Saturday, 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM: Registration

Saturday, 7:45 AM – 10:45 AM (3 CEUs)

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Intermediate
  • Practice Settings: Children & Youth, Mental Health
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Session Description:

Understanding the impact of prenatal substance exposure and other developmental trauma on the development and occupational performance of children and youth and their families is important for the design and use of effective interventions with this population. This intensive 3-hour session reviews the etiology and characteristics of developmental conditions related to prenatal substance exposure and related developmental trauma. The presenters will discuss the impact of trauma on neurodevelopment, social participation, and occupational engagement. Participants will explore different resources and programs, that require focused professional development and training, that prepare practitioners for providing trauma-informed occupational therapy intervention to children and youth with a history of prenatal substance exposure and developmental trauma. Examples of innovative occupational therapy trauma-informed intervention and program development in the Puget Sound area will be shared.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the etiology and characteristics of developmental conditions related to prenatal substance exposure and other developmental trauma.
  • Discuss the neurobiological implications of developmental trauma for self-regulation and socio-emotional developmental.
  • Identify intervention approaches that support occupational engagement of children and youth with developmental trauma.

Speaker(s):

  • Jennifer Pitonyak, PhD, OTR/L, SCFES
  • Tracy Jirikowic, PhD, OTR/L
  • Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Intermediate
  • Practice Settings: Pediatric
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Session Description:

Pediatric modified constraint induced movement therapy (mCIMT) has become an accepted intervention practice for children with unilateral upper extremity issues/challenges. Creating an intensive mCIMT program can be a daunting process. Gaining a deeper understanding for the various components involved in planning, organizing, and managing an intensive mCIMT program provides the clinician with a plan for successful implementation. This workshop provides the participant with a brief background of pediatric mCIMT then demonstrates many of the tools needed to successfully launch.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review the intent and purpose of pediatric modified constraint induced movement therapy (mCIMT).
  • Participants will review and discuss the process for creating a pediatric modified constraint induced program.
  • Participants will discuss then practice initial assessment for mCIMT participation.
  • Participants will discuss the importance of client and care provider engagement and program follow through.

Speaker(s):

  • Lucretia Berg, EdD, MSOT, OTR/L, cNDT
  • Lynda Johnson, Occupational Therapist

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Intermediate
  • Practice Settings: All
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Session Description:

Participants will learn how to integrate the OTPF and the Occupational Profile into their area of practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the OTPF terminology and how to utilize it in practice.
  • Explain how to use the Occupational Profile and explore ways to use it in practice.

Speaker(s):

  • Melissa Porras-Monroe, OTR
  • Lisa Nelson, COTA/L

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Beginning
  • Practice Settings: Physical disabilities, Home Health, Pediatrics
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Session Description:

This is course is an active, hands on course in which participants will learn to provide physical supports for clients in positions of sleep and rest so that they are empowered to rest straight, minimize pain, and avoid body shape distortions over time. We will cover background first: what is the evidence base, why postural care is important even out of the wheelchair, what a difference it can make in the lives of clients and their first circle of support, and then jump into hands on learning. Participants will have the opportunity to experience resting in a supported position, placing their learning partner in a supported resting position, and talk about how to measure success. Participants will leave with a list of resources for further learning, a shopping list, and the skills needed to begin implementing with their clients on Monday! This course is appropriate for Occupational Therapists and Physical therapists working with individuals across the lifespan who experience limited mobility that impacts their ability to sustain and change positions. People who take this course are empowered to intervene to make sleeping hours more comfortable and therapeutically effective in preserving and even improving body symmetry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify the effect of gravity over time in positions of sleep and rest
  • Participants will evaluate common client seating challenges and link them to sleep positions
  • Participants will select interventions based on client presentation and experience these sleep supports from both the client and the caregiver role

Speaker(s):

  • Patricia Toole, OTR/L, ATP

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Intermediate
  • Practice Settings: Adult rehabilitation settings (e.g. inpatient, outpatient, home health)
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Session Description:

In this session, attendees will learn about evaluation and intervention for adults with cognitive deficits after acquired brain injury. The session will be hands-on, with opportunities to explore functionally based evaluation tools and learn about their psychometrics. Attendees will also learn about different intervention approaches to cognitive rehabilitation, including environmental modification, errorless learning, awareness training, and metacognitive strategy training, and how intervention can improve occupational performance for people with different severity levels with injury. Intervention will be applied to case studies, providing attendees with opportunities to consider treatment planning. Research evidence supporting different evaluation and treatment approaches will be presented throughout the session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define functional cognition and articulate the role of occupational therapists in treating adults with cognitive deficits after acquired brain injury.
  • Describe at least three functionally-based assessment tools that can be used with adults with acquired brain injury.
  • Describe intervention approaches including environmental modification, errorless learning, awareness training, and metacognitive strategy training and when each treatment approach would be used with clients with cognitive deficits after acquired brain injury.”

Speaker(s):

  • Tatiana Kaminsky, PhD, OTR/L

Saturday, 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Break

Saturday, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (1.5 CEUs)

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Beginning
  • Practice Settings: Pediatrics, Mental Health
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Session Description:

What constitutes too much of a good thing? Advancements in technology are moving forward at a speed none of us could have predicted. Psychologist, scientists, pediatricians and other healthcare professionals are just now starting to recognize the repercussions of too much screen time on developing brains. Occupational Therapist are now treating a large volume of children for developmental delays that 10-20 years ago would have been connected to a diagnosis. At our clinic we are asking parents to complete a 21 day screen fast and are seeing immediate results.

Learning Objectives:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for screen time
  • Current research regarding the impact screen time is having on childhood development; including mental physical and emotional development.
  • Risk factors, signs and symptoms of technology abuse/addiction.
  • Importance of unstructured play
  • Ways occupational therapy professionals can help children and their families to establish and maintain guidelines for media use.

Speaker(s):

  • Lisa Nelson, COTA/L

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Beginning
  • Practice Settings: All / Career Growth and Development
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Session Description:

Determining your next career move, and how to go about obtaining that role can be overwhelming at times. For many professionals, career development is most often associated with skills or knowledge implemented on a daily basis. This session will present a road map of how to find the next position you desire in your career path and expand on the strategies associated with selling your personal brand to potential employers. It will also speak to the importance of networking with the appropriate contacts for relationship building and how to grow those relationships into advocates. Lastly, you will learn the importance of negotiating your offer and how to ensure you are leveraging appropriately in establishing a path for continued growth in your field.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to decide on and compare positions you may be interested
  • How to be considered for those roles
  • How sell your personal strengths and experience
  • Interview tips; control the conversation
  • How to negotiate
  • How to advance your career through networking, relationships, and associations
  • Understand different types of employment (W2 versus 1099; insurance benefits; travel therapy; etc)

Speaker(s):

  • Stan McElveen, Elevation Healthcare, LLC Owner

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Intermediate
  • Practice Settings: All practice areas that work with chronic pain
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Session Description:

Pain is real. All pain is real but not all pain is caused by tissue damage. This course will introduce the Occupational Therapy Practitioner to a new and exciting way of looking at and dealing with persisting pain.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what persisting pain is.
  • Understand why persisting pain exists.
  • Learn ways to reduce or eliminate it.

Speaker(s):

  • Laura Sutton, COTA/L, CBIS

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Intermediate
  • Practice Settings: Rehabilitation
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Session Description:

Technology is more readily available and affordable than ever before. The rapid growth and development of consumer and assistive technology is offering new opportunity for independence. This course will focus on emerging products and trends to support independent access to computers, tablets, phones and home automation for people with physical limitations, review topics for consideration when recommending products and highlight Harborview Medical Center’s new assistive technology lab and the resulting community partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to articulate two characteristics in digital assistants to be considered when recommending a device
  • Identify three ways to access a computer hands-free
  • Understand two methods of accessing a phone or tablet using power wheelchair controls

Speaker(s):

  • Amy Noonan, MS OTR/L CSRS
  • Leslie Fox, OTR/L

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Beginning
  • Practice Settings: Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Session Description:

There is no reason that treatment sessions have to boring! Laughter can be the best medicine, especially for those patients of age who really don’t want to be at a Skilled Nursing Facility. What can you do to make your therapy sessions more enjoyable for your patients while still meeting the objectives of therapy? In this session, we will talk about how therapists can relate to their patients through laughter. My experience has been that when a patient knows that they will have a good time during the therapy session, they are more willing to participate. Join me to learn ways that I have found to make the therapy session more enjoyable for the patient.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn ways to get your patient fired up to go to therapy.
  • Keeping your patient engaged during therapy sessions.
  • Small tricks to do during the teaching on the use of Assistive Devices.
  • Provide a fun atmosphere in the therapy gym so the patient wants to come back.

Speaker(s):

  • Perry Straus, COTA/L

Saturday, 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM: Break

Saturday, 12:45 PM – 2:00 PM: Legislative Lunch (1.25 CEUs)

Saturday, 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Break

Saturday, 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM: Keynote (1.5 CEUs)

When Amanda was born, she sustained a Brachial Plexus Injury to her right arm. Since her initial birth injury, Amanda underwent multiple surgeries to improve her overall function. Amanda gives a majority of the credit to her OT’s, which she saw from birth until 18. She says that her OT taught her countless ways to thrive in her environment- from manipulating small objects to taking a sweatshirt off without assistance. Today, Amanda is a fifth grade teacher and enjoys diet coke, her students and spending time with her family.

Saturday, 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Break

Saturday, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (1.5 CEUs)

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Intermediate
  • Practice Settings: Veteran geriatric population
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Session Description:

In our presentation we will introduce data from a geriatric exercise program. This data will support the role of COTA’s and OTR’s in a whole health perspective as a means to aid patients in finding their past and current occupations.

This program yields results on rediscovering their capabilities, regaining strength, functional mobility and confidence in themselves. Inserting occupational therapy services as a whole health incentive increases the results of deficits being remedied as well as helping educate the patients on proper nutrition, exercise, sleep hygiene, socialization and self- advocacy

Learning Objectives:

  • Proper body mechanics when exercising
  • Self-monitoring blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose levels and oxygen stats
  • Stretching, range of motion
  • Adaptive Tia chi, adaptive yoga
  • Training in proper weight training per patients individual needs
  • Education on repetition ranges, respiration during exercise, proper body mechanics
  • Lastly fun and comradery

Speaker(s):

  • Suzanne Younker, COTA/L
  • Mary Matthews-Brownell, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, MHA

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Beginning
  • Practice Settings: Pediatric or adult
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Session Description:

Many emerging interventions have been incorporated into pediatric practices even while considered controversial (e.g., neurodevelopmental therapy [NDT], Ayres Sensory Integration [ASI(registered)]; McWilliam, 1999; Nickel, 1996), and lacking in high levels of evidence. Yet some authors (Paez, 2018) suggest that evidence-based practice should incorporate the role of clinician expertise as a factor for justifying use of an emerging intervention practice. One such intervention is the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI[registered]) method (Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute, 2019). This intervention approach has been considered highly controversial with practitioners either strongly supporting or negating the practice. This short workshop is designed to open the conversation about MNRI[registered] to gain a deeper understanding of how, when, where, and why it is used in practice. The presenters will share the outcome of a recent scoping review conducted on the approach then, through small group sharing, discuss potential future research considerations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will review the outcome of a recent scoping review on the MNRI [registered] intervention approach.
  • Participants will discuss and share practice experiences with the MNRI[registered] intervention approach.
  • Participants will discern potential avenues of future research related to MNRI[registered]

Speaker(s):

  • Lucretia Berg, EdD, MSOT, OTR/L
  • Daniela Brown, MOTS
  • Kaylee Kroll, MOTS
  • Chandler Pfaff, MOTS

Session Details:

  • Content Level: Intermediate
  • Practice Settings: Neuro Rehabilitation, Hand Therapy
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Session Description:

Whether you are a new OT looking to expand your repertoire of treatment ideas or a seasoned OT looking to freshen up your treatment toolbox, this session will spark hundreds of functional intervention ideas for you to take back to your practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify the purpose and importance of the Choosing Wisely campaign and understand how it applies to the occupational therapy profession.
  • Participants will be able to apply motor learning principles to develop therapeutic and client-centered interventions.
  • Participants will develop a quality list of functional, low-tech, client-centered interventions to improve fine and gross motor hand function and be able to immediately implement in their own practice.

Speaker(s):

  • Amy Jennings, OTD, OTR/L

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