2020 Conference
Live Presentation Schedule
Week 3 (OCT 11-17)

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 Katie O’Day, MOT, OTR/L

Interoception is our 8th sensory sense. Interoception is our body awareness that our internal organs give our brains feedback. Individuals with poor interoceptive awareness struggle to recognize when they are hungry, thirsty, hot/cold, have a stomach ache, etc. It is very common for individuals with ADHD, anxiety, ASD and who have had trauma and ACE scores of more than 1 in their history. We often are working to help children and even adults self-regulate & we ask them how they are feeling. The first goal would to be able for the client to be able to identify how their body is feeling. With poor interoceptive awareness self-regulation cannot occur. The Interoception Curriculum was developed by Kelly Mahler and guides us on improving interoceptive awareness. Interoceptive awareness could be a game changer not only for children and young adults but also when we are treating individuals with mental health difficulties, neurological conditions and pain management.

Presented by Clark Upton, COTA 

Today’s mature Americans are the most active and community engaged seniors in history, and today’s vehicles possess the most technologically advanced safety features in history. So how can we use these facts to our advantage in order to ensure our driving longevity and continued independence and involvement in our community? CarFit, developed and sponsored by AARP, AAA, and AOTA is designed to help mature drives find the “Perfect Fit” to their vehicle in order to take advantage of the available safety features to increase driving safety.         

Presented by Maxwell Perkins, MS, OTR/L

This dynamic and interactive training will increase your ability to identify and intervene with cognitive/memory decline/deficits related to the aging process; concussion; Cerebral Vascular Accidents (CVA’s); Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI); Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and early stage Alzheimer’s. Gain insight into the wealth of evidence-based resource information available for patient/caregiver education. Learn to objectively assess medication management and address concerns related to driving ability. Identify the role of the Hippocampus related to memory issues and intervention strategies to address deficits. Understand the principles of Neuroplasticity. Learn the intervention that provides the single greatest impact on improving cognitive/memory deficits. 

Presented by Peter Boudreau, OTR

I will be presenting several of the techniques that i have found to be helpful to facilitate a person with hemiparesis recovery of movement and function. I will be doing an extensive demonstration of a treatment session with a patient, and talk through the though process as I go. The patient will be one with little to no active movement, so far. This workshop will not cover the basics of hemi care, use of FES, or kinesiotaping. Those are all already covered in the series on YouTube that i did at RIO. This demo will be more focused on intermediate to advanced treatment techniques. 

Presented by Emily Sitler, OTD, OTR/L and Caitlynn Southerland, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational therapists can play a unique role in exposing their clients to the countless emotional, physical, and social benefits adaptive sports have to offer. Working with the Vancouver VA and Adaptive Sports NW, we explored the role of occupational therapy in adaptive sports through a needs assessment. Our capstone project sought to identify potential methods to improve the transition from clinic to community for veterans’ involvement in adaptive sports and recreation.

Presented by Maxwell Perkins, MS, OTR/L

Often overlooked, many co-morbidities and reversible factors complicate the proper identification of the problem at the root of your patients cognitive/memory decline. It is paramount to have an understanding of the effects that depression; delirium; obesity; diabetes and marijuana use can have on cognition and memory. Do you have an understanding of what effect a patient’s ethnicity and education level can have on their cognition? What role does hearing loss and an individual’s sleep quality have related to their cognition/memory? Is cognitive rehab effective for memory deficits? Learn 75 ideas to stimulate cognition and memory. 

Presented by Kathryn Morrell, MA, CCC-SLP

This presentation will explain how a large hospital system implemented telerehab to respond to the demand for virtual services during the 2020 pandemic. Licensing laws, insurance challenges, documentation requirements will be reviewed. Evaluation and treatment challenges will be discussed along with opportunities and barriers to telehealth implementation. Questions and audience discussion encouraged.

Presented by Brianne Salvati, MOT, OTR/L

Are you a leader? If you interact with patients or influence patient care, chances are high that you are a leader and should embrace that role in your everyday patient care. Leadership is not about having a title or a position of formal authority. Rather, leadership is a way of living. Leadership is about making the choice to live your life consistent with a set of behaviors that have been proven through research to be effective leadership practices. In a position to direct and advocate patient care, these leadership behaviors can enhance your ability to influence. Attendees will participate in learning activities designed to help recognize the leadership opportunities around them and understand the behaviors that they can demonstrate in those situations. Attendees will also learn how to use proven tools to gain better insight into their own perspectives about leadership including their leadership strengths and how to use those insights to impact patient care practices.

Presented by Nina Van Beuning, OTD and Robyn Tynan, MSPT

Postpartum health care has historically remained an overlooked and neglected area of women’s health. This presentation emphasizes the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in an outpatient environment to support the dynamic physical, social, and emotional complexities of motherhood. Through the support of mentorship, literature review, and a needs assessment, a manual outlining occupational therapy’s role in maternal health was created as part of a doctoral project. Using the manual as a guide, this presentation will review occupational therapy’s role in maternal health and discuss the value of working as a team to support the transition into motherhood.


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