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Putting the 'FUN' in Functional: Pain Management, Environmental Safety, and Balance

presented by Danielle Keyser, MS, LOTR, GTC

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Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will take participants through a well-planned treatment session with an elderly client exhibiting increased fall risk, increased joint pain, and decreased mobility. A framework for a treatment session is illustrated through objective assessments, and treatment remediation/strategies interweaving patient engagement and function throughout the process. Assessments of the client's fall risk, pain, and mobility are chosen to reflect the context of the client's occupational roles and environment. Treatment and remediation strategies demonstrate a variety of occupational therapy theories and frames of references throughout the session to guide the client to successful outcomes. Join occupational therapist Danielle Keyser as she discusses the theories of Ecology of Human Performance, Rehabilitation Frame of Reference, and Motor Learning Theory as they relate to successful rehabilitation of the elderly client.

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Danielle Keyser, MS, LOTR, GTC

Danielle Keyser MS, LOTR, GTC is a practicing Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the Louisiana State University (1998), and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001). She is a Certified and Registered Occupational Therapist in the state of Louisiana, a member…

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1. Background and Pain Assessment: Ecology of Human Performance (EHP)

In this chapter, participants will come to understand the importance of participation and client engagement for gathering information on occupational roles, insights, perceptions of disability and pain in order to narrow down a treatment focus. Learn to use the model of EHP, and recognize that task performance is an interaction between a person, their environment, and the meaning one attaches to a task.

2. Balance Assessment and Balance Treatment Strategy: Motor Learning Theory

A thorough balance assessment calls upon the utilization of the TUG and 4 Square Step Test, which provide clients with information on any crucial deficit areas (balance/fall risk) they may have. In this chapter, participants will learn how to provide specific feedback to the client in relation to normative data and function. Keyser discusses the appropriate method in which to use the model of Motor Learning Theory, and recognize the principles of practice and feedback during treatment, both internally through the sensory system, and externally through visual and verbal cues.

3. Functional Reach Test and Adaptive Equipment/Home Modification as a Treatment Strategy: Rehabilitation Frame of Reference

Occupational therapist Danielle Keyser instructs participants on how to correctly utilize the Functional Reach test for information on crucial deficit areas in balance and fall risk. Other topics to be discussed include instructions for using the Rehabilitation Frame of Reference, and recognizing the principle of independence through compensation with environmental modifications and adaptive devices.

4. Home Exercise Program: Ecology of Human Performance and Motor Learning Theory

Why is a home exercise program useful, and how do you create one? In this chapter, Keyser highlights the essential information needed to create a home exercise program that integrates both motor learning theory and the EHP to increase participation. Upon completion, viewers will be able to recognize the importance of client participation and engagement in the treatment session, as well as the value of objective measures to gauge progress for successful outcomes.

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