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Families of Individuals with ASD: Using Family Centered Care in Practice

presented by Heather Kuhaneck

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This course is Part Two in a two part series. Families of individuals with ASD face significant stressors that are well documented. However, most families are resilient and find ways to cope. Specific occupational therapy practices using principles of family centered care can encourage and support coping and resilience. Occupational therapists well versed in these practices may assist the family in “reframing,” improve parental self-efficacy, and promote optimism and hope.

Meet Your Instructor

Heather Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/ L, FAOTA

Heather Kuhaneck, PhD OTR/L FAOTA, has practiced in pediatrics for over 25 years in rural and inner city schools, outpatient clinics specializing in OT using sensory integrative intervention, early intervention settings, inpatient settings, and privately in children’s homes. She currently is an associate professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching the pediatric content of the occupational…

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1. Using Principles of Family Centered Care in Practice

This chapter will define and describe family centered care practices and characteristics and relate them to occupational therapy practices. This chapter will be divided into specific sections that discuss ways to improve communication, assessment, and intervention. Specific areas of intervention that are outside the traditional OT role will be highlighted.

2. The Importance of Overcoming Barriers to Family Centered Practices

This chapter will support all of the suggestions made thus far with evidence from the literature and explain why it is important for occupational therapists to address common barriers to family centered practice.

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