Disciplines:
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
Item#: ISP10

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Physical Dysfunction Bundle II


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Item # ISP10
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This Physical Dysfunction Bundle consists of 10 hours of content to prepare the occupational therapy practitioner to evaluate and treat clients who require wheelchair seating, carpal tunnel, or dysphagia intervention.

This product includes the following courses:
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Improving Intervention Effectiveness

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6357  

Expiration Date: March 20, 2019

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common compression neuropathy of the upper extremity; impacting up to 10 million people a year. The sources of CTS are varied and can be precipitated by many different aspects of daily life; however, CTS primarily results from repeated or prolonged compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel along with nine flexor tendons. Median nerve compression can result from repetitive hand and wrist activities, a specific traumatic injury, a systemic condition such as diabetes or pregnancy, or the thickening of the protective sheaths that surround the flexor tendons that extend through the carpal tunnel. Exposure to these varied sources of compression can place an individual on the path to developing CTS without being aware of the progression of the condition until symptoms appear. 

This course enables practitioners to develop an evidence-based practice approach to the assessment, prevention, and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Although designed for intermediate-level clinicians, the course begins with a brief overview of the anatomical and physiological features of CTS, including a summary of symptoms and functional impairments. A discussion of potential causes and risk factors is presented, followed by a critical analysis of various assessment tools and tests used to evaluate an individual for CTS. Finally, the evidence for various preventive and rehabilitative interventions is reviewed with a focus on rehabilitative interventions. By gaining a better understanding of the complexities of CTS, practitioners will be able to formulate more effective and efficient evidence-based interventions for clients with CTS.

AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the prevalence, incidence, and impact of carpal tunnel syndrome on clients’ activities of daily living.
  • Recognize the normal anatomical structure of the carpal tunnel, as well as naturally occurring variants.
  • Describe the etiology and clinical presentation of carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Identify the accuracy and utility of assessment tools and tests used to evaluate clients with potential carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Differentiate the efficacy of various interventions for preventing or remediating symptoms and functional deficits resulting from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Author Bio(s)

Shawn C. Roll, PhD, OTR/L, CWCE, RMSK, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist with 12 years of clinical and research experience in the assessment, prevention, and rehabilitation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. From The Ohio State University, Dr. Roll received a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy, a master of science degree in allied health, and a doctor of philosophy degree in health and rehabilitation sciences. In addition to being a licensed occupational therapist, he is a certified work capacity evaluator and is a registered musculoskeletal sonographer. Dr. Roll is currently an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. His research investigates the etiology and prevention of carpal tunnel syndrome and evaluates the process and clinical benefits of integrating musculoskeletal sonography into clinical rehabilitation. In addition to other scholarly work, Dr. Roll has authored more than 10 publications related to the diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, and he has presented his work both nationally and internationally.

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Victoria Priganc, PhD, OTR, CHT, CLT, is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England and is an associate editor for the Journal of Hand Therapy. She received her PhD in occupational therapy from Nova Southeastern University and her master’s degree in movement science and rehabilitation from the University of Vermont. She has been an occupational therapist for 20 years and a certified hand therapist for more than 15 years. She has authored numerous publications and book chapters, and was an invited guest editor for the Journal of Hand Therapy Basic Science issue. Victoria has been an Active Member in the American Society of Hand Therapists.

Dysphagia in Older Adults: Current Evaluation and Treatment Approaches

Price: $39.95 
Item # I6372  

Release Date: March 22, 2016

Expiration Date: March 22, 2019

Dysphagia, a disorder of eating and swallowing is a rapidly emerging problem within medical, international and national public healthcare institutions. Healthcare practitioners encounter clients distraught over the inability to eat and swallow. These clients may experience anxiety in coughing and choking when attempting to take a sip of fluid, eat a piece of bread, or ingest medication. The clients may indeed be at risk for aspiration, possibly leading to pneumonia, as well as being at higher risk for dehydration and malnutrition, leading to debilitation and illness. Families are frequently at a loss for how to help their loved one eat to “gain weight” and “recover” from an illness.

In the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, dysphagia was linked with acute and chronic medical, pulmonary, and neurologic disorders. Sequelae of dysphagia, such as malnutrition and debilitation, take a toll on individuals’ health and related health care costs. Dysphagia is pervasive in the adult and aging populations, and associated with a wide variety of diseases and disorders. Clients with dysphagia face significant health and psychosocial challenges inherent in a swallowing disorder. Occupational therapists are in a unique position to intervene with this population. Clients with dysphagia receive care at home, in clinics and hospitals, and in rehabilitation or extended care facilities. 

This intermediate-level course is designed to provide occupational therapy practitioners with the most current information and evidence from best practice to advance holistic treatment addressing the needs of their clients with dysphagia. Additionally, this course presents information on several validated screening and outcome measures for early detection of signs and symptoms, and for documentation of client improvements. By increasing their knowledge of the characteristics of swallowing disorders, their use of clinical and/or instrumental assessments and their ability to implement a holistic treatment approach, clinicians can improve the quality of life for clients with dysphagia and their families.

 

AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes

 

 

 

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
  • There are no prerequisites for this course
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the prevalence, causes, and consequences of dysphagia
  • Describe the anatomic, sensory, and motor components of normal swallowing
  • Identify neurologic, medical, and age-related characteristics of dysphagia
  • Describe the clinical and functional assessment of dysphagia
  • Identify occupational therapy approaches to treating clients who have dysphagia
  • Identify tools used to measure treatment outcomes for dysphagia
Author Bio(s)

 

Marcia Cox, MHS, OTR/L, SCFES, is a clinical specialist in outpatient neurorehabilitation and feeding, eating, and swallowing at Kettering Medical Center and the NeuroRehab & Balance Center, both in Kettering, Ohio. Her career has focused on program development and education of occupational therapists in the areas of feeding, eating, and swallowing and in stroke rehabilitation. She received a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas in 1972 and a master’s degree in health science from the University of Indianapolis in 2001. Ms. Cox has served on panels for both the development and revision of the American Occupational Therapy Association Board for Advanced and Specialty Certification (BASC) Feeding, Eating and Swallowing Specialty Certification. She has served as a reviewer for candidates for the Feeding, Eating and Swallowing specialty certification. Ms. Cox has been a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty member for occupational therapy programs in Ohio and Indiana in the area of feeding, eating, and swallowing.

 

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Pamela Roberts, PhD, MSHA, OTR/L, SCFES, FAOTA, CPHQ, FNAP, is the director and a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and neuropsychology and the director of academics and physician informatics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She is also the senior director for quality, outcomes, and research at the California Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Roberts earned her occupational therapy degree at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; her master of science degree in health administration from California State University at Northridge; and her PhD in health sciences from Touro University. During the course of her career, Dr. Roberts has worked throughout the continuum of care as a clinician, administrator, educator, and researcher. Dr. Roberts was involved in the development of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) specialty certification program, including receiving her AOTA specialty certification in Feeding, Eating and Swallowing. She also has certification in Advanced Practice in Swallowing through the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Dr. Roberts has also been an author on a number of dysphagia publications. Dr. Roberts’s research and scholarship include serving as principal investigator and coinvestigator on a variety of research projects, and she has provided numerous workshops and consultations on rehabilitation, dysphagia, informatics, and health services research topics regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Introduction to Wheelchair Seating and Positioning: Considerations in Occupational & Physical Therapy Practice

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6370  

Expiration Date: February 3, 2019

This course provides the occupational and physical therapy practitioner with a broad overview of the assessment and provision of wheelchair seating. This course is written at a basic-to-intermediate level for the occupational or physical therapist that has little or no experience in this specialized practice area. Many people require the use of a wheelchair for dependent or independent mobility, and each wheelchair provides some form of seating. Wheelchair seating directly affects a client’s position which, in turn, affects function for all of that person’s daily tasks.  It is essential that occupational and physical therapists be able to competently participate as a member of the team in determining the optimal seating and wheeled mobility interventions for a particular client. Common diagnoses that a client using a wheelchair may have include cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophies. 

This course systematically reviews wheelchair seating considerations, beginning with assessment. A key part of seating assessment is the mat examination, which helps determine where and at what angles a client needs postural support for optimal alignment, pressure distribution and relief to prevent the development of pressure ulcers. Body positioning is critical; the body should be positioned to support the task that needs to be accomplished. Clients often must find both a position of rest and a position suitable for functional or task performance within the same seating system. The course explores available seating system categories and materials and describes specific seating challenges, including their causes, goals, and suggested interventions.

AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Assessment, Intervention

 

 

 

Disclosures
  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  •  All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • Michelle Lange has disclosed that she makes presentations on behalf of manufacturers of seating and mobility equipment, including Stealth Products, and consults on the development of webinar and live educational content with several organizations, including NRRTS, RESNA, and Numotion. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence through its peer review process.
Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Describe the steps in a seating assessment
  • Identify types of seating systems
  • Describe the clinical considerations in selecting seating systems
  • List common positioning challenges and strategies for seated mobility
  • Describe specific applications for seated mobility
Author Bio(s)

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS, is an occupational therapist with more than 25 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former clinical director of the assistive technology clinics of Children’s Hospital Colorado. Now in private practice, Ms. Lange evaluates and treats children and adults with a variety of diagnoses and provides consultation and education in the areas of wheelchair seating and mobility, accessibility, assistive technology access, mounting, interfacing, and electronic aids to daily living. She is a well-respected lecturer who presents live educational programs and webinars nationally and internationally, and has authored four book chapters and nearly 200 articles. Ms. Lange is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., and clinical editor of Directions magazine, a publication of the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS). She is on the teaching faculty of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). A past member of both the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on the Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board and current member of the Clinician’s Task Force, Ms. Lange is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP), certified Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS) and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA).

Peer Reviewer Bio(s)

Kerri Morgan, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, is an occupational therapist and a certified assistive technology professional. Dr. Morgan completed both a master’s degree in occupational therapy and her PhD in movement science at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She currently works in Washington University’s Program in Occupational Therapy, where she teaches a graduate-level class on assistive technology and conducts research on the movement patterns of people with disabilities, with the goal of guiding community-based and person-based interventions that improve the participation of people with lower-limb mobility impairments. In addition to assisting in the development of a wheelchair seating clinic, Dr. Morgan has helped develop and test standardized measures that assess a person’s quality of participation in major life activities and the environmental facilitators and barriers impacting participation. She also helped create a community-based program housed in a local independent-living center that provides services for people with disabilities (such as assistive technology education and delivery programs). An avid wheelchair athlete, Dr. Morgan has been a member of both the U.S. National Quad Rugby Team and the U.S. Paralympic Track team.

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