The 2019 Annual IOTA Conference

October 11th and 12th


Oct 11, 2019
5: 30 pm - 9:30 pm

2.5 Contact hours (.25 CEUs) 

  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training:  Ask A Question, Save A Life- Soni Myers MS, LCPC, NCC   
  • IOTA Annual Member Meeting 
  • ISU Student Poster Presentations
  • Vendor Booths and IOTA Sponsors
  • Paint and Sip Social and Networking

Saturday ALL DAY October 12, 2019
7:45 am - 5:00 pm

7.5 Contact hours (.75 CEUs)  

SATURDAY with full attendance **

All OT Practitioners: 

  • NBCOT®: Maintaining Certification and Competency Shaun Conway, OTR—Senior Director, External and Regulatory Services NBCOT®
  • IOTA Sponsor and Vendor Booths to visit

Student Track: 

  • Let’s Talk about the NBCOT® National Certification Exam! Shaun Conway, OTR—Senior Director, External and Regulatory Services 

Pediatric Track:  

  • Making Food Fun: A Sensory Approach to Feeding Therapy Laurie Appel, OTR/L & Hayley McDonald, COTA/L
  • Free It, Don’t Fight It:  A Whole Body Approach to Treating Torticollis Kathy Strickland, MPT & Laurie Appel, OTR/L

Adult Track :  

  • Total Motion Release Douglas Hoggatt, PT

  • Occupational Therapy Practitioner’s Guide to Quality Dementia Care.  Joanne Trammel, MS, OTR/L and Lisa Hong, OTD, OTR/L

Conference Speakers and Presentations

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Soni Myers MS, LCPC, NCC 

Presented by a certified QPR instructor, each QPR gatekeeper training includes information on:

  • The problem of suicide nationally and regionally
  • Common myths and facts associated with suicide
  • Warning signs of suicide
  • Tips for asking the suicide question
  • Methods for persuading suicidal individuals to get help
  • Ways of referring at risk people to local resources

NBCOT:  Shaun Conway, OTR—Senior Director, External and Regulatory Services NBCOT®

  • Learn about NBCOT certification and continuing competency benefits 
  • Understand the importance of maintaining competency in the practice of occupational therapy 
  • Increase awareness of the range of evidence-based competency assessment tools and resources for ongoing continuing competency

NBCOT:  Shaun Conway, OTR—Senior Director, External and Regulatory Services NBCOT®

(designed for OT and OTA students) 

  • Understand the national certification examination application process 
  • Learn about exam preparation strategies and the NBCOT Aspire® Study Tools and StudyPackTM 
  • Increase awareness of NBCOT and the importance of continuing competency

Laurie Appel, OTR/L & Hayley McDonald, COTA/L

  • Identify 3 conditions to rule out that may be affecting eating
  • Identify ways to use food as medicine
  • Identify sensory systems involved in mealtime
  • Identify the Don’ts (things that sabotage mealtime) AND Do’s (things that enhance mealtime)

Kathy Strickland, MPT & Laurie Appel, OTR/L

  • Identify and define the typical and atypical presentation of torticollis
  • Identify at least 3 systems affected by torticollis and their functional implications
  • Identify the signs of CNS dysregulation and treatment strategies in infants/children with torticollis under 1 year old. 
  • Identify 3 alternative treatment strategies to stretching to elicit alignment of the head and torso
  • Describe possible indicators that torticollis is resolved
  • Describe differences in treatment techniques between OT and PT
  • Describe 3 indications for a referral for additional services

Douglas Hoggatt, PT

  • Understanding how to perform a full body movement screen to identify imbalances in range of motion and strength, which may contribute to a patient’s pain or dysfunction
  • Understanding concepts of restriction and ease when treating soft tissues or joints with corrective exercise
  •  Understanding how to treat the affected side of a patient’s body by exercising the unaffected side
  • Understanding how to treat one region of the body by exercising other (seemingly unrelated) regions of the body
  •  Becoming aware of TMR applications for the orthopaedic, neurologic, geriatric, and pediatric patient populations

This presentation is intended to be fun and experiential, so please wear clothing and footwear that allow easy movement.

Joanne Trammel, MS, OTR/L and Lisa Hong, OTD, OTR/L

  • Attendees will understand the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Attendees will understand how dementia and related diseases impact occupation
  • Attendees will be able to demonstrate evidence-based approaches to difficult behaviors associated with dementia and related diseases
  • Attendees will demonstrate the ability to implement strategies in their practice through program planning, staff education, improved documentation and occupation-based interventions

IOTA wishes to thank...

The Master of Occupational Therapy at Idaho State University for their generous contribution and support to help IOTA host our 2019 Annual OT Conference.