ABOUT CHANGING MINDS ~ MARY PLATT

 

A 1973 graduate of the school of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound, Mary Platt's work experience has focused on the rehabilitation of elders; first in home health and currently as a dementia consultant in private practice.

Mary has had the bittersweet blessing of caring for her father, an aunt and two uncles who experienced different disorders resulting in dementia.

Mary has advanced training as an Allen Authorized Advisor, which allows her to teach the Allen Cognitive Levels model. She was a founding member of the national Allen Cognitive Advisors board of directors. Clinicians throughout the United States and Britain use Mary’s manual At Home with the Allen Cognitive Levels; a quick onsite reference guide that aids the evaluation and care recommendations of cognitive function.

Training in sensory modulation, the Walbarger Protocol for sensory defensiveness and Neurofeedback contribute to her clinical skills and support her growing expertise in dementia agitation management.

Mary is a member of AOTA and OTAO – national and state occupational therapy associations. For more than a decade she designed and implemented Legacy Visiting Nurse Associations’ Fall Prevention program. Mary was awarded the 2002 Oregon Association for Home Care Hope Runnels Award “In recognition of her outstanding leadership, service and achievement as a pioneer for home health care in Oregon."

  • Co-presenter for the Alzheimer Association 7th Annual McGinty conference in April 2005 on the subject of agitation management.
  • Keynote speaker for the OASIS 3rd Annual Memory Education Conference in April 2006.
  • Guest lecturer for OASIS in the Portland Metro area on fall prevention and memory.
  • Guest lecturer for Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy.
  • Guest lecturer for Linfield College School of Nursing.
  • Oregon Association for Home Care presentation.
  • Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon presentation.
  • Allen Cognitive Network national conference presentation.
  • Fall prevention consultation and training for Central Oregon Home Health and Hospice in Bend, Oregon .
  • Fall prevention consultation/training and Allen Cognitive Levels training for St. Charles Home Health in Bend, Oregon.
  • Dementia training for Kaiser Home Health rehabilitation staff – Portland, Oregon .
  • Allen Cognitive Levels training for various clinical staff members throughout Oregon rehabilitation facilities.