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Featuring: Tess Guttadauro, MS, OTR/L
Moderator: Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L

Originally recorded October 22, 2020

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts.

Description: Research has shown that it is important for the occupational therapy practitioner to provide training and education to parents. As the need for treatment via telehealth increases so does the need for occupational therapy practitioners to hone their skills in parent coaching as a way to provide this training and education. In this talk, we will delve a little deeper into the decision processes surrounding taking on the coaching role. Tess Guttadauro will join us for an introductory level discussion on the occupational therapy professional’s role as coach. Using case examples from her Early Intervention clients, Tess will explain her clinical reasoning in determining how to coach each parent in the various scenarios. Researchers have also acknowledged that in early intervention, coaching is a best practice method. We will also provide the listener with additional resources for learning more about parental coaching. Participants will be able to take a short quiz following the talk to obtain .1AOTA CEU credits.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

1. Identify steps for addressing parents’ concerns
2. Recognize family dynamics that are influencing the intervention process
3. Determine the best delivery method to provide education and training to a parent

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, EI professionals

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Services Delivery: Intervention; Foundational Knowledge: Human Body, Development and Behavior; Sociocultural, Socioeconomic, Diversity Factors and Lifestyle Choices

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: Tess is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University, where she also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development. Tess has experience working with youth of all ages in home, school, private practice, and community-based settings. .Guided by a holistic approach and contagious enthusiasm, Tess is committed to helping children and their families live life to the fullest.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

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.

The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.