Disorders of Consciousness – Occupational Therapy Role


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Ashley Donnelly, MS, OTR/L, CBIS

Ashley Donnelly is an occupational therapist at UF Health Jacksonville. Ashley has 11 years clinical experience, working primarily in acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. As a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, her clinical expertise centers on the treatment of patients who have sustained traumatic or acquired brain injury. She additionally creates staff competencies and mentors rehabilitation staff in areas of neurological assessment and treatment. Ashley has a goal of becoming board certified in physical rehabilitation through AOTA.

This course focuses on the assessment and treatment of patients in a coma, vegetative state, and minimally conscious state following acquired or traumatic brain injury (consistent with Rancho I to IV).

Target Audience

This course is well-suited for rehabilitation professionals working with patients who have sustained an acquired or traumatic brain injury. This includes the following: occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.

Educational Level

Intermediate: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of rehabilitation and service delivery. Focus is on a basic understanding and application of the subject matter.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define Disorders of consciousness (DoC).
  • Define arousal and awareness as they pertain to DoC.
  • Differentiate each level of DoC.
  • Describe the role of therapy in the DoC population.
  • Explain the relevance of JFK Coma Recovery Scale – Revised (CRS-R).

Completion Requirements

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

Instructor 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, and take a multiple choice post-test.


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