Occupational Therapy Course

Occupational Therapy Course

The Occupational Therapy Course is an online course designed by Parkinson’s Occupational Therapy specialists to help other occupational therapists ensure best practice care for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The course was designed by the Parkinson’s Foundation in collaboration with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) in 2015.

This four-module course provides practical, evidence-based knowledge across the continuum of Parkinson’s care (from diagnosis to advanced PD) to help occupational therapy practitioners evaluate and treat individuals in all settings — including in home care, community rehabilitation and long-term care practice settings.

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Who should participate?

This course is designed for occupational therapists in all care settings who want to provide the best care for people living with Parkinson's disease — from diagnosis to advanced PD.


You can view this course online 24 hours a day seven days a week.


The course is free.


    Watch the five modules, each 55 to 80 minutes long, separately or all at once.

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    Speaker Bios

    Planning Committee Members

    Sue Berger, Ph.D., O.T.R/L., B.C.G., F.A.O.T.A. 
    Clinical Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy 
    Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College 
    Boston, MA

    Erin R. Foster, O.T.D, M.S.C.I., O.T.R/L.
    Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology, and Psychiatry 
    Washington University 
    St. Louis, MO

    Hui-ing Ma, Sc.D., O.T.
    Professor at National Cheng Kung University 
    Tainan, Taiwan 
    Visiting Fulbright Professor, Health Quality of Life Lab, Arts & Sciences,
    Tufts University 
    Medford, MA

    Elizabeth Pollard
    Vice President, Professional Programs
    Parkinson’s Foundation 
    New York, NY

    Linda Tickle-Degnen, Ph.D., O.T.R/L., F.A.O.T.A. 
    Professor of Occupational Therapy
    Tufts University 
    Medford, MA

    Ingrid Sturkenboom, Ph.D., O.T., M.A.
    Occupational Therapist-Researcher, Department of Rehabilitation
    Coordinator, Occupational Therapy, ParkinsonNet
    Radboud University Medical Center
    Nijmegen, Netherlands

    The Parkinson’s Foundation is proud to offer this important initiative and is grateful to the planning committee for their efforts in developing such a comprehensive course.

    For more information, contact our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or visit www.parkinson.org.

    The Occupational Therapy course has been made possible with support from Susan Granat Weil.

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