Sensory Strategies for Mental Health in Adult Populations

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Sensory Strategies for Mental Health in Adult Populations

$20 (Free for TNOTA Members)
1 Contact Hour

This course is created by the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association.

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Have you ever experienced a client with difficulties in emotional regulation or tolerating adverse events? Maybe a client with decreased frustration tolerance when learning adaptive dressing strategies, or the client with significant fall anxiety as they work on functional mobility post hip fracture. The adult clients that you are frequently encountering across a variety of settings can often benefit from sensory intervention strategies to assist them in managing their emotions in relation to chronic pain, mental health difficulties, and significant habit, role, and routine changes. This course will instruct you in sensory strategies and the evidence behind them for adult populations. Sensory intervention is far more than integration practices used in pediatrics, let’s explore how we can apply this unique area of OT to our adult clients as well.

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

Presented by: Megan Colletti, OTR/L and Kaylin Flamm Lawrence, OTR/L TNOTA Mental Health Co-Chairs
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Learning objectives
After completion of this occupational therapy continuing education course, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of sensory assessments in adult populations in all settings.
  • Define and guide clients through exploration of the sensory system through coaching, sensory diet, and mindfulness.
  • Reflect and apply evidence for sensory regulation in adult populations.

Instructor bio
Megan Colletti, MS, OTR/L
TNOTA Guest Instructor

Megan Colletti, MS, has been working in Occupational Therapy since 2011. She completed her graduate work in 2017 at Belmont University receiving her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree. Her experience includes clinical practice in an in-patient rehabilitation and acute care setting at a level I trauma hospital as an occupational therapy assistant. Megan has been working in outpatient chronic pain since 2017, developing the research program at a multidisciplinary chronic pain program and growing the occupational therapy program. She is the mental health committee co-chair for the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association. She is passionate about occupational therapy’s role in facilitating mental health services through function and evidence-based practice. 

Kaylin Flamm Lawrence, OTR/L
TNOTA Guest Instructor

Kaylin Flamm Lawrence, MSOT, OTR/L attended the University of Southern Indiana where she earned her bachelor's degree in Health Services with a concentration as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She then worked as a neurorehabilitation Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate in Northeast Florida. After 3 years, Kaylin moved to Nashville, TN to complete her master's degree in Occupational Therapy at Belmont University's MSOT Bridge Program. She continued her work with survivors of domestic and sexual assault during this time and became the first Occupational Therapy intern with the Mental Health Court of Rutherford County. Upon completion of graduate school, Kaylin accepted a position with the Recovery Court program as a Mental Health Court case manager while also providing OT services. Through this avenue, Kaylin was able to advocate for a full time OT position serving all of the Recovery Courts in Rutherford County. This is the first OT position of its kind in the country. In addition to her work for the Recovery Court program, she is an Adjunct Professor at South College, the Mental Health Chair of the Tennessee Board of Occupational Therapy, a member of the OT Practice Act Task Force, founder of the OT Mental Health Community of Practice, has presented at multiple Tennessee state OT conferences, is a QPR suicide prevention trainer, and sits on OT program advisory committees at universities across the state. Kaylin currently works with Harmony Health Medical, an integrative behavioral health practice, where she is developing their first Occupational Therapy program.

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 TNOTA membership log in for course enrollment
  • View presentation recording for 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 free for TNOTA Members.