|Soldiers in Transition
Sheri Michel, OTD, OTR/L; Warrior Transition Battalion, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX;
Elizabeth Sadler, MHA, OTR/L; Army Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA
Occupational therapists, working for the US Army, provide services across the full continuum of care. This session will focus on the ongoing journey of rehabilitation and reintegration of the wounded, ill, or injured Soldier. This session will discuss the role of occupational therapy in the Soldier's transition back to productive occupation as either a Soldier or a civilian.
|9:15AM-10:45AM: Choose ONE
|Occupational Therapy with the Wounded Warrior Amputee: Best Practices and Current Updates
Lisa Smurr Walters, MS, OTR/L, CHT; Center for the Intrepid; San Antonio, TX
This session will review amputee and prosthetic training for military members with major limb loss. Topics include: a review of an upper extremity amputee protocol, use of mirror box for phantom limb pain management, advances in upper extremity prosthetics, rehabilitation after targeted muscle reinnervation, and current research updates in amputee rehabilitation.
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Treating Core Symptoms of PTSD Using Sensory-Based Strategies
Teresa Gomez-Lansidel, OTR/L; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX
Lynn Stoller, MS, OTR/L, RYT; Cotting School; Lexington, MA
Recovery from PTSD has often been elusive, though this picture is changing with the advent of new evidence-based treatments. Occupational therapists aim to help those with PTSD recover, compensate, or adapt so they can reengage in necessary daily life activities. This session will present a general overview of PTSD, describe recent neurobiological discoveries that should be considered when developing best practices for PTSD, and highlight occupational therapy approaches to PTSD treatment. Participants will learn emerging sensory-based strategies, which when combined with effective cognitive and occupation-based treatment practices, provide optimal conditions for symptom relief from PTSD, and re-engagement in life.
|11:00AM-12:30PM: Choose ONE
|Serving Our Spinal Cord Injured Soldiers
Yasmin Gonzalez, OTR/L, ABDA, CLT; James A Haley VA Medical Center; Tampa, FL
This session will address spinal cord injury & diseases. Areas to be addressed include: illustrations of pathways, assistive technology equipment, orthotic, functional electrical stimulation/neuro-prosthesis use, research, and need for specialized education. As we identify our polytraumatic patients we must be educated on multiple types of approaches which may address the orthopedic upper extremity injuries, amputations, mild traumatic brain injury and other. This presentation will address the clinical areas that would facilitate these specialized treatments. These areas will discuss: EADL environmental activities of daily living and the ventilator dependent patient, hand function and neuro-prosthesis, general management of SCI OT, polytrauma challenges and upper extremity injuries. As we share our experience, we hope to offer the attendants tools to understand and deliver a continuum of care as they are serviced in all our OT areas in the VA's and civilian facilities around the Nation.
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Fundamentals of Driving Assessment after Brain Injury: Evidence Based Guidance for the Generalist Occupational Therapist
Theresa Prudencio, MPH, OTR, CDRS; William Beaumont Army Medical Center; El Paso, TX
The session will focus on an in-clinic assessment model that combines state driver license guidelines with evidence based measures of performance that are considered essential for safe driving. The model guides assessment, referral, and timing of intervention. Participants will practice using the model through case studies presentations during the session.
|12:30-2:00PM: Lunch on your own
Impact of Deployment, Injury, and Psychological Health on Military and Veteran Families: Prevention, Intervention, and Resources
Gregory Leskin, PhD; UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Los Angeles, CA
The overall goal of this session is to explain the potential impact of deployment, psychological health status, and physical injury on military and veteran families, including military children. The attendees will be able to describe risk and resilience factors that may serve to endanger or protect the psychological health of military family members and be able to list current prevention and intervention efforts, including evidence-based practices, offered through the military and civilian organizations that support the psychological health of military families. Military and civilian service providers will be able to demonstrate their ability to quickly access high quality resources in order to conduct appropriate assessments, delivery quality interventions, and provide expert case management for military families and children.
|3:15PM-4:15PM: Closing Plenary
Discharged: Facilitating Role Transition for Reintegrating Soldiers, Veterans, and Their Families
Leslie F. Davidson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA;
Mary Vining Radomski, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute; Minneapolis, Minnesota;
With the drawdown of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of Service members, and their families, will embark on the complex mission of transitioning. Occupational engagement shapes transitions for these men and women as boundary crossing, reframing identity and social expectations, and negotiating cultural shifts are hallmarks of these changes. In this session, we examine role transition theory as reflected in the Service member's journey from military life during a time of war to civilian life. We propose occupational therapy practices that are designed to facilitate transition to civilian occupational roles and suggest implications for the profession's transition post-war.