Addressing the Needs of Children with a History of Abuse

This course is discounted for ArizOTA members.

Addressing the Needs of Children with a History of Abuse

Self-paced Online Course
$15 | 1 Contact Hours

This course is created by the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association.

If you need assistance, accommodations, or feedback, please contact us at [email protected]
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Children who have experienced trauma are at risk to living in a dysregulated state of arousal. Emotional abuse, loss of a caregiver, inconsistency, and chronic misattunement contribute to a large number of psychiatric problems. A child who did not develop within a safe and supportive care-giving environment learns alternative ways to cope with distress including hyperactivity, aggression, self-harm, and sleeping problems. Supportive relationships build brain architecture and resilience, and should not be considered as ancillary to treatment plans, goals, and techniques to children. This occupational therapy professional development course provides strategies to build safety in their life.

Target Audience: Occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, occupational therapy student

Presented by:
Lara Taggart Ed.D, OTR/L
Kelly Moritz, OTD, OTR/L
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Learning objectives
After this occupational therapy continuing education course, learners will be able to:
  • Describe special considerations related to children who have a history of neglect, physical, and sexual abuse

  • Introduce the use of a trauma screen

  • Explain how to address the child's unique needs related to emotional regulation.
  • Discuss how to incorporate these special considerations in the delivery of OT interventions.

Instructor bio
Lara Taggart Ed.D, OTR/L

Lara works part -time at Childhelp. Childhelp focuses on prevention, intervention, treatment, and community outreach to meet the physical, emotional, and educational needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.
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Kelly Moritz, OTD, OTR/L

Kelly works full-time at Childhelp Children's Center of Arizona, as well as part-time in home health with the pediatric population. Childhelp focuses on prevention, intervention, treatment, and community outreach to meet the physical, emotional and education needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.
Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Pay to enroll in the course
  • View course videos in entirety
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 80% or greater
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
cancellation policy
Live Courses and Webinars
Learner cancellations: In the event that the learner requests to cancel or is unable to attend a course, a refund for the total paid for the course will be granted if Aspire OT is notified via email at [email protected] within 10 business days prior to date of the scheduled course, minus a non-refundable registration fee of 25% of registration price.  If the learner provides notification of cancellation less then 10 business days prior to the scheduled course, the learner will be offered the opportunity to attend the same webinar on an alternate date or enrollment in the recorded on-demand version of that webinar, instead of a refund.  

No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

Provider cancellations: 
In the event of inclement weather or other event resulting in the inability for a live course to be provided within the scheduled time, learners will be offered an alternate date or a full refund for registration paid.
On-Demand web Courses 
Web courses will remain available to learners for 1 year. No refunds will be available for web courses that have been attended or viewed for greater than 30 minutes. In the event of a refund, the learner will be unenrolled in the course immediately upon issuance of a refund. No refunds will be issued for any course in which a certificate has been issued.  

Course Author

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This occupational therapy continuing education course is being offered as part of Aspire OT's State Association Partnership Program. This course is discounted for ArizOTA Members.