presented by Debra Latour
Financial – This instructor receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. Debra is also: Owner, Single-Handed Solutions, LLC – Inventor of record of patented prosthetic technology and method of use – Business relationship with TRS, Boulder, CO – Business relationship with Handspring, Middletown, NY – Business relationship with Shriners Hospitals for Children Non-financial – Co-Chair, Upper Limb Advisory Council, Amputee Coalition (AC) – Member, Board of Directors, Association of Children’s Prosthetic Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC) – Member, American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Upper Limb Society (AAOP)
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Debra Latour, M.Ed., OTR/L
Debra Latour has been an innovator from her earliest years. Debi wore her first prosthesis at the age of 14 months and then spent the years that followed working with the clinical team at Shriners Hospitals to improve upon their prosthetic designs. When it came time to decide upon her next step, Debi decided that…Read full bio
A basic necessity in life is the ability to eat, however, when faced with the function of only one hand, this task might prove a challenge. In this first chapter, Debi Latour offers a variety of strategies to approach eating and feeding oneself.
A number of personal hygiene tasks may seem impossible to complete with the use of only one hand, yet many individuals value the ability to complete these tasks without the help of someone else. Join Debi Latour as she demonstrates a variety of hygiene tasks including teeth brushing, contact application, and hair brushing.
Getting dressed and undressed is a task we complete each day. Strategies to don and doff all types of clothing from undergarments to outerwear are shown in this chapter.
Bathing presents its own set of unique challenges for those individuals with the use of only one hand, especially since those who use a prosthesis may not do so while bathing.
5. Toileting, Feminine Hygiene, and Intimacy
These sensitive topics may not be a favorite for discussion, but it’s important for occupational therapists to feel comfortable addressing them with their clients. In this final chapter for personal care tasks, Debi Latour expertly navigates what many try to avoid.