Webinar: Occupational Therapy for Tic Disorders

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:00PM EST

Hosted by the Tourette Health and Education Program, occupational therapists Dr. Heather Simpson and Dr. Tana Carson will address the many ways occupational therapists can improve living with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders.

The objectives of this webinar are to:

  • Understand the role of Occupational Therapy.
  • Describe the role of Occupational Therapy in managing those living with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders.
  • Briefly explore the various strategies that occupational therapists can be effective in treating the complex needs of Tourette and Tic Disorders in order to allow person to live a productive and fulfilling life.
  • Identify ways to locate and advocate for occupational therapy services for all ages and in all settings close to home.

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For more information, please contact Angela Sullivan at angela.sullivan@tourette.org

Heather Simpson, OTD, MOT, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Florida, UF Health in Gainesville, Florida. Heather serves as the Tourette Association Southeast Regional Centers of Excellence Coordinator between six research & academic universities across the Southeast region. Dr. Simpson has a pediatric specialty from the American Occupational Therapy Association, and has been treating adults and children with Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. Dr. Simpson is an expert in occupational therapy management for Tic Disorders, as well as use of CBIT in the Southeast area.   She has participated in multiple small research studies related to occupational and daily life functioning for those living with Tic Disorders. Dr. Simpson has been allotted opportunities for advocation and training to occupational therapists, as well as other allied health professionals in management of Tic Disorders, including a chapter in 10 Secrets to a Happier Life with Tourette Syndrome.

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Tana Carson, PhD, MOT, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist and Adjunct Assistant Research Professor at the University of Florida and UF Health in Gainesville. Dr. Carson is certified in the Comprehensive Behavior Intervention for Tics (CBIT) and works with children with Tic/Tourette Disorders. Clinically, Dr. Carson has expertise in occupational therapy management for autism, sensory processing disorders, anxiety, vestibular rehabilitation and Tic Disorders. Academically, she has participated in multiple research studies in the field of sensory processing in autism and is currently conducting clinical pilot studies using exposure and response prevention to reduce auditory sensory over-responsivity. Dr. Carson has presented her research locally at the American Occupational Therapy Association annual meetings as well as internationally at the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Foundation and the International Society for Autism Research annual meetings.