Friday, October 12
8:15 a.m. 
Keynote Address

“Pushing Your Passion Past Human Imagination:
An Occupational Therapist's Love Story!”

Jean Makesh is the founder and CEO of the Lantern group. He has designed a state of the art, award winning Alzheimer care facility in Madison, Saybrook and Chagrin Falls, Ohio. His fascination and passion to aging was the impetus to design and create a Personality-centric rehabilitative care program that is one of its kind in the country and in the world. Jean designed and developed a patent pending retro-virtual time capsule to nurture and facilitate memory and to promote functional independence. The care delivery model that he developed is the only care program in the world that is therapeutic in nature. The care program utilizes the individual's environment, learning and activities to activate repressed memories and stimulate newer learning. Jean is  on a personal mission to support, educate and equip the elderly, caregivers, family members and healthcare professionals with knowledge and resources about the Alzheimer's disease, its prevention and treatment. His goal is to continue to design, develop and construct state of the art facilities and therapeutic care models in the US and other parts of the world. His objective and mission is to combine his knowledge and experience to contribute and impact policies and practices in the areas of elderly care, good and efficient business practices and human kind as a whole.

Session A  9:45 a.m.  

A1 Best Practices for Addressing Your Patient's Driving and Community Mobility Goals
Meredith Sweeney, OTR/L, CDRS; Kaitlin Finch, OTR/L, CDRS

In order to support our client’s access to health care, social interaction, leisure activities and employment, it is critical occupational therapists address community mobility. This presentation will integrate best practice research findings to assist occupational therapists to address community mobility and driving across the life span and in different practice settings. Participants will identify the range of stakeholders who have a role in supporting our patient’s goals in driving and community mobility and understand AOTA based resources.  We will identify medical based “red flags” for unsafe driving and describe the process of a driver rehabilitation program.  A variety of vehicle modifications will be reviewed.  Best practices for managing a driving cessation conversation due to a medical condition will also be addressed. Content: Driving and Community Mobility Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Beginner, Intermediate.

A2 Injured Workers:  Takin' Care of Business

Industrial rehabilitation is an overlooked and often feared area of occupational therapy, but why?  The use of occupation is literally the basis for this hands-on approach to healing and safely returning injured workers back to the worksite using modifications, ergonomics, and job analysis combined with specific evaluation techniques. The available frames of reference place occupational therapists in the forefront for identifying productive and meaningful work tasks as well as how to maintain healthy longevity at performing those tasks. Become familiar and comfortable with the tools of the trade; functional capacity evaluation, cognitive functional capacity evaluation, functional job analysis, ergonomic assessment, and transitional work therapy.  Understand the process of return to work and occupational therapy’s role in that process. Prevention of injuries occurs through education in safe work practice, use of proper body mechanics, stretch breaks and modifications in work tasks.  Become the occupational therapist who can dispel the myth and fears of this exciting area of practice.  Content: Work and Industry/Industrial Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation, Environmental Modification. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Beginner, Intermediate.

A3 Navigating Occupational Therapy's Role in the Treatment of Pediatric Functional Neurological Disorders
Lauren Nelson, MS, OTR/L; Suzanne Messer, MS, OTR/L

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), also commonly referred to as Conversion Disorder, impact a surprising number of pediatric patients. Because of occupational therapists’ unique skill set, they are often first to observe symptoms that can lead to the diagnosis. Current literature suggests the importance of occupational therapy in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team to effectively treat FND. The confusion and stigma surrounding this diagnosis often influence timeliness and effectiveness of 

necessary interventions. This presentation will focus on describing the diagnosis and providing a thorough review of current literature as well as strategies to treat FND in a variety of settings. Content: Children and Youth Mental Health. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Beginner. 

A4 Application of Assistive Technology and Seating with Oncology Patients
Stephanie Cooley, OTR/L, ATP; Amy Grace, OTR/L, ATP
This presentation will review the different variables of cancer including side effects cancer treatments.  The focus of this presentation will be on implementing OT services with inpatient oncology patients including:  education, equipment trials and implementation of equipment. Presentation will also include role of assistive technology to improve the lives of oncology patients. Content: Assistive Technology; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Intermediate. 

A5 Student Reflective Journaling: Evidence, Strategies, and Rubrics
Joan Tunningley, PhD, OTR/L, BCP
Student self-reflective processes promote clinical reasoning for client centered care. This session will review recent literature in healthcare and higher education which supports the effectiveness of self-reflective journaling. Strategies for teaching self-reflective processes will be presented to weave into journal prompts. Grading journal entries through rubrics which target deeper reflection and promote critical thinking will be reviewed and applied to sample journal entries. Content: Academics and Fieldwork Education; Clinical and Professional Issues. Audience: OT.  Level: Intermediate.

A6 Stepping Stones to Pediatric Participation: Trauma-Informed Care
Breanna Lynch, MOT, OTR/L; Kristen Brokamp, MOT, OTR/L
This presentation aims to identify the ways in which occupational therapists are able to walk alongside clients, families, and communities who have experienced changes in participation due to trauma.  This population presents with deficits in sensory processing, developmental motor skills, attachment to caregivers, and regulation, which impact participation.  This presentation will delve into identifying at risk clients, research and models of practice, as well as service delivery and intervention strategies.  By participating in this presentation, attendees will gain a greater understanding of the role of occupational therapy using a trauma-informed, collaborative, and family-centered lens.  All learners are encouraged to attend. Content: Children and Youth; Mental Health. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Beginner.


 11:45 a.m.

Annual Meeting of the Members and Town Hall Meeting Lunch

Rebecca Finni, DHS, OTR/L - OOTA President; Chuck Willmarth - AOTA ; Barbara Williams - NBCOT; 
 Dan Hurley - Capitol Consulting Group

Session B   2:15 p.m.

B1 It's Not Just a Hand Fracture: Considerations During the Rehabilitation of Common Hand Injuries
Anne Baldwin, OT/L, CHT, CLT-LANA; Lisa Higginbotham, OTR/L, CHT, CKTP; Jo Koludrovich, OT/L, CHT; Pam O'Dell-Rossi, MPA, OT/L, CHT

This presentation is designed for therapists treating in an outpatient setting who treat patients with fractures of the hand, both conservative and post-surgical.  The presentation will cover the interactions between fractures of the metacarpals and phalanges, splinting options, graded motion program, considerations for soft tissues, wound healing, scar management, and edema control. For successful rehabilitation from a hand fracture, it is important to appreciate the multifaceted approach needed in order to re-establish balance for optimal functional return. Content: Rehabilitation; Disability and Participation; Clinical and Professional Issues. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Intermediate.

 B2 Occupational Therapy's Role in Human Trafficking: Update to the Call of Action
Kimberly Kohl, MAOL, OTR/L 

Occupational therapy has much to offer survivors of human trafficking to facilitate healing from trauma and transition to mainstream living. There is a movement beginning in this profession to address the unique needs of survivors and begin to build evidence that OT intervention is both necessary and viable to bring more comprehensive healing within a multidisciplinary environment. This session will explore how occupational therapy can add distinct value to promote healing and resiliency in survivors after trauma and build healthy habits and roles to thrive in a new life. Content: Clinical and Professional Issues; Mental Health. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Beginner.

B3 Stepping Stones Into the Classroom: OTs and PTs Supporting Inclusion
Wendy Broski, MOT, OTR/L; Stephanie Nowak, MS, OTR/L; Lisa O'Halloran, MS, OTR/L; Janene M. Mazanec, PT, DPT

 As OTs, we support educators in providing a flexible classroom designed to meet the needs of a variety of student learning styles and collaborate to determine effective strategies for each student. The inclusive classroom should meet the needs of the entire classroom as well as the unique needs of individual students, through sensory friendly environments and supports for learning. We will provide you with Stepping Stones Into the Classroom through a variety of tips which support inclusive practices and show you some practical ways to join forces with your educational team to promote universal design for learning in order to meet the needs of all students. Content: School System; Children and Youth. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Beginner, Intermediate.

B4 Homecare - How OT Can Lead and Succeed in the New Environment of Change and our Distinct Value - Part 1
Missi Zahoransky, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Sherry DiFrancisco, OTR/L
Home health care change is the new reality. Understanding how these changes define OT’s role in home health care will secure our future. New regulatory, OASIS and reimbursement requirements will be discussed and group interaction will allow for collaboration on solutions and future practice patterns. In this session, demonstration of outcome based care and the impact quality outcomes have on the future OT role and agency success in home health care will be presented. Part 1 of a home health care series that can stand alone or be combined to define our distinct value in the home care arena. Content: Home Health Care Productive Aging. Audience: OT, OTA.  Level: Intermediate.

B5 A Dynamic Fieldwork I Model: Description and Follow-Up
Mary Jo McGuire, MS, OTR/L, OTPP, FAOTA; 
Lana Hoffert, S/OT; Kayla Kayatin, S/OT; Rachel Scott, S/OT
At the 2017 Ohio Occupational Therapy Association conference a new, “Dynamic Model” of Fieldwork Level I was presented.  The audience of academicians, fieldwork educators, clinicians and students expressed their interest in this new model, and requested that a follow-up presentation be done in 2018 after the model was implemented.  This session will present an overview of the model, with feedback on the benefits and challenges from the faculty’s point of view, as well as reflections by some of the second-year MOT students regarding their participation in this dynamic Fieldwork Level I model. Content: Academics and Fieldwork Education; Clinical and Professional Issues. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Intermediate.

B6 Licensure/Ethics ... Answering YOUR Questions
Beth Ann Ball, MS, OTR/L, Chair; Mary Beth Lavy, COTA/L; Anissa Seifert, MOT,OTR/L; Melissa Van Allen, OTR/L
Members of the OT Section of the Ohio OTPTAT Board will present updates in Rules regarding current board actions. such as: additions to CE, changes in requirements for certificate display, elimination of License Escrow and other information affecting your license.  Questions will be welcomed.  This presentation will fulfill your ethics CE requirement.

Session C  4:00 p.m.

C1  Personality-Centric Rehabilitative Care, A Functional  Treatment Methodology to Prevent and Treat Alzheimer's Disease
Jean Makesh, OTR/L, MBA
Jean Makesh will present the Personality-centric rehabilitative care program he has designed and developed. His patent-pending retro-virtual time capsule nurtures and facilitates memory, and promotes functional independence. This care delivery model is the only care program in the world that is therapeutic in nature. It utilizes the individual's environment, learning and activities to activate repressed memories and stimulate newer learning. Content: Alzheimer's Disease. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Level: Beginner.  

C2 Implementing Evidence Into Practice for Occupational Therapy Assistants
Barbara Seguine, MAEd, COTA/L, ROH ; Melissa Tilton, BS, COTA/L, ROH

Implementing evidence in clinical practice is a process of closing the gap between research and practice so that research findings are used more routinely. This forum will present a step by step process to allow OTAs to effectively transition knowledge to practice.  The forum will provide resources and experiences of implementing evidence into practice specifically for OTAs. Content: Clinical and Professional Issues, Research. Audience: OTA, OTA Student.  Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.

C3 Interprofessional Education: The New Standard on Fieldwork
Kelly Kennedy, OTD, OTR/L, NTMTC 
Interprofessional education (IPE), although not a new concept in healthcare, is a new and emerging way of teaching in academia and in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education occurs when two or more students from different disciplines learn about, from, and with each other ultimately creating better patient outcomes. With ACOTE standards pushing for students to learn to communicate and work interprofessionally, it is not just the higher education institution’s responsibility for teaching students these skills, but also the expert clinicians in the field. Learn new and innovative ways to incorporate interprofessional education into the educational and clinical settings. Content: Academics and Fieldwork Education, Clinical and Professional Issues. Audience: OT, OTA. 
Level: Beginner, Intermediate.

C4 Homecare - How OT Can Lead and Succeed in the New Environment of Change and our Distinct Value-Part 2
Missi Zahoransky, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Sherry DiFrancisco, OTR/L
Understanding how to identify and implement best practice OT strategies will clarify the importance of quality outcome based care in the home health care arena. Strategies  

to enhance current OT practice within policy, OASIS and reimbursement changes will be interactively discussed. Outcome, reimbursement and audit documentation requirements will be presented and real-life examples reviewed. Group interaction will allow for collaboration on solutions and future OT practice patterns. Part 2 of a home health care series that can stand alone or be combined to define OTs distinct value and demonstrate how OT will lead and succeed in home health care. Content: Home Health Care, Productive Aging. Audience: OT, OTA.  Level: Intermediate.

C5 Telehealth Practice and the Pediatric OT: Infusing Occupation into OT Practice Using Technology
Melanie Criss, OTD, OTR/L

AOTA recognizes telehealth as an alternative method of service delivery that allows clients to receive services, even when separated by physical distance from the therapist, in places where clients live, work, and play.  This session will review the definition of telehealth, discuss the existing evidence regarding the use of telehealth in occupational therapy, and illustrate potential opportunities to use occupation-based telehealth practice with clients of various ages and diagnoses.  Although specific examples of telehealth service provision in the school-based setting will be discussed, a discussion of ethical considerations that are important for telehealth practice in any setting will take place. Content: Children and Youth, Technology, School Systems. Audience: OT, OTA.  Level: Beginner, Intermediate.

C6 Calm Moments Cards Program: Embedding School-wide Strategies to Reduce Stress and Enhance Emotional Well-being in Students
Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Sarah Kolic, OTR/L; Alisa Deninger, OTR/L; Denise Young, COTA/L

Learn how to implement the Calm Moments Cards program developed to build the capacity of OT practitioners and school personnel to recognize signs of stress in students during 17 typical situational stressors (e.g. taking a test, completing a writing assignment) and apply evidence-based strategies (thinking, calming & focusing, & sensory) to help reduce stress in order to improve emotional well-being and school function. Outcomes of a mixed methods design studying the benefits of the Calm Moments Cards program will be shared. Content: Mental Health, Children and Youth, School System Health and Wellness, Mental Health. Audience: OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Level: Intermediate.

Please note that there will be NO onsite registration.
 Exhibitor Reception 5:30 p.m.  Awards Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Reservations Required