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Department Of Occupational Therapy

UFOT delegation presented at 2022 OT Summit of Scholars

A delegation of four faculty and five PhD students presented at the 2022 Occupational Therapy Summit of Scholars, hosted at the University of Wisconsin. The OT Summit brings together top researchers in the field and provides mentorship opportunities to build the next generation of OT researchers.

Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders

The course is an introduction to tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome. Using evidenced-based interventions, occupational therapists have a unique role in improving occupational functioning and improving quality of life for both children and adults living with tics in a variety of clinical settings. In this course, you will learn the symptoms of tic disorders, be introduced to the highly evidenced-based intervention(s) and provided with numerous resources to improve your clinical practice.

Webinar: What do Drivers Really Think about Autonomous Vehicles?

The deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies may hold important health and safety benefits for drivers across the driving lifespan. However, such benefits can materialize only if transportation users are willing to embrace the emerging technologies. Earlier studies document a wide variance in acceptance practices, based solely on surveys of drivers. This research used a combined approach of surveys and lived experiences of drivers engaging with AV technologies to examine technology acceptance and adoption of AV technologies. The webinar summarizes findings from the analysis of younger and middle-aged drivers’ perceptions of AVs before and after a) “driving” an interactive high-fidelity RTI driving simulator, in Level 4 autonomous mode, and b) riding in an autonomous shuttle (AS). Moreover, it discusses predictive models of facilitators and barriers for AV acceptance built from data collected from younger and middle-aged drivers (N=106) and older drivers (N=104). The findings reveal important foundational information about driver acceptance, their intention to use AVs, barriers to AV technology, and well-being related to AV technology across the driving lifespan.

Acute Care 101: Lines, Leads, and Lab Values Oh My!

Lines, leads, and lab values oh my! The world of inpatient acute care can be medically complex, intimidating, and difficult to navigate with an occupation-based approach. Have no fear! Our panel of occupational therapy advanced practitioners are here to help! These wizards of acute care best practices represent four different healthcare organizations across the state and will share their expertise in how to prepare for and succeed as a level II fieldwork student, as an entry level clinician, or as an experienced clinician who is new to the acute care setting. The panel will identify evidence-based resources and tools to empower clinical competencies and confidence, share acute care case studies in the acute care context of clients and student scenarios, outline clinical competencies and soft skills required for acute care clinical readiness, and showcase program development and quality initiatives in their respective settings to elevate an occupation based approach within the interdisciplinary culture of acute care practice.

Alumni Spotlight for National Occupational Therapy Month

The UF College of PHHP and the Great Department of Occupational Therapy are celebrating by spotlighting OT alumni who invest in the department and the profession as clinical Fieldwork Educators and Capstone Mentors. Thank you!

Chair’s overview of the UF OT Department

Sherrilene Classen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, finds it a privilege to provide you with some highlights of our great department. We have seen significant growth since 2017 as we have almost tripled the size of the department.