OT and Functional Neurological Disorder

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Functional neurological disorder (FND) has been called a “silent epidemic,” a “crisis” in neurology, and psychiatry’s “blind spot.”

And, I have to admit it has been a huge personal blind spot for me. 

I knew nothing of this condition. 

Luckily, others in the OT community have been hard at work standardizing care for these patients. Multidisciplinary treatment, including referral to OT is a best practice for these patients. And, today we will look at expert recommendations for OT assessment and treatment. 

After we review the OT recommendations for FND, we will welcome Naoya Ogura, OTD, OTR/L, he is the West Los Angeles Clinic Director at re-active and specializes in neurological conditions like POTS, EDS, MCAS, and FND. 

Primary Journal Article Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article. Then, share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Supplemental Materials for FND

Handouts from The Clinical Resources Hub


Research articles

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify components of an OT assessment for functional neurological disorder. 
  • You will be able to recognize recommended OT treatment interventions for FND. 


Intro and breakdown of journal article

Discussion on practical implications for OTs

  • 00:12:28 How Naoya learned about FND
  • 00:14:15 How his clinic earned a reputation for specializing in FND
  • 00:21:43 Article impressions
  • 00:22:48 Client education on FND
  • 00:27:17 Approaching FND differently from other neuro cases
  • 00:33:53 Assessment for FND
  • 00:39:08 Naoya’s treatment approaches
  • 00:48:20 Advice for navigating functional seizures
  • 00:50:53 What does discharge look like?
  • 00:53:32 Not enough people with FND make it to OT. How do we change that?
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Target Audience/Educational Level

Our target audience is occupational therapy practitioners who are looking to learn about OT and Functional Neurological Disorder.  The educational level is introductory.

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It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic. Our guest, Dr. Naoya Ogura also has no financial disclosures.


Naoya Ogura, OTD, OTR/L

Naoya Ogura, OTD, OTR/L

Hey there, my name is Naoya Ogura (pronounced like “nah-OH-ya”) and I’m an occupational therapist at an integrative outpatient neurologic clinic called re+active!

I’m specialized in lifestyle interventions which I studied at University of Southern California, and my specialty is in sleep management and autonomic regulation.

At re+active, I lead the hypermobility/dysautonomia program, and also am involved in many of the functional neurological disorder cases.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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  • OT and Leadership
  • OT and CRPS
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OT and Functional Neurological Disorder • OT Potential

Today we’ll be covering OT and Functional Neurological Disorder. We’ll look at new research and discuss it with Dr. Naoya Ogura OTD, OTR/L.

Course Provider: Organization

Course Provider Name: OT Potential

Course Provider URL: https://otpotential.com/

Course Mode: Online

Start Date: 2024-06-20

Duration: 01:00:00

Repeat Count: 5

Repeat Frequency: Yearly

Course Type: Subscription

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