2020 Conference
Live Presentation Schedule
Week 4 (OCT 18-24)

All courses must be purchased individually. We 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 Ashley Ly, OTS

This presentation will discuss the literature review of OT’s role in pediatric palliative care and highlight the major gap in the literature. The presentation will also address the ways OT’s can participate in palliative care teams in order to support children and their families in experiencing “a good death.” 

Presented by Sat Nam Sears, OTD 

This presentation explores ways to support older adults during the time of pandemic and social distancing by helping them learn to utilize online tools to remain engaged in their daily routines and connected to their social networks. How older adults use technology and the best approach to teach older adults new technology was researched. That research was applied to a case study of a single subject who is an older adult and an occupational therapist with the goal of becoming proficient with online skills and tools. The occupational therapy process was utilized including an evaluation, assessment, creating goals and interventions and an outcome evaluation. This presentation will also address the experience of this OT student adjusting to working remotely while learning and teaching new online technological skills and tools.  

Presented by Kelly Nesbitt, OTR/L

Disclaimer: this course contains mature content.

Dr. Dottie Higgenbottom OTR/L, PhD, ZZ™ is a seasoned occupational therapy generalist, world-renowned motivational keynote speaker, and founder of the certification program ‘OT ALL AROUND US’ (OTAAU™).

Through the use of storytelling, functional ADL demonstrations, and a few earnest meltdowns – Dr Dottie will rekindle your passion for OT and help you to reconnect with your OT clients, students, and more importantly – with YOURSELF.

Pandemic sensory deprivation got your sensorium all out of whack? Has your quarantine macrame project unraveled itself? Are you reciting Apple, Pen, Tie, House, Car in your sleep? Well WAKE UP kiddos! RED FLAGS point to OTAAU™! Sign up Today ~ Don’t Delay ~ Prevent Cognitive Decay!

Presented by John White, OTR/L, PhD, FAOTA

Having participated in and contributed to the growing body of research on occupation since the founding of occupational science in 1989, the presenter will share how the our expanding understanding of occupation can be used to support practice across a wide range of OT practices. To frame the topic, a brief history of occupational science and it’s place in the history of OT will be shared. Specific research studies will be cited in how they provide compelling evidence for enhancing and supporting OT practice. 

Presented by Halley Read, MOT, OTR/L

The field of occupational therapy generates new knowledge at a rapid pace, yet it takes an average of 17 years for this new knowledge to integrate into clinical practice. Practitioners must develop skills to apply new information from research articles, grey literature, and conference sessions in order to advance clinical practice. Bridging the research to practice gap requires using knowledge translation (KT) as an integral framework and resource in the occupational therapy field to apply and sustain ethically sound knowledge into practice.

Presented by Brian Wilkinson, PT, DPT, CHT, CLT; and Evan Liu, PT, DPT, OCS

Practicing OTs assess a multitude of common upper extremity conditions as standard elements of the routine care they provide. For our presentation, we will present a review of the current literature pertaining to the assessment of common conditions of the upper extremity, including the relevance of the cervical spine as a potential source of symptom etiology. We will address the pertinent anatomy and epidemiology for each condition, provide a brief overview of a typical clinical presentation and disseminate information on promoting a thorough, efficient and evidence-based assessment for a multitude of conditions frequently seen in the shoulder and elbow. A portion of our presentation will involve hands-on practice in order to reinforce the proper application of special tests related to assessing several conditions of the aforementioned regions. Ultimately, we would like to offer our musculoskeletal expertise to facilitate refined clinical decision-making and evidence-based interventions to positively impact treatment outcomes for the shared patient- provider benefit.

Presented by Marie Hook, OTR/L, MS

Vision is our primary sense. It gives us information about our environment more quickly than other senses and allows us to respond to potential hazards and prevent injury. It is a crucial component of balance. Aging is the single best predictor for developing low vision and vision loss does not occur in isolation in the aging adult. Most older adults with low vision have at least one chronic comorbidity that contributes to limitations in ADLs and functional mobility. Vision deficits can present as impaired cognition and contribute to balance impairments thus increasing fall risk. Low vision can be the result of macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, changes in blood glucose levels, MS, PD and brain injury. Each of these conditions will present slightly differently and will impact the patient’s ability to fully engage in and benefit from OT PT and ST skilled interventions. Correctly evaluating vision deficits and incorporating those findings into the plan of care and discharge recommendations will increase functional outcomes and quality of life for our patients.


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