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Featuring: Margaret “Peg” Ingolia, MS, OTR/L
originally recorded June 29, 2015

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

Description: School and residential settings present unique challenges for therapists treating children and adolescents. These challenges can be further compounded by the particular needs of clients with trauma and mental health concerns. This LiveTalk will address sensory integration-based treatment strategies for this population as well as how to implement interventions in residential and school settings.

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

  1. Describe the unique needs and characteristics of children and youth who have experienced trauma.
  2. Identify at least 4 sensory-based intervention strategies for addressing trauma in the residential and school setting.
  3. Describe the unique challenges of using and implementing a sensory based approach to trauma in residential and school settings.

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 0.1 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: Peg Ingolia, MS, OTR/L is a Licensed and Certified Occupational Therapist with over 35 years of experience in hospital, school, private clinic and long-term care settings. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. Peg currently works at OTA as a senior therapist and specialty coordinator for manual therapies. She works as a consultant at the Gifford School and she developed the occupational therapy program at the Brandon Residential Treatment Center, where she also provides treatment and consultation services. Her specialty areas include sensory integration, manual therapy techniques in treatment, school-based service delivery, program development, and integration of SI theory with other treatment modalities. Peg has taught numerous courses through educational organizations and OTA The Koomar Center.

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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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