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Department Of Occupational Therapy

Sherrilene Classen named PHHP Alumna of the Year

The College of Public Health and Health Professions named Sherrilene Classen, Ph.D., M.P.H., OTR/L, FAOTA, FGSA, the Outstanding Alumna of the Year. She was recognized at the college’s convocation ceremony May 5.

Driving Rehabilitation: Considerations for Private Practice

This course is designed for the healthcare professional who has experience in driving rehabilitation and is considering starting a private practice. The presenter provides an overview of information that needs to be gathered in order to make an informed decision about pursuing private practice. Participants will learn about business tools and strategies to guide their decision. In addition, the course includes a spreadsheet to create a financial plan for a driving rehabilitation practice.

Drive Focus: A Driving Intervention Tool

This course will provide an overview of the development and use of a driving intervention tool, Drive Focus. The presenter will describe the tool’s evolution from an experience with a driving rehabilitation client to a visual-cognitive training application for driving. Participants will learn of the usability and efficacy studies that have been completed with the tool. In addition, participants will learn how Drive Focus may be used with clients in an in-patient, out-patient, or driving rehabilitation practice setting.

Case Study: Driving and Parkinson’s Disease

Through a case study, this course will provide an example of a comprehensive driving evaluation for an individual with Parkinson’s disease. Participants will learn how to utilize clinical findings to interpret on road driving performance while taking into account the individual’s context and environment when making fitness to drive recommendations. In addition, participants will be introduced to intervention strategies that may support individuals with Parkinson’s disease to continue to drive.

Case Study of Driving Readiness: Comparing a Teen with ADHD/ASD to a Healthy Control

In this course, readiness to drive is assessed for a teen with a dual diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) compared to a healthy control, using indicators such as medical history, clinical testing, life skills, and simulated driving performance results. Using this case study and a decision tree, the presenter interprets how these indicators can guide a therapist to determine readiness for driving. The course also explores how to prepare teens, not yet ready to drive, for independence in community mobility and future driving.

Rebecca Harty named as a PHHP 2018 Superior Accomplishment Award winner

Rebecca Harty serves as the business manager in the department of occupational therapy. In this role, she is responsible for budgetary planning, fiscal management, human resource activities and other business matters. She has a calm demeanor, exceptional attention to detail and impressive work ethic, colleagues said. “I’ve never met…

Predicting Simulated Driving Performance in Teens with ADHD/ASD

In this course, the authors introduce the crash statistics and characteristics of teens in general, as well as those with ADHD and ASD. Using clinical tests, driving performance videos of teens in a driving simulator, and statistical analysis, the authors propose indicators of readiness to drive for teens at large, and for those with ADHD and/or ASD.

Sandra Edwards Colloquium 2018

The Department of Occupational Therapy hosted the second annual Sandra Edwards Colloquium on February 24, 2018. The keynote speaker was Roseann C. Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.