KOTA Conference Schedule 2016

  2016 KOTA Annual Pre-Conference 

Friday, September 23, 2016


Check In/Register

TJ Samson Community Center

Reiki and OT

Level 1 

Becky Austill-Clausen, MS. OTR/L, FAOTA

Reiki Master Teacher

Author; Change Maker


(15 min break 10:30-10:45)

Pathophysiology of Concussions and the Result Constellation of Symptoms

Melissa BloomPT,DPT, NCS


(15 min break 10:30-10:45)

           Lunch on Your Own

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch on Your Own

12:00 – 1:00


Reiki and OT

Level 1 

1:00 – 2:30


Pathophysiology of Concussions and the Result Constellation of Symptoms

1:00 – 2:30

Refreshment Break

2:30 –2:45

Reiki and OT

Level 1 

2:45 – 4:30 


Pathophysiology of Concussions and the Result Constellation of Symptoms

2:45 – 4:30 


Auction & Networking


Auction & Networking

 (hors d’oeuvres included, cash bar available)

Holiday Inn Meeting Room



Guests welcome!







2016 KOTA Annual Conference

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Registration-Community Center Foyer


Room 1

Room 2

Room 3




KOTA Annual Business and Awards Meeting 

(Light Snacks Served)




Vendors will be set up in the Community Center Foyer and the Main Foyer of the Pavilion

from 9:00am-6:00pm.


Key Note Speaker

John Britt




Preparing for Discharge After TKR: A Qualitative Study

Renee Causey-Upton, OTD, MS, OTR/L


Mentoring: for Professional Development, Networking and Research

Camille Skubik-Peplaski Ph./D OTR/L BCP FAOTA and Meg Brandenburg Parker MS OTR/L

11:00 – 11:30



Bathing Intervention

Case Studies In Rural Home Health

 Rod Morgan OTD



KBLOT Forum  KBLOT Board Members

Lunch Provided

Community Center


Group Based Transition Services to Adolescents in the Schools

Doris Pierce Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Endowed Chair in OT



1:45 – 5:00

(15 min break 3:30 – 3:45)

Making a Difference: Advocacy Strategies for Today’s Occupational Therapy Professional

Angela M. Cecil, MBA, OTR/L and Leslie Reed, MS, OTR/L and Megan Barnett, OTS


Should I use standardized assessments for documenting function?

Kathy Adkins OTR/L

1:45 – 4:45

(15 min break 3:30 – 3:45)

Poster Session/





2016 KOTA Annual Conference

Sunday, September, 25, 2016


Registration-Community Center  Foyer

 Rehab Pediatric Gym

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3



Teaching Self-Care With Flair Using Pictures &


Bhanu Raghavan, MS,


Ginger McDonald,


Jessica Lynn, MS,






Clinical Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) Directed and Blocked

Chris Bochenek OTR/L CHT SHWAPP

8:00 – 10:00


Breakfast With A Scholar


Becky Austill-Clausen, MS. OTR/L, FAOTA

Reiki Master Teacher

Author; Change Maker

8:00 – 9:00



The shoulder. evaluation and treatment

John Vaughn, PT

8:00 – 12:00

(15 min break







Tami A. Goldstein



Conservative treatment of bony and soft tissue mallet finger

Chris Bochenek OTR/L CHT SHWAPP

10:15 – 12:15

Becky Austill-Clausen, MS. OTR/L, FAOTA

Reiki Master Teacher

Author; Change Maker

Book signing



Lunch On Your Own 12:00-1:00

Rehab Pediatric Gym

Room 1

Room 2

Room 3







Sensory Integration: The Brain Body Connection

Jessica Lynn, MS,



15 minute Break at 2:30



Oncology Rehabilitation

Anne Fleischer, PhD, MPH, OT/L, CLT-LANA

1:15 – 4:15



KOTA Mentorship Forum

Crystal Adams MS. OTR/L

1:15 – 2:15


Coaching Tools For Use in Occupational Therapy

Melanie McAlister, MS OTR/L CPLC





Why do 90% of Musculoskeletal Problems have a Visceral Component

Lorilynn Dowiak, PT


Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention for Pregnant Women

Crystal Adams MS, OTR/L

2:30 – 4:30


 Early Intervention 101: Steps for Becoming a Provider                    

Jennifer Hight, OTD, OTR/L




Friday, September 23, 2016


Course Title:  Reiki and OT- Level 1

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 1

Presenter: Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Rebecca Austill-Clausen is past President of the Delaware OT Association, past Vice President of all OT State Presidents, and a prior Joint Commission Home Health representative for 6 national associations including AOTA, APTA, AHSA and 3 therapeutic representative organizations. She was the sole practice representative at the initial AOTA and APTA meeting to develop a white paper on the roles and scope of OT and PT. Becky has been secretary of the Pennsylvania OT Educational and Licensure Board and served on numerous AOTA marketing and recruitment committees along with being an initial founder of the AOTA Private Practice special interest group. She is founder of a 30+ year private practice with a staff of over 375 therapists. Becky currently serves on Advisory Boards at numerous universities. Her current emphasis involves training OT students and practitioners on complementary health modalities, specifically Reiki, an energy healing modality. She has written 11 publications and her current book, Change Maker, How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life is being published September 13, 2016. 

Becky is delighted to provide Reiki and OT – Level I Institute, a Breakfast with the Scholar presentation, and a book signing for her book Change Maker at the 2016 KOTA Annual Conference.

Abstract: Reiki, an energy healing complementary health modality facilitates stress reduction, relaxation, reduces pain and promotes self-healing. Reiki combined with OT can improve a client’s occupational performance. Attunement to Reiki energy hand positions, extensive experiential practice, billing, marketing and OT resources will be provided. A Reiki and OT - Level I certificate will be presented at the completion of this training Institute.

Outline: Reiki and OT – Level I, certificate provided Reiki Philosophy, Relationship of Reiki to OT, Supportive AOTA Documents,Common Diagnosis and Settings for Reiki and OT, Complementary and Integrative Health Care Modalities, Reiki Energy Healing, Hand Positions for Self-Healing and Use with Clients, Reiki and OT Resources, Questions and Answers, Experiential Sound Healing Meditation with Crystal Singing Bowls and a Vibrational Percussion Instrument called The Hang, Attunement to Reiki Energy, Self-Healing, Individual and Group Reflection, “Hands On” Reiki with a Variety of Partners, Extensive Experiential Training, Client Reiki and OT Simulations and Discussions . Group Reiki Share. Discussion about Additional Potential Reiki and OT Training Sites. Reiki and OT – Level I Certificate Presentation. Reiki and OT Research Questionnaire and Evaluation

Objectives:Reiki and OT - Level I Institute Objectives: Therapists will be able to:

1.Provide Reiki to clients and ourselves, to help improve occupational performance.

2.Explain how Reiki enhances client centered empowerment and facilitates stress reduction and self-healing.

3.Actively involved the client, using ethical, confidential, pragmatic and culturally sensitive behaviors, to determine if Reiki is the appropriate modality to use, before providing Reiki.

4.Understand how to document, bill, market and use Reiki resources and networking avenues for OT practitioners using this complementary health energy modality.

Course Title:  The Pathophysiology of Concussions and the Resultant Constellation of Symptoms

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 2

Presenter: Melissa Bloom PT, DPT, NCS, Melissa Bloom, PT, DPT, NCS is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy. Melissa earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Emory University in 2004 and passed her certificate of competency at the Emory and APTA sponsored vestibular rehabilitation competency course in 2007. She is currently the Chair of Georgia Neurology Physical Therapy Special Interest Group.  Melissa teaches several national vestibular and concussion continuing education courses and she has presented at state and national conferences on the same topics. Melissa practices with Physio in Atlanta where she specializes in concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and fall prevention.

Description: This course will introduce the learner to the basics of concussion management, and is designed to give the learner an overview of the breadth of concussion symptoms

Abstract:, Concussions are a growing epidemic, which have gained recent increased attention in the media and medical communities.  Often under diagnosed and misunderstood, post-concussion syndrome is a serious condition that can affect people of all ages.    Due to the pathology of concussion we will see a wide constellation of symptoms impacting many systems.    

   This course will focus on the pathophysiology of post-concussion symptoms.  An evidenced based system will be explored to better classify patients post-concussion. This course will focus more on vestibular and ocular pathologies.  The multifaceted nature of concussions requires a comprehensive evaluation and treatment approach addressing multiple systems.  This beginner course will touch on the basics of evaluation and treatment; however it is designed to give the learner an overview of the breadth of concussion symptoms.

Learning Outline: Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Explain the pathophysiology of post-concussion symptoms

2. Describe symptoms post-concussion that can be addressed with rehabilitation

3. Discuss and perform several important assessment points during evaluation of the concussed patient

4. Describe the symptoms seen due to damage to the ocular-motor and vestibular systems

5. Perform several vestibular and ocular treatments for the post-concussion patient


Saturday, September 24, 2016

KOTA Annual Business Meeting

Time: 8:00 to 9:30 AM

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 2

Presenters: KOTA Executive Board Members 

Eric DeYoung, President KOTA; Dale E. Lynn, Vice President KOTA; Shara Page, Secretary KOTA

Description:  Awards and Recognition for service to KOTA and the profession.  Annual Business meeting re-capping the 2015-2016 year.


Keynote Speaker

Course Title: The “Business of Therapy”

Time: 9:45am-10:45 am

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 2

Presenter: John Britt, Mr. Britt is a Senior Manager with Blue & Co., LLC. He has delivered critical consulting support to leadership and management teams across the country in rehabilitation services. He has a passion for helping his clients achieve optimal, sustainable results in the areas of revenue cycle, operational efficiency, and organizational alignment. Certified in healthcare’s Lean methodologies, Mr. Britt’s depth of consulting experience includes hospitals, Inpatient Rehab Facilities and large-scale healthcare systems.

John has served as Chief Operating Officer of a regional firm that managed the rehabilitation services in twenty-five hospitals and a number of physician clinics. He also served as Director of Rehab of a 55 bed Rehabilitation Hospital. The majority of Mr. Britt’s consulting is related to assessment and implementation guidance in therapy services. 

Description: Successful business outcomes lead to more resources to put back in to patient care. Therapy is a business of details. In this session, the presenter will provide practical guidance on how to manage the significant details of the service and increase your chances of a successful business outcome.

Abstract: Therapy services are important to the flow of patient care and the financial outcomes of the organization. In this session, the participants will gain an understanding of performance expectations (staffing, productivity, charge capture, no-show/cancellation management, price structure and more) and will receive a tool with which they may assess the performance of their own services.


  1. Define performance expectations for their occupational therapy at all levels of care.
  2. Identify common process gaps that reduce financial performance of therapy services.
  3. Apply an assessment (provided by presenter) to their own therapy services. 

Course Title: Preparing for Discharge After TKR: A Qualitative Study

Time: 11:00am-12:15pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 1

Presenter: Renee Causey-Upton, OTD, MS, OTR/L, Renee Causey-Upton is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University and a PRN occupational therapist in an acute care hospital. She has a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University and is pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Kentucky.

Dana M. Howell has a PhD in Education from the University of Idaho and is a full professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University. She is also the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program Coordinator at Eastern Kentucky University and Rehabilitation Sciences Doctoral program Liaison at University of Kentucky.  

Description:This study examined experiences of preparing for discharge home after TKR. Three themes emerged: being supported, having confidence, and persevering. Implications include addressing social support, safety, function, and pain expectations. 

Abstract:Patients experience shorter lengths of stay following total knee replacement (TKR), with less time to prepare for discharge home. Some patients experience poor outcomes, such as reduced function, falls, and hospital readmissions. Occupational therapists (OT) have limited time to address patients’ occupational needs in the hospital setting and patients may be unprepared to complete their daily occupations when they return home. No published research has previously examined the lived experience of preparing for discharge home after TKR. This research is needed to gain a better understanding of this experience and to implement changes to the occupational therapy process before and after TKR to better prepare clients for discharge. The purpose of this descriptive study using transcendental phenomenology was to explore patients’ experiences of preparing for discharge home after elective TKR. Four participants completed semi-structured interviews prior to discharge home. Three themes emerged from thematic analysis of the interview transcriptions: being supported for discharge home; having confidence in self, family and health care staff; and persevering: it’s no bed of roses. Implications include a need to assess patients for appropriate social support, educate patients on safety and modifications for functional tasks, develop rapport with clients, and address pain expectations. 

Objectives:After completion of this session, the audience will be able to: 

  1. Understand the experience of preparing for discharge home after total knee replacement  surgery.
  1. Identify factors that may increase readiness for discharge home after total knee  replacement surgery.


Course Title: MentorinFoProfessional Development, NetworkinanResearch


Time: 1:00pm-1:30pm




Presenter: Camille Skubik-Peplaski PhD OTR/L BCP FAOTA and Meg Brandenburg Parker MS OTR/L
Camille has worked in a variety of settings and currently she is an assistant professor in the Occupational Science and Therapy Department at Eastern Kentucky University. Her research interests are occupation-based practice and professional development.

Meg is a graduate from Spalding University who is currently completing her first year as an outpatient pediatric OT. Meg lives and works in Lexington at On the Move Pediatric Therapy.

Description: This presentation will highlight a win/win mentor/mentee relationship that includes; finding employment, networking, creating professional goals and participating in a research study.
Abstract: Mentoring is an active partnership between committed professionals that fosters professional growth and development. In order for the mentoring program to be successful, mentors and mentees must be active and committed participants. A mentor is often an experienced professional who takes on the role of teacher and helps new professionals to excel. A mentee is someone that is motivated and feels empowered to plan and manage the direction of their professional life. They must take responsibility for their development, learning, and professional growth and be open to coaching, feedback, and guidance from the mentor.
Both presenters entered into a mentor/mentee relationship, through a KOTA program, in the Summer of 2015. At this time the mentee had just graduated, was preparing to take her registration exam, get married and find employment and the mentor had been an occupational therapist for over 30 years and currently was an academic. Over the last year the partnership has grown into a professional support system with the year culminating in a research study where the teacher benefitted from the clinician. While each of us develop at our own pace, it is reasonable to believe that this type of influence is positive for all of us.


1.Participant will understand the value of participating in a mentoring partnership.
2.Participant will demonstrate an awareness of the role and responsibilities of a mentor and mentee.
3.Participant will demonstrate the skills needed to establish a mentoring agreement.


Course Title: Bathing Intervention Case Studies In Rural Home Health

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 3

Presenter: Rod Morgan OTD

Description:Case studies are presented where OT used bathing as task specific treatment in rural homes. Adaptive methods were used based on environmental challenges and patient diagnosis. Bathing engagement was used for improvement in bathing independence and improvement scores are based on blind assessment of the Medicare Oasis from other disciplines besides OT

Abstract:Home Health patients from the coalfields of far Eastern Kentucky that were referred to occupational therapy for treatment are documented in this paper. Occupational Therapy (OT) treatment of choice was to specifically involve the patients in the occupational task of bathing. All of the patients had the goal of being as independent as possible with bathing, and the caregivers shared in this goal. The literature search indicates that although bathing is a major basic ADL and that a decline in bathing skills can be an indicator of long term placement, OT did not engage patients in this task. The same research also shows that OT did not provide research of the effectiveness of using bathing for occupational therapy intervention. 


  • The attendees will be presented with the challenges of rural home health and home health environments 
  • The attendees will  have an understanding of the importance of using task specific occupation 
  • The attendees will be presented with a literature review that indicates  deficient OT  intervention in addressing bathing needs 
  • The attendees will have an understanding that a decrease of bathing skill is a leading indicator of nursing home placement
  • The attendees will have a knowledge of insurance provided adaptive equipment and various uses in home health 
  • The attendees will be presented with the Medicare Oasis ADL assessment and how bathing is assessed pre and post treatment
  • The attendees will learn and understand how to use bathing as treatment intervention based on diagnosis and that it is important to educate the patient and caregiver of the treatment process.

KBLOT  Forum

Buffet Lunch Provided

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Location: T. J. Samson Common Area

Presenters: KBLOT Board

Kevin Priddy, COTA/L, Chair - is the current Chair for the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Occupational Therapy. He is on his second full term for the board.  He attended WKU, and graduated from Nashville State Tech in 1999 with an Associates degree in applied science for Occupational Therapy. He has 17 years experience as a licensed therapist. Current employed as a COTA/L at TJ Samson hospital in Glasgow KY.  He became DPAM certified in 2007. He is a preceptor for the hospital and provides in-service training to the hospital staff on safe patient handling. Kevin promotes OT at the state and national level by attending legislative day and conferences.  He is married with three children.  His hobbies include farming, gardening, and fishing.

Scott Deburger OTR/L, Vice Chair – Scott has an Associates of Science Degree from Lindsey Wilson College , Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Louisville , and a Post Baccalaureate in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University .  His work experience includes working for the Cabinet for Human Resources in JOBS Program for 6 years and Baptist Hospital Northeast where he has practiced as a Staff Occupational Therapist for 17 years.  He sustains membership is the professional affiliations of AOTA, KOTA, and is a former KOTF board member.  He has been married for 21 years to not only a lovely wife, but she is also a Speech Therapist who also is employed at Baptist Hospital Northeast.  They have four children that keep them in constant motion.  If he survives parenting teenagers and college students, he plans to write a book; he’s not sure at this stage if it will be a comedy or tragedy.  He is an avid reader and a U of L supporter.

Rhonda Tapp Edwards, MS, OTR/L Secretary, is a 1997 Graduate in Occupational Therapy, D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY; in 2010 she received a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology & Rehabilitation Technology from University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.  She has 16 years of experience in the area of school-based practice.  In addition to this setting, she has experience as an academic fieldwork coordinator, an OTA program director, inpatient, outpatient, private clinic, long-term care, EI, and home health practice areas.  Rhonda is SIPT certified.  She presents at state, regional, and national conferences on SI and AT.  In October 2009, she was initially appointed by the Governor to Kentucky Board for Licensure of Occupational Therapy.  In the past Rhonda has served on the Kentucky Related Services Advisory Committee and Regional ASD Training Committee.  In addition to these committees, she has served on various committees at a national level for AOTA and on various committees and offices for KOTA prior to her tenure on the licensure board.  When she can find spare time she enjoys playing tennis, re-purposing/reclaiming furniture, and renovating houses.

  Camille Skubik-Peplaski, PhD OTR/L, FAOTA BCP- graduated from Eastern Michigan University with her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy and her Masters of Science from Wayne State University.  She obtained her doctorate from the University of Kentucky in the Rehabilitation Science Program.  Camille is a professor at Eastern Kentucky University.  She previously worked at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital as the occupational therapy practice coordinator and continues to practice there as a PRN occupational therapist.

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D. ABPP has had a bilateral hip replacement who knows Occupational Therapy first hand as a patient. He is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut and Professor Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and Department of Gerontology, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky

Jennifer Hutcherson, Board Administrator - has been the Board Administrator for three years.  Prior to working for the occupational therapy board she worked in banking.  Over the past two years, besides her duties on the board, and family obligations, Jennifer graduated from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with Associates Degree in Nursing.  She is married and has two children.  In her spare time she likes to travel and read.

Description:This is a moderated forum that will address current regulations, changes, and pending changes that impact the practice of occupational therapy in the state of Kentucky including suicide prevention and recent changes to license numbers.

Abstract:The purpose of the Board of Occupational Therapy is to administer and enforce the statutory authority and to monitor the needs of the consuming public. This is to ensure that all consumers of occupational therapy services in Kentucky benefit from their care. The board examines and licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession of occupational therapy including recent graduates from accredited programs and renewing therapists working in Kentucky.  In addition, the board recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. Recently, these changes include deep physical agent modality regulations, suicide training, and any other issue that affects practice in Kentucky.  Currently, the Board is working on reviewing forms, working on telehealth regulations, and reviewing language in various regulations The board also works with the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association to share licensure information with its members regarding practice and to ensure that occupational therapy is best practice in Kentucky.

Through a presentation and question and answer period will inform attendees about current regulation changes, proposed changes, suicide prevention, and the decision by Occupational and Professions decision to change licensure numbers and the implications for practice.

Objectives: Participants will have thorough knowledge of:

  1. A general overview of the role of the Occupational Therapy Licensure Board.
  2. A general overview of definitions in the laws and regulations as they apply to licensure as an OT or OTA.
  3. Knowledge of changes approved over the past year such as suicide prevention regulation and the change in licensure numbers and the impact of this change by O&P
  4. Anticipated changes to KAR over the next year.
  5. Transparency and communication with the Board.


Course Title: Group-based Transition Services to Adolescents in the Schools

Time: 1:45pm-5:00pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 1

Presenter: Doris Pierce, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Doris Pierce, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA is a pediatric therapist and researcher of 30 years and served as the principal investigator for the study upon which the workshop is based.  Her research focuses on occupational therapy transition services, including several research and training projects.  Therapists who participated in this research will also be presenting their perspectives during the workshop and are listed below.

Description: Transition assessments and intervention examples from experienced therapists of effective group transition services to develop self advocacy, social communication, prevocational, and life skills in secondary students with disabilities.

Abstract: This workshop presents evidence to support school-based therapists to expand their practice into secondary transition services from a mixed methods study of occupational therapy services across 10 school districts.  Interventions over a two year period demonstrated statistically significant effects on life skills.

A four point logic supports the role of occupational therapists in secondary services to adolescents with disabilities.  

1) Postsecondary employment and life skill outcomes for students with disabilities are poor (Levine, Marder, & Wagner, 2004). 

2) Work skills, life skills, and assistive technology are effective approaches to improving transition outcomes (Test, et al., 2009). 

3) Occupational therapy is effective in adult return to work, life skills, and assistive technology. 

4) Yet, occupational therapists are largely uninvolved in secondary services in the schools (AOTA, 2010) 

In this workshop, therapists of the study will share assessments, narratives, photos, and resources to support therapists to provide effective transition services.  Student goals addressed self-advocacy, social and communication skills, prevocational exploration and work experiences, and life skills.  A variety of student-centered and group-based interventions will be described.  Study therapists will also present their experiences of creating career centers in middle and high schools and supporting students’ entry into district vocational schools.  

Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants will:

  • Review and select transition assessments in order to provide transition teams with evaluations to inform goal-setting and program planning for secondary students with disabilities.
  • Review and select from a variety of effective, group-based interventions to develop self advocacy, social communication, prevocational, and life skills in secondary students with disabilities and presented by therapists experienced in their use.

Course Title: Making a Difference: Advocacy Strategies for Today’s Occupational Therapy Professional

Time: 1:45pm-3:15pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 2

Presenter: Angela M. Cecil, MBA, OTR/L, Angela M. Cecil, MBA, OTR/L has been a faculty member of the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy at Spalding University as the Academic Fieldwork Director since 2010. Angela earned a bachelor of science in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 1997 and a master in business administration from the University of Louisville in 2005. In five short years, Angela will earn a PhD in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. Angela’s professional experiences include practicing as an occupational therapist in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and home-based settings as well as in leadership, human resources, and now academia. Over the past two years, Angela has developed a passion for advocacy and health policy, specifically surrounding occupational therapy’s role in mental/behavioral health settings. Through her educational and life lessons, Angela will share with guests of this workshop some strategies that anyone with dedication to their clients will be able to implement.

Presenter: Leslie M. Reed, M.S., OTR/L, Leslie M. Reed, M.S., OTR/L has been the Rehabilitation Services Department Director at Eastern State Hospital since 2007.  Leslie earned both a Bachelor’s (2004) and Master’s degree (2007) in Occupational Therapy and has been working toward a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy degree at Eastern Kentucky University (to be completed spring 2017).  Leslie has clinical experience as an occupational therapist in mental health care, inpatient acute medical care, nursing home, home health, and inpatient and outpatient rehab settings. Leslie’s professional experiences also include serving as the occupational therapy Student Fieldwork Education Coordinator, Recovery Mall Director, and Intensive Support Unit Director at Eastern State Hospital as well as experiences in other forms of leadership and academia. Leslie has been a Certified Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) instructor and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention instructor since 2006. Leslie has a passion for advocacy and health policy surrounding occupational therapy’s role in mental and behavioral health settings and is dedicated to sharing resources, information, and strategies with fellow professionals.  

Description: This course will provide tips on how to advocate for clients, the profession, and for healthcare reform using individual- and systems-level strategies that any OT professional or student can utilize.

Abstract: This 2 hour workshop targets those who are interested in learning how to advocate for their clients, their profession, and for health care reform from the individual- and systems-level approaches. Attendees will be provided with ideas and resources for effective advocacy strategies that front-line clinicians, fieldwork students, academicians, and health care leaders will be able to utilize.

Objectives: Participants of this workshop will:

  • Define and discuss advocacy and what it means to the participant
  • Conceptualize health policy processes and implications for advocacy
  • Identify and discuss advocacy strategies at the level of personal and professional ability
  • Locate and utilize resources for advocacy in their communities

Course Title: Should I use standardized assessments for documenting function?

Time: 1:45pm-4:45pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 3

Presenter: Kathy Adkins OTR/L, Kathy Adkins OTR/L is a graduate of Baker College of Flint Michigan.  She has 20 years of clinical and operational experience working with ages in a variety of settings.  She owned and operated her own rehab company for 3 years specializing in Driver Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services.  She has worked for the last 2 years as a Systems Quality Clinical Documentation Consultant for Kindred Healthcare.  She co-presented at 2013 International Seating Symposium and 2014 KOTA state conference on geriatric wheelchair positioning.  She did a poster presentation at AOTA National Conference in 2015 on functional wheelchair positioning.  She presented at KOTA state conference in 2015 on documentation and has presented at the Western District KOTA meeting on a variety of topics.   She is currently working on her certification to become a Certified Professional Medical Auditor.  She is an active member of AOTA, KOTA and AAPC.  

Description: This course will assist clinicians with developing a better understanding of standardized assessments, interpreting the scores and developing intervention plans and writing goals for functional outcomes.   This course will also include hands on lab for evaluating participant’s skills to determine proficiency with assessments commonly used by OT.

Abstract: The IMPACT act focused on standardizing clinical data and assessments across post-acute setting and will be developing quality measures of outcomes.  The five domains for reporting the quality measures are around functional status which include areas that rehab has a direct impact on assessing and providing treatment for.  It is important that as therapist we utilize standardized assessments with our patients to justify medical necessity of our therapy services.  It is also important that we understand not only how to perform the standardized assessments, interpret the results and develop treatment plans and write goals for improving functional outcomes of our patients.  This course will discuss being able to identify valid and reliable assessments, how to interpret the results from the assessments and develop treatment plans by writing functional goals.  This course will also include a lab to give therapist practice with performing the assessments and incorporating the results into a treatment plan.  We will also discuss how the documentation should accurately reflect the results using the standardized assessments for documenting function.  


  1. IMPACT and how therapy will be affected
  2. Identify standardized versus non-standardized assessment
  3. How to select a valid and reliable assessment
  4. Lab- Administering standardized assessment and interpreting the results
  5. Documentation requirements for interpreting the results of standardized assessments
  6. Writing functional goals using results from standardized assessments

Poster Sessions

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 2




Poster Title: Does OT Matter? Quality of Life After Stroke

Presenter: Abby L. Maire

Description:This poster presentation will examine evidence-based findings on which occupational therapy interventions successfully improve patient perceived quality of life post stroke.


  1. Participants will have an understanding of the importance of addressing psychosocial deficits in combination with physical deficits.
  2. Gain an understanding of patient perceived quality of life and patient satisfaction.
  3. Develop a clearer understanding of the research supporting patient perceived quality of life as it relates to stroke recovery.
  4. Participants will have a better understanding of the research behind patient perceived quality of life as it relates to independence. 
  5. Discuss how this can be integrated into daily practice


Poster Title: Understanding  and Treating Self-Injurious Behaviors in Children

Presenter: Ashley McKinney, OTS

Description: This presentation contains information regarding the importance of utilizing results from a functional analysis to guide interventions in decreasing self-injurious behaviors while also improving a child’s opportunity at overall occupational success.

Objectives: Utilize functional analysis to identify function of self-injurious behaviors being demonstrated.

Identify a pattern of antecedents to self-injurious behaviors being demonstrated.

Consider how environmental factors influence demonstration of self-injurious behaviors.

Implement functional and purposeful interventions in order to decrease demonstration of self-injurious behaviors.

Improve child’s opportunity for peer-related social activities and overall occupational success through intervention strategies that are goal-directive and meaningful.


Poster Title: Improving Work Performance in Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Presenter: Ashley Zeller

Description: Occupational therapists play a large role in increasing hand strength, job maintenance, physical functioning, and in decreasing pain and fatigue in employed adults diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. 


  • Understand the impact rheumatoid arthritis has on the working population.
  • Grasp the importance occupational therapists have in improving work performance in adults with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Understand evidence-based research to support the implementation of occupational therapy with adults diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.


Poster Title: Complete Decongestive Therapy Intervention Effectiveness for Improving Lymphedema

 Presenter: Chelsey Lee

Description: This poster provides an overview of the evidence regarding the effectiveness of Complete Decongestive Therapy as a whole, the effectiveness of its separate parts, and available options for possible improvement. 

Objectives: The first objective of this presentation is to provide a summary of evidence analyzing the effectiveness of various interventions used during the phases of CDT such as Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), compression bandaging, compression garments, pneumatic compression, and exercise programs. Secondly, it will discuss interventions outside of CDT such as the efficacy of the pneumatic compression and kinesio taping. Finally, this presentation will explore the potential of standardized programs and technologies to improve a patient’s transition into the home maintenance phase of treatment.


Poster Title: Effectiveness of Pain Rehabilitation for Diabetic Neuropathy

 Presenter: Destiny Jackson

Description:Gaining knowledge of Diabetic Neuropathy will help with using appropriate interventions to treat this growing disease that impacts patient’s quality of life. 


  • Learning what Diabetic Neuropathy is. 
  • Common signs and symptoms of Diabetic neuropathy.  
  • Learning quality of life in patients and what it entails. 
  • Explaining why Occupational Therapist should address Diabetic Neuropathy. 
  • Explaining the Evidence Based Interventions found during my research. 


Poster Title: Sensory Modulation and Adults with Mental Illness 

Presenter: Katie Corea


This presentation will discuss the connection between sensory modulation and adults with mental illness. Discussion will include research on the effectiveness of sensory-based interventions and implications for OT practice. 


1) Gain an understanding of the connections between Sensory Modulation Disorder and adults with mental illness

2) Understanding of significance of sensory interventions

3) Ideas regarding sensory modulation groups to implement in a mental health setting


Poster Title: Effective Interventions to Promote Social-Emotional Development in Children

 Presenter: Kelsey Kolter

Description:Strong social-emotional development is necessary for children’s future academic, social, and emotional success. This poster will display effective occupational therapy interventions that promote social-emotional development in children with motor-control delays. 

Objectives: Evidence-based practice and research are mportant to the effectiveness of occupational therapy intervention.  In order for social-emotional occupational therapy interventions to be successful, the parent must be willing to learn how to appropriately react to their child’s social cues with sensitivity and responsiveness. Teaching parents and caregivers basic human interactions are essential for a child’s social-emotional growth. Once a child is in school or daycare, the teachers and other therapists must know how to effectively promote and encourage peer-interaction and social participation in children with disabilities. Without this research, occupational therapists and parents would not know what evidence-based treatments are proven to be beneficial in improving the social skills and emotional development of children with motor-control delays. 


Poster Title: Conservative Evidence-based Interventions for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 Presenter: Kenna Boswell

Description:This presentation will explore the evidence for both emerging and established conservative OT interventions to manage the symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome.

Objectives:Emerging vs. Established conservative occupational therapy interventions for treatment and management of CTS, including Traction devices, massage techniques, exercises, education, physical agent modalities (PAMs), and splinting.


Poster Title: Virtual reality intervention on upper extremity function post stroke

Presenter: Madeline Owens

Description:This poster will examine the literature on the use of virtual reality intervention to increase upper extremity function of the affected arm in patients post stroke.


1.  Participants will have a better understanding of what virtual reality intervention is and how it can be beneficial to the stroke population. 

2. Participants will have a greater understanding of what the research says about the use of virtual reality intervention to improve upper extremity function post stroke. 

3. Participants will have an understanding of the benefits and uses of virtual reality intervention.


Poster Title: Improving IADL Performance with Electronic Devices Following TBI

Presenter: Rachel Ballard

Description:This presentation explores the efficacy of electronic memory aids for improving ADL and IADL performance among adults with cognitive impairments secondary to a brain injury 


  • Learn strategies to successfully use technology in rehabilitation 
  • Review electronic devices and how they can be used in rehabilitation 
  • Have increased familiarity with some of the available applications on the iPad specific to rehabilitation 
  • What is the evidence for the effect of interventions to address cognitive/perceptual functions (attention, memory, executive functions) on the occupational performance of persons with TBI?
  • Research behind electronic interventions versus traditional interventions 


Poster Title: Effective Interventions for Older Adults with Rheumatoid Arthritis

 Presenter: Shannon Major

Description:To examine evidence supporting occupation-based interventions to increase participation, occupational performance, role competence and self-efficacy in older adults affected with rheumatoid arthritis

Objectives:To provide evidence on the effectiveness in occupation-based interventions, compare occupation-based interventions to preparatory methods, discuss occupation-based physical and leisure activities and the best practice for application of these evidence-based interventions.


Poster Title: The Efficacy of Alternative Medicines to Improve Agitated Behavior in Dementia Patients

 Presenter: Sonya Savage

Description:Many older adults with dementia experience behavioral and psychological symptoms caused by neuroleptic agents. Evidence-based research describe alternative strategies that decrease these symptoms and enhance quality of life for some clients


  • Describe the most effective holistic alternative approaches
  • Summarize evidence-based research on the effectiveness of alternative medicine techniques
  • List the most effective interventions applicable in occupational therapy context.



Poster Title: Methods for Improving Upper Extremity Function Post-stroke

 Presenter: Tyler Hester

Description: A review of current research related to therapeutic approaches that promote increased function in affected upper extremities post-stroke, focusing on client engagement and functional, as well as meaningful, tasks.


Evidence related to post-stroke upper extremity interventions

Active client engagement versus passive client participation

The effects of repetition in interventions

The use of functional tasks versus therapeutic exercises


Sunday, September 25, 2016

KOTA Breakfast with a Scholar

by Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

September 25, 2016 8:00-9:00

Community Center Room 2

Followed by Book Signing  9:15-12:00

Facilitating the Heart of OT

Rebecca Austill-Clausen will showcase numerous scenario’s leading participants to analyze their own unique approach to OT. Stunning photographs of nature, based on the presenter’s recent cross country pre-publication book tour while visiting 14 National Parks will highlight OT’s prevailing role in society. Health care trends will be reviewed and a call to action outlining AOTA’s new Vision 2021 will ensue.

Becky’s changing perspectives as an OT will be highlighted as she describes her recent book: Change Maker, How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life. Multiple situations leading to the Heart of OT will describe her journey. Attendees will develop skills to discover their own meaning and heart of OT.

This engaging and thought provoking presentation will explore variables effecting OT performance. Participants will uncover hidden talents to maximize OT’s unique position during our upcoming Centennial Year of celebration.

A book signing will occur immediately following the Breakfast with a Scholar presentation.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Deliver meaningful and purposeful OT based on each client’s cultural, ethical and philosophical viewpoints.
  2. Describe their own unique definition of OT that brings meaning and heart into performance.
  3. Discuss AOTA’s new Vision 2021 and develop tools to implement this nationwide call to action.

Course Title: Clinical Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) Directed and Blocked

Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 1

Presenter: Chris Bochenek OTR/L CHT SHWAPP Christopher Bochenek OTR/L CHT SHWAPP, 30 years working as hand therapist, owner of Hand Rehab and orthotic specialists private practice, and adjunct guest speaker Xavier university Cincinnati Ohio

Description: NMES will be demonstrated and taught in a manner to allow participants to return to the clinic and have the ability to improve ROM immediately on orthopedic patients

Abstract: NMES can be an invaluable tool used in therapy to increase tendon excursion and release post injury or surgical adhesions. OT students are exposed to NMES in most undergraduate and Post graduate programs and also in postgraduate continuing education programs. NMES can be intimidating and overwhelming to utilize. Even NMES taught in instructional courses often give participants parameters to isolate individual muscle groups in the upper extremity to improve range of motion. But because there are so many of these muscle groups in a small area it is often difficult to isolate out the target muscle. When attempting to work on either flexors or extensors of the fingers it becomes very challenging not to also contract the wrist flexors or extensors as well. Instructors often show diagrams of motor points of the individual muscles but again because muscles are so close together it can be virtually impossible not stimulate all groups together. Because of these difficulties even after sound instructional courses NMES is either underutilized and/or not attempted. This hands on instructional course will show and demonstrate how to with only two electro placements on either the flexor or extensor side of the forearm how to isolate and block to achieve the maximal amount of excursion and glide of the majority of all of said muscles. Participants will be encouraged to either bring their own NMES units or units will be provided to use at this session. Surgical videos and hands on demonstrations of NMES will be utilized during this session. Participants should be prepared to allow NMES to be utilized on themselves and each of their class participants in break out groups. Therapists should never apply a modality that they do not have first hand experience and knowledge of to convey to the patient.


Understand NMES and most common parameters

Understand the upper extremity anatomy and muscle grouping

Apply manual controlled NMES and strategic mechanical blocking

Leave the course feeling more comfortable utilizing NMES for future patients

Leave the course with contact information of the instructor for future consultation

Conquer the fear of NMES

Course Title: The shoulder, examination and treatment methods

Time: 8:00am-12:00pm

Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 3

Presenter: John Vaughn, PT John Vaughn is a Physical Therapist living in Glasgow Kentucky with 22 years experience. He currently is employed at TJ Samson Community Hospital where he works in the outpatient area, but contributes to Acute, Skilled, and Home Health. Most of his experience has been in Sports Medicine working with teams such as The Nashville Kats Arena Football, Nashville Metros Soccer, Nashville Rugby team and locally Glasgow High School. 

Description:This will be a review of shoulder anatomy, learning special testing for the cervical as well as the shoulder complex. Hands on practice will be encouraged as part of this learning module. We will discuss pathology and treatment strategy.

Abstract:This will be a review of clinical anatomy of the shoulder complex as well as the cervical spine and its contribution to the rest of the upper extremity. The focus will be on evaluation, learning about pathology and treatment as well as some precautions when dealing with post operative situations.


1. To learn how to objectively examine the shoulder girdle and determine pathology involved.

2. Treatment strategy associated with shoulder pathology


Course Title: CranioSacral Therapy Overview

Time: 8:00am-11:00pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Rehab Sports Gym

Presenter: Tami Goldstein WLMT, CST, Tami A. Goldstein is certified in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy (U-CST) and Therapeutic Massage. She has over ten years’ experience as advocate, speaker, educator & facilitator of U-CST to individuals with autism and neurodevelopmental delays. Ms. Goldstein is an NCBTMB approved continuing education provider for a course on bodywork & Autism. She is the international award winning author of “Coming Through the Fog,” her daughters autism recovery journey, and a contributing author in a number of books & publications.

Description: As the structure surrounding the brain and spinal cord, the craniosacral system is in a central position to affect health and disease. Through the gentle, hands-on modality of CranioSacral Therapy (CST), manual therapists are in an ideal position to integrate CST into their practices and protocols to positively influence the craniosacral system. The history, concepts, and theory behind this gentle approach will be discussed. You’ll learn how to develop the light-touch palpation skills that bring about profound results. And you’ll practice performing whole-body evaluation using the craniosacral rhythm as a guide.


This introductory workshop details the physiology and anatomy of the craniosacral system, its function in health and its relationship to disease process. Participants will learn hands-on, fascial-release techniques to evaluate and affect pain and dysfunction.

  1. Build the foundation to understand the CranioSacral system and study techniques to effect change.
  2. Develop and refine your light-touch palpation skill to access subtle restrictions in the body by focusing on the cranium, sacrum, craiosacral rhythm and related soft tissue including transverse diaphragms.
  3. Specific Techniques include Subtle Palpation of three rhythms: Heart, Respiratory, and Craniosacral.
  4. Participants will refine techniques with supervised hands-on practice and skilled demonstrations.

Course Title: Teaching Self-Care with Flair Using Pictures and Rhymes

Time: 9:00 am-11:00 am

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 1

Presenters:Bhanu Raghavan, MS, OTR/L, Ginger McDonald,OTR/L, and Jessica Lynn, MS,OTR/L

Ginger McDonald, OTR/L, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, moved to Ohio for an affiliation with Virginia Scardina in the Cincinnati Public Schools and hasn't left since. She has practiced OT for 35+ years in Dayton in multiple practice areas. She now works for HealthSouth Dayton.

Bhanu Raghavan, MS, OTR/L, a graduate of the Ohio State University, has 25+ years of experience in pediatrics. She works for the Centerville City Schools in Centerville, OH. While working together in the Centerville Schools, they conceived the idea for Self-Care with Flair!, published by Therapro.

Jessica Lynn, MS, OTR/L, a graduate of Spalding University, specializes in pediatrics in the school, home health, and outpatient setting in Kentucky. Jessica is also a graduate of University of Louisville’s School of Music and uses music to facilitate occupational performance in her practice.

Description: Self-Care is vital for community participation, yet not prioritized at school. The presenters will introduce a tool that combines pictures & rhymes to teach basic self-care to children with disabilities.

Abstract: Teaching basic self-care skills to children with disabilities can be tedious and is often not prioritized in school or at home. Yet these skills are critical for community participation. When there are small differences in method or terminology between home and school, the child can become confused. Learning can be delayed. A uniform approach to teaching daily living skills is critical to helping the child generalize the skills to all situations. The presenters (authors of Self-Care with Flair!) have devised a uniform methodology with pictures & rhymes to teach self-care skills in a manner that is consistent both at home and school. Teachers and parents have found that mastery was accomplished within short periods of time.

Novel experiences such as rhymes and rhythm trigger the brain to sustain attention longer. Rhymes are simple yet effective ways to remember rules and patterns. Hence, a child can learn many self-care skills faster using simple rhymes along with picture cues. For some children, adding a tune enhances effectiveness.

The presenters will share strategies from Self-Care with Flair! which contains rhymes for over fifty skills typically expected of the school-age child. This tool is a timesaver for therapists, aiding both teaching and documentation.


The participants will learn how self–care independence is essential for social participation, acceptance at school and future employability.

The participants will learn a uniform approach to teaching self-care skills to children with autism that promotes mastery within short periods of time.

The participants will be able to offer teacher & parents a simple methodology to teach many daily living skills and integrate fine motor drills into their routines.

The participants will be exposed to how an OT in the field applies this system to her practice and incorporates music.


Course Title: Conservative treatment of bony and soft tissue mallet finger

Time: 10:15am-12:15pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 1

Presenter: Chris Bochenek OTR/L CHT SHWAPP Christopher Bochenek OTR/L CHT SHWAPP, 30 years working as hand therapist, owner of Hand Rehab and orthotic specialists private practice, and adjunct guest speaker Xavier university Cincinnati Ohio

Description: Mallet fingers are a common type of injury that can occur and can conservatively treated successfully. Participants to this hands on presentation will be taught diagnosis, orthotics and treatment.  

Abstract:Mallet finger injuries are terminal tendon disruptions that occur at the insertion of the third phalanx either defined as soft tissue or bony disruption leaving the end joint of the finger hanging down in a flexed posture, getting the name from the appearance of a “mallet hammer”. The person is then left with an inability to extend the end joint of the injured finger. Although full flexion is maintained untreated or poorly treated injuries can result in further injury and or deformity. Conservative management has been shown to be the preferred method over surgical intervention. Thus it falls often to the therapist to take care of these injuries. Clinical protocols are available have but lack clearly defined parameters for diagnosis, treatment and outcome measurements. This hands on instructional session will teach the participants reason/method of injury, diagnose between bony and soft tissue, proper evaluation, orthotic fabrication, treatment, and outcome measurement.


Understand the anatomy of the finger extensor mechanism

Define mallet injury

Identify the difference between a bony and soft tissue mallet

Understand the different methods of custom orthotic versus prefabricated orthosis

Fabricate custom mallet orthotic

Have full understanding of start to finish treatment protocol

Lunch on Your Own 12:00-1:00

Course Title: Coaching Tools For Use in Occupational Therapy

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 3

Presenter: Melanie McAlister, MS OTR/L CPLC Melanie McAlister MS, OTR/L, CPLC has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and an MS in Vocational Rehab Counseling from Auburn University. She is a certified professional life coach and currently works as a part time faculty member for the Auerbach School of Occupational therapy at Spalding University.

Description: Occupational therapists can benefit from a study of life coaching in order to enhance practice. The framework of life coaching will be presented in this course. Specific tools for self-awareness, values identification, vision boards, and making of goals will be explored.

Abstract: Occupational therapists can benefit from a study of life coaching in order to enhance practice. Naturally trained to enable with client-centered treatment, OT’s can become even more skilled by using tools in the life coaching field to excite, instill hope, and set goals for any type of client. The framework of life coaching will be presented in this course. Specific tools for self-awareness, values identification, vision boards, and making of goals will be explored.  This course will explore the credentialing, history, education, framework, and theory of life coaching. It will explore various tools and themes in life coaching, including tools used in the interview process of clients.  


Understand credentialing and education of life coaches

Understand overlap of OT and life coaching principles

Grasp importance of client centered care

Process tool for life balance

Process tool for value identification

Process tools for goal formation

Understand history of life coaching

Theorize difference between life coaching and counseling

Process interview techniques and questions

Become familiar with various life coaching themes

Course Title: Sensory Integration: The Brain Body Connection

Time: 1:15 pm-4:30 pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Rehab Pediatric Gym

Presenter: Jessica Lynn, MS, OTR/L

Jessica K. Lynn, MS, OTR/L, CKTP is a pediatric occupational therapist who is trained and certified in Ayres Sensory Integration. She works in a variety of pediatric settings including schools, outpatient, and home health. She has experience with designing sensory gyms for clinics and is the operations manager for Lynn Occupational Therapy, LLC. She is educated in the SOS Approach (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach) to feeding. Jessica is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and certified in Deep Physical Agent Modalities. In addition to occupational therapy, Jessica is a clarinetist who performs with the Louisville Chamber Winds, subs with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and teaches music to a variety of children (including those with disabilities). Jessica may be contacted at: jessica@lynnot.com

Description: This 3 hour course provides both an overview of sensory integration and its theoretical foundations, basic science supporting the theory, and implications for practice. It examines the functional contributions of individual sensory systems, praxis, and their impact on everyday activities. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is described and discussed by area of dysfunction, including dyspraxia. This course will describe some of the clinical differences between behaviors observed in SPD and similar behaviors in other diagnosis (ex. ADHD). This course educates on sensory strategies that can be easily implemented into clinical, classroom and everyday life.  A client will be present to engage in ASI techniques. 

Abstract: This 3 hour course provides both an overview of sensory integration and its theoretical foundations, basic science supporting the theory, and implications for practice. It examines the functional contributions of individual sensory systems, praxis, and their impact on everyday activities. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is described and discussed by area of dysfunction, including dyspraxia. This course will describe some of the clinical differences between behaviors observed in SPD and similar behaviors in other diagnosis (ex. ADHD). This course educates on sensory strategies that can be easily implemented into clinical, classroom and everyday life.  A client will be present to engage in ASI techniques. 


• Identify the different sensory systems and their contributions to daily life

• Identify the basic principles of sensory integration

• Use clinical reasoning skills to interpret behaviors that might have a sensory integrative base

• Discuss praxis and its role in performance and behavior

• Implement informed interventions with a variety of disabilities from a sensory integrative frame of reference

• List sensory strategies that can be used at home, in school, and in the community to enhance function      


Course Title: Oncology Rehabilitation

Time: 1:15pm-4:15pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 1

Presenter: Anne Fleischer, PhD, MPH, OT/L, CLT-LANA Currently, I am an associate professor within occupational science and occupational therapy at Eastern Kentucky University.  I am new to academia and have recently started my second year. Prior to coming to Kentucky, I practiced as an occupational therapist for 28 years.  My primary focus has been with complex medical conditions with a focus in neurorehabilitation and oncology rehabilitation. For the last 24 years, I have worked at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Ten of these years were within acute care setting and the last 14 years within an outpatient rehabilitation center.  I am a certified lymphedema therapist but evaluate my clients from the perspective of a cancer survivor, which is the focus of research.

Description:Within this presentation, participants will gain a broad understanding of oncology rehabilitation and a method for evaluating and developing a treatment plan for those with a cancer history. 

Abstract:Participants will learn common medical terms used within oncology, appreciate current evidence-based research within and outside of occupational therapy to support our role in oncology rehabilitation and develop a method for analyzing and developing a treatment plan for those with a current or previous cancer diagnosis. Session will be include an opportunity to apply material learned to cases provided.


1. Understand occupational therapy’s role within oncology rehabilitation

2. Describe the evidence-based research to support occupational therapy intervention within oncology

3. State how research can be integrated within occupational therapy practice

 KOTA Mentorship Forum

Presenter: Crystal Adams, MS, OTR/L 

Time: 1:15pm-2:15pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 2


Course Title: Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention for Pregnant Women

Time: 1:15pm-4:30pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 2

Presenter: Crystal Adams, MS, OTR/L Crystal Adams, MS, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and wellness coach at ChooseWell, LLC. She also teaches at the University of Louisville. She is an active member of the KOTA Execute Board, where she serves as Membership Chair. She was chosen as an AOTA Emerging Leader in 2015 and remains active within AOTA. She is involved with the Compassionate Louisville Healthcare Constellation, where she volunteers on the organizing team for an international Healthcare Leadership School to be held in Kentucky in October.

Description:This presentation will examine occupational therapy’s role in a comprehensive substance abuse relapse prevention program for pregnant women. Discussion will include ways to find and participate in similar community programming.

Abstract:Research has demonstrated that while a residential substance abuse treatment program may be effective, adequate post-residential after-care is vital to the prevention of relapse. This is especially true for populations with special circumstances, such as pregnant and postpartum women. These women are not only responsible for their own health, but also the health of their children. These women, by remaining abstinent, have the opportunity to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which their children can grow.

A comprehensive after-care program can help reduce the rate of relapse after residential treatment. Because of their holistic perspective, occupational therapists can play an important role in such a program. This presentation will highlight the structure, success, and challenges of an existing comprehensive after-care program for pregnant/postpartum women who have completed a residential treatment for substance misuse. It will discuss the role of occupational therapy in the program.

Because this setting is considered a nontraditional area of practice for an occupational therapist, opportunities to participate with such programs may be difficult to find. This presentation will conclude with an interactive discussion regarding how therapists can find and participate in community programs and settings in their local community.


Objective 1: Describe a comprehensive relapse prevention program for pregnant/postpartum women and their families who have suffered from substance misuse.

Objective 2: Articulate and advocate for the value of occupational therapy in this and other community-based programs.

Objective 3: Discuss methods to seek out local resources through which to promote the value of occupational therapy in community/nontraditional practice settings.

Course Title: Why do 90% of Musculoskeletal Problems have a Visceral Component

Time: 1:15pm-4:15pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Rehab Sports Gym

Description:This course demonstrates the importance integrating of Visceral Manipulation into a Massage Therapy Practice that is focused on musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

According to French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral, Developer of Visceral Manipulaton, up to 90% of musculoskeletal problems have a visceral component. A integrative approach to evaluation and treatment of any musculoskeletal dysfunction requires assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their facial or ligamentous attachment to the musculoskeletal system. Viscera move like the musculoskeletal system in 3 dimensions. A ligamentous and fascial support system attaches them to the posterior wall of the body. If there is tension in the ligaments, there will be tension and compensations in the back body wall and throughout the body.


  • Discover new reason why muscles aren’t releasing and how to facilitate greater results.
  • Learn evaluation techniques to uncover primary restrictive patterns.
  • Understand how Visceral Manipulation techniques facilitate normal movement and functioning within the body.
  • See first-hand how to integrate Visceral Manipulation into treatment sessions, and why without it, treatment sessions may be incomplete.


Course Title: Early Intervention 101: Steps for Becoming a Provider

Time: 3:15pm-4:15pm

Location: Location: T. J. Samson Community Center Room 3

Presenter: Jennifer Hight, OTD, OTR/L  Jennifer Hight currently holds an Occupational Therapy Doctorate.  She specializes in early intervention and pediatrics.  She is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University.

Description: Session explores trends and issues related to occupational therapy practice in early intervention.  It addresses the business aspects of early intervention, including initial requirements, and implementation of the consultative approach.

Abstract: This course is designed to provide an overview of the current trends and issues related to occupational therapy practice in early intervention.  It is designed for new student graduates/practitioners interested in transitioning to early intervention.  It will provide information about the application process, discussion of providing independent contract service versus seeking employment by a therapy company.  Information will be provided about the business aspects of self-employment, including billing, coding, insurance claim submissions, obtaining of CAQH number, NPI number, and resources to assist in managing an early intervention practice.  Discussion will include best practice strategies for early intervention in early intervention including the consultative model, use of coaching approach, implementation of evidence based practice.  Potential resources to begin practice with will be discussed.


  1. The learner will identify current models of practice in early intervention.
  2. The learner will identify resources to assist in submitting insurance billing for therapeutic intervention.
  3. The learner will be able to access resources needed to begin the application process and daily running of an early intervention practice.

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