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Diane Powers Dirette

PhD, OTL, FAOTA

Diane Powers Dirette is a professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University, mainly teaching Perception and Cognition, Research, and Theory. She earned her bachelor's degree at Eastern Michigan University and her master's and doctorate degrees at New York University, studying occupational therapy at all levels. She has published in national and international journals and has presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Dirette's main research interests are focused on treatments for people with acquired brain injuries, for whom she developed a frame of reference titled Self-awareness Enhancement through Learning and Function (SELF). Other areas of research include evidence-based practice, the use of compensatory strategies for cognitive deficits, Tai Chi for people with mental illness, and the use of grasp tests to detect malingering.

She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals in the health professions and is the coeditor of the textbook, Conditions in Occupational Therapy: Effect on Occupational Performance. She is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy.

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Evaluation and Treatment of Basic Visual Disorders

Presented by Diane Powers Dirette, PhD, OTL, FAOTA

Evaluation and Treatment of Basic Visual Disorders

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This course, with Dr. Diane Powers Dirette, provides an overview of the visual system and basic visual deficits. Participants are taught to conduct a visual screening and to provide interventions for visual deficits. Also included in this course is instruction about the differences between homonymous hemianopia and unilateral inattention, as well as training in how to screen for and treat these disorders. Printable screening sheets are included.

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Self-Awareness Training Through Learning and Function

Presented by Diane Powers Dirette, PhD, OTL, FAOTA

Self-Awareness Training Through Learning and Function

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In this course, Dr. Diane Powers Dirette presents the Self-awareness Enhancement through Learning and Function (SELF) guideline for practice. This guideline includes the theoretical base and instruction in how to provide the optimal assessment and intervention for deficits in self-awareness using the latest theoretical evidence. Evaluation forms for use with clients, families and therapists are provided and the use of these forms is demonstrated.

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