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Featuring: Judith G. Kimball, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded January 26, 2015

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

Description: Post-traumatic stress disorder interferes with daily life roles including sleep, attention, and quality of life both immediately after traumatic events and for extended periods afterwards.  Understanding how PTSD relates to sensory processing and how sensory-based interventions can facilitate performance in individuals with PTSD is important information for anyone working with individuals who have experienced trauma.

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

  1. Identify three characteristics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  2. List three examples of sensory processing problems experienced by veterans with PTSD
  3. Identify two sensory-based strategies for facilitating performance in individuals with PTSD

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants, speech and language therapists.

Domain: Performance Patterns
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 speaker: Judith G. Kimball, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is founding Director and Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of New Englan’s Westbrook College of Health Professions. Her research, writing, and clinical work centers on sensory processing disorders and craniosacral therapy. In 2014 she and Amy Kimball-Carpenter presented a two-part online conference to OTs in the Veterans Affairs community introducing the possibility that Sensory Modulation Challenges are undiagnosed part of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

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