Anne Escher, MS, OTR/L

Anne Escher, MS, OTR/L

Title
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy
Level I Fieldwork Coordinator
Office
635 Commonwealth Ave, SAR-549
Email
aaescher@bu.edu
Phone
617-353-6569; Fieldwork fax: 358-3475
Education
MS in Occupational Therapy, Boston University, 2008.
BA in Anthropology, Skidmore College, 1998.
Website or Lab
BU Sargent entry-level OTD Level I Fieldwork (LIFW)
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Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

Anne Escher’s practice has included clinical experience in acute care (including rotations on cardiac, general medicine, pediatrics and the NICU), as well as working with older adults with low vision, and in rehabilitation settings.  She is especially interested in teaching classes that integrate coursework with clinical and fieldwork experience.  She is involved in facilitating interprofessional opportunities, especially through the Aphasia Resource Center (ARC).  With the ARC, Prof Escher has led the OT component of an interdisciplinary group, as well as assisted students to develop and implement occupational therapy groups.  She also works with a month-long interdisciplinary intensive summer program for adults post-stroke with aphasia and is involved with data collection and OT intervention.

MSOT Courses Taught

SAR OT500: Integrative Seminar I and LIFW

This graduate course in occupational therapy is the first integrative seminar in a 4-seminar sequence designed to enhance clinical reasoning processes by integrating knowledge from previous educational and work experiences with current courses and weekly fieldwork experiences. Using problem-based case scenarios, class discussion, classroom activities, fieldwork experiences and reflective journaling this seminar focuses on learning the foundations for professional socialization, group processes, therapeutic relationships, ethical practice and other professional issues for working with persons and populations of all ages with a variety of needs for occupational therapy services. Self-directed, collaborative learning and class participation are essential aspects of this seminar. (Credits: 2)

SAR OT501: Integrative Seminar II and LIFW

This course is the second in a four-seminar sequence designed to develop and enhance professional reasoning processes by integrating knowledge and skills from previous educational and work experiences and from concurrent OT courses with weekly fieldwork experiences. This seminar focuses on reasoning related to theories of learning and behavior change; the assessment, intervention, and documentation process; use of theory and research evidence in practice; therapeutic rapport and communication; and other professional topics and issues as they relate to working with persons and populations of all ages in a variety of OT practice contexts. Self-directed and collaborative learning, class participation, reflective writing for application and analysis of learning, case-based learning, and ongoing development of a professional portfolio are essential aspects of this seminar. (Credits: 2)

SAR OT564: Skills for Occupation Based Practice I

This companion course to OT563 Context and OT502 Integrative Seminar III emphasizes the development of assessment and intervention skills for working with individuals living with chronic conditions likely to benefit from compensatory and adaptive strategies. Students have opportunity for hands-on practice in selecting, administering, and interpreting assessments, as well as choosing and implementing occupation-based interventions. Best practice is promoted by requiring students to support their assessment and intervention choices through theoretical and empirical evidence. (Credits: 4)

SAR OT565: Skills for Occupation Based Practice II

This companion course to OT566 Client Factors emphasizes the development of assessment and intervention skills for working with individuals living with conditions likely to benefit from remedial interventions directed toward performance skills and client factors. Students have opportunity for hands-on practice in selecting, administering, and interpreting assessments, as well as choosing and implementing interventions. Best practice is promoted by requiring students to support their assessment and intervention choices through theoretical and empirical evidence. (Credits: 4)

Please note that BU is transitioning to the Entry-level OTD program.

Research Activities

2013-present 
Boston University, Sargent College, Boston, MA
Co-PI; Title: Intensive Interdisciplinary Treatment Program for Individuals with Stroke-Induced Aphasia

2012-2013
MAB Community Services and Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Interventionist; Title: Assessing the Impact of Low Vision Rehabilitation on Geriatric Outcomes

2006-2007
New England Eye Commonwealth, Boston, MA
Research assistant; Title: Elder’s Right to Sight

Presentations

  • Escher, A. & Berger, S. (2015, April).  An interdisciplinary program for persons post-stroke with aphasia: Increasing community participation. Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo, Nashville, TN.
  • Escher, A. (2014, March).  A vision to address low vision.  Presentation at Boston University Lead the Way Symposium, Boston, MA.
  • Berger, S. & Escher, A. (2013, October).  Professor and clinician collaboration: A dynamic classroom environment.  Poster presentation at the AOTA Education Summit, Atlanta, GA.
  • Kaldenberg, J., Berger, S., Chu, G., Huefner, K., & Escher, A.  (2010, May).  Lighting and its relationship to visual function of older adults: A pilot study.  Poster presentation at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress, Santiago, Chile.
  • Kaldenberg, J., Berger, S., Escher, A., & Huefner, K.  (2008, September). Lighting and contrast: Environmental issues for older adults.  Presentation at the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy Annual Conference, Westford, MA.
  • Escher, A. & Berger, S. (2007, May).  Low vision: Strategies to improve function.  Presentation at Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Brighton, MA.
  • Kaldenberg, J., Berger, S., & Escher, A. (2007, April). Lighting and its relationship to visual function in older adults: A pilot study.  Presentation at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s 87th Annual Conference & Expo, St. Louis, MO.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Registered Occupational Therapist, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy
  • Licensed Occupational Therapist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts