Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


About the Course:
The purpose of this intermediate level course is to provide occupational therapy practitioners with in-depth knowledge about working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in traditional and role emerging practice settings. 

Course Objectives:

  • Define intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), identify the specific conditions associated with IDD, and describe their typical presentation.  
  • Analyze the historical, social, and cultural influences on the treatment of individuals with IDD  
  • Compare and contrast theoretical frameworks of disability and contexts of care typical for individuals with IDD  
  • Illustrate the importance of the interdisciplinary treatment team and roles of individual members in the treatment of adults with IDD   
  • Apply occupational therapy models of practice and theories to assessment and intervention for adults with IDD 

About the Author:
Molly Bathje, Ph.D., M.S., OTR/L is an assistant professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.  Dr. Bathje holds a bachelor of science in occupational therapy degree from Saint Ambrose University, a master of science in health systems management degree from Rush University, and a doctor of philosophy in interdisciplinary health sciences degree from Western Michigan University.  During more than  20 years of practice as an occupational therapist, Dr. Bathje practiced in mental health, outpatient pediatric, acute care medicine, long term care and academic settings. A primary focus of her research and scholarship is understanding and addressing health disparities faced by adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in health care settings. She published several peer reviewed articles and presented nationally and internationally on this topic.  She is part of an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, grant funded project to create interdisciplinary educational materials focused on intellectual and developmental disabilities for health professional students. She is an assistant editor for the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, served in multiple leadership positions within the state occupational therapy association, and is a board member for a nonprofit agency that initiates, provides and promotes services for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

How to Receive Credit

  • Watch the full video course which requires a 3-hour time commitment.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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