- Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
- Director, Jefferson Autism Center of Excellence
- Professor, Farber Institute for Neurosciences
130 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Autism Advanced Practice Certificate Program Director’s Message
Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Whether you are looking to update your knowledge of autism, advance your practice with evidence-based strategies, thinking about how to measure outcomes of your therapy more systematically, or interested in expanding your practice across the lifespan, this certificate will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to advance your practice and leadership in autism.
Learn from experts in the field, Dr. Roseann Schaaf and Dr. Kathryn Williams, using unique and engaging learning environments and materials. The Advanced-Practice Certificate in Autism brings you the lasted knowledge in the field, from the neuroscience of autism to direct application to practice. It can also earn you three graduate credits that can be applied to your OTD if interested.
Registration Information for the ACE Modules
Please read all directions below before registration.
- Click on the Registration button that follows the course you would like to purchase
- Select ADD BILL to begin the Registration and Payment Process.
- Select "JeffACE" from the dropdown menu.
- Enter your name, email address, & phone number.
- Enter $99 for Data-Driven Decision Making or $75, for Goal Attainment Scaling.
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Once payment is received, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on accessing the course. If you do not receive an email within one week, please contact Roseann.Schaaf@jefferson.edu.
$99 Data-Driven Decision Making Learning Module
This course focuses on introducing the Data-Driven Decision Making (DDDM) framework to guide occupational therapists (OT) clinical reasoning throughout the therapy process. The framework was developed to facilitate evidence-based practice that uses data to guide practice. The DDDM provides a systematic, organized approach to clinical reasoning, which is essential to support best practices and guide clinical reasoning. The course will familiarize the learner with the DDDM process and demonstrate how to use data in everyday practice. Learners will be guided through each of the steps of the DDDM process to gather assessment data, identify a theory, use assessment data to develop hypotheses, develop goals, individually tailored interventions, and measure outcomes at both the proximal and distal levels.
At the end of this course, participants will:
- Have an understanding of a systematic approach to guide clinical reasoning process.
- Be able to apply the DDDM process to make thoughtful clinical decisions about interventions.
- Apply the steps of DDDM to guide interventions.
- Be able to design a tailored intervention program specific to the individual client's needs.
- Be able to measure client outcomes using the DDDM process.
- Apply the DDDM process in two cases of persons with autism.
Course Level - Beginner, intermediate, advanced. No prerequisites for this course.
Suitable For - Occupational Therapists. Asynchronous.
Contact Hours - 3 hours
Completion Requirements - To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete the end-of-course quiz.
Dr Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. Roseann Schaaf is a professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Director of the Jefferson Autism Center of Excellence. She is also faculty in the Farber Institute for Neurosciences, Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Schaaf has a PhD in Neuroscience, a Master Degree in Education and a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is committed to facilitating evidence-based practices and developed the Data Driven Decision Making process (DDDM) to guide clinicians in their use of evidence-based, theory driven clinical interventions that measure outcomes. Through the use of DDDM, clinicians and researchers can create evidence through practice. Dr. Schaaf has devoted her career to the study of the sensory integrative factors underpinning occupations in children, specifically to understand the neural mechanisms of sensory integration and to develop and test interventions that address these sensory features to enhance function and participation in daily activities.
$75 Goal Attainment Scaling
In this course, Dr. Roseann Schaaf and team provide an overview of goal attainment scaling, including the background and history of goal attainment scaling and its use as an outcome measure. Participants will learn to develop measurable and meaningful goals, create goal attainment scales, check them for technical accuracy, and rate goals post-intervention to evaluate progress. Clinical and research applications of goal attainment scaling are presented.
Participants will be guided through eight lessons with videos supplemented by text, readings, interactive learning activities, and links to downloadable resources. Learning will be solidified via two case applications and completion of a final quiz to receive a certificate of completion.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
This course meets the requirements of two contact hours.
Dr. Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Dr. Roseann Schaaf is a Department of Occupational Therapy professor and Director of the Jefferson Autism Center of Excellence. She is also faculty in the Farber Institute for Neurosciences, Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Schaaf has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, a Master's Degree in Education, and a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is committed to facilitating evidence-based practices and developed the Data-Driven Decision Making Process (DDDM) to guide clinicians in using evidence-based, theory-driven clinical interventions that measure outcomes. Using DDDM, clinicians and researchers can create evidence through practice. Dr. Schaaf has devoted her career to studying the sensory integrative factors underpinning occupations in children, specifically to understand the neural mechanisms of sensory integration and to develop and test interventions that address these sensory features to enhance function and participation in daily activities.