HDSA partners with American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to offer a free multi part course on Huntington’s Disease.
If you would like to earn a free CEU from AOTA, you must take an online exam that will be posted on the AOTA website.
To access the module, go to store.aota.org and in the search bar, enter the code OL4920 which will bring up the course link.
Click on the link and add the course to your cart. You will be asked to create an account if you don’t have one. This is for purchases only – you will not be asked to become a member of AOTA.
Once you have “purchased” this free course, you will be sent an email explaining how to access the post test (learn.aota.org).
You will be able to download your CEU certificate immediately upon successfully completing the post test with a score of 75% or better.
Please contact Deb Lovecky at Dlovecky@hdsa.org if you have any questions.
Module 2: Safety in the Home (Code OL4921)
What a community based therapist needs to know about HD and the home setting. This can include changes to the home that are unique to HD, changes that will take place from early to middle to late stage HD
Evaluating a person with HD – how is this different from most patients seen by a community based OT
Eliminating fall hazards in the home setting
Presenter: Ash Rao, PT, Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation, Columbia University
Date of presentation: April 26, 2016 at noon EST (Please note date change)
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6363497585563941899
Module 3: Meaningful and Safe Engagement in the Community for Persons and Families with HD (Code OL4923)
The following points on community engagement will recognize that persons with HD often experience declining function in physical, psychological and cognitive abilities and that this impacts engagement, enjoyment and safety in community activities. This module will recognize the impact of declining function due to HD for both the person with HD and the family unit’s engagement in the community. These points of discussion will be addressed from the perspective of introducing compensatory strategies and modifications to maximize safety and function for persons and families with HD with a recognition of the progressive nature of the disease related to physical, psychological and cognitive function.
Presenter: K. M “Shelley” Watkins-Knewstep, OTR/L, HDSA Center of Excellence at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Date of presentation: August 16, 2016 at Noon EST
Module 4: Education of Caregivers of Persons with HD (Code OL4922)
This module will explore how musculoskeletal and cognitive changes can lead to issues with Behavior and Cognition including impulsivity, aggression, obsessions, apathy, anxiety and depression and will provide caregiver strategies from an OT perspective.
The module will also explore respiratory difficulties and seating and positioning with the goal to educate caregivers in ways to minimize and safely deal with these issues.
The module will also educate caregivers on self-support to prevent caregiver burnout or depression. It will also delve into the motor disorder associated with HD and how it can lead to impaired postural alignment, decreased balance and uncoordinated movements. The module will address the cognitive disorder associated with HD and how impaired memory and executive functions negatively impact thinking.
Presenter: Cindy Sargent, OTR/L, HDSA Center of Excellence at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Date of presentation: July 25, 2016 at noon EST