Occupational Therapy: Occupational Therapy Intervention for Clients with Multiple Sclerosis

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About Course #I6385

Release Date: September 27, 2017

Expiration Date: September 27, 2020

This intermediate course provides rehabilitative personnel with the background and evidence to increase effective management of symptoms in people with MS. This up-to-date review will enable occupational therapists to better target the specific needs of their clients. While some standardization in assessments may be useful, individualization of assessment and treatment planning is needed. This course describes rehabilitative management, including assessment and intervention, for people with MS. The intent is to encourage therapists to "kick it up a notch," to apply sufficient intensity of appropriate evidence-based rehabilitation that challenges clients and improves their quality of life.

AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Performance skills; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes

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

About the Author(s)

Gail L. Widener, PhD, PT, is a professor at the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. She completed her BSPT at Texas Women's University and her PhD in physiology (emphasis in neurophysiology) at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Diane D. Allen, PhD, PT, is a professor at the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)/San Francisco State University. She completed her bachelor's degree and certificate in physical therapy at UCSF, a master's degree with a neuromuscular emphasis at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a PhD in education at the University of California, Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation measurement at Boston University.

Tracy Flemming Tracy, OT, MSCS, is an occupational therapist and a multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist certified through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) serving people with MS for the past 20 years, currently at the Tanner Center for MS. Tracy is the Executive Director of the Tanner Foundation and was previously the Vice President of Programs for the NMSS Alabama-Mississippi Chapter.

Rosalind Kalb, PhD, currently an information and resources consultant for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and program consultant for Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, has specialized in MS care, support, and education for over 30 years. After receiving her doctorate from Fordham University in 1977, she began her career in MS, providing individual, group, and family therapy at the Medical Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for MS at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Course 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.
  • Susan E. Bennett has disclosed that she has a financial relationship with Acorda Therapeutics and Medtronics. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.

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