Many people with IDD receive physical therapy services. As a DSP, you may need to support the person to participate in PT. You may also need to help the therapist understand the person's needs. In this course, you will learn about what PT is and how it can benefit the people you support. You will also learn how PT services generally work and what you can do to maximize the benefit to the people you serve.
This activity is approved for 0.50 contact hours.
Introduction to Physical Therapy for IDD
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: What Is Physical Therapy?
What Is It?
Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy?
What Does a Physical Therapist Do?
Types of Adaptive Equipment Used in PT
Section 3: The DSP's Role in Physical Therapy
What Is Your Role?
Let's Meet Tom
A Good Day
Section 4: Conclusion
Ann Elsasser-Root holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She has experience working as a physical therapist in multiple care settings, including skilled nursing, independent living, inpatient rehab, and outpatient orthopedic and neurology. Ann has a strong manual therapy background and has completed additional training in geriatric care, kinesiotaping, vestibular rehabilitation, and McKenzie MDT for the lumbar spine. She is most passionate about treating the older population to improve quality of life and maximize functional independence. As a curriculum designer for Relias, Ann enjoys being able to combine her clinical knowledge with her interest in research and staying up-to-date with changes and advances in the field of rehabilitation. Disclosure: Ann Elsasser-Root, PT DPT has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Instructor: Diane VanHusen, QIDP
Diane VanHusen received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. She has over 35 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, early intervention teacher, IDD case manager, and executive director for an ICF/IID facility. She has developed and provided training on a variety of topics related to intellectual and developmental disability services. Disclosure: Diane VanHusen, QIDP has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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