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2019 Conference Sessions
Earn up to 20 CCH!

Friday, November 8, 2019

2:00 - 7:00 PM

Registration Hours

3:00 - 4:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions (1.5 CCH):

NYS Workers' Compensation Board Overview of the Expanded Provider Law
Quinn Rapp-Ellis, Senior Attorney, NYS Workers' Compensation Board


Executive Function Skills: Helping Your Students Organize and Manage Their Time, Materials, and Resources
Gloria Lucker, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Facilitating Tenodesis Grasp
Margaret Frye, MA, OTR; Michael Koch, MS, OTR

A Non-Traditional Level II Fieldwork Experience to Support the Post-Professional Transition from COTA to OTR: A Replicable Case Study
Linda Rini, MS, OTR/L; Kelly Lavin, OTD, OTR/L

4:30 - 7:00 PM

Professional Issues Update: State Board of Occupational Therapy Presentation, an NBCOT Update on OT Certification, and AOTA Representative Assembly Issues/Motions (2.5 CCH):
Jason Kramer, Executive Secretary to the State Board of Occupational Therapy
Shaun Conway, OTR, Senior Director, External and Regulatory Affairs
Shannon Scott, OTD, OTR/L, NYS Representative to RA

7:00 - 9:30 PM Poster Presentations (Earn up to 2.5 CCH), Opening Night Reception, and Visit Our Exhibitors


Saturday, November 9, 2019

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Keynote Address - Choosing Wisely: Promoting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy (1 CCH)
Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA

10:15 - 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions (1.5 CCH):

Take the Stage/Act II: Infusing Applied Theater into a Key Point in the Curriculum - A Collaborative Project for Experiential Learning, Simulation, and Reflective Practice Continues
Regina M. Lehman, MS, OT/L; David Melchionne, MA, COTA/L; Brielle Silvestri, MA; Colleen Horan, MA

Strengthening Universal Design Education and Opportunity for Occupational Therapists
Brittany Perez, OTD, OTR/L; Debi Francis


Developing Clinical Competency and Advancing Experiential Learning Through Interactive Simulations
Maura Lavelle, MS, OTR/L, CKTP; Wendy Brzozowski, BS, COTA/L


I Think I Am Collaborating Effectively...But Am I? Reflection and Resources for the Pediatric OTP to Create an Evidence-Based Practice
Vera Gallagher, OTD, OTR/L; Irma Jeanette Pereira, OTD, OTR/L


Technology Adaptations for Upper Extremity Deficits
Danielle Dexheimer; Rachael Ponichtera


Common Visual Skills Challenges in School-Based Practice: Using PuzzleArt™ Therapy for Screening and Intervention
Serena Zeidler, OTD, OTR/L; Alli Berman, MA

11:30 - 1:00 PM 

Lunch in the Hearth Dining Room

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunchtime Hot Topic Tables (1 CCH):

Conversations That Matter: Leadership and Parity for School-Based Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Vera Gallagher, OTD, OTR/L; Serena Zeidler, OTD, OTR/L


Conversations That Matter: PDPM is Here. What Do You Want to Know?
Donna Frazier, MA, OTR; Steve Hanlon, OTR/L, MPH; Wendy Hentze, MS, OTR/L

12:15 - 4:00 PM

Extended Session (4 CCH):

Bridging Mind Body Practices and Occupational Therapy to Promote Productive Aging
Richard Sabel, MA, MPH, OTR, GCFP

1:15 - 4:00 PM

Extended Session (3 CCH):

Road Map to Clinical Research - Begin Your Research Adventure!
Karen M. Keptner, PhD, OTR/L

1:15 - 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions (1.5 CCH)

Occupational Therapy in Primary Health Care
Kyle Karen, MS, OTR/L, BFA; Michael Roff; Melissa McLaughlin; Tamar Cohen; Samantha Cootner; Katherine Delanty; Bethany Tripp


Developing Professional Advocates
Rebecca Barrett, MS; Camille Crayton, OTR; Rhianna Threat, MS; Rosemary Vargas, OTR; Dr. Janice Tona, PhD, OTR


Pilot of a Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults with Vision Loss
Alice Massa, MS, OTR/L; Maggie Walters, MPH, CHES


Mentoring Matters: The Fundamentals of Mentorship in Occupational Therapy
Sean M. Getty, MS, OTR/L; Christine Ragolia, OTS; Amber Walters, OTS; Megan Trusa, OTS; Samantha Babyer, OTS

2:45 - 4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions (1.5 CCH):

Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Everyday Occupational Therapy Practice - Making a Value-Added Difference - Cancelled - Speaker Unavailable
Ann Burkhardt, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Stay in Your Lane. Stop the Referrals for "Handwriting"!
Chaya Gottesman, MOT, OT/L


Earning CEUs for Fieldwork Students: NYS Continuing Competency Made Easy
Kimberley Persons, DHS, OTR/L; Donna Brzykcy, MS, OTR/L; Rochelle Marx-Asher, OTR/L, MS Ed; Debra Battistella, MS, OTR/L, COTA; Laura Mack, COTA/L

Let's Talk About the NBCOT National Certification Exam!
Shaun Conway, OTR, Senior Director, External and Regulatory Affairs


Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders: OT for Children with PANDAS, PANS, and Related Disorders
Janice Tona, PhD, OTR


Long-Term Community-Based (Geriatric) Occupational Therapy
Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L, CKTS, C.D.S.

4:15 - 6:00 PM

LifeDance (2 CCH)
Shira Robbins

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Jim Hinojosa Memorial Lecture - The Essences of Occupational Therapy: Creating New Normals (1 CCH)
presented by Paula Kramer, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Sunday, November 10, 2019

8:00 - 9:30 AM

Legislative Breakfast (1.5 CCH)
Jeff Tomlinson, OTR, MSW, FAOTA

9:45 - 10:45 AM Membership Matters: How to Partner with NYSOTA and Put Your State Association to Work for You (1 CCH)
10:45 AM - 1:00 PM Poster Presentations (Earn up to 2 CCH)
11:00 AM -12:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions (1.5 CCH):

An Occupational Look at the Development of Postural Foundations
Deborah Dougherty, OTD, MS, OTR/L


Political Advocacy: Surviving or Thriving in NYS...and what exactly is a PAC?
Beth Chiariello, PhD, OTR/L


Post Falls Management in Nursing Facilities
Kate Sheehan, DipCOT, MRCOT


Coaching and Case Management in Rural Areas
Emily Wilson, OTD


PDPM Round Table Discussion: The First Thirty Days - An Examination and Exchange of Ideas
Donna Frazier, MA, OTR; Cristina Dumitrescu, MS, OTR/L; Steve Hanlon, OTR/L, MPH; Wendy Hentze, MS, OTR/L


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