2020 Conference
Live Presentation Schedule

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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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Week 1 (OCT 1-3)

Presented by Jessica Rykert-Holt

Do you eat well? Do your patients eat well? What we eat and don’t eat, directly impacts our health. Proper nutrition can help prevent as well as reverse many chronic diseases. Part of our OT scope of practice is to help people eat healthy food, meal plan, shop for, and prepare well-balanced nutritional meals. This presentation will provide simple ways that OTs can encourage a healthy diet for their patients, as well as create measurable functional goals related to nutrition and the adoption of healthy habits and routines.

Presented by Stacey Vieyr-Braendle, MT-BC and Chelsea Salvatera, MSEd

The School to Prison Pipeline (STPP) is an under-addressed national phenomenon in which youth of color and youth with disabilities are disproportionately funneled out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This session will explore what the STPP is and unpack the role of occupational therapy in preventing at-risk youth from entering the pipeline.

Presented by Brandon Eddy, M.A., CCC-SLP and Katherine Stribling, PT, DPT

The purpose of this presentation is to prepare interdisciplinary interventionists (educators, OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.) to implement high-quality intervention techniques to support AAC users that can be used across disciplines under the guidance of a treating speech-language pathologist. The presenters will discuss evidence-based practice techniques, review coaching strategies, demonstrate intervention approaches, and coach attendees who will practice intervention techniques during the presentation. 

Week 2 (OCT 4-10)

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.

Week 3 (OCT 11-17)

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.

Week 4 (OCT 18-24)

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

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.

Week 5 (OCT 25-31)

Presented by Paul Zulak, OTR/L, QMHP

We all know what to do to be healthy or well, but we don’t always make those choices. This presentation will provide you an opportunity to use your skills to change YOUR life and enhance your practice.  There will be a brief mindful experience and then lots of experiential activities / movements to help you bring meaningful changes into your daily life. The movements are based on my work on “Bus Stop Stretches and Elevator Yoga”. Personally, I hate exercise, but have integrated many forms of “exercise” into my daily life. 

Marjorie Marshall, OTA/L

1. Road Map (Hand out) our journey as an OT/COTA. (Thank You!) Tools of the “Old” trade…looms, plastic splints, Adaptive Equipment fabrication, shop.
2. Statistics of those who will be retiring in the next 5 year’s, and those who have retired in the State of Oregon.
3. Where do we go from here with the skill sets we have learned, demonstrated, and assisted others in our career’s. Challenges in retiring.
4. How can we stay connected?

Presented by Shruti Gadkari

The success of an intervention is affected by the fidelity to which the intervention is implemented. There is an underlying assumption that an intervention is being implemented as it was intended. However, the real-world clinical environment is more susceptible to contextual factors than is the controlled research environment in which interventions are designed. A fidelity tool ensures that the framework, standards and essential components of the intervention are implemented as intended by the developers. Implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) interventions is critical for long term sustainability of our profession. An evidence-based intervention must be implemented in full accordance with its published details; therefore, a fidelity measure would ensure a quantifiable measure of the adherence to the components of the intervention. This session will explore the importance of fidelity measures in conducting evidence-based practice and examples of fidelity measures currently used in OT practice. Participants will learn how a fidelity measure is designed using the Occupational Performance Coaching-Fidelity Measure (OPC-FM) as an example. 

Presented by Ashley Rigas, OTD and Sarah Foidel, OTD, OTR/L

A sense of identity based in ‘doing’ can dissipate or feel worlds removed in the face of injury or disability. The human experience offers ample opportunity to carve out answers to the age-old question, “Who am I?” Post-injury, daily living becomes layered with complexities and questions fraught with crises of identity related to roles, responsibilities, and expectations. This presentation is practice oriented and presents a tool for practitioners to help clients develop personal identity throughout rehabilitation in a residential community setting. Evidence-based practice is considered for designing interventions when working with people that have experienced acquired brain injury (ABI) and continue to engage in rehabilitation long-term. Implications for OT practice are discussed, including engaging in therapy that helps to identify, understand, and determine the best approach for implementation of an identity-focused cognitive rehabilitation program.

Please join us as we conclude the first ever 2020 OTAO Virtual Conference! This will be in place of the monthly OT Night In for October. 

During this evening we will announce the winners of the Silent Auction items. Liz Miller, OTAO President, will also announce the recipients of the following:

  • Grace Black Award of Honor
  • Award of Merit
  • President’s Award
  • Award of Appreciation
  • Service Award
  • Student Scholarships

Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you all (virtually)!


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