The Recreational Therapist’s Introduction to Working with Individuals with Huntington’s Disease

Course Title:

In this course, the student will learn about Huntington’s Disease, gain valuable insight on the history, statistics, facts, diagnosis, staging, treatment options, and how Recreation Therapy can play a large role in providing quality of life for individuals living with HD. Furthermore, students will also have the opportunity to explore a case study. The learner will then need to pass a competency quiz, scoring at least a 70%, in order to be awarded the completion certificate within 365 days of starting the course.

Course Objectives

  • Develop a basic understanding of Huntington’s Disease; define, history, and statistics

  • Identify key terms related to HD

  • Explain the difference between adult-onset and juvenile-onset Huntington's Disease

  • Develop an understanding of the symptoms associated with HD which include: movement disorders, cognitive disorders and psychiatric disorders

  • To gain knowledge on the diagnosis, staging and treatment of Huntington’s Disease

  • Explore Therapeutic Recreation interventions related to HD and how to overcome potential barriers to participation

Allison Kruk, MA, BA, CTRS

Instructor Bio:

Allison Kruk holds an undergraduate degree in Recreation Administration with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Kean University and a masters degree in Wellness, Health Promotion and Lifestyle Management from Rowan University. Allison has been a CTRS for 6 years as of 2020. She has experience in geriatrics, TBI, subacute rehabilitation and Huntington’s Disease. She currently works at a skilled nursing facility that cares for the needs of a diverse population, including Huntington’s Disease. In her spare time, Allison enjoys traveling, going to the beach, attending sporting events, coaching softball and attending concerts.

Allison Kruk, MA, BA, CTRS

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