koomar & Bundy, 2002). Motor and praxis performance skills contribute to the ability to move the body, coordinate movements, maintain balance, make postural adjustments, and sequence through the steps of an activity. Problems with motor, coordination, or praxis skills can negatively affect occupational participation (e.g., self-care, home care, sports participation). It is important to emphasize that sensory discrimination abilities (e.g., proprioceptive, vestibular, tactile awareness) provide much of the foundational support for motor and praxis performance skills (May-Benson, Ingolia, & Koomar, 2001).


The occupational therapy process in general consists of evaluation, intervention, and monitoring and targeting outcomes (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2008). The evaluation process is collaborative in nature and includes developing an occupational profile and analyzing occupational performance. The occupational profile consists of information about the client, the clients needs, problems, and concerns about performance in areas of occupation (AOTA, 2008, p. 649). Analysis of occupational performance requires the understanding of the complex and dynamic interaction among performance skills, performance patterns, contexts and environments, activity demands, and client factors (AOTA, 2008, p. 651). Occupational therapy practitioners are uniquely skilled in understanding how all of these variables influence occupational performance, participation, quality of life, and the recovery process. Occupational therapists use theory and frames of reference as well as their knowledge, skills, and understanding of the existing evidence base to guide the occupational therapy process (AOTA, 2008). In analyzing occupational performance, assessment tools are often used to help identify and target strengths and barMARCH 2012