Making Cookies Taste Right – Holistic Approach To Maximize Client Function
This interactive presentation will provide discussion and hands on experience regarding a holistic approach to servicing persons with special needs. The session will provide (a) awareness of program planning and daily routines, (b) strategies for meeting the daily holistic needs of the client, (c) a discussion of environmental set up for maximal function, and (d) an awareness of the physical and sensory needs of the client and strategies to promote success.
- Information is applicable to all persons with disabilities – developmental disability, mental illness, chemical dependency, physically and mentally impaired elderly
- Students will leave with forms and plans they can implement immediately back on the job
Kristine Haertl, Ph.D., OTR/L is a full time professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the College of St. Catherine. She has over 20 years experience working with persons affected by serious mental illness, developmental disabilities, and dementia. Prior to 1997 she formally worked at the state psychiatric hospital in Anoka, Minnesota. Kristi has presented nationally and internationally and has authored several articles and textbook chapters related to meeting residential, mental health, and sensorimotor needs of clients. In 2005 Kristi received the Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association’s Research Award for “Excellence in Clinical Work, Teaching and Research in Mental Health.” Areas of expertise and research include mental health housing and treatment, sensory integration intervention, and strategies to maximize function in persons with developmental disabilities. In addition to faculty work, Kristi maintains a small private occupational therapy practice and has taught group fitness classes for the past 24 years.