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Digital Seminar

Piecing Together the Parkinson's Puzzle: Maximizing Function & Improving Intervention

Robyn Otty
4 Hours 55 Minutes
Audio and Video
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Apr 21, 2016
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Digital Seminar


Treating the unpredictable neurological progression that is Parkinson’s disease (PD) can seem random, complex, and overall difficult to manage. PD presents a host of challenges, such as changes in motor control and posture, onset of tremors, inability to initiate purposeful movement, and the mimicking of the disease from prescription drugs. Therapists have addressed such complications with traditional techniques such as movement-based approaches and compensatory strategies. However, there's been an influx of evidence related to PD interventions showing effective methods and tools used by rehab professionals.

Let seasoned OTD, Robyn Otty, show you how cognitive rehabilitation, movement-based and non-traditional interventions fit together to influence a client's posture, dynamic balance, initial movement, and ADLs. Review the most up-to-date literature and medical management to form successful outcomes with this population that can be used the very next day.



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 4.9 self-study continuing education credits.

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California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 4.75 continuing competency hours.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 4.75 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 4.5 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 5.9 contact hours.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 4.75 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 4.75 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



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Robyn Otty, OTD, MEd, OTR/L, BCPR, is the interim program director and associate professor at Touro University Nevada’s College Health and Human Services, School of Occupational Therapy. As a practicing clinician for 24 years, and ten years as a professional educator, she possesses a wealth of physical rehabilitation experience within multiple areas of practice. 

She received her Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation in 2012 from AOTA, clinical doctorate (OTD) from Loma Linda University in 2010, Master of Education for Touro University Nevada in 2007, and Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State in 1994. Current research interests include using evidence-supported cognitive approaches to improve motor control for adolescents diagnosed with high functioning autism spectrum disorder.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Robyn Otty is an associate professor at Touro University Nevada; and assistant professor at Maryville University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Robyn Otty is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association; and the Occupational Therapy Association of California.

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Program Information

Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive) Access never expires for this product.


  1. Forecast the progression of Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
  2. Select the latest medical management techniques to manage PD symptomology.
  3. Evaluate evidence-based therapeutic methods to positively influence patients with PD.
  4. Utilize interactive therapeutic activities, strategies and equipment to support patients with PD.
  5. Modify documentation skills by reviewing best practices to minimize insurance denials.
  6. Assess the patient for quality of movement, posture and falls. 



  • Latest research
  • Etiology (genetics and environmental influences)
  • Medical management
  • Postural influence and associated fall risk
  • Motor complications


  • Assessment tools for:
    • Quality of movement
    • Posture
    • Falls
  • Mini-rotation
  • Best-practice documentation strategies for skilled intervention


  • Improving dynamic balance, posture, ADLs, and initiation of movement
  • Movement-based interventions
    • Evidence-supported movement-based programs
  • Cognitive approach to improve dynamic balance and ADLs
  • External cuing
  • Non-traditional interventions
    • Tai Chi
    • Yoga
    • Video games
    • Dance
    • Visualization


  • Options to support clients and caregivers impacted by PD


  • Interactive Class Rotation: Session I
    • Tai Chi/Yoga
    • Adaptive equipment
    • Cognitive rehabilitation techniques
    • Tools for assessment
  • Interactive Class Rotation: Session II
    • Task-based approach
    • Movement-based approaches
    • Documentation station (case application)

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Recreational Therapists



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