Clinical Excellence – Assessment Tools & Processes AND Working with Families: Caregiver Engagement, Home Programs and Community Transition

January 8, 2016 9:00am - 4:20pm

*This is a Closed Event for Therapy 2000 Employees Only*

This event is open to OT/ST/PT including OTAs, SLPAs, and PTAs.

Clinical Excellence – Assessment Tools & Processes is approved for 3 CCUs by TPTA, 3 CEUs by TOTA, and 3 CEUs by TSHA

Working with Families:  Caregiver Engagement, Home Programs and Community Transition is pending approval for 3 CEUs from TOTA, 3 CEUs from TSHA and 3 CCUs from TPTA.

Speaker for Both Classes:

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Course Location:

Chase Bank Building

600 S. Tyler St.
9th floor, Ed Davis Room
Amarillo, TX 79101


Course Description for Clinical Excellence – Assessment Tools & Processes:

Assessment tools are an integral part of the SOC and Re-evaluation process. Results from standardized and/or criterion-referenced assessment contribute to the SOC & Re-eval process in a variety of ways:

  • Supporting development of the Plan of Care and the rationale behind that POC
  • Assisting to paint a clear picture of a child’s medically based therapeutic needs
  • Providing an objective measure through which payer sources can clearly see medical appropriateness of recommended services
  • Offering a clear, objective method for determining progress and the impact of intervention

The Assessment Tools & Processes training is for all agency clinicians and addresses assessment tool selection and the purpose of assessment tools within the context of the SOC & Re-evaluation process.  This training also provides opportunities to explore the specific function of assessment tools as related to particular sections of the T2K templates (assessment report with test interpretation, clinical summary, and dosage). Supports and resources available for expanding knowledge of assessment tools will also be explored.

Course Description for Working with Families: Caregiver Engagement, Home Programs and Community Transition:

This course addresses three aspects of working with families in home care therapy services:  promoting caregiver engagement in the plan of care, developing and implementing effective home programs and planning for community transition.  Participants will learn strategies for supporting the autonomy of caregivers while encouraging their engagement in the therapeutic process. Best practice strategies for developing and supporting effective home programs will also be shared, as well as resources for home programming across disciplines.  Additionally, participants will discuss the continuum of care in home health and the process for planning for community transition, starting at admission to services.  Finally, strategies for ethically and successfully treating children with chronic, lifelong disabilities will also be discussed.

About Our Speaker:

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Clinical Program Director – Occupational Therapy, Autism, Foster Care Support

Jennifer studied Psychology and Spanish as an undergraduate at Indiana University and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Indianapolis. She has worked in pediatrics since 1999 and is currently the Occupational Therapy Program Director & the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program Director for THERAPY 2000, a growing pediatric home health therapy company based in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer guides overall philosophy and delivery of OT programming, as well as therapist training and clinical development. She works with children and families, mentors other therapists, and coordinates the OT student program.

Jennifer’s main area of interest and expertise is in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. This interest and expertise was developed through experiences such as: working for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (North Carolina, with TEACCH and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center as resources); serving on an interdisciplinary team at Mason City Schools Early Childhood Center to develop specialized programming for children with ASD (near Cincinnati, Ohio, with support and resources through the Kelly O’Leary Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence), and serving as primary In-Home/Parent Trainer for McKinney ISD. Jennifer believes strongly in the importance and power of the therapeutic relationship, and provides mentoring and training in this area as well. Jennifer has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2006 and a yoga studio owner in the Dallas area since 2011.

Learner Objectives for Clinical Excellence – Assessment Tools & Processes

  1. Identify the purpose of Assessment Tools as part of the Start of Care and Re-evaluation process.
  2. Discuss strategies for selecting the most appropriate tool, given the variety of factors involved.
  3. Describe the process of interpreting assessment information in order to utilize the data for development of the Plan of Care.
  4. List available supports and resources for improving clinical excellence with Assessment Tool use.

Learner Objectives for Working with Families: Caregiver Engagement, Home Programs and Community Transition:

  1. Identify three main components of effective collaboration with families in pediatric home care services
  2. Discuss at least two strategies to support caregiver engagement and autonomy
  3. Identify and describe effective methods for home program development, teaching and follow up/monitoring
  4. Describe the continuum of care for home health based therapy services, and in particular, how it applies to children with chronic lifelong conditions


9:00am- 12:10pm



*This is a Closed Event for Therapy 2000 Employees Only*


“Based on our CEU application method, TSHA requires all speech professionals miss no more than 10 minutes of class to receive full credit. Partial credit is not available for speech therapistsIf you are late to class at start or after break by more than 10 minutes, no credit can be granted, although you are still warmly welcome to attend.”

Thank You for your understanding of this externally mandated requirement.

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