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Interprofessional Opportunities in Early Intervention Practice Education
Kathryn M. Loukas, Amanda Whiting, Eileen Ricci, and Shelley Cohen Konrad discuss an early intervention playgroup that brought together occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, and nursing professionals.

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Building Keyboarding Skills Through the Response to Intervention Approach
Trisha Mahan describes a project she developed at a local school to help thirdgrade students learn keyboarding skills to increase their written output.

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Association updates...profession and industry news
is open to all members, are due Wednesday, February 29. We’re asking you to define occupational therapy in a way that shows consumers and others why it is the best service they may not know they need. ASD is holding an additional contest for students, “You Are the Future II Challenge.” For details about both contests, go to http://www., click on news, Centennial 2012 and look for the 2012 video contest. to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs. AOTA wants to track the involvement of occupational therapy in these innovative efforts. If you or your institution or setting has submitted a proposal that includes occupational therapy involvement, please e-mail any information that is available to AOTA will keep the information confidential until grants are awarded at the end of March.

Practitioners in the News
n Shirley Blanchard, PhD, ABDA, OTR/L, FAOTA, associate professor at Creighton University’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Occupational Therapy, and member of the Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety, recently helped coordinate the Network of Minority Research Investigators (NMRI) Midwest Regional Workshop. The Office of Minority Health Research Coordination established the NMRI as a communication network for current and potential biomedical research investigators from traditionally underserved communities: African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders. The major objective of the network is to facilitate participation of members of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups in conducting biomedical research in diabetes, endocrinology, digestive diseases, hematologic diseases, and other fields. n Work by Lisa Crabtree, PhD, OTR/L, to develop the Center for Adults With Autism (CAA) at Towson University will head to a new level this summer, as the university recently announced the incorporation of CAA along with three other centers into the new Institute for Well-Being. Federal funding to house the CAA led to the development of the new Institute, which will also include the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center; the Wellness Center; and the Occupational Therapy Center. Towson’s occupational therapy students will be involved with the CAA and the

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n January, the latest group of Emerging Leaders received training at AOTA headquarters. Read the article at www. ing-leader-2012 to see how they are helping to ensure continued development of strong leaders within the profession as the Association carries out the goals of the Centennial Vision. Information on applying for the 2013 program will be available in September.

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nterested in neuromuscular disorders? Tune in March 12 at 3:00 pm EST to participate in a pediatric virtual chat on identifying early signs for the disorders. For more, visit You can also listen to past chats at this site.

Industry News

Calling All OT Innovators!
OTA would like to know if any occupational therapy programs or individuals are involved in the recently announced Health Care Innovation Challenge. Proposals were due to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Center for Innovation by January 27. The award pool is $1 million. The grants will be targeted to applicants who will implement the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health; improved care, and lower costs


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ake part in the Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service on February 25 and show the world just how important our profession is. Suggestions for volunteer activities include mentoring within the community, organizing activities for underserved children, doing safety checks for persons who are aging in place, and participating in neighborhood cleanups or playground repairs. For more information, go to

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Collaborating for Student Success: A Guide for School-Based Occupational Therapy
B. Hanft, and J. Shepherd esigned for advanced-level, school-based occupational therapists, this text will help readers empower students to thrive in any circumstance or setting. Discover the most effective ways to join forces with family and education partners and link collaboration to the mandates in the IDEA and NCLB. $63 for members, $89 for nonmembers. Order #1250. view/?SKU=1250




Response to Intervention (RtI) for At Risk Learners: Advocating for Occupational Therapy’s Role in General Education
(CEonCD™) G. Frolek Clark & J. Polichino Earn .2 AOTA CEU (2.5 NBCOT PDUs/2 contact hours). esponse to Intervention (RtI) is being nationally implemented to ensure high-quality instruction and data-based decision making within the general educational system. In this new course, opportunities will be highlighted for occupational therapy within RtI frameworks in public education. This course also provides an overview of core components of RtI, the role of occupational therapists at each tier, and case studies illustrating contributions by occupational therapists. $68 for members, $97 for nonmembers. Order #4876. http://

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Addressing the Consequences of Domestic Violence


Amanda Kessler
Sometimes I encounter clients who experience domestic violence. I don’t want to ignore this aspect of their life, but I am not sure how to address this topic. How can I address the specific domestic violence–induced psychological and social issues that ultimately affect occupational performance?
You are not alone; often, clinicians are concerned about how to address this delicate issue with their clients. Yet occupational therapy practitioners are quite capable of providing evaluations and interventions that address the consequences of domestic violence. The AOTA statement Occupational Therapy Services for Individuals Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence1can provide guidance. This statement reviews what domestic violence encompasses, the impact it has on individuals and families, possible areas of occupational performance dysfunction, and potential occupational therapy interventions for a variety of individuals. Domestic violence is defined as a learned pattern of “coercive behavior designed to exert power and control over a person in an intimate relationship through intimidation, threats, and harmful or harassing behavior.”2 It can occur in the form of physical violence (e.g., hitting), psychological violence (e.g., verbal abuse, harassment), sexual abuse, and/or economic abuse (e.g., controlling finances). Domestic violence occurs in relationships involving all races, ages, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Although women are abused in 85% to 95% of domestic violence cases,3 men are also abused. Children, older adults, and the extended family also suffer. Experiencing domestic violence can significantly affect various aspects of an individual’s daily life and routine. Adults may struggle with work performance and sustainment, parenting, home management, money management, coping skills, and self-confidence. Children who have witnessed domestic violence may have low selfesteem, impaired social skills, and/or poor academic performance. The occupational therapy service delivery process occurs in collaboration with survivors, abusers, family members, and other service providers.1 Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled at establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship, conducting interviews, fostering interpersonal communication, developing therapeutic groups and programs, promoting health and wellness, and understanding the effects that social conditions have on occupational performance. Occupational therapy evaluation and assessment should be client centered and occupation based, identifying intrinsic and extrinsic factors that support or hinder performance of desired occupations. Occupational therapy interventions with survivors of domestic violence should emphasize building self-esteem and empowerment, regardless of whether the individual is able to leave the domestic violence relationship. Using a cognitive-behavioral approach is helpful to increase insight and problem solving of the client experiencing domestic abuse. Other interventions for domestic abuse survivors may address modeling strategies (such as parenting skills), budgeting, improving concentration, remediating life skills, providing stress management, and teaching coping strategies. Alternatively, occupational therapy practitioners may collaborate with other professionals to provide interventions to abusers, including training in social skills, anger and stress management, parenting skills, and assertiveness. We must also remember to regard our clients with empathy and provide a nonjudgmental, safe environment for service delivery. Using our therapeutic rapport with clients, we can open the door to communicating about concerns regarding domestic violence and provide holistic care through occupational therapy interventions that empower our clients and address their occupational needs. Lastly, it is important to remember that as health care professionals, occupational therapy practitioners have an ethical responsibility to take actions that promote the health and safety of individuals affected by domestic violence. Although reporting child abuse is mandated, some states also mandate reporting suspected abuse of adults, especially those with disabilities and older adults. Practitioners can refer to asp for specific state requirements for reporting family violence. n

1. American Occupational Therapy Association. (2011). Occupational therapy services for individuals who have experienced domestic violence. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, S32–S45. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.65S32 2. Meuer, T., Seymour, A. & Wallace, H. (2002). Domestic violence. In National victim assistance academy textbook (Chapt. 9). Retrieved November 29, 2011, from http:// 3. Fisher, J., & Shelton, A. (2006). Survivors of domestic violence: Demographics and disparities in visitors to an interdisciplinary specialty clinic. Community Health, 29, 118–130. Amanda Kessler, MS, OTR/L, is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at West Virginia University.



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A bag of trash, a freshly filled pothole, an approaching vehicle— things that most motorists disregard every day on the road can be frightening to someone who has returned from a war zone. These items are among countless anxiety triggers for returned service members behind the wheel. Erica Stern, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is conducting research through a grant from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs about the fears that military service members experience behind the wheel. “I can’t talk with somebody who is a returned service member without them telling me about driving issues,” she said in a New York Times article, “Back From War, Fear and Danger Fill Driver’s Seat,” on January 10. Marc Samuels, MS, OTR/L, CDRS, evaluates service members and veterans who are seen at the polytrauma unit—1 of just 5 in the nation—at Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System in California. In his work with veterans he has observed extreme apprehension about things most drivers do not even notice. “I was out driving on the freeway with one guy and when we got to the off-ramp to exit, he spotted a bag of trash left from a road crew. He drove off the road and off the ramp to stay away from it. He was being hyper-vigilant of IEDs [improvised explosive devices],” Samuels said. “Fresh asphalt in a pothole is scary because it signals something dangerous buried there; building construction resembles a blown-out building. All soldiers, even passengers, in a convoy have duties. Each passenger is assigned a quadrant or an area of the road to watch so the driver can focus straight ahead. One guy I worked with was so hyper-vigilant that he was watching quadrants even as he was driving. And if he saw a guy off to the side and his wife did not report to him that the guy was OK, he would get mad at his wife.” Check out OT Connections for more blog entries as well as forum postings, photo galleries, and more.

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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. February
one day seminar is an overview of a sensory motor approach to feeding applicable for all ages and diagnoses. A three part oral-motor program will be introduced, followed by a brief discussion of medical, behavioral and sensory motor issues which impact feeding. The development of the oral motor skills needed for feeding and intelligible speech production will be reviewed. A foundation for planning and implementing sensory diets will be presented. The focus of the afternoon will be a hands-on sampling of pre-feeding exercises and specific feeding techniques. This course is offered for .6 CEU. Appropriate for OTs/COTAs/SLPs. Contact The Learner’s Workshop, 516-374-3377; or to register, visit our website A light breakfast as well as a lunch will be included. Contact Glen Gillen at 212-305-1648 or gg50@

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13th annual research symposium is devoted to research on postural control, motor learning, motor planning, and early sensory and motor indicators of autism and DCD. Earn 12 contact hours/1.2 CEUs through AOTA. Pre-Conference Institutes: I. Feb. 22–23, Measuring the Fidelity of Ayres Sensory Integration® Intervention; Presenters: Diane Parham, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, & Zoe Mailloux, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA. II. Feb. 22–23, Applying Ayres Sensory Integration® in School-Based Practice; Presenters: Lisa Test, OTD, OTR/L, Sarah Field, MA, OTR/L, & Anahita Daruwalla, MA, OTR/L. Contact Hours: 9 (.9 CEUs). Visit for further information and to register.

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A-ONE CERTIFICATION: Assessing Cognitive– Perceptual Dysfunction Through ADL and Mobility. This course is designed to train OTs in objec-

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back funds and budgets, and therapists are left with minimal supplies to meet the needs of their patients. This course teaches therapists how to look at common objects in a new and creative way for use in their work settings. A virtual tour is taken through hardware and home improvement stores to identify tools that are inexpensive and valuable when making modifications for patients. A “cookbook” of creative treatment plans is provided, with items that cost less than $5. For additional courses, information, and registration, visit our Web site at or call 414-227-3123.

Occupational Therapy on a Shoestring Budget: Using Everyday Objects to Achieve Extraordinary Results. Many rehabilitation facilities are cutting

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Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach.
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tively assessing the impact of cognitive–perceptual impairments (e.g., neglect, agnosias, spatial dysfunction, apraxia, body scheme disorders) on ADL and mobility, highlighting our unique contribution to this practice area. Limited enrollment. AOTA CEUs.

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Management of Flexor and Extensor Repairs of the Hand. This course will provide in-depth cov-

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At RehabCare, we revere both our patients and our work force, with a combination of Fun, Integrity, Respect, Support and Teamwork. We are currently seeking Occupational Therapists for our busy sub acute rehab facilities in San Rafael, CA, Natick, MA, Pasadena, TX and Puyallup,WA. Must possess or be eligible for an OT license in the state of application. For more information, please contact: Jeanette Ark at 502-596-6223 Email:

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 the development of 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 master’s 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 an 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. Master’s 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: Christina Griffin, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA Chair, Occupational Therapy Search Committee

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Continuing Life on the Move
Aging and Community Mobility
Clinical Associate Professor University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
This CE Article was developed in collaboration with AOTA’s Gerontology Special Interest Section.

Community mobility includes all the ways in which people move about in the world in order to access goods and services and remain engaged in occupations beyond their homes. In reference to older adults, much of the focus both professionally and societally has been on driving status as opposed to a broader consideration of mobility options and the capacity to use them. This article seeks to expand the sphere of occupational therapy involvement into more diverse realms of community mobility and offers an overview of potential roles and resources for occupational therapy practitioners.

After reading this article, you should be able to: 1. Categorize forms of community mobility and their relative rates of use by older adults in the United States. 2. Recognize the relationship between community mobility and well-being for older adults. 3. Identify community mobility challenges specific to people with age-related limitations. 4. Identify specific strategies occupational therapy practitioners can implement to address community mobility options and needs. 5. Differentiate between local, regional, and national transportation and community mobility resources beneficial to clients.

Master, 2011). Among seniors, approximately 90% of all trips are taken in private automobiles, either as the primary driver or as a passenger in someone else’s car (Pucher & Renne, 2003). For seniors who do not drive, access to other modes of transportation is crucial. The rates of social isolation and depression experienced by seniors who transition through driving cessation are well-documented (Fonda, Wallace, & Herzog, 2001; Marottoli et al., 1997; Ragland, Satariano, & MacLeod, 2005; Taubman-Ben-Ari, Mikulincer, & Gillath, 2004) and can serve as a call to action to address community mobility options for nondrivers. Even for seniors who drive, however, having a wide range of affordable and accessible transportation options is vitally important to maintaining social and familial contacts and supporting overall well-being (AARP, 2005). The primary goal of this article is to broaden the scope of concern about senior transportation from driving to comprehensive community mobility. Information and resources are provided to facilitate the work of occupational therapy practitioners who collaborate with older adults and transportation systems to ensure safe and effective travel. Background information regarding forms of travel is presented first, followed by examples of both specific and general roles occupational therapy practitioners can play in addressing community mobility and the resources to help enact them.

Public Transportation Public transportation, according to the American Public Transportation Association ([APTA], n.d.) consists of forms of travel that move more than one person at a time between locations, operate at least in part through taxpayer funding, and are available to all citizens of a specified geographic area. This definition of public transportation includes all entities involved in the planning, design, construction, and operation of bus, paratransit, light rail, high-speed rail, commuter rail, subway, and waterborne passenger services (APTA, n.d.). Only those systems operated in whole or in part with public funding constitute public transportation. Transportation services that operate as private businesses do not fall into this category. This distinction is important for understanding which types of transportation systems are mandated by law to provide accessible options for persons with functional limitations. Title II–Part B of the Americans with Disabilities Act ([ADA], 1990) mandates that public transit providers offering

It is widely acknowledged that the population profile of the United States is rapidly growing older. In line with this demographic shift, many issues related to aging are gaining increased societal attention; one of the most common issues addressed within the last 2 decades is the safety and well-being of older drivers. The attention devoted to driving is not surprising, given that people in the United States use passenger cars as their primary mode of transportation to a greater extent than any other country in the world (NationFEbRUARY 2012