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Featuring: Robyn Carreras, MS, OTR/L and Celia Hinrichs,  OD, FCOVD
originally recorded November 18, 2019

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness bundle.

Description: Occupational therapists whose clients have challenging ocular motor skills can sometimes benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach. However, they can find it difficult to determine when to refer the children with these challenges for services with outside professionals, such as a behavioral optometrist. This talk will illustrate how occupational therapists and behavioral optometrists can work together to meet the goals of their clients to best address ocular motor challenges. Case illustrations will be used to highlight strategies for building a successful, collaborative, working relationship. Come listen in on a conversation between these two professionals as they discuss the “how” and “why” they collaborate for more successful outcomes for these challenging clients.

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

  1. Identify key steps to determining when a collaboration with an optometrist is recommended
  2. Identify key strategies to use in collaboration with optometrists to foster common client goal achievement.
  3. Describe what a typical treatment plan may look like with a shared client.

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants

Domain: Activity Demands
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hour 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 Speakers: Robyn Carreras is a registered and licensed occupational therapist.  She earned her Master’s Degree from Boston University in 2009, thereafter immersing herself in pediatric practice at Boston Children’s Hospital and moving on to OTA the Koomar Center (previously OTA Watertown) to develop a special focus in sensory integration. As the daughter of an occupational therapist herself, Robyn has always felt an innate sense of purpose in helping people and empowering others to find and celebrate meaningful success in their lives. Robyn is known for captivating children with playfulness and is masterful in her therapeutic use of self. Robyn’s extensive experience in sensory integration includes direct evidence-based, client and family-centered therapy, groups, intensive intervention, mentoring, consultations, parent coaching, research, and lectures for both parents and professionals. Robyn’s training includes WPS Sensory Integration SIPT certification, Therapeutic Listening, iLS, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, SOS Approach to Feeding, Therapressure Program for sensory defensiveness, reflex integration, visual-vestibular integration, and trauma informed care. Personal interests in yoga, mindfulness and meditation, and positive parenting also influence her therapy practice.

Dr. Celia Hinrichs has been working with children and adults with multiple issues, complicated strabismic patients, and head trauma patients for over thirty years.  She has taught at New England College of Optometry’s Specialty Clinic and in the classroom, managed a private practice in optometric vision rehabilitation, and held both teaching and staff optometry positions at the Perkins Low Vision Clinic.  For more than twenty years, she developed her own practice where she did optometric vision therapy every day.  From 1990-2017, Dr. Hinrichs was the staff optometrist for New England Center for Children, a school geared to children with significant behavioral difficulties and autism.  She was selected as Chair of the International Exam Board for College of Optometrists in Vision Development from 2008 to 2011 and won the President’s Award in 2011 for her work. She is excited to be back at NECO Specialty Clinic clinically teaching again.  Throughout her career, she has lectured, taught and written on the needs of patients with multiple issues, complicated strabismus and head trauma.  She continues to develop approaches to allow individuals in these special populations to use their visual skills more effectively in daily living and education.

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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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