2020 Conference
Live Presentation Schedule
Week 2 (OCT 4-10)

All courses must be purchased individuallyWe understand that it is inconvenient to register for one course at a time, however, our system does not allow for registration for multiple courses at a time. We are continually trying to troubleshoot this and we thank you for your patience. If you are an OTAO member, your information will automatically populate into the required sections during checkout. 

During the early bird registration period (September 14-30), there will be a special of 2 FREE COURSES, for the first 100 people to register. Then during open registration (October 1-31), there will be a special of 1 FREE COURSE, for the first 100 people to register.  If you’re one of the first 100 individuals to register for a course, please allow up to 72 hours to receive your promo code from info@otao.com. We also want to thank all our OTAO Members for your continued support and offer an additional free course in which you will receive via your OTAO registered email with the code. If you are not a registered member with OTAO or have let your membership lapse, you will receive an email with a code for your free course upon becoming an OTAO member. Additional free courses (registration is required) include the following: OTAO Business meeting, OTAO Lobbyist Session, and OTLB Session. 

PRE-RECORDED courses will be available between October 1-31, 2020. There are some pre-recorded courses that also offer a Live-Q&A session. You will be sent a password protected link to the recorded course. After October 31, 2020, the link to the course will no longer be accessible. 

LIVE-PRESENTATIONS will be offered through Zoom (please refer to our schedule/brochure for additional information). Each course will be recorded (with the permission of the presenter). LIVE-presentation information, including the virtual link and handouts to courses, will be sent out the week of the presentation at the discrepancy of the presenter as some have opted to share their handouts after their live-presentation. 

If you are unable to attend the Live-Presentation, you will be able to register for the recorded version and receive a password protected link to the course. The recorded version of Live-Sessions between October 1-17, 2020 will be available until October 31, 2020 and Live-Sessions occurring between October 18-31, 2020 will be available until November 14, 2020. After the final day of availability to the recording, the link to the course will no longer be accessible. link to the course.

Conference Pricing: 1-1.5 hours
  • OT/OTA Non-Members $25
  • OT/OTA Members $20
  • Associate Member $15
  • Student/Retired Member and Non-Members $5
Conference Pricing: 2-2.5 hours
  • OT/OTA Non-Members $35
  • OT/OTA Members $30
  • Associate Member $20
  • Student/Retired Member and Non-Members $5

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Presented by Niki Terzieff

Join OTAO Lobbyist on a crash-course for a DIY Advocacy Campaign.  This course will be designed to get you immersed in your own advocacy efforts as we speed toward the 2021 Legislative Session.  The handbook will provide action items that will lay the foundation for the kind of relationship we need YOU to have with your state legislators.  There will be important policy on the line come next year and with attending this course you each will be poised to be the voice for OT all across Oregon.  

Presented by Elizabeth Miller, OTR/L, CHT and Kristy Fleming, OTR/L

Please join OTAO for our annual business meeting – an opportunity to meet the people serving you: OTAO’s Board of Directors. In this 45 minute presentation, we will share our current financials, highlight this year’s accomplishments and share our plans for the future. We invite you to join us in this conversation and look forward to meeting you!  

Presented by Catherine Sweeny-Thompston, PT, ATP/SMS and David Knight, ATP

When infants and young children with mobility impairments are not provided access to self-directed mobility at the same time as their age-matched peers, delays may be seen in cognitive, perceptual, social and motor development. It is imperative that wheeled mobility solutions be introduced as early as possible for this population to prevent long term delays.

This 1-hour interactive course will discuss the theory behind powered mobility for the early intervention population as well as older children, and power mobility options for consideration when prescribing mobility devices. There will be focused discussion about strategies to balance function, development, and posture, as well as training techniques to aid in a successful outcome while addressing the concerns of family and caregivers. Case examples will be utilized to reinforce concepts discussed. Participants will leave this course with immediately applicable strategies to allow for successful implementation of pediatric powered mobility interventions using a current best practice approach to pediatric powered mobility.

Presented by Catherine Sweeny-Thompson, PT, ATP/SMS and David Knight, ATP

Functional mobility following an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) varies significantly from person to person. While there is limited evidence available on the topic of wheeled mobility and ABI, it is clear that independent mobility is a predictor of quality of life post ABI. The team must maximize safe and efficient mobility, while considering the cognitive, visual, fatigue, and postural factors often present in this population. 

This course will discuss wheeled mobility post ABI including common postural impairments, as well as safety and cognitive considerations. Manual wheelchair configuration for optimizing independent mobility in this population will be reviewed, including considerations for power mobility options when an optimized manual mobility device is not effective or functional for a client. Factors for determining safe and independent use of power mobility will be discussed including training strategies to maximize success when working with individuals with cognitive and visual deficits.

Presented by Erin Cochran, MA, OTR/L; Bethany Sloane, PT, DPT; and Deidre McLaughlin, MS, CCC-SLP

Children with complex medical needs, including both cognitive and motor disabilities, have significant limitations in accessing play, mobility, and communication, and may require expensive and potentially socially stigmatized equipment in order to move and interact with their peers. There is substantial research consistently demonstrating the cognitive, motor, language, and social benefits to children with disabilities when given access to assistive technologies during early childhood, specifically ages 0-3 when given access to assistive technologies, yet obstacles remain to acquire and utilize these tools during this age range. This presentation will review one clinical approach to serving these children and families in order to optimize engagement with these important areas of childhood occupations. 

Presented by Brigette Bird, MOTR/L

Identify the role of OT in Critical Care setting with an emphasis on working with patients admitted with COVID-19. My research will be from a small retrospective study, from Deschutes County. How do the patient’s present in the hospital, how do they recover, and what is the importance of the OT. What did the OT do during their evaluations and treatments? What were common themes and standardized tests? How can we continue to promote OT in the critical care setting to promote early activity to benefit our patients best long term outcomes.

Presented by Satya Sardonicus, DC, CACCP

Chronic stress and/or a history of trauma are implicated in the gross majority of cases who seek professional healthcare. Most professional education is focused on specific techniques to elicit change; however, little attention is paid to “the container in which change happens”. It’s crucial that providers working to facilitate therapeutic change understand how the body stores trauma, and the subsequent impact on receptivity to change. By applying simple principles outlined in this presentation, we can amplify the ease of delivery (less effort for the provider) and positive outcomes (faster and more sustainable results) relevant to all types of therapeutic input.

Presented by Katy Danforth, OTD, OTR/L and Linda Rifkin, MOTR/L

In this course, you will learn the basics of what home health OT is all about. Is this an area of practice for you to pursue? Explore the many options and methods of interventions that generally have immediate satisfaction for the clinician and client in a non-contrived setting. Attendees will be educated on current practice methods and updated Medicare reimbursement guidelines effective January 2020.


Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon
Phone: (971)266-4328 
Email: info@otao.com or otaoconferencecommittee@gmail.com