Webcast: Community Partnerships-Panel Presentation by Autisn Society and Easter Seals
Speakers: Marguerite Kirst Colston, MA, and Patricia Wright, PhD
Earn 1 contact hour (1 NBCOT PDU)
Occupational therapy and related services have been shown to be critical components to early intervention in children with autism, yet parents face hurdles in getting access to these services. Also, incorporating occupational therapy into an early intervention treatment plan is also denied too often by insurance or by school districts as "not an autism treatment" like speech and behavioral therapies. In this presentation, the Autism Society panelist discusses the current national challenge in access to treatment, policy and program areas being pursued to ensure access, and services being provided to both parents and professionals.
The increasing prevalence of autism has placed a significant responsibility on occupational therapy to meet the needs of this population. There is a growing research body documenting effective interventions and occupational therapy is one of many fields engaged in promoting evidence-based service delivery. This session provides participants with an insider’s view of how Easter Seals is building capacity in delivering effective interventions and includes specific strategies and approaches and a discussion on challenges.
At the conclusion of the session, the learner will be able to:
- Identify resources available from the Autism Society for families and individuals they serve.
- Recognize federal and state policy initiatives that may affect their practice.
- Recognize autism as a “whole body, whole family” condition.
- Identify three strategies to promote evidence-based practices into their daily work.
- Identify at least one barrier in translating published research into daily practice.
- Identify at least one practice in which they engage that if modified could increase the application of evidence-based practice in their work-setting.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
AOTA Classification Codes for Continuing Education Activities
Category 3: Professional Issues, Contemporary Issues and Trends
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