1: Find a Physiatrist (REQUIRED)

This web field trip is intended to give the student an excellent resource for finding a board certified physiatrist. A physiatrist can be contacted to use as part of the treatment team, to offer medical advice as well as used as a cost reference for the life care plan.

  • Go to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s website at: http://www.aapmr.org/
  • Click on the “Patients and Family” tab at the top of the page.
  • Click on the purple box “Click Here to Find A PM & R Physician”.
  • Follow the “How to Search” directions to locate a PM & R doctor near you.
  • Browse the remainder of this site at your convenience.

This website also contains information on what a physiatrist is and conditions a physiatrist may treat.


  • Read Chapter 3: “The Role of the Nurse Case Manager in Life Care Planning” in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook

This chapter describes the role of the nurse case manager in life care planning. Because of their background and experiences, nurse case managers are in a unique position to offer a variety of services to the field of life care planning. A nurse case manager may be able to act as a life care plan expert, life care plan consulting expert, LCP research assistant, life care plan implementer/case manager, or legal nurse consultant.

  • Read Chapter 5: “The Role of the Psychologist in Life Care Planning” in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook

This chapter focuses on the role of the psychologist as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team. The chapter explains several assessment tools used by psychologists and discusses psychological issues that are common to individuals with disabilities.

  • Read Chapter 6: “The Role of the Neuropsychologist in Life Care Planning” in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook

In this chapter, Dr. Randall Evans discusses the important contributions that neuropsychologists make to life care plans. The chapter explains neuropsychological test batteries that are currently employed by neuropsychologists. Dr. Evans discusses that in addition to conducting evaluations for life care planners, a neuropsychologist can also contribute to the life care plan in many other ways.

  • Read Chapter 7: “The Role of the Occupational Therapist in Life Care Planning” in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook

The occupational therapist uses activities of daily living to achieve functional outcomes and achieve the highest level of independence possible. Occupational therapists may practice in a variety of settings; the setting may determine the role that they will have in the treatment team.

This chapter discusses the role of the occupational therapist in life care planning as well as lends insight into the evaluation and treatment process employed by the occupational therapist.

2: Find a Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (REQUIRED)

The purpose of this web field trip is to give the student a resource regarding where to find a driver rehabilitation specialist. Driver rehabilitation specialists can be difficult to locate through sources such as the Yellow Pages and general Internet searches.

  • Visit the Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists at their website: http://www.aded.net
  • Click on the “Membership Directory” link located on the left hand side of the page.
  • In Field 1, Choose State/Province.
  • Choose your state, or state that your client resides in.


  • Read Chapter 8: “The Role of the Physical Therapist in Life Care Planning” in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook

This chapter delineates the role of the physical therapist in the life care planning process. The physical therapy evaluation and treatment plan are discussed in depth. Basic rates for physical therapy are reviewed. A case study is presented to lend insight into the value a physical therapy evaluation can have on the recommendations in a life care plan.

  • Read Chapter 9: “The Role of the Speech- Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology in Life Care Planning” in Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook

This chapter discusses the benefit of having a speech-language pathologist as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team. Speech- language pathologists may play an integral part of the life care planning process especially if the client has a communication or swallowing disorder. An extensive resource list is provided as an appendix to this chapter.

3: Find a Speech-Language Pathologist (REQUIRED)

This website gives you a resource for finding a Speech-Language Pathologist.

  • Visit the American Speech- Language- Hearing Associations website at: http://www.asha.org/
  • Enter your search criteria to find a Speech- Language Pathologist nearest to your client.

This site also provides you with access to the ASHA Code of Ethics, current reimbursement code funding, and where to locate an audiologist. Another resource for locating an audiologist will be discussed in Web Field Trip 5.

4: Find an Assistive Technology Specialist (REQUIRED)

Oftentimes it can be difficult to find individuals certified to provide Assistive Technology Evaluations and training on how to use this equipment. Use the following website to locate an Assistive Technology Specialist that may be able to provide an evaluation as well as training with adaptive equipment.

  • Visit Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America’s website at: http://www.resna.org/
  • Click on the “Find a Certified Assistive Technology Professional” link in the box on the right of the page.
  • Follow the directions to search for an AT provider near you.
  • You can search using just the “Earned Credential” and “State” if you would like.


  • Read Chapter 10: “The Role of the Audiologist in Life Care Planning” in the Life Care Planning and Case Management Handbook

The authors of this chapter discuss the specialty practice of audiology. Procedures used for assessment are explained and rehabilitation processes are described. The authors explain several different types of assistive listening devices and provide a resource list to find these devices.

5: Find an Audiologist (REQUIRED)

The following web field trip is intended to give students a resource for finding an audiologist in their local area.

  • Visit the American Academy of Audiology’s website at: http://www.audiology.org/
  • Click on the “Find an Audiologist” link located in the toolbar on the bottom right hand side of the page.
  • Search for an Audiologist by City/State, Zip Code, or by Country.
  • Look through the remainder of this website at your leisure.

It can oftentimes be difficult to locate specific providers, especially specialists, in specific geographic regions. Much like the examples provided in Lesson 6, many certification bodies have directories located on their websites. So, if you are having trouble finding certified practitioners to provide services, remember to try to look for their certification bodies or associations on the Internet.


Additional Canadian Resources

6: Role of a Rehabilitation Driving Assessment

The role of a Rehabilitation Driving Assessment:

  • Determine the impact of a medical condition on driving.
  • Recommend training and adaptive equipment if appropriate.
  • Support driving independence
  • Monitor performance over time

In Ontario, an Occupational Therapist (OT) is required to conduct the driving assessment in order to be a Ministry Approved Facility. The cost of assessment is not covered by the health care or licensing system – the client covers the cost. The Association for Driver rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) is an association especially for driving evaluation and rehabilitation where you can find information about providers in Canada and the United States: http://www.aded.net/

7: Speech Therapists and Audiologists in Canada

There is no record of the number of professionals working in Canada in 1958. The Hall2 report, published in 1965, estimated that in 1961 there were between 100 and 125 speech therapists and audiologists working in Canada. Their report did not differentiate the two professions. By 1968, the estimate was 200 speech therapists and audiologists.

In 1958, there were services provided in seven of ten provinces. Services started in the 1960s in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Most professionals, except in major cities, were working in isolation.

As late as 1969, a report stated, “Speech pathology and audiology are relatively new professions in Canada.” According to the website of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) in 2005, the numbers registered were:

Manitoba 290 58
Ontario (CASLPO) 2,385 406
Saskatchewan 240 30

In 2005, there were 6,331 speech-language pathologists and 1,241 audiologists in Canada.

Speech language pathologists in Ontario – http://www.caslpo.com/

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