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Use of Pre-Visit Materials to Improve the Museum Experience for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Use of Pre-Visit Materials to Improve the Museum Experience for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Self Paced
$20 ($15 for OTAC Members)
.5 Contact Hour

This course is created by the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado.

If you need assistance or accommodations, please contact us at Info@AspireOT.us
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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) participate in the community less than typically developing children. Pre-visit materials (social stories, accessibility maps, and communication books) can increase community engagement. This research took place in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM). The researchers developed pre-visit materials and gathered feedback on their usefulness from caregivers of children with ASD. Twenty-two families participated. Reported benefits include preparation, avoiding overstimulation, and enhanced communication. Suggestions for improvement include providing multiple formats (audio, video, multiple languages). Study findings can assist in providing a more engaging museum experience for children with ASD and their families.

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

Presented by: Jennifer Fortuna, PhD, OTR/L and Melissa Mattner, MS, OTR/L
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Learning objectives
After completion of this occupational therapy continuing education course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify how children with ASD experience unique barriers to participation in community settings.
  • Explain how pre-visit materials can be used to increase community engagement for children with ASD.
  • Recognize opportunities where pre-visit materials could be used to improve community engagement for children with ASD.
Instructor bio
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Jennifer Fortuna, PhD, OTR/L
OTAC Guest Instructor

Jennifer Fortuna, PhD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy program at Colorado Mesa University. Dr. Fortuna has a PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University. She is the Art Editor at the Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT). Dr. Fortuna’s research interests include health literacy, visual impairment, accessibility, and universal design. She has published in national and international journals and facilitated presentations around the world.

Melissa Mattner, MS, OTR/L
OTAC Guest Instructor

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 OTAC membership log in for course enrollment
  • View the video(s) for the full duration
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 70% or greater
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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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 info@aspireot.us 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.