Louisiana Occupational Therapists Continuing Education Requirements

Louisiana-licensed occupational therapists have a yearly license renewal with an expiration on the last
day of the birth month. Fifteen (15) continuing education hours are required to renew a license. There
are no limits on home study if AOTA approved.

Professional Development Resources is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
approved provider of continuing education (#3159). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply
endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Information gathered from the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners on August 7, 2014.

Continuing Education for Occupational Therapists:

How Temperamental Differences Affect Young Children is a 2-hour online video CE course.
Temperament plays a significant role in a child’s development, experience, relationships, and behaviors.
Children often need supportive intervention to allow them to function in healthy ways and reach their
potential. This video course will include a discussion of normal early childhood development and the
range of normal functioning as it is impacted by temperament. The purpose of this course is to help
participants understand the role that temperament plays in the trajectory of normal child development
including inner experience, relationships, and behavior and learn effective, supportive interventions. It is
intended for all types of therapists who work with children or their parents, as well as for school-based
personnel and classroom teachers. Course #20-83 | 2014 | 14 posttest questions

Autism Movement Therapy is a 2-hour online video CE course. Autism Movement Therapy® is an
emerging therapy that combines movement and music with positive behavior support strategies to
assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in meeting and achieving their speech and
language, social and academic goals. Its purpose is to connect left and right hemisphere brain
functioning by combining patterning, visual movement calculation, audile receptive processing, rhythm
and sequencing into a “whole brain” cognitive thinking approach that can significantly improve
behavioral, emotional, academic, social, and speech and language skills. This course is presented in two
parts. Part 1 summarizes what is known about the brain functioning of individuals with ASD and
illustrates how participation in dance, music and the arts can render the brain more amenable to
learning social and language skills. Part 2 is a documentary created by Joanne Lara – Generation A:
Portraits of Autism and the Arts, which spotlights – from a strikingly positive perspective – the
challenges and accomplishments of eight individuals with ASD. Course #20-82 | 2014 | 106 minute video
| 14 posttest questions

Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients, Families, and Professionals is a 1-hour online course.
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a disease associated with abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-
synuclein in the brain. These deposits, called Lewy bodies, affect chemicals in the brain whose changes,
in turn, can lead to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood. LBD is one of the most
common causes of dementia, after Alzheimer’s disease and vascular disease. Dementia is a severe loss
of thinking abilities that interferes with a person’s capacity to perform daily activities such as household
tasks, personal care, and handling finances. Dementia has many possible causes, including stroke,
tumor, depression, and vitamin deficiency, as well as disorders such as LBD, Parkinson’s, and
Alzheimer’s. Diagnosing LBD can be challenging for a number of reasons. Early LBD symptoms are often
confused with similar symptoms found in brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. Also, LBD can occur alone or
along with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. This course is intended to help people with LBD, their
families, and professionals learn more about the disease and resources for coping. It explains what is
known about the different types of LBD and how they are diagnosed. Most importantly, it describes how
to treat and manage this difficult disease, with practical advice for both people with LBD and their
caregivers. Course #10-76 | 2013 | 21 pages | 10 posttest questions

Frontotemporal Disorders: Information for Patients, Families, and Caregivers is a 1-hour online course.
This introductory course, from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), describes what is known about
frontotemporal dementia and other brain disorders that affect personality, behavior, language, and
movement. It is meant to help people with frontotemporal disorders, their families, and caregivers learn
more about these conditions and resources for coping. It explains what is known about the different
types of disorders and how they are diagnosed. Most importantly, it describes how to treat and manage
these difficult conditions, with practical advice for caregivers. Course #10-67 | 2010 | 36 pages | 10
posttest questions

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment is a 3-hour online course.
Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend in the number of individuals
identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general
population estimates, children and youth with mild to moderate symptoms of ASD remain an
underidentified and underserved population in our schools and communities. The DSM-5
conceptualizations of autism require professionalsin clinical, school, and private practice settings to
update their knowledge about the spectrum. In addition, professionals should be prepared to recognize
the presence of risk factors and/or early warning signs of ASD and be familiar with screening and
assessment tools in order to ensure that individuals with ASD are being identified and provided with the
appropriate programs and services. The objectives of this course are to identify DSM-5 diagnostic
changes in the ASD diagnostic criteria, summarize the empirically-based screening and assessment
methodology in ASD, and describe a comprehensive developmental approach for assessing children,
adolescents, and young adults with ASD. Course #30-69 | 2014 | 44 pages | 40 posttest
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