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

February 26, 2016 9:00am - 12:10pm

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

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

Approvals are pending for 3 CCUs from TPTA, 3 CEUs from TOTA, and 3 CEUs from TSHA


Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Course Location:

Therapy 2000

9990 Richmond Ave

Houston, TX 77042

Course Description:

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:

At the end of the training, participants will:

  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



*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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