Leveraging Understanding from Emerging Adults with Developmental Learning Disorders in Guiding Occupational Therapy Practice

The University of Florida is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 5208. This distance learning is offered at .1 CEUs, introductory educational level, category 1 – Domain of OT – Occupations/ IADL, category 2 – Occupational Therapy Process – Occupational performance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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Consuelo M Kreider

Consuelo M Kreider PhD, OTR/L

Clinical Associate Professor

Consuelo Kreider, PhD, OTR/L is a Clinical Associate Professor. She teaches in the Doctor of Occupational Therapy program and supervises PhD students in the Rehabilitation Science Doctoral program. Her clinical expertise is in community-based occupational therapy working with individuals and families with neurodevelopmental and psychosocial challenges. Her research expertise is in qualitative methods, which enables in-depth understanding of both the individual’s experiences and the social environmental processes that support performance and participation of individuals with diverse experiences. Dr. Kreider has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health for investigation of the development of skills, strategies, and supports for fostering the social functioning and self-management of individuals with neurodiversity who are transitioning to new adult roles and social contexts. Her work extends to examination of access to supports and services for rural Veterans with disabilities through the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center – Gainesville. Supports developed through her research have been adopted by the University of Florida and have been judged as an Institute of Education What Works Clearinghouse intervention for post-secondary educational settings.

Students with learning and attention disorders face obstacles related to managing occupational and life demands during their transitions to adult roles. Occupational therapists are ideally suited to facilitate the occupational role and performance of high achieving youth with learning and/or attention disorders (L/AD) in preparation for and during the transition to adult roles and contexts through college pathways. However, greater understanding of these young people’s broad-ranging needs and challenges across academic, career development, social, and daily life contexts is necessary. This presentation describes challenges faced by young adult college students with L/AD, a multi-faceted approach for supporting these students used at the University of Florida, and insights learned from academically successful undergraduates with L/AD that can be used to guide both research and practice.

Target Audience

Occupational therapy and other health care professional practitioners, educators, supervisors, managers.

Educational Level

Introductory: Course content is appropriate for practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter who are seeking evidence-based knowledge of the topic with a focus on clinical application.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe clinical conditions comprising learning disabilities.
  • Describe clinical approach to understanding and supporting individuals with LD within or transitioning to a college setting.
  • Understand strategies for facilitating success and reflect on potential applications to your own practice.

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Category 1: Domain of OT – Occupations: Education
  • Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process – Intervention: Education and training                
  • Occupational Therapy Process – Outcomes: Role competence

Completion Requirements

0.1 AOTA CEUs (1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners) will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructors have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides. To complete course and earn credits, learner must pass a 10-question multiple choice post-test with a score of 70% or higher.