2019 Conference - Friday




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Preconference Friday Saturday
Special Events Keynote Speakers Registration


Registration Deadline:  October 3, 2019


Hotel Reservation Deadline:  September 30, 2019


Friday, October 18, 2019

Session 1 
9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

F1 Understanding TBI within the World of Domestic Violence for the Occupational Therapy Practitioner
Kathleen Stachowski, OTR/L, CBIST; Rachel Ramirez, MA, MSW, LISW-S, RA
Intimate partner violence impacts 1 in 4 American women. Physical violence often includes punching, shaking and hitting. Ten percent of victims sustain near fatal strangulation sometimes causing traumatic or anoxic brain injury. Understanding differences related to brain injury caused by domestic violence from other causes of brain injury is crucial. Occupational therapists have the knowledge and skills to address the needs of individuals impacted by domestic violence. The Occupational Therapy Practice framework provides the structure to establish and provide a complete intervention plan. Knowledge of community resources and supports is also imperative for a person's health, wellness and recovery. Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Mental Health. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner


F2  Put That Pencil Down!  Pre-requisite Skills for Handwriting
Sarah Heldmann, BS, COTA/L; Jodie Steiner, COTA/L   

Just as OT and OTAs work together, performance skills for handwriting and writing utensils have to work together. This session will explore ten performance skills required for handwriting. Practitioners will be able to identify and define skills as well as analyze their impact on handwriting. Furthermore, practitioners will be able to walk away being able to demonstrate occupation-based interventions to use in preparation for handwriting that can be incorporated in a session on Monday! Content: Children and Youth; School Systems. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Beginner


F3 Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation of the Elbow, Conservative and Post-Surgical Management - A Comprehensive Team Approach
Pamela O'Dell-Rossi, MPA, OT/L, CHT; Diana Duganitz, MOT, OT/L, CHT; Ernest Michaud, OTR/L, CHT 

This comprehensive presentation will include medical, surgical and therapeutic perspectives on evaluation and treatment of elbow injuries, including a review of the anatomy. Topics will include medical and surgical management for various elbow diagnoses including fractures and fracture dislocation injuries, cubital tunnel syndrome as well as medial and lateral epicondylitis. The importance of a team approach will be emphasized. The OT portion of the presentation will include case studies along with evaluation, treatment and splinting considerations. Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate


F4  Inclusion of Sexual Activity Matters 
Karla Reese, MSHS, OTR/L; Jenn Soros, MOT, OTR/L    

This session will address sex and sexual satisfaction from an occupational justice perspective. Presenters will explore how sex and sexual satisfaction are addressed in diverse client populations, including intellectual disabilities, congenital disabilities, chronic conditions, LGBTQ+ populations, and mental health. Strategies to address sex and sexuality throughout the OT process will be discussed.  Content: Health and Wellness; Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


F5  Inclusion Matters: Return to Work Rehab Style
Amy Smith, OTR/L, CEAS, CWE; Kimberly Kohl, MAIL, OTR/L   

As people retire later, the need for a “return-to-work” mindset after a rehabilitative event is crucial to maintain productive and happy lifestyles. Assessment, goal setting and interventions focused on work, from acute care to transition-to-work settings and the impact of therapeutic intervention across the continuum of these settings will be addressed. The inclusion of workers with physical, mental, and cognitive challenges will be emphasized. Participants will understand the approach of other team players in the work world and through the literal use of occupation, how to bridge the gap between standard rehabilitation, home and community, and work in any setting.  Content: Work and Industry.  OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate


F6  Maintaining Competency and Tracking PDUs for Certification Renewal
Barbara Willliams, DrOT, MS, OTR, Associate Director, External & Regulatory Affairs, NBCOT    

The value of NBCOT® certification is supported by the organization’s mission to serve the public interest by advancing client care and professional practice through evidence-based certification standards and the validation of knowledge essential for effective practice in occupational therapy.  NBCOT demonstrates these practices by developing, administering, and continually reviewing the certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence of the practice of occupational therapy. For those interested, this presentation will provide an update on means to maintain NBCOT certification as well as the importance of continued professional competency.  OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate.

F7  Discover Innovative Assistive Technology
Carly Dauch, OTD, OTR/L; Mary Beth Lavey, COTA/L; Brenda Housh, COTA/L  

The following assistive technology will be highlighted within this session: two-way communication, home-based sensors, health and safety monitoring, smart home technologies, and team support. Health and safety monitors consist of elopement systems, emergency response, medication management tools, home security, and health management tools like devices to monitor blood pressure, oxygen, glucose, temperature, and seizures. Smart home technologies include smart outlets, lightbulbs, blinds, thermostats, and appliances. Additional assistive technology that will also be showcased includes: Amazon Alexa features, video doorbell, smart garage door openers, feeding devices, WatchMinder, Doki Watch, automatic door openers, and much more. Content: Environmental Modification; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate


F8  Prepping for PDPM: How to Optimize Your Skilled Nursing Facility Documentation for the New Patient Driven Payment Model 
Kim Karr, OTR/L; Becky Finni, DHS, OTR/L   

With Medicare’s new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for skilled nursing reimbursement, clinicians must be savvy about both clinical requirements for successful provision of care and documentation requirements for justification of medical necessity and reimbursement. Specific challenges for documentation under PDPM will include a critical need to differentiate occupational therapy services from other disciplines (such as physical therapy, speech therapy, and nursing) and continued requirements to support why services required the skills of therapy professionals. Excellent interdisciplinary communication will be key as PDPM places a strong emphasis on thorough coding and documentation to capture the unique medical complexities of each patient. Content: Productive Aging; Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner

 Session 2  
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

F9  Clients' Perspectives of Spirituality in OT Practice
Barbara Milliken, EdD, OTR/L, CVW    

Have you ever asked your clients specifically about their spirituality and their spiritual practices? Have you ever wondered how spirituality might influence your client’s motivation for recovery? Have you ever considered incorporating spiritual practices into your treatment? This session acknowledges that spirituality is often omitted from assessment, and many clinicians are uncomfortable with the topic.  A five question screening was created with the intent to help students become more comfortable asking questions related to a client’s spirituality. The responses were rich and will be explored in an attempt to motivate all of us to address this client factor more directly.  Content: Clinical and Professional Issues; Mental Health. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner


F10   Data:  Don't Go to an IEP Meeting or Court Without It!
Christine Kovach, Ph.D.; Maureen K. Newell, B.A., A.A.S., COTA/L   

One critical component to avoiding special education litigation is to have appropriate data that is analyzed regularly to inform instruction. In this session school therapists will learn how to develop student RTI/IEP goals and objectives which make use of effective and efficient data collection tools and analysis techniques to foster skill development, increase team collaboration, increase parental confidence and avoid costly litigation. Content: Children and Youth; School Systems. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate


F11  Conservative Hand Arthritis Management Program
Margaret Mary Boyd, OTR/L; Leanne B. Kelly, OT/L   

Learn to institute a comprehensive program for managing OA of the hand through treatment, modalities, exercises, and education in joint protection and activity modifications. Includes standardized testing, and patient self-report components. Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner


F12  Fieldwork or Capstone:  What's the Difference?
Stacia Galey, OTD, OTR/L; Erika Kemp, OTD, OTR/L, BCP   

Do you have fieldwork and/or capstone students in your workplace? The question we, as Academic Fieldwork Coordinators and Capstone Coordinators, often hear is how to differentiate the Capstone from Level II Fieldwork. Capstone development and implementation is a process that can be beneficial to the student, site and site mentor. This presentation will discuss the similarities and differences between fieldwork and capstone, the progression of supervision of the student, the focus of the learning, the development of the project and implementation of the experience. Examples of successful and innovative Capstones will be shared and opportunity to brainstorm ideas will be provided. Content: Academics and Fieldwork Education. OT, OT Student. Intermediate.


F13 Start Your Own Business
Beth Salisbury, MA, OTR/L    

Starting and owning your own business is easier than you think. Learn the basics of how to start a business (therapy or other) by understanding the basic requirements for a Federal, State and Local perspective. Then learn marketing strategies, Human Resource policies, billing and accounting along with hiring your first employee. Content: Clinical and Professional Issues; Private Practice and Management. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner


F14  Integrating OTPF and Performance Skills for Effective Documentation
Cheryl Paeth, OTD, OTR/L, CLT    

 This course will be an integrative and interactive session linking Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) and Activity Analysis to develop skilled documentation used in your workplace. Attendees will participate in teams to develop their skilled documentation, supported by the OTPF and activity analysis. This is a flip the classroom experience using Learning styles and Blooms Taxonomy!  Content: Clinical and Professional Issues; Academics and Fieldwork Education. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate


F15  Coding Occupational Therapy Services
Mary Jo McGuire, MS OTR/L, FAOTA    

Occupational Therapy services are submitted for reimbursement by third party payers by claims that provide ICD-10 and CPT codes. This session will provide basic information about these codes so that practitioners can confidently make decisions about the codes they provide for submission for services provided. Recent changes in coding (evaluation, orthotics and prosthetics, cognition) will be covered; practitioners will be provided the opportunity to explore the challenges inherent in coding and to realize the importance of documenting key terms to support selected codes. Tools available through the AOTA will be reviewed to support correct coding. Content: Clinical and Professional Issues; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate

 Session 3  
2:15 - 3:45 p.m.

F16  Occupational Therapy's Role in Sustaining Recovery for Individuals with Substance Use Disorder
Allyson Baar;  Beth Ann Hatkevich, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA   

This presentation highlights the importance of adding meaning to recovery through the use of purposeful, occupational interventions at an appropriate level of challenge. The Role Acquisition frame of reference and the Transtheoretical Model of Health Behavior Change guide this innovative approach. The presentation concludes by stressing the importance of continued advocacy. Content: Health and Wellness; Mental Health. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner


F17  The RECESS Project - Reaching Every Child Encouraging Student Success
Cindy Cornell, OTR/L    

Research supports the importance of recess for its cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits. The purpose of The RECESS Project is to improve recess and play experiences for elementary children through purposeful activity tailored to meet the needs of the school district. This presentation will talk about how the North Central State College OTA program developed and used the RECESS Project as a fieldwork one experience. School based therapists can incorporate these ideas into their districts. Attendees will hear about current research on the importance of recess, understand how to implement the program and have hands-on experience with activities used in the program. Content: Children and Youth; Academics and Fieldwork Education. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


F18  Extensor Tendon Rehab: Early Active Motion OR Early Passive Motion … and Why?
Robert Hundt, OTR/L, CHT; Tyler Ganelli, OTR/L   

This presentation will describe an orthotic management program for zone 4-7 extensor tendon repairs that allow for immediate mobilization in a controlled range of motion, supported by a custom orthotic designed and fabricated to ensure safe mobilization of surgically repaired structures. Zone 4-7 extensor tendons have been previously treated with an outrigger dynamic orthotic or a static splint to decrease tension on the repaired tendon. Within the past 25 years using cadaveric studies, & various levels of evidence it has been shown that placing the surgically repaired tendon in “relative” extension to adjacent fingers, has been shown to allow for immediate motion, produce greater outcomes earlier in the rehab process, as well as allow for return to work in a shorter period of time compared to early passive programs. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate


F19  25 Interesting and Important Facts to Know About Our Hands
Pamela Millar, OTR/L, CHT, CKTP, NA   

This celebration of all things related to hand therapy, hand surgery and hand function will benefit both students and specialists. Provocative testing, standardized assessments, and measures will be discussed and demonstrated. This presentation is an overview of the specialization of rehabilitation of the hand, promoting improved communication with our clients, and understanding of the complications of hand care. Information regarding future International Congress (IFSSH and IFSHT), and changes in hand therapy certification (HTCC) will be presented. Fun facts, folklore, Fibonacci spiral, ‘rule of thumb’, and pig farmers; Join us in learning interesting facts while we demonstrate appreciation for our hands, and learn new ideas to apply to our client’s therapy program. Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Productive Aging. OT, OTA. Beginner, Intermediate


F20  Co-morbidities Impacting Outcomes and Management of Chronic Pain in the Workers' Comp Patient 
Jaime Berecek, OTR/L, CHT    

Many times when rehabbing a work injury, we aren't always working with just the specific injury. Many times there are other co-morbidities, psycho-social characteristics, and chronic pain issues that could influence and/or delay the outcome of return to work. Learn what those are, how to identify them, including they types of pain and what treatments can affect these, creating a more positive outcome for those patients.  Content: Industrial Rehab; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation. OT, OTA. Intermediate


F21  I Can Do That!  Exploring the Role of OTA 
Sarah Heldmann BS, COTA/L; Jodie Steiner, COTA/L   

It is imperative that practitioners and students understand the distinct value of occupational therapy assistants within the OT scope of practice. This session will explore the Standards of Practice for Occupational Therapy (2015) and real-life application. Practitioners will participate in naming which roles can complete tasks within the OT process and hear from a panel of OTAs regarding real world application. Content: Clinical and Professional Issues; Academics and Fieldwork Education. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


F22  Wheelchair Seating and Positioning in Long Term Care: Challenges, Tools and Results to Promote Function, Health and Quality of Life
Elise Dew, OTR/L; Jean Facteau, OTR/L, ATP; Chad Wagner, ATP  

This course sets out to demystify wheelchair seating and positioning as an OT focus in long-term care. While patients in LTC setting frequently present with numerous risk factors, often they slip through the cracks and are not identified for OT evaluation. In this course OT and COTA attendees will learn of new and underutilized tools for identification of at-risk patients, common postural abnormalities seen in LTC, benefits of improved seating, and common misconceptions of goals of individualized seating in LTC. Data and case studies will be presented on use of new screening tool for identifying patients for w/c evaluation, benefits of pressure mapping, and results of use of custom seating. Lastly, sample goals will be presented and funding issues specific to the state of Ohio will be discussed. Content: Productive Aging; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation. OT, OTA. Beginner, Intermediate


F23  Updates from the OT Section of the OTPTAT Board 
Missy Anthony; Melissa Van Allen, OTR/L; Mary Beth Lavey, COTA/L; Anissa Siefert, MOT, OTR/L; Beth Ann Ball, MS, OTR/L

The session will include an overview of the regulatory board’s functions, a review of the practice act, and updates on emerging issues from the Board’s perspective. This session will count toward the one hour of required ethics, jurisprudence, or cultural competence continuing education that is needed for licensure renewal.  Content: Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

 Session 4
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

F24  Improving Attention for All Students Using Inclusive Coordinative Movement Breaks
Amy Watson-Grace, MOT, OTD, OTR/L    

Inattention is one of the most common reasons for special education referrals, best practice suggests service provision in natural environments, and AOTA encourages supporting health and well-being for all individuals. To address these trends, school-based occupational therapists should broaden their scope and integrate services into general education settings to address inattention and benefit all students. A study demonstrating the effectiveness of Bal-A-Vis-X as an inclusive coordinative exercise intervention for improving attention will be presented. Interactive activities will be included to enable participants to practice coordinative exercises and apply coordinative exercise criteria to design interventions for use in their own practice. Content: School System; Children and Youth. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner


F25  Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy Collaboration: Management of Seating and Positioning in Order to Access Communication 
Karen Adams, OTR/L, ATP; Julie Potts, MS, CCC-SLP   

Multiple disciplines must coordinate efforts to meet the mobility and communication needs of complex patients. Occupational therapists can work with other professionals to guide the access evaluation for functional communication using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Content: Children and Youth; Assistive Technology. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate


F26 Spiral Oblique Retinacular Ligament Reconstruction: Surgical Procedure and Post-Operative Management for Correction of Chronic Swan Neck Deformities of the Fingers
Suzanne Painter, MOT, OTR/L, CHT

A chronic Swan Neck deformity of the finger can restrict functional grasp and initiation of digit flexion, resulting in limited participation in daily activities. This presentation will discuss the extensor mechanism of the fingers contributing to swan neck deformity. In addition, an explanation of a surgical technique for reconstruction of the Spiral Oblique Retinacular ligament to correct the swan neck deformity will be presented. Instruction will be provided regarding the rehabilitation process for this type of reconstruction, orthosis fabrication, and precautions in both the acute post-operative phase as well as long term management of the hand.  Content: Hand Therapy. OT, OTA. OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate, Advanced


F27   Increasing Access to OT in the Community 
Cheryl Paeth, OTD, OTR/L, CLT    

Meaningful and purposeful occupations are inclusive of all contexts and environments. Can you envision OT at playgrounds, in gardens, at social functions, in churches, at photography businesses, in libraries, in prisons? Where else do you see OT? Let's review effective community-based programming, fieldwork, and brainstorm to start your adventure. Content: Health Services Research and Efficacy; Academics and Fieldwork Education.  OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced


F28  Emerging Technologies for People with Disabilities: Telehealth, Navigation, Apps, and Virtual Reality
Sarah Anderson, OTD; Carmen P. DiGiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, RET; Julie Faieta, MOT, OTR/L; Kaetlyn Culter 

Emerging technologies are characterized by five key attributes: radical novelty, relatively fast growth, coherence, prominent impact, and uncertainty and ambiguity. This workshop will provide examples of innovative healthcare solutions across emerging technology platforms to include the following: a hybrid telehealth service delivery model, a smartphone navigation app designed for individuals with disabilities, clinically relevant and validated evaluation of health and function focused application, and virtual reality technology as an intervention and assessment tool. Attendees will become more familiar with emerging technologies and gain strategies for implementing these technologies within various practice settings. Content: Technology; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Driving and Community Mobility. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Advanced


F29  Mentorship, Leadership and Advocacy: Connecting the Dots for Professional Growth 
Becky Finni, DHS, OTR/L; Sarah Heldmann, BS, COTA/L   

Many occupational therapy (OT) practitioners begin their careers focused on developing their clinical skills for everyday practice and may think their professional development consists of checking a box on a continuing education list with each licensure renewal. But clinicians ready to take the next steps forward as licensed professionals need to develop a deeper understanding of the intrinsic skills for professional growth beyond basic entry level knowledge and experience. This course will help participants explore leadership, mentorship, and advocacy opportunities outside of traditional management roles that may be used to further their growth and development as professionals. Content: Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner

Promoting Sexuality in Older Adults 
Robin Chilton, MBA, OTR/L    

By the year 2050, the number of adults aged 65 and older is estimated to reach 83.7 million. Many older adults find that sexuality and sexual relations remain an important, and often central part of their interpersonal and intimate relationships, and quality of life. Although occupational therapists consider sexual health and management as part of their practice, lack of knowledge of sexual health related to disease and disability, cultural diversity, age and sexual orientation is reported. Occupational therapy professionals must acknowledge the importance of sexuality and be prepared to be involved in sexual health management and care. Content: Productive Aging; Health and Wellness. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner


F31  Caregiver Perspectives on Community-Based Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
Rachel Lott, OTD, OTR/L    

There is strong evidence that occupational therapy provided in natural environments is best practice. However, few community-based options exist. This session will discuss a community-based model of service and results of a pilot study that was conducted there to gain insights on the benefits of pediatric occupational therapy provided in a community-based, natural recreational environment from a parent/caregiver’s perspective. It will address the structure and design of the study and key themes found as a result of the study. This evidence demonstrates the immense need for community-based occupational therapy options to exist meet the needs of the children and caregivers. Content: Children and Youth; Emerging Area of Practice/Community-Based Services. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced