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Course Webinar: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Innovative Treatment Strategies

Course description: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating progressive neuromuscular disease. Knowledge of the advances in equipment, technology, and therapeutic interventions help guide treatment for patients facing ever-changing challenges. This course will review the specific recommendations, equipment, and technology focused on keeping patients engaged in meaningful activities.

Presented by Kelly Casey, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP, CPAM

Originally presented: Monday, February 15, 2021

Kelly Casey, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR, ATP, CPAM has been the senior occupational therapist in the outpatient ALS clinic and in acute care neurosciences at The Johns Hopkins Hospital for the past 16 years. She is the Founder and Director of the Johns Hopkins ALS Assistive Technology Clinic. She serves on the leadership team as a Clinical Specialist, training and supervising therapists. She is faculty at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Virginia Commonwealth University. As the principal investigator, Casey has initiated and completed several IRB-approved studies. Her work has been published in research publications and featured in multiple national presentations at national conferences. Dr. Casey is AOTA Board Certified in Physical Rehabilitation, RESNA certified as an Assistive Technology Professional, and certified in Physical Agent Modalities.

Duration: 1 hour.

Target audience: Physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and speech-language pathologists who work with people who have ALS.

Course accreditation:

  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
  • Therapy Insights is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. (0000001843). This webinar is offered at 1 CEU. Intermediate, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery.
  • This course has been Approved by CERS, an Approval Agency for the California Board of Physical Therapy. CERS Course Approval #: 21-50625-1

ASHA subject code: Acquired and Degenerative Language Disorders (Excluding Traumatic Brain Injury) – 3030

ASHA content area: P—Professional: Information pertaining to disorders of speech, language, and hearing.


0:00: Description of ALS, evidence supporting multidisciplinary care, pharmacological interventions, exercise, evidence for interventions.

0:15: Adaptive Equipment and recommendations for: ADL - clothing, IADL, driving, transportation, travel, leisure activities.
0:30: Functional mobility, powered wheelchair, home modifications, and splinting.
0:35: Assistive technology – smart home technology, AAC, computer access, patient cases.
0:45: Additional bulbar ALS recommendations, as well as respiratory and cognitive considerations.
0:50: Funding considerations, support groups, community resources.
0:55: Q and A
1:00: End course

Instructional level: Intermediate (Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of current practice trends and literature related to the subject matter. Focus is on increasing understanding and competent application of the subject matter.)

Key learning outcomes:

As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to...

  1. Describe ALS and the evidence supporting therapeutic intervention for persons with ALS.
  2. Identify at least three pieces of adaptive equipment appropriate for patients at various stages of ALS.
  3. Identify at least three pieces of assistive technology appropriate for patients at various stages of ALS.
  4. Identify at least three recommended referrals or resources addressing the needs of persons with ALS.

Webinar information:

  • This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. 
  • High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded course information:

  • The recorded course will be made available on February 16, 2021.
  • The course will be available for CEUs until February 15, 2025.
  • You may register before the course is available and will receive an email with the link to the course once it becomes available.

Instructor disclosures:

  • Financial
    • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
    • Presenter is a salaried faculty member who conducts research related to the content of this presentation. Her employer is Johns Hopkins Hospital.
    • Presenter holds a grant through the Johns Hopkins Woman’s Board.
      Presenter receives honoraria from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  • Non-financial:
    • None

Instructional methodology: Lecture

Course completion requirements:

  • Full attendance during webinar, as tracked by on-time login and online presence for the duration of the course.
  • Passing score of 100% on a 5-10 question quiz. You will receive immediate feedback and be able to correct answers. We want to ensure that you have the correct information as presented in this course.
  • Quiz needs to be completed within 2 hours of end of course.
  • Completion of program evaluation form.

Access to this course is reserved for Access Pass members.

Certificates of completion: Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

Special accommodations: Please email us with any special needs (e.g., people with hearing loss, people with learning disabilities, etc) prior to the event.

Complaint policy: In the event that an individual is not satisfied with the organization’s continuing education program, we request a formal letter of complaint from the individual that outlines their concerns in writing. For more information, please read our full complaint policy.

Cancellation policy:

For Access Pass subscribers: In the event that a course is canceled or rescheduled, no cash refund will be provided to subscribers of the Access Pass. Therapy Insights will work to reschedule the event, or create a new event within the same month. Therapy Insights guarantees access to one live course per month to all subscribers. In the highly unlikely event that this commitment is not met, subscribers will receive a 50% refund for that month’s subscription cost. Subscribers who are on an annual payment plan will receive a pro-rated refund for 50% of the cost of that month.

All refunds will be provided within 30 days of time of cancellation.

Refund policy in the event that a participant cancels their registration.
In the event that a participant/subscriber registers for the live course and then cancels participation, no refund will be provided. The participant will have the opportunity to access the recorded presentation at no additional cost as part of their subscription or registration fee.

View our full cancellation policy.