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Western Schools 365 Occupational Therapy Membership

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Just $124.95
Item # IS900

With the Western Schools 365 Occupational Therapy Online Membership you get: 

  • Unlimited access to all our high-quality, evidence-based online CE courses for occupational therapy professionals for a full year
  • Unlimited certificates for a full year
  • One price to fulfill some or all of your CE needs
  • The convenience of having all your online CE managed in one place
  • Instant access to certificates when courses are complete
  • When we publish New or Updated courses, they’ll automatically be added to your membership; retired courses will automatically be removed
  • Note: Western Schools 365 is valid only for the registered individual, and is non-transferable. Courses may be completed for credit only once during the one-year membership.


How it works:

  • Once you've purchased your membership, you'll be directed to your My Membership page, where you can select courses you'd like to complete by clicking the Enroll button
  • Access the courses you've enrolled by logging in to your account and navigating to My Courses. Follow directions there to complete courses for credit
  • Enroll in additional courses from your Membership by navigating to the My Membership page anytime and clicking the Enroll button next to your selected course(s)
  • We'll remind you by email before your membership expires so you have time to complete anything you still need to do
  • After your membership expires you will still have access to any courses you enrolled in, but credit will no longer be awarded for incomplete courses


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Adhesive Capsulitis: Occupational Therapy Examination, Treatment Diagnosis, and Intervention, 2nd Ed

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6435  

Release Date: February 7, 2018

Expiration Date: February, 7 2021

This intermediate level course developed for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, reviews the functional anatomy of the shoulder, provides an overview of adhesive capsulitis, including its etiology and epidemiology, and offers an up-to-date, evidence-based foundation for the diagnosis and intervention of adhesive capsulitis.


AOTA Content Focus: OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in Occupational Therapy Practice

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6356  

Expiration Date: March 23, 2019

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal brain disease; it is the most frequent type of dementia. Although causes of death from stroke, heart disease, and cancer have declined between 2000 and 2010, cause of death from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 68%. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States across all ages, and the fifth leading cause of death among persons aged 65 and older. The estimated number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to nearly triple by 2050 to 13.8 million, including 7 million people aged 85 and older. The annual number of new cases will begin to climb sharply around the year 2030, when all of the baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) will be over age 65.

This course is designed to increase occupational therapy practitioners’ basic knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The first part of the course presents an overview of the medical management of these disorders. The second part of the course focuses on occupational therapy screening, evaluation, and intervention of older adults with neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. While this basic-level course is written for occupational therapy professionals, it may also inform social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses who work with occupational therapy practitioners in acute and long-term care, institutional, home-based, or community settings about the role of occupational therapy on the health care team and their contribution.  

AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention

An Introduction to Low Vision Rehabilitation for Occupational Therapists

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6393  

Release Date: August 8, 2017

Expiration Date: August 8, 2020

Blindness is considered to be one of the ten leading causes of disability in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2015).  Legal blindness describes central vision of 20/200 or less in the better eye with best correction or visual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye (American Foundation for the Blind, 2008).  Low vision is a term used to describe vision loss not corrected by glasses, medicine or surgery. More than 20% of the total U.S. population will be over the age of 65 by the year 2029 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). The baby boomer population is projected to be larger than the population of those under the age of 18 by the year 2056 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2012). As the baby boomer population increases, many will be affected by eye diseases (Prevent Blindness America, 2008). This change in population serves as one factor warranting an increase in occupational therapy (OT) services for those individuals experiencing deficits in occupational performance due to age-related visual loss. The importance of occupational therapy’s role in low vision rehabilitation is paramount as the profession progresses as a leading skilled allied health care service for older adults.This basic, introductory course is intended to introduce the occupational therapy practitioner, who may not have received low vision education or is not comfortable intervening with this population, with current evidence-based information related to the management of clients with low vision. The course content is designed to increase the reader’s understanding of and ability to generalize concepts into daily assessment and intervention for clients experiencing occupational performance deficit due to low vision. Occupational Therapy practitioners will need to pursue further education if they wish to specialize in low vision. 



AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: performance skills; OT Process: evaluation & intervention

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.



Assessing Pain

Price: $24.95 
Item # I6302  

Expiration Date: May 2, 2019

This basic-level course provides an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, including the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, and presents skills for effective chronic pain assessment across various domains and settings. The course describes acute and chronic pain, and the prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical and psychological functioning, overall health, and quality of life. Selected tools and interview procedures for assessing the role and influence of chronic pain on an individual’s psychosocial functioning are described.

AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation

Michigan OTs & OTAs – Fulfills your pain and pain symptom requirement

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the Role of Occupational Therapy

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6358  

Expiration Date: March 23, 2019

This course presents information on the diagnosis of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the assessment tools and intervention strategies used in addressing this disorder.  This basic-level course is designed for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who have the background knowledge required for working with individuals with neurobiological disorders such as ADHD.  Background knowledge that will support achievement of the learning objectives include an understanding of abnormal psychology and mental health conditions, human development, an understanding of the domain of occupational therapy, and the service delivery process applied by occupational therapists, including general principles associated with occupational therapy evaluation and intervention. Upon completing this course, participants will have greater awareness of the diagnostic considerations and medical and non-medical interventions for ADHD and the potential roles for occupational therapists with this population.  Specific occupational therapy evaluation and intervention strategies that can be used with both children and adults with ADHD are presented.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common neurobiological disorder that manifests in childhood. It is characterized by persistent and maladaptive symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity and often continues into adolescence and adulthood. ADHD is often co-morbid with learning, mood, anxiety, and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adults, and with substance abuse in adults. The average age of onset is seven years of age, and boys are four times more likely than girls to have the disorder.  The prevalence of ADHD has steadily increased over the past 20 years, and is now reported to be present in 11% of children across the United States. Providing supports and clinical services for individuals with ADHD continues to be an important area for healthcare professionals including occupational therapists.

AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 2nd Edition

Price: $24.95 
Item # I6422  

Release Date: January 15, 2019

Expiration Date: January 15, 2022

This basic-level course presents information on the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)and the assessment tools and intervention strategies used in addressing this disorder. This course is designed for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who have the background knowledge required for working with individuals with neurobiological disorders such as ADHD.


AOTA Content Focus: Domain of OT - client factors; OT Process - Intervention; Professional Issues - Contemporary Issues and Trends

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Bipolar and Related Disorders: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Strategies, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6412  

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Expiration Date: July 18, 2020

Written for mental health professionals, including social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists, this basic-level course presents essential information about bipolar and related disorders, including diagnostic information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition (DSM-5). Because of its health-related consequences, bipolar disorder is among the top 10 causes of disability worldwide. Using a holistic, multimodal approach, clinicians can help the client stabilize his or her mood and return to a normal level of functioning.
This course describes the symptoms and the biological, psychological, and social factors that must be considered when working with individuals who have bipolar disorder.  The course portrays two different fictional clients to highlight the various aspects of bipolar and related disorders, including their social and occupational impact, and describes elements of treatment that are particularly useful. This course discusses psychopharmacology, and participants will learn about indications for and side effects of typical medications used in the treatment of bipolar disorders, such as mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and antidepressants. The course describes how single-system design methodology is used for outcome evaluation, an important consideration in today’s environment of managed care and third-party payers. Relapse prevention is discussed, including medication adherence and individual therapy.



AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Performance skills; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation & Intervention 


Breast Cancer: The Role of Occupational Therapists

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6375  

Release Date - November 29, 2016

Expiration Date: November 29, 2019

There are various effective therapeutic approaches that can be utilized with breast cancer survivors. Due to the physical and psychological effects of these treatments, there is a need for a therapeutic approach that focuses on the effect that this experience has on one’s psychosocial function and overall occupational performance. Cancer diagnosis and treatment can impose multiple degrees of physical and psychological strain on an individual. Physical deficits, such as lack of upper-body function related to postoperative pain, lymphedema, and decreased sensation and range of motion are common sequale after treatment for breast cancer. The repercussions associated with chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery can result in the inability to engage in meaningful occupations, return to work, or perform prior social roles and responsibilities adequately. Further, such repercussions can have a profound impact on one’s economic status and level of social functioning, which affects their overall occupational performance.

This intermediate course provides a critical review of current evidence to ensure occupational therapy practitioners are adequately prepared to provide the best care possible within the breast cancer population. Upon fulfilling the course objectives, practitioners will be prepared to develop an evidence-based approach to the evaluation and treatment of individuals with breast cancer throughout the pre-operative, post-operative and community phases of recovery.

AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Client Factors;  Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation & Intervention



0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.


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 

Chronic Illness and Depression

Price: $24.95 
Item # I6386  

Release Date: November 28, 2017

Expiration Date: November 28, 2020

This  basic-level course addresses the knowledge gap by providing rehabilitation  professionals with an overview of the co-occurrence of depression and chronic conditions and identifying challenges in screening and referring adults with chronic conditions and depression. It provides explanations for potential causes of and contributing factors to depression unique to individuals with chronic medical conditions. Although individuals with chronic conditions are at increased risk for depression, this course also explores factors that may enhance such individuals’ well-being and diminish the likelihood of depression.


AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Client Factor; OT Process: Evaluation

0.2 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Common Chronic Health Conditions Associated With Aging

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6411  

Release Date: July 18, 2017

Expiration DateL July 18, 2020

This basic-level course is designed to assist healthcare professionals in encouraging, teaching, and guiding older adults with chronic conditions to practice healthy lifestyles. This course explores common chronic conditions associated with aging, and discusses how healthcare professionals can help older adults manage these conditions and enhance health. Included is a look at the emotional effects of coping with loss, disability, and chronic conditions. Depression and bereavement are described, along with the stages of grief and methods of distinguishing among them. Because the incidence of cancer increases with age, preventive cancer screening and prevention guidelines for older adults are presented. Prevention, treatment of, and coping with such common problems as hearing loss, hypertension, and incontinence are also discussed. Because stroke, arthritis, and osteoporosis all have the potential to negatively affect functional status, these conditions are also reviewed to help promote healthy aging.

It is rare for an older adult to live a long life without any of the concerns presented in this chapter. Memory problems are discussed, including differentiating between normal aging changes and cognitive impairment. By taking preventive measures and practicing positive health habits, fewer older adults will face these issues. The information presented in this course is designed to help healthcare professionals guide older adults to a healthy lifestyle.



This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, I6406 - Healthy Aging, 2nd Edition.


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

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Concussion Management: A Comprehensive Evidence-Based Approach

Price: $24.95 
Item # I6405  

Release Date: October 29, 2018

Expiration Date: October 29, 2021

Concussion most commonly occurs during sports-related activities. The purpose of this intermediate-level course is to provide an overview of concussion with areas to assess and treat for the occupational therapy practitioner. Current evidence-based references are highlighted along with topics widely accepted in practice. This course is for practitioners who have a basic knowledge of brain injury and want to advance their skills in the assessment and treatment of concussion.


AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Client Factors; OT Process: Intervention & Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends

0.2 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Conservative and Surgical Management of the Osteoarthritic Hand and Wrist: An Occupational Therapy Perspective

Price: $39.95 
Item # I6314  

Expiration Date: September 2, 2019

This intermediate-level course provides a detailed overview of the pathophysiology and mechanics of the joints of the hand of those diagnosed with OA. In-depth information is presented on the medical diagnosis of OA, including the criteria established by the American College of Rheumatology, the distinction between primary and secondary OA, the taking of a client history, and the physical examination. The management goals and treatment options in managing OA are discussed, including conservative medical management, pharmacology, physical and occupational therapy interventions, and surgical options.

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

Conservative Management of Rotator Cuff Injury - INTERACTIVE COURSE: An OT Perspective

Price: $39.95 
Item # I6392  

Release Date: September 28, 2017

Expiration Date: September 28, 2020

The need for occupational therapy involvement in the treatment of RCIs lies beyond the incidence and loss of function. The treatment of rotator cuff pathology requires the skills of an expert focused on promoting health while encouraging engagement in occupation. Clients suffer limitations in multiple domains such as performance skills, activity demands and occupation. A person’s performance patterns, environment and client factors beseech us to individualize the treatment plan. A client centered approach will positively impact the client’s ability to participate in the intervention strategy.  Treatment of this complex pathology requires careful consideration of the life style and goals of the client in order to bring longevity to a successful treatment outcome.  All level of therapists will learn to apply an occupation based approach to a biomechanical application and acquire techniques to lessen the burden of rotator cuff rehabilitation on clients. The basic science portion of this course is presented in a manner appropriate for the beginner and intermediate level occupational therapist.  Therapists will profit from learning about common misconceptions about rotator cuff injuries uncovered by the advancement of imaging in recent years. Research in this area is difficult due to the confounding nature of the disease; therefore, it is vital for an evidence based practitioner to keep up with these changes. Participants will not only learn palpation and testing methods to assess a client, but also how to listen to and interpret the client’s complaints and symptoms in order to determine the best intervention strategy.


AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation & Intervention

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Older Adults, 2nd Edition

Price: $24.95 
Item # I6403  

Release Date: October 5, 2018

Expiration Date: October 5, 2021

Depression is the most prevalent mental health disorder among older adults. Depression and anxiety affect an older adult’s performance patterns related to habits, routines, rituals, and roles, as well as ADLs and IADLs, rest and sleep, formal and informal education, work, play, leisure, and social participation. This basic-level course provides current information on depression and anxiety disorders among older adults, including their types and causes, and their ramifications for occupational performance and treatment strategies. Screening tools and evidence-based treatment interventions are discussed. A case study further elucidates the role occupational therapy practitioners can play in the detection and treatment of depression and anxiety in older adults.


AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Documentation in Occupational Therapy Practice

Price: $24.95 
Item # I6371  

Release Date: March 4, 2016

Expiration Date: March 4, 2019

Occupational therapy practitioners typically complete some type of documentation required by their place of employment or practice area. Proper documentation provides suitable records of client contact, evaluation, and interventions that offer client information from an occupational therapy perspective, articulate the rationale for occupational therapy services, and provide a chronological record of the client’s status. Additionally, these records are often required as part of payment for service and provide a legal record of services rendered.

The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd edition, provides practitioners with documentation language that accurately describes the nature of occupational therapy services provided to clients. Using this approved language strengthens documentation and enables others outside of occupational therapy practice to better understand the role of occupational therapy. However, most seasoned practitioners have not had formal training in using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework language. This basic-level course provides an introduction to this language and fosters its use for effective clinical documentation in a variety of occupational therapy practice settings.

Upon completing this course, occupational therapy practitioners will be able to describe and use effective language and strategies for documentation of evaluation and treatment, as well as for writing discharge reports, in a variety of settings. Furthermore, practitioners will be prepared to explain and use more effective and efficient documentation in many areas of practice.


AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process; evaluation, intervention. Professional Issues; administration/managment, OT Education



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





Ethical Practices with Older Adults, Revised Updated 1st Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6430  

Release Date: February 7, 2018

Expiration Date: February 7, 2021

The number of older adults (age 65 and older) living in the United States is growing rapidly. Almost 60 million older adults were living in the United States in 2016. This number is projected to rise to over 72 million by 2030, when approximately one in five U.S. residents will be age 65 or older. The rapid growth of the older population results from multiple factors including medical advances, life-prolonging technologies, and the aging of the Baby Boom generation (whose members began turning 65 years old in 2011).
In coming years, healthcare professionals will face this aging of the population, along with the accompanying health and economic challenges. The purpose of this course is to highlight ethical issues that may confront healthcare and behavioral health professionals working with older adults and their families as these individuals near the end of life. Many of these issues are related to advances in medical technologies that have occurred over the past several decades (and that continue to be developed) and have led to increasingly complex choices. The course will provide background on ethical frameworks and principles used in healthcare settings for guidance in resolving ethical problems. This course will also identify major ethical issues concerning older adults and healthcare decisions and provide a model for addressing ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings.
This basic-level course is written for healthcare professionals, including nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational and physical therapy practitioners, and respiratory therapists. Other healthcare professionals who work with older adults and on interdisciplinary teams will also find the information presented useful to their practice.


AOTA Content Focus - OT Process: Evaluation; Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Ethics Issues and Decision Making in Occupational Therapy, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 
Item # I6399  

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Expiration Date: January 2, 2021

The purpose of this basic level course is to provide OTs and OTAs with an introduction to the study of ethical behavior and action as it is applied to occupational therapy practice, education, and research. It is designed to facilitate learning and using the ethical principles required to foster moral reasoning and to practice ethical decision making in occupational therapy. Specific objectives include defining terms used in discussing ethics, describing the principles and values of ethics organized into the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics, relating occupational therapy ethics to stakeholders in society, explaining a decision-making process for analyzing ethics issues, and discussing sample case studies. The case studies in this course are based on issues brought to the attention of the AOTA Ethics Commission (EC) members. All names and situations used in the case studies have been changed to avoid identifying any person or facility.


Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee & Utah OTs & OTAs - Fulfills your Ethics requirement.

AOTA Content Focus - Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative & Regulatory Issues

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Examination and Management of the Client With Parkinson's Disease

Price: $39.95 
Item # I6373  

Release Date: May 5, 2016

Expiration Date: May 6, 2019

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disorder, after Alzheimer’s disease, affecting approximately 630,000 people in the U.S. in 2010. This number is expected to double by 2040. The Parkinson Disease Foundation reports that 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. With the growing number of people living with PD, most occupational therapy practitioners are likely to encounter a client with this diagnosis in their practice. Practitioners enter the field with a general understanding of neurologic rehabilitation but lack specific training in the differential diagnosis, examination, and management of clients with Parkinson’s disease. Currently, research in occupational therapy management specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s disease is limited. Therapists might lack information regarding the most valid diagnostic tests and measures and the most current evidence-based treatment techniques. Over the past 20 years, with the growth of specialists and healthcare teams to treat Parkinson’s disease, occupational therapy has been included as a valuable treatment addition, especially with the growing evidence of its efficacy. A client-centered approach with initial focus on functional performance deficits is fundamental to occupational therapy assessment and intervention.

This intermediate-level course is designed to provide occupational therapists and certified occupational therapist assistants with the information needed to appropriately examine and treat the client with PD, including differential diagnosis of individuals who exhibit signs and symptoms indicative of PD. In addition, the learner will be able to manage clients with PD by designing a comprehensive treatment program based on the use of appropriate outcome measures. Equipped with the most current evidence, the learner will be able to discuss and critically evaluate interventions directed at the specific body structure and function, activity, and participation deficits associated with PD.


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



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