Traumatic Brain Injury: Occupational Therapy Interventions, 2nd Edition

About the Course
Because TBI affects all age ranges, occupational therapy practitioners are likely to encounter clients with acute or chronic effects of TBI in any practice setting. Occupational therapy practitioners who do not practice primarily with clients with TBI are challenged to keep up with the latest information. This basic introductory course will serve to provide a current update to occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who are interested in providing evidence-based services to their clients with TBI. This course will provide current information on types and classifications of brain injuries as well as information on the treatment of performance skill impairments and occupational performance limitations commonly experienced by clients with TBI.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the major classifications, prevalence, and etiology of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
  • Identify impairments related to TBI.
  • Explain the effects of performance skill or client factors on occupational performance and participation.
  • Select the appropriate evidence-based interventions to address performance skills or client factor impairments for individuals who have had TBI.
About the Authors
Diana Davis, PhD, OTR/L, has over 30 years of clinical experience working in multiple settings with individuals with traumatic and acquired brain injury in Los Angeles, Louisville, KY, and West Virginia. She currently is an associate professor of occupational therapy at West Virginia University. She instructs students on evaluation and interventions for clients with neurological dysfunction and intervention to address long-term issues associated with chronic neurological disorders. She has published in the area of brain injury rehabilitation and community reintegration. Dr. Davis has presented extensively on topics related to brain injury, including parenting with disabilities, return to work, and community reintegration. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy at Western Michigan University and her master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education leadership and policy studies at West Virginia University.

Amanda Acord-Vira, EdD, OTR/L, CBIS, has been working with individuals with traumatic and acquired brain injury through clinical practice, research, and education since 2002. She received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy  and doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from West Virginia University and obtained her graduate certificate in special education and traumatic brain injury.  Ms. Acord-Vira is an associate professor at West Virginia University in the division of occupational therapy. She has published and presented on the topic of brain injury at the state and national level in the areas of community participation, return to work, parenting with disabilities, and caregiving for brain injury survivors. She is also a coauthor for the “Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury” from the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Practice Guidelines Series.

Kristine Legters, PT, DSc, NCS, is a physical therapist with more than 30 years of experience examining and treating patients with neurologic dysfunction, of which 12 years were in brain injury rehabilitation. Her current clinical practice is with adults with developmental disabilities in the group home setting. Dr. Legters is the chair and an associate professor in the Gannon University Doctor of Physical Therapy program, where her primary teaching responsibilities are neuroscience and adult neurologic rehabilitation. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, a Master of Science degree in health science administration at Gannon University, and a Doctor of Science degree in neurological physical therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. She is a Neurologic Certified Specialist with the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Legters has published and presented on a broad range of topics, including fear of falling in older adults and persons with vestibular dysfunction and post-polio syndrome.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 70% 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.

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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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