Persisting in the Ever-Changing World of Pediatric OT

This course is discounted for NOTA members.

Persisting in the Ever-Changing World of Pediatric OT

$60 ($45 for NOTA Members)
2.25 Contact Hours

This course is created by the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association.

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This course was recorded during the live presentation at the 2022 NOTA Conference.

If you're a thinker, a creator, a do-er, a push beyond the boundaries kind of OT practitioner, this course is for you! The world around us is changing every day, and occupational therapy practitioners should be  leaders in changing therapy services. Join presenter Sam Olsen as she discusses all of the aspects of creating a non-traditional occupational therapy practice in rural Minnesota. Learn about different ways to partner with our clients and families to provide best practice pediatric OT services.

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapy students

Presented by: Samantha Olsen, OTD, OTR/L
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Learning objectives
After completion of this occupational therapy continuing education course, participants will be able to:
  • Complete the session with 3 new ideas for working in non-traditional OT roles.
  • Develop an understanding of how to create and practice in a mobile OT business.
  • Learn concepts for different ways to provide OT services to our clients and families.
Instructor bio
Samantha Olsen, OTD, OTR/L
NOTA Guest Instructor

Looking for new ways to help families using occupational therapy. Outside the Box Thinker. Samantha has known that she wanted to serve children and families with her skills as an occupational therapist. But, it was during the switch to telehealth in the midst of the COVID pandemic that she got the idea of how to do more to make a difference and the idea behind Persist Therapy was born. The quest to invent and improve is not a new thing. From a very young age, Samantha has had an entrepreneurial spirit. She explored different ways to do things – from selling crafts at the end of the driveway – to mixing up the traditional idea of a lemonade stand by offering snow cones. Throughout childhood, she was always creating, designing and modifying her toys – and that passion has never gone away. And finding the right profession to use this mix of talents took some time. she never quite knew what she wanted to do until she found occupational therapy. However, from the first day, she knew she was meant to be an OT. After completing her doctorate at Creighton University, she returned to her roots outside of Cleveland, MN. She started by working with adults in a neurology population and switched gears in 2017 to start working with kids. 

Samantha love watching kids learn, discover and explore as she worked with them; they teach her new things daily. While the pandemic has been an area of struggle for so many, it was a period of enlightenment and re-envisioning for Samantha. Through a forced shift to telehealth, she solidified the idea that therapy is more effective when completed in the natural environments of kids and their families : in the home, daycare, or school. And the model of providing therapy in the home fit right in with Samantha's passion for sibling and family therapy services– addressing struggles in the home through activities, relationship and sensory based approaches. When not working, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family on the lake – our little slice of heaven. She enjoys being outdoors at the lake, cabin or farm, traveling to new places and socializing with friends. She is also a volunteer firefighter for the local fire department. She is honored to be part of the Inaugural Minnesota Board of Occupational Therapy, working on the Compliance Committee to hold other occupational therapy practitioners to the highest standards.

Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Complete payment or NOTA membership log in for course enrollment
  • Review the videos for the full duration
  • 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 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 NOTA members.