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Featuring: Mary-Margaret Windsor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded May 26, 2015

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. The LiveTalk is part of the Sensory Integration and Mental Health Concerns bundle.

Description: This LiveTalk will address the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on the lives of institutionalized and adopted children. Challenging factors contributing to PTSD in this population, including the nature of institutional environments in difficulties in attachment and bonding in adopted children, will be discussed, as possible support options and intervention approaches for caregivers and professionals.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Describe three challenges which contribute to PTSD in institutionalized children.
  2. Identify three ways to support caregivers and other professionals working with this population.
  3. Describe three ways that PTSD impacts the lives of institutionalized and adopted children.

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants, social workers, mental health professionals.

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or .1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Dr. Mary-Margaret Windsor has over 40 years experience working with children with sensory and neuromuscular problems.  She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT).  She received her doctoral degree from Boston University where she was a faculty member teaching pediatrics.  She was also a faculty member of Sensory Integration International and taught the SIPT certifaction courses, particularly sensory integration theory.  For the past twenty years she has been involved in humanitarian work, primarily working as an Occupational Therapy Consultant for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.  She has worked in orphanages and institutions in numerous countries including China, Russia, Romania, Azurbijan, Jamaica and Croatia among others.  She often conducts initial needs assessments and facilitates capacity building through provision of knowledge and treatment strategies to the institutions professional and personal caregivers (doctors, therapists, nurse-caregivers). She has extensive experience developing model programs for early identification and intervention for vulnerable children who no longer live with parents or families.

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Continuing Education: 


Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


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