2019 Conference - Saturday



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Preconference Friday Saturday
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Registration Deadline:  October 3, 2019

Hotel Reservation Deadline:  September 30, 2019


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Session 5  
6:00 - 7:00 a.m.

S1  Yoga for Occupational Therapy
Megan Mobley 200 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and S/OTA
This a mindfulness mediation and yoga class that will last approximately 45-60 minutes. This class will demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of yoga and how they can improve ADLs and IADLs by improving mental health along with physical benefits. The power of breath and how it fosters mindfulness. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner
 Session 6   
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

S2 Integrative OT Services
Lynda Robinson, OT/L, RYT-500

Through graded adaptations in our therapy sessions, we empower our patients to change health habits by promoting self-efficacy. Learn how our perspective as a clinician creates the opportunity to inspire healthy change, not only in our patients, but in ourselves as providers, by switching from a practitioner-led approach to health, to a client-centered and occupation-based approach to health.  Attendees will: 1. Learn concepts of self-management of Chronic Conditions 2. Learn applications of energy conservation in the outpatient and inpatient setting 3. Learn the impact of trauma on chronic conditions and how to implement trauma sensitive awareness and approach in practice 4. Learn Soma practices: connecting breath with movement 5. Identify stress management tools as cognitive retraining interventions. Content:  Mental Health. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Beginner/Intermediate
S3 Application of Motor Learning Concepts to Pediatric Rehabilitation and Clinical Practice
Grace Reifenberg, OTD, OTR/L    

This short course identifies motor learning theory and principles, and explores how these concepts can be concretely applied to pediatric occupational therapy. The purpose of this session is to explore how motor learning can be better implemented in pediatric occupational therapy clinical practice through the application of interactive case scenarios and reflective discussion. Content: Children and Youth; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation.  OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate
S4  Ulnar Sided Wrist Pain: Unraveling the Black Box of the Wrist
Kristy Pegg, OTR/L, CHT 
This course will provide information to the therapist regarding wrist anatomy and pathology that can contribute to the caveat of ulnar sided wrist pain. The therapist will learn how to differentiate between different causes of this pain as well as the biomechanics contributing to it. Evaluation techniques and treatment considerations will be discussed to assist in addressing this common issue. 
S5 Preparing for Level II Fieldwork 
Michele Tilstra, OTD, OTR/L, CHT; Kendra Zbinovec, Shannon Montgomery, Lana Hoffert, recent graduates from Walsh MOT Program

Students often report fear and uncertainty when preparing to start Level II fieldwork. This course is designed to provide specific recommendations for students to prepare for fieldwork along with coping strategies during fieldwork. Recent graduates will share their personal experiences with preparing for fieldwork and tips to make the transition easier.  Content:  Fieldwork. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Beginner/Intermediate
S6  The WorkWise Program: A Team Approach to the Reduction and Prevention of Work-Related Ergonomic Injury 
Mary Dumas, OTD, OTR/L, CEAS; Ketki D. Raina, PhD, OTR/L   

The WorkWise program seeks to prevent work-related injury through a participatory ergonomics approach that encourages worker involvement through training, hands on job safety analysis, ergonomic screenings, and group identification of risk reduction strategies. By proactively targeting work conditions and environmental workplace factors, via the job safety analysis process, we can help improve health and protect the workers¿ overall health and well being. Content: Productive Aging; Health and Wellness.  OT. Beginner, Intermediate

S7  Let’s talk about the NBCOT® National Certification Exam!
Barbara Williams, DrOT, MS, OTR, Associate Director, External & Regulatory Affairs, NBCOT     

This presentation will provide information on preparing for the NBCOT national certification examination, as well as the examination application process and the benefits of certification.  OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner
S8  Telehealth 2020 and Beyond: Opportunities and Challenges
Missi Zahoransky, OTR/L, MS, FAOTA, OTD/S; Marnie Renda, OTD, M.Ed. OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM   
All OT practice areas are facing reimbursement and service provision challenges. Recent policy and reimbursement regulations support the use of telehealth occupational therapy services. As a result, telehealth is a rapidly expanding area of practice with opportunities and challenges that practitioners must learn to negotiate competently in all settings. This course will address client factors, appropriate OT interventions, and evidence considerations for effective and ethical remote occupational therapy services. Technology options and requirements for use in the home and community and discussion and rationale for distinct clinical skills and remote office requirements for telehealth services will be explored in detail. Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA. Intermediate
S9  AOTA - Payment Policy Changes in Home Health 
Jennifer Bogenrief, JD, Assistant Director of AOTA’s Regulatory Affairs Department     
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted a new payment model for Medicare Part A home health, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which will begin January 1, 2020. Staff from the American Occupational Therapy Association will provide an overview of PDGM and provide tips about how occupational therapy practitioners may highlight and advocate for their critical role in helping patients achieve optimal outcomes under PDGM. Key online resources will be provided.
 Session 7   
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
S10  Importance of Coping Skills for Skilled Nursing and Rehab Clients 
Lana Hoffert, recent graduate of Walsh MOT Program;  Michele Tilstra, OTD, OTR/L, CHT    

Patients who demonstrate healthy coping strategies have increased compliance and participation in therapy, which helps therapists meet productivity demands. This presentation will emphasize the importance of integrating coping strategies into treatment plans for all rehabilitation settings. Participants will utilize the BRIEF-COPE to identify the frequency of positive/ negative coping strategies in clients. The results can be used to develop goals and treatment plan to increase positive coping strategies. Content: Rehab. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student.  Beginner/Intermediate
S11  LIFE Program: A 4-Part Approach to Post-Secondary Transition Services 
Patricia Kauffman, OT/L; Marissa Imondi, OTD    

In this session, the audience will learn about the LIFE transition program in Champaign county and the use of grant funding from the Ohio Department of Education for its expansion. This session will provide information, resources, and visual examples of the four components of the program: Training for LIFE - professional development, LIFE Class - functional curriculum with community based experiences, LIFE Skills Lab - hands-on experience destination for career exploration, independent living and soft work skills, and LIFE Lending Library - transition related material exchange system. Content: School System; Children and Youth. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate


S13  Basics of Evidence-Based Shoulder Rehabilitation: How to Help and Not Harm Your Patients
Lori Hare, COTA/L   
Feel more confident in your shoulder rehabilitation techniques and find better results for your patients at the same time with evidence-based training on improvement of strength and function for the shoulder complex. Learn assessment skills, manual therapy and appropriate strength and stability techniques for a variety of shoulder diagnoses. Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Health and Wellness. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate
S14  Pre-Employment Post Offer Abilities Testing 
Beth Salisbury, MA OTR/L 
Occupational therapy professionals are key to ensuring employers screen incumbent hires using pre-employment post offer abilities testing whilst also ensuring inclusionary compliance under ADAAA. Occupational therapist, using job analysis, set up and design policy/procedures, testing processes and guide implementation to appropriate screen incumbent hires to ensure they meet the physical demands of jobs they are being hired to do.  Content: Work and Industry; Health and Wellness; Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Environmental Modification. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate
S15  The Comfortable Cafeteria and Refreshing Recess Programs: Success Stories in Diverse School Contexts! 
Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Louise Demirjian, MA, OTR/L; Eileen Dixon, MS, OTR/L; Cindy Rakow, MA, OTR/L; Jessica Donnelly, MOT, OTR/L; Jenny Negrey, MOT, OTR/L, BCP

The Comfortable Cafeteria and Refreshing Recess programs are universal, school-wide programs developed as a part of the Every Moment Counts mental health promotion initiative. Information on how to implement these programs with relevant school personnel in diverse urban and suburban settings will be provided. The weekly themes for each program will be reviewed (friendship promotion, mealtime conversations, including everyone, and active play) as well how to embed trauma informed care (TIC) strategies. A panel of OT and MOT students who have implemented the programs will share 'how they did it' along with information on student and supervisor outcomes.  Content: Mental Health; Health and Wellness; Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
 S16 Overview of the Driver Rehabilitation Specialty and Importance of Addressing Functional Community Mobility Skills for Aging in Place
Julie Dominik, OT/L, CDRS, CDI/PD   

This presentation will shed light on the increasing need for OTs to address functional community mobility in all areas of practice, especially when considering the growing aging population in Ohio who desire to Age in Place. Therapists working with patients of all ages will learn of the opportunities to address key performance skills that are the foundation for successful community mobility. An overview of issues related to Stay Fit to Drive will also be included (AAA Car Fit program/OT’s role). Participants should come away realizing the need to be addressing this important IADL which OTs are best equipped to do!  Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Driving and Community Mobility; Clinical and Professional Issues; Productive Aging; Children and Youth. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate
Session 8   
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
S17 Addressing the Psycho-Social Implications of Prolonged Symptoms Associated with Post- Concussion Syndrome 
Dana Ilg, OTD, OTR/L   
This course will be a brief overview of post-concussion syndrome and occupational therapy's role in providing a client centered, occupation-based approach for symptoms management. In dealing with prolonged symptoms, individuals may experience added psycho-social implications that hinder their recovery process. As occupational therapists we have the ability to not only support their return to daily living activities, vocation, school and social lives, but promote health and well-being in the process. OT. Advanced
S18  Integrating OT into the Natural Settings of School: Pushing in for Maximum Success!  
Carol Conway, MS, OTR/L; Lezlie D. Fahl Kinder, OTR/L
Legislation and research support integrating related-service provision in the least restrictive environment, yet many school based OTs continue to use a pull-out service delivery model. This session will review the law and the evidence and describe how two school districts changed from a mainly pull out model of service delivery to an inclusive, integrated, co-teaching service model. Specific strategies for implementing change as well as for collaborating effectively with diverse school personnel will be discussed. Numerous case examples of providing OT services within the natural settings of school at Tier 1, 2 and 3 will be shared. Content: School System; Children and Youth. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate
S19  Treating CMC Osteoarthritis for the non-Hand Therapist
Jeremy Schlabach, OTR/L, CHT; Nancy Mancini   

The proper treatment and management of carpometacarpal (CMC) osteoarthritis is more than just providing a splint. Proper treatment requires a fundamental understanding of anatomy, the development of CMC osteoarthritis and an ability to work with patients to develop customized and individualized treatment plans. In this presentation you will be provided with a brief overview of the anatomy of the thumb and CMC, basic splinting principals, an overview of exercises to stabilize the thumb, joint protection principals, and adaptive equipment strategies to reduce stress on painful thumbs. Content: Rehabilitation, Disability and Participation; Environmental Modification; Health and Wellness; Productive Aging.  OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner, Intermediate
S20 Road Map to Clinical Research - Begin your Research Adventure!  
Karen Keptner, OT/L   

Research that demonstrates the distinct value of occupational therapy across multiple settings is necessary. During this interactive session, participants will refine a clinical question and create a road map for completion of a clinical research project, including identification of available resources. There will be lecture, individual and small group activities, along with large group discussions to help each clinician know how to initiate the process and get help when they need it.  Content: Health Services Research and Efficacy; Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Intermediate
S21  A Review of the Need for Community Collaboration, the Practicality and Cost 
Beth Ann Hatkevich, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Kelly Elton, MEd
This presentation highlights the outcomes of a Northwest Ohio needs assessment that resulted in the creation of Venture Bound, a community collaborative transition program. The presentation will include the process of approaching professionals in the community to contribute to the collaboration as well as the process of engaging schools and community. The presenters will identify funding strategies to create a nonprofit LLC to support transition programs in local schools and identify funding support to engage the community in larger Disability Employment Awareness events.  Content: School System; Clinical and Professional Issues. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Advanced
S22  Basic Ergonomic Principles for the Occupational Therapy Practitioner
Christine Cowen OTR/L, CEAS, TWD   

This course will provide the basic knowledge to apply our occupational therapy skills when conducting effective job analysis and ergonomic evaluations. The focus will be on the office environment, however the fundamental principles can be applied to any setting while taking the whole person and the needs of both the employer and the employee into consideration during the process. The participant should be able to:  1. Identify essential functions of a job and the process to identify the essential functions and complete a physical demand job analysis. 2. Understand basic ergonomic principals and how to apply them to the essential functions of a job. 3. Have basic knowledge to apply to all environments including office, industrial, manufacturing, and service. Content: Work and Industry; Health and Wellness. OT, OTA, OT Student, OTA Student. Beginner
S23  Homecare: Understanding the World We Now Live in and the Future We Should Be a Leader in 
Missi Zahoransky, OTR/L, MS, FAOTA, OTD/S   

The home health care OT arena will change drastically in 2020. Therapy has been a revenue source for home care agencies and the utilization of therapy in home health care has increased dramatically in the last decade. In the new model of payment, therapy will be seen as an expense and home care agencies will be restructuring service models to address quality of care and client satisfaction while containing costs which means decreasing number of OT visits. This program will discuss in detail clinical challenges, OASIS challenges, demonstrating OT's distinct value and exploration of intervention options, such as telehealth.  Content: Home Health; Productive Aging. OT, OTA. Intermediate, Advanced
S24  AOTA - Payment Policy Changes in SNF
Jennifer Bogenrief, JD, Assistant Director of AOTA’s Regulatory Affairs Department  
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new payment model for Medicare Part A skilled nursing facilities, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), started on October 1, 2019. Staff from the American Occupational Therapy Association will provide an overview of PDPM with a focus on key changes and areas for occupational therapy practitioners to understand in order to advocate for their value in addressing and achieving patient outcomes. Key online resources will be provided.