Webcast: Emerging as Leaders in Autism Research and Practice
Speaker: Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Earn .75 contact hour (.75 NBCOT PDU)
Occupational therapy is one of the most frequently requested and utilized services by professionals and parents of children with autism spectrum disorder. Yet, the value of occupational therapy services for this population often goes unrecognized and is devalued, under-funded, and under utilized. This presentation urges professionals to become leaders in autism practice and research by identifying key areas where occupational therapy can meet emerging needs. Critical gaps that occupational therapy can address include transitions from school to work, creating evidence-based, systematic protocols for interventions, and developoing clinical trials to evaluate outcomes. Current research and training examples underway by Dr. Schaaf’s research team at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia will be presented as examples of such efforts.
At the conclusion of the session, learners will be able to:
- Identify the unique contribution of occupational therapy in the field of autism
- Recognize the importance of the use of evidence-based practice for occupational therapists working with individual’s with autism;
- Identify a systematic approach for occupational therapist to generate evidence in their practice
- Recognize the importance of encouraging participates to advance their knowledge of autism through research and advanced practice opportunities.
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
Learning Level: Intermediate
AOTA Classification Codes for Continuing Education Activities
Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process, Outcomes
Category 3: Professional Issues, Occupational Therapy Research