Many rehab facilities are cutting back funds and budgets and therapists are left with very minimal supplies to meet the needs of their patients. It becomes tedious and boring for both the therapist and the patient to complete the same activities over and over. Many therapists need a recharge or a boost in creative treatment ideas to help motivate patients to achieve their full rehab potential. However, these innovative ideas must fit into the ever-decreasing treatment tool budget.
This course teaches therapists how to look at common objects in a new and creative way for use in their work setting. A virtual tour is taken through hardware and home improvement stores to identify tools that are inexpensive and valuable when making modifications for patients. A "cookbook" of creative treatment plans is provided with items that cost less than $5, many of which are found in most homes or workplaces. Dozens of items will be available for "hands-on" demonstration. Therapists will also get the opportunity to brainstorm with other therapists to solve their own treatment dilemmas.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- Adaptations for fine motor, oral motor, positioning, sensory, strengthening exercises
- Treatment plans with inexpensive everyday objects
- What items are available in local stores to make modifications
- Know which catalog to use for minimal cost on a variety of items
- How to use common materials to increase motivation and participation with your patients
therapist's perspectives on true life treatment riddles
- Learn to use everyday objects to meet therapeutic needs of patients with minimal dollar investment
- Identify common materials available at discount, hardware, and home improvement stores that can be used to increase independence in patients
- Identify various catalog and internet resources which carry similar products as more expensive therapy catalogs
- Evaluate patterns for adaptive equipment to be used for sensory, positioning, strengthening, fine motor, oral motor and ADL purposes
- Participate in analysis of actual patient treatment dilemmas
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Marti Smith, OTR/L, is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist from Austin, Texas, with over 10 years of experience in school systems, first steps, pediatric clinics, private autism placement and PRN geriatric rehab. She specializes in handwriting, autism and providing creative, quality care while working in low-income demographic areas. She graduated from Indiana University in 1996 with her
bachelor's degree in occupational therapy. Ms Smith strives to help her participants keep treatment sessions innovative, interesting and fun. She has co-written a handwriting manual with Ann Ferguson, OI, MS, titled Handwriting Helpers and produced a DVD on how to make adaptive switch toys, "Switching to Accessibility." Additionally, Ms. Smith has published a how-to book on making inexpensive rehab equipment with PVC called PVC for Rehab Professionals. She has been a national speaker since 2002 and credits countless attendees with many of the ideas referenced in her courses. Ms.
Smith's current workshops include "Hints for Horrible Handwriting," "OT and PT on a Shoestring Budget," and "Calming Strategies for Autism."
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"I am leaving with tons of information, which is great. You lived up to my expectations." - L. Connett, Little Rock, Arkansas
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Physical Therapy Assistants
- Nursing Home Administrators
Cross Country Education is a Preferred Provider of professional
continuing education with the National Association of Boards of Examiners of
Long Term Care Administrators (NAB) and has approved this program for the number
of clock hours listed under their sponsor agreement with NAB/NCERS. State
licensure boards, however, have final authority on the acceptance of individual
Cross Country Education is approved by the California Board of
Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 13345, for 7.2 contact hours.
Cross Country Education is an approved provider with the Iowa
Board Of Nursing, approved provider #328. This course is offered for 7.2 contact
Cross Country Education is an approved provider of continuing
nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by
the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Provider
#044013109, this course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.
Cross Country Education Provider #P3097 is recognized by the
Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for certified
athletic trainers. This course is offered for 6 CEUs.
Cross Country Education. is an approved provider by the Florida
Board of Nursing, provider #50-466. This course is offered for 7.2 contact
Cross Country Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of
continuing education. This course is offered for .6 AOTA CEUs. The assignment of
AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or
clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level Introductory, Category 1:
Domain of OT AND 2: Occupational Therapy Process.
This program has been submitted to the Alabama Board of Physical
Therapy for 7.2 contact hours for PTs and PTAs.
This seminar qualifies for 6 continuing education hours as
required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional
organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and
contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.
Check-In 7:30 AM; Class 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM