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Introduction to Burns

Jennifer Conway, OTR/L

October 31, 2014

I have had the pleasure of working with an excellent surgeon, Dr. Robert Sheridan, who states that an active and involved therapist ranging frequently is more effective than an isolated splinting prog...   Read More


On the Road Again; OT and Driver Rehabilitation

Theresa Berner, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

August 7, 2014

AOTA is very supportive of OT's role in driving rehabilitation or community mobility. It is exciting to have such great resources under AOTA. I wanted to recognize that there is a specialty certificat...   Read More


Evidence for Exercise in Breast Cancer Survivors

Andrea Branas, PT, MSE, MPT, CLT

July 8, 2014

I have made an assumption through this presentation that you have some understanding of breast cancer diagnosis and reconstruction, but I will talk through that more as I am not sure how many of you h...   Read More

Evaluation and Management of Pain

Belkis Landa-Gonzalez, Ed.D., OTR/L

June 30, 2014

In today’s presentation, I aim to provide you with an overview of the physiological background of pain, to distinguish between acute pain and chronic pain, and go over some of the factors we need to...   Read More


An Occupation-Based Approach to Cardiac Rehabilitation

Belkis Landa-Gonzalez, Ed.D., OTR/L

June 10, 2014

By the end of today’s session, I hope you will be able to recognize the physical and psychological benefits of physical activity, and be able to apprise the precautions and contraindications with an...   Read More

Evidence for Exercise in Cancer Related Fatigue

Andrea Branas, PT, MSE, MPT, CLT

June 5, 2014

We are going to talk about evidence for exercise in cancer-related fatigue. We are going to talk a lot about fatigue today and cancer-related fatigue. I would like you to be able to treat patients who...   Read More

Occupational Therapy and Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)

Janet Poole, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

June 3, 2014

It is a pleasure to speak to you today about Scleroderma and the Role of OT. The objectives of this presentation are to identify symptoms of systemic sclerosis or scleroderma; to discuss occupational...   Read More

Low Vision Assistive Technology and Community Adaptation for People with Neurogenic Vision Impairment

Al Copolillo, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

May 19, 2014

The objectives are to define what neurovisual deficits are and describe their relationship to acquired low vision diseases. Acquired low vision disease are those diseases that we typically think of in...   Read More


Young Children's Participation: Contemporary Theory and Assessment Approaches to Guide Best Practice

Mary Khetani, Sc.D., OTR

May 12, 2014

There are essentially four major areas that I would like for us to dive into in this next hour. The first is the significance of young children’s participation as an important service related outcom...   Read More

Return of a Second Hand: Studies in Neuroplasticity after Stroke

Mary Harley, OT/L

April 30, 2014

I would like to share some recent studies and understandings that we now have about the brain, a person's ability to recover after stroke, and how this affects the treatment we provide as occupational...   Read More


Practical Clinical Outcome Measures for Upper Extremity Spasticity Treatment

Vanessa Roberts, MS, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM

April 21, 2014

As you probably already know, spasticity can be a very disabling and complicated condition to treat. First off, how do we know that someone has spasticity? How can we differentiate spasticity versus h...   Read More


Using the OT Practice Framework in Recovery-Based Mental Health: Guiding Communication & Treatment for Effective Outcomes

Sean Getty, MS, OTR/L

March 24, 2014

We are going to talk about how to use the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) in mental health recovery. Our goal here is to look at the basic outline of the OTPF, especially if you are som...   Read More

Stroke Critically Appraised Topic: Task-Specific Training vs. Strength Training.

Sara Benham, MS, OTR/L, ATP

March 13, 2014

Looking at our agenda, we are going to review clinically appraised topics using PICO questions. After that, we will look at how to identify the highest quality of evidence and that will help to justif...   Read More


Effective Treatment Strategies for Dementia Management

Kathleen Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L

March 3, 2014

Along with that we have an Advocacy Model of Care and this is really important as we start to look at treatment. The restoration level of that Advocacy Model is not something we are going to be doing...   Read More


Infant Massage: An Intervention for the Occupation of Family Social Participation

Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, CIMI

February 26, 2014

I hope to really make the connection between our scopes of practice as occupational therapists, namely the occupation of family social participation, and how therapeutic touch, like massage, is relate...   Read More


Complementary/Alternative Medicine and Occupational Therapy

Franklin Stein, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

February 20, 2014

Occupational therapy actually started as an alternative to traditional or allopathic medicine in the early 1900s. When I was a young occupational therapist in the late 1950s and early '60s, occupation...   Read More


Interventions for the Co-Occupation of Feeding: Considerations for the Experienced Clinician

Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, CIMI

February 12, 2014

One of my objectives today is to talk about the role of occupational therapy on multidisciplinary teams. I want view this through a top-down approach. It will help us identify our role in being occupa...   Read More


Introduction to safe patient handling: A paradigm shift in the way therapists handle and move patients

Lenore Frost, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

February 3, 2014

After the hour, I hope that you will have knowledge of the historical perspective of patient handling. I will give you an outline of our history and future on this topic. I will also talk about why, a...   Read More


Ethics in Rehabilitation: A Clinical Perspective for Occupational Therapists

Kathleen Weissberg, OTD, OTR/L

January 14, 2014

The objectives for today are going over the basic principles of ethics and their application to occupational therapy. We are going to talk about the code of ethics that governs OT practice. We are goi...   Read More


Opportunities for OT in breastfeeding promotion: environmental & contextual interventions

Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES, CIMI

January 2, 2014

I am very excited to share with you my interest in breastfeeding promotion and the role and opportunities for OT. My own interest evolved from my clinical practice in the NICU and early intervention s...   Read More


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