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Motivating Children Through a Thematic Approach to Teletherapy

presented by Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L

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Financial: Jenny Clark receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She receives royalties from AAPC Publishing, Therapro, Abilitations, Cross Country Educations/PESI, and Summit Professional Education.

Nonfinancial: Jenny Clark has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 75 minutes, Learning Assessment: 29 minutes
The practice of pediatric teletherapy poses unique challenges to physical and occupational therapists. These include how to get kids motivated, keep them engaged, and decrease behaviors that interfere with productive sessions. Clinicians will learn why engaging a child's interests in treatment planning improves sustained, active engagement during teletherapy. This course will focus on ready-to-implement, themed-based teletherapy activities therapists can put to practice immediately.

Meet Your Instructor

Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L

Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L, has helped children for the past 30 years as a licensed pediatric occupational therapist, working as a speaker, school-based occupational therapist, consultant, private practitioner at her own clinic (Jenny's Kids, Inc.), independent contractor for early intervention services, author, and inventor. Jenny currently works as an OT supervisor in school-based teletherapy practice.…

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1. Overcoming Obstacles in Pediatric Teletherapy

Chapter 1 addresses obstacles common to pediatric teletherapy. These include attention and behavior problems during sessions as well as limited therapy tools. Therapists need to understand why it is important to create a session plan focused on what each individual child enjoys and what readily available materials can be used creatively for engaging a child.

2. Themed-Based Teletherapy Activities: Nature

Chapter 2 looks at nature-theme-based teletherapy activities using ordinary items. Step-by-step instructions for teletherapy activities with themes such as flowers, ocean, butterflies, and animals are discussed. It is important for therapists to have a list of ready-to-implement teletherapy activities that develop sensory and motor skills in children.

3. Themed-Based Teletherapy Activities: Pirates

Chapter 3 looks at pirate-theme-based teletherapy activities using ordinary items. Step-by-step instructions for teletherapy activities are discussed on how to make a paper sailboat pirate ship, island hopping with pillows, drawing a treasure map, and more. It is important for therapists to have a list of ready-to-implement teletherapy activities that develop sensory and motor skills in children.

4. Themed-Based Teletherapy Activities: Seasons

Chapter 4 looks at seasons-theme-based teletherapy activities using ordinary items. Step-by-step instructions for teletherapy activities with themes for spring, summer, winter, and fall are discussed. It is important for therapists to have a list of ready-to-implement teletherapy activities that develop sensory and motor skills in children.

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