What is OT?: Nailing Your Occupational Therapy Elevator Speech

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What is OT? Nailing Your Occupational Therapy Elevator Speech 


Free | 1.0 Contact Hour, 0.10 CEUs
 1.25 PDU

Educational level: Introductory 

Category 3: Foundational Knowledge 

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Occupational therapy is a valuable profession that has been serving individuals, groups and populations for over a hundred years.  Unfortunately OT is often under-recognized.  The literature indicates that occupational therapy practitioners have difficulty effectively explaining what OT is.  This course will provide occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students with a process for developing an effective explanation to answer the question: What is OT?

This professional development activity is targeted at occupational therapy assistants and occupational therapists.

This free occupational therapy CEU course uses the following instructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), discussion board, guided note taking, and learning.

Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.

Presented by:
Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L
Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L
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After completing this occupational therapy continuing education course, Participants will be able to: 
  • Define occupational therapy according to the Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice.
  • Explain 3 key factors to consider when formulating your OT elevator speech.
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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 04431
This Blended/Hyrbid course is offered at 0.10 CEUs (Beginner level, Professional Issues area)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
Instructor bioS
Photo Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA
Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA
Aspire OT Founding Partner

Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L found her way to occupational therapy through her first profession in television news producing. She is grateful one story lead to changing to such an amazing profession as occupational therapy. She is in her 8th year of clinical practice. She treated for 4.5 years at an outpatient occupational therapy pain program. 

Niccole is compensated as a Founding Partner of Aspire OT

Non Financial: 
Niccole serves as Founding Partners of Aspire OT, which has partnerships and affiliations as noted on the Partner and Affiliation sections of the Aspire OT website.
Niccole and Kimberly, together, developed a successful outpatient occupational therapy pain program. They have authored two continuing education articles on the subject of chronic pain and opioid guidelines. Kim and Niccole were honored to serve as co-authors for AOTA's official position statement "The Role of Occupational Therapy in Pain Management" published in 2021. They have also served as contributing authors to an occupational therapy textbook on the same subject of OT in the treatment of pain. They have traveled across the country serving as instructors for various courses on the subject of pain and non-pharmacological interventions for the treatment of pain.  
Photo Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR
Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR
Aspire OT Founding Partner

Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L has 28 years of experience working in occupational therapy in a variety of settings. She has an extensive background in clinical program development, leadership, administration and reimbursement. Kimberly served as clinical lead for an outpatient occupational therapy pain program for 5 years.

Financial: Kim is compensated as a Founding Partner of Aspire OT

Non Financial: Kim serves as Founding Partners of Aspire OT, which has partnerships and affiliations as noted on the Partner and Affiliation sections of the Aspire OT website.
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Course Outline

0-5 minutes

6-15 minutes 

16-25 minutes

27-35 minutes

36-40 minutes 

41-55 minutes 

56-60 minutes

Welcome, Introduction, and Learning objectives

Why An Explanation is Important

How OT is Commonly Described or Defined

How the Official Documents Define OT 

Factors to Consider When Developing an Explanation

Develop an Explanation: Actual Examples 

Review/Wrap Up/ Questions

Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Payment of the course in full
  • View course videos in entirety
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
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No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

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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.
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This free occupational therapy CEU course is being offered by Aspire OT.