Nation's leading researchers, scientists reveal findings at occupational therapy conference


LONG BEACH, Calif. This tip sheet highlights only a few of the hundreds of sessions being presented by members of the American Occupational Therapy Association at their 85th Annual Conference to be held May 12 through May 15.

The Conference & Expo will feature almost 250 education sessions, keynote and plenary presentations, and an Exhibit Hall showcasing hundreds of products and services. Panel discussions and workshops will bring together leading experts to explore key issues for advancing the quality and availability of occupational therapy and research.

Post-Combat: Reintegrating Citizen-Soldiers
Research indicates the potential long-term adverse effects of war exposure and a growing need for ongoing social support for returning veterans. As team members, occupational therapy practitioners identify strategies and resources to help reintegrate soldiers into their home, work, and community environments.

Empirical Data on Sensory Integration in the Treatment of ADHD
A new study provides empirical evidence to support the effectiveness of sensory integration and occupational therapy in treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Occupational therapy/ sensory integration is one of the most frequently used complementary therapies in the treatment of ADHD.

Creating Quality of Life for Parkinson's Patients
The National Institute on Aging is testing the effectiveness of a 6-week-long model rehabilitation intervention program for Parkinson's disease. The study suggests that motor control and learning can form the basis for quality-of-life intervention in Parkinson's disease.

Delaying Institutionalization of Elderly through Home Modifications
With a growing population of older adults and those living with chronic health-related conditions, home modifications are a growing concern to occupational therapy practitione

Contact: Jodi Greenblatt
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