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Speaker: Mary Kosta, OTR/L
Bio: Mary Kostka is the owner and founder of ‘OHANA Occupational Therapy, LLC. She is a licensed and nationally certified Occupational Therapist with over 32 years of experience. She graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI in 1988. Mary opened her private practice in 2008 to better serve families and to help them thrive in light of the many challenges they are facing. Mary has an advanced specialty certification in Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy and is an Integrated Listening Systems Practitioner. She has advanced training in Autism, ADD/ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurodevelopmental, Vision and Feeding Disorders. Mary loves the great outdoors with her wonderful husband and two sons. Her leisure interests include hula, photography, teaching karate and serving as a volunteer in the exchange student program as a Leavenworth Rotarian.
DESCRIPTION: This March our clinic, like thousands worldwide, made a rapid transition to providing telehealth OT services. With the support of over 10 thousand OTs in 60 countries in our fb group “Pediatric OT Telehealth and Clinic Activities” we have come together and helped each other succeed during this pandemic. This course highlights what has been working well for us at ‘Ohana OT
LENGTH: 90 Minutes
FORMAT: Pre-Recorded / On-Demand
- Mary’s thought process for selecting items
- Learn 7 Key Skills to increase engagement
- How to increase parent engagement too!
Speaker: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L
Sensational Brain, LLC
Presenter Bio: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders. Gwen is the owner of Sensational Brain LLC and creator of BrainWorks sensory diet tools. She presents to audiences nationwide on topics related to sensory modulation and self-regulation. She lives in Galesburg, Michigan, with her husband and three teenage daughters.
DESCRIPTION: Serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and other neurotransmitters are making the news more frequently but what can this knowledge tell us about the kids we work with who have anxiety, ADHD, ASD, behavior or mood disorders, or learning disabilities?
Join Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, to discover the correlation between neurochemistry, sensory processing, and emotions. This knowledge enables you to select strategies to immediately impact behavior and empower you to effectively communicate the role of movement breaks and sensory strategies in scientific terms to enhance follow-through by teachers, parents, and caregivers.
FORMAT: Pre-Recorded / On-Demand
- Identify the primary roles of at least 5 important neurotransmitters.
- Select strategies based on the desired neurochemical changes needed as indicated by behaviors and emotional affect.
- Recognize the role of trauma and chronic stress on brain neurochemistry and the resulting impact on emotions and behaviors.
- List common neurochemical differences associated with diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, and ASD.
- Identify strategies YOU can use to instantly improve your mood based on the science of neurochemistry to increase your job satisfaction and increase your effectiveness as a therapist
Kathryn Ellis, OTD, OTR/L, AASECT-SC
Presentation will highlight pre-requisites to addressing sexuality in clinical practice, foundational knowledge for beginner level learners, and highlight evaluation and interventions for physical, cognitive, and emotional aspects of engagement.
FORMAT: Pre-Recorded / On-Demand
- Report an increase comfort with addressing sexual activity and intimate social participation with their clients
- Identify specific client factors and performance skills which affect sexual activity and intimate social participation throughout lifespan
- Utilize specific intervention strategies for clients in their domain of practice for sex and intimacy interventions
- Translate information from the course into practice at their facility focusing on advocacy, education, and intervention for sex and intimacy occupations
Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA, DASPE, CCM, CDMS, CPE
Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OTR/L, FAOTA, DASPE, CCM, CDMS, CPE is an attorney, an occupational therapist, a certified case manager, and a person with a disability. She is a Professor, and Program Director of Idaho State University’s Occupational Therapy Program.
Dr. Kornblau is a former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow for Senator’s Harkin and Rockefeller. After her fellowship, she organized stakeholders in a successful national advocacy effort to include people with disabilities in the Affordable Care Act and its implementing regulations, everywhere the words “racial and ethnic” appeared in the bill.
She is a Past President of the American Occupational Therapy Association, for whom she also served as Chair of the Standards and Ethics Commission, as well as other roles. As an attorney, she has litigated cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act, involving discrimination in employment, state and local government services, and health care services, and has represented occupational therapists before the Florida Occupational Therapy Licensure Board. Dr. Kornblau has presented nationally and internationally and is widely published.
DESCRIPTION: This presentation looks at how occupational therapy practitioners and students can use the power of story to advocate for occupational therapy for the clients we serve. It provides specific tips and steps occupational therapy practitioners and students can take to advocate for occupational therapy and the clients we serve.
FORMAT: Pre-Recorded / On-Demand
- Explain 2 reasons why occupational therapy practitioners and students should engage in advocacy.
- Compare and contrast 3 ways to bring awareness to occupational therapy through advocacy.
- Describe 3 steps occupational therapy practitioners and students can take to advocate for the clients they serve.
Caroline Pack, OTR/L
Caroline Pack is the founder and owner of Toybox Treatments LLC, a company which provides therapeutic tools and education. Devoted to working with families and providers, she is passionate to bridge the gap in services and provide the tools needed for individual care. With this platform and two decades in the OT industry, Caroline has taught educational workshops and continuing education courses both in Utah and surrounding states.
FORMAT: Pre-Recorded / On-Demand
LENGTH: 60 Minutes
Get Creative! Create your own therapeutic toolkit on the go to fill the needs of individuals across all spectrums, disabilities, and academic levels. After 20 years of practice, I will share the Who, What, Why, and How as you build your own toolkit to address client factors and performance skills. This includes training and activities to address the four foundational areas: sensory regulation, fine motor function & strengthening, cognitive applications to engage the right and left brain, and ADL’s. We will conclude with how to bridge the gap in services through the use of your toolkit and activities, as well as team collaboration to achieve client success.
Lisa Hong, OTR/L and Joanne Trammel, OTR/L
Format: Pre-Recorded / On- Demand
Length: 60-90 Minutes
- Attendees will understand the basics of dementia; etiology, incidence and progression.
- 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.
Lisa Baxter Hong is a native of SE Idaho where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care administration and later a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Idaho State University. She has been an OT in Idaho for the past 13 years with experience in home health, skilled nursing, outpatient, schools, and private practice. She recently completed her OT doctorate from Eastern Kentucky University with capstone work and leadership experience focusing on dementia care. She has been on the faculty of ISU’s MOT program, and has recently returned full-time to private practice to expand dementia programs. She owns and operates Generations Occupational Therapy where she has the opportunity to work with other therapists that share her passion for the profession.
Lisa is married to her husband of 30 years, Todd Hong, and has 3 children and 2 beautiful grandchildren. She loves to spend time with her family, play oboe, and participate in archery and volleyball.
Joanne Trammel has been an Occupational Therapist for over 25 years. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. After spending a few years working in outpatient rehab and inpatient acute rehab, she embarked on an adventure of being a traveling therapist. Her first assignment was in Cape Cod, Massachusetts at an Extended Care Facility. She then came west and found herself in Idaho working in Skilled Nursing Facilities, inpatient rehab, outpatient therapy, and home health. While there, she met her husband and has been in Idaho ever since.
Joanne has worked in all aspects of OT with the exception of pediatrics. While in Home Health, she found a passion for dementia care and began seeking continuing education opportunities to enhance her knowledge in this area. She attended and became a certified instructor in Dementia Capable Care in 2013. Soon after, she developed the Occupational Therapy led Activities Therapy Program at Sawtooth Behavioral Hospital in Twin Falls. While there, she was able to provide the staff with the foundational principles of dementia care.
In 2016, an opportunity arose to develop a new OTA program at Idaho State University and Joanne has worked there since as the founding Program Director for the OTA program.
Joanne, along with Lisa Hong, have been providing dementia education to the community through the Continuing Education program at ISU for the past 2 years.
Sandi Gallagher, PT
Format: Live / Recorded
Length: Total: 3 hours over two, 90-minute presentations
Sandi ( Dr. Gallagher) has been practicing physical therapy for 35 years with 23 years in pelvic health. She works with people age four and above to manage and resolve bladder, bowel and pain issues. She values patient self efficacy and implements interventions for the patient and family to use at home to solve and manage their conditions. The emphasis of treatment is education, exercise and electrotherapy depending on symptoms and findings.
Description of Course: This session is targeted at physical therapists and occupational therapists who work with pediatric patients. Many patients with common diagnosis seen by pediatric PTs and OTs also have comorbid bowel and bladder dysfunction. This course will review what is normal bowel and bladder function, how to screen for bowel and bladder dysfunction, and diagnostic tests used for medical evaluation and what tests and measures are used in pelvic PT / OT.
Guidance will be provided about when the child’s impairments can be managed by the pediatric therapist or need referral to a pelvic therapist. Common and simple therapeutic interventions of exercise, manual therapy and electrical stimulation will be discussed. Education regarding optimizing bladder and bowel habits will also be included. Once completed, the participant should be able to evaluate and treat simple pediatric pelvic health patients, and the participant will know where to pursue further education to expand knowledge base and treatment ideas.
- Participants will understand basic medical diagnostic tests and interventions for the child with bowel or bladder dysfunction.
- Participants will be able to perform a screening intake and abdominal pelvic nerve examination for a pediatric patient with bladder and bowel dysfunction.
- Participants will be able to perform a screening abdominal, pelvic, and nerve examination for a pediatric patient with bladder and bowel dysfunction
- Participants will be able to educate children and parents on the influences of food, mood and movement on bowel and bladder
Participants will learn 10 basic stretching exercises that influence bowel function and reduce constipation.
- Participants will learn 10 basic motor control and strengthening exercises that influence bowel function, reduce bowel and urinary loss, and reduce constipation.
- Participants will learn three applications of low frequency Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) to reduce giggle incontinence, bed wetting, and urinary urge incontinence.
- Participants will learn three applications of interferential current to correct slow colonic transit
Participants will be able to explain the influence of chronic constipation on bladder dysfunction.
Brittany Peterson, MOTR/L, CBIS
Bio: Brittany Peterson has been an occupational therapist since 2009 and has specialized in neurological conditions in an inpatient/outpatient setting, being the lead OT in a rehab hospital for 7 years. She is a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS) and has a special interest area in visual deficits with neurological disorders. Brittany now is faculty at Idaho State University in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program where she specializes in instruction of neurological conditions as well as is the academic fieldwork coordinator. She is an advocate for students to become forever learners and to pursue their passions in the OT field as well achieve overall balance in their lives. Brittany is also a professional ultra runner and can often be found in the mountains with her three dogs.
Course Description: Visual deficits are a very common struggle for our clients with neurological deficits and can be a challenging area that is undertreated or not as well understood by practitioners. This course will review common visual deficits seen following neurological disorders. It will discuss an OT practitioner’s scope of practice with recommendations for screening and assessment as well as interventions.
Format: Pre-Recorded / On-Demand
Length: 60 Minutes
- Demonstrate a general understanding of the visual system as it relates to deficits following an neurological injury
- Understand OT’s scope of practice for rehabilitation of visual deficits
- Define most common visual deficits following neurological injuries
- Visual acuity deficits
- Visual field deficits
- Visual attention deficits
- Oculomotor control deficits
- Visual perceptual deficits
- Discuss OT evaluation methods for visual deficits following neurological injuries
*Discuss interventions for visual deficits following neurological injuries
Neil V. Marion, OT/L, MPH, and CEO/Founder of Marion Innovations LLC.
Bio: My name is Neil Marion, and I have been an occupational therapist for 22 years. I have been working in the skilled nursing setting (SNF) for 18 years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the adult and elderly population all these years. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy (OTR), and later earned my master’s degree in public health (MPH) at A.T. Still University. I have extensive experience in the home health and outpatient pediatric settings as well. I am also an inventor, and I recently obtained a patent for my invention.
I have a wonderful wife of 25 years, and we have five children. I love basketball, tennis, running, and to watch my favorite NFL football team, the Kansas City Chiefs play. I also love the outdoors with fly-fishing, hunting, and camping whenever I get the chance. But mostly, I love spending time with my family, they are the center of my life.
In this course, you will learn about my own professional journey in the process of inventing a product as an occupational therapist working in the skilled nursing setting. I will share some of the do’s and don’ts in the invention process that I have learned along the way. My experience as an inventor is still a fresh one, as my product is not yet out on the market. My product will hit the market next year, and so you are getting a real-time experience in this course in an invention and product development experience that is still unfolding. I am still learning in this process, however, what I have learned so far, I will share in this course. Each inventor has his or her own unique journey, and my hope is that this course will help you to identify if you have a product that is “patentable” and how to proceed with a patent for your product.
Format: Pre-Recorded / On-Demand
Length: 60 minutes
Narisa Tappitake, MOTR/L, CHT, CLC
LCDR Narisa Tappitake received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Macalester College in 2000 and Master of Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt College in 2007. She has worked in multiple settings with clients with acquired and traumatic brain injury. LCDR Tappitake received her commission with the United States Public Health Service in 2013 while working at Tséhootsooí Medical Center (TMC) in Fort Defiance, AZ. She currently works at the Warrior Recovery Center on Fort Carson as the Intensive Outpatient Program Manager. She lives in Colorado Springs with her family.
- Identify 3 benefits of sleep.
- Describe the relationship between sleep and other areas of occupation.
- Describe 1 objective of relaxation response training.
- Identify 2 populations that may benefit from OT treatment to improve sleep or relaxation.
Speaker: Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS
Bio: Susie Touchinsky, OTR/L, SCDCM, CDRS is an occupational therapist & certified driver rehabilitation specialist, with experience as a driving instructor, and owner of Adaptive Mobility Services, LLC.
Susie offers extensive clinical and professional knowledge with over 20 years of experience as an OT & driver rehab specialist. In her private practice, Susie loves working with clients to support their highest and safest level of engagement in mobility and also teaches other occupational therapists how to become driver rehab specialists. She has volunteered for over 10 years with CarFit, is a CarFit Instructor, and the PA CarFit Coordinator. She is a published author, adjunct professor, lecturer, & mentor.
In short, Susie is a self-proclaimed driving geek who uses her training to live her mission of providing exceptional care for all drivers and education for occupational therapy practitioners.
Format: Live / Recorded
Length: 1.5 Hours
Course Description and Objectives:
Explore your OT role with driving and be prepared to help refer your client & provide interventions without your scope to meet their needs.
Speaker: Dr. Kristy Resnick
Kristy Remick, OD, FCOVD, FAAO is a developmental optometrist that has dedicated her entire career to serving the needs of children by diagnosing and improving their vision. She is an Associate Professor and the current Founding Director of Community Outreach for the Western University College of Optometry located in Pomona, CA.
• Dr. Remick is the author of the new book, Eyes on Track; Ages 4 – Adult. She has made numerous presentations, including the American Probation Association Annual Meeting and California Teachers Association, about children’s vision, literacy, and the link with juvenile delinquency.
• Dr. Remick was an optometrist in private practice in Northern and Southern California for 25 years. She initiated numerous legislative bills during the time period that she practiced in the Sacramento, CA area.
• Dr. Kristy Remick is a true lifelong “champion for children’s vision”; and she is pleased to present at this year’s Idaho Occupational Therapy Association’s conference on, “Vision Literacy and Struggling Students; How Pediatric OTs Can Help”.
Course Length: 60 Minutes
Format: Pre-Recorded / On Demand
Dr. Kristy Remick will present to attendees of this “session” the stories of numerous students of all ages that struggled to read and how they overcame this learning problem.
This “session” includes training for pediatric OTs to perform the “Eyes on Track Detection Screening” which will identify students “at risk.” This screening is not medical and can be performed at a school, community clinic, or juvenile hall. Millions of students of all ages have undetected near vision problems that interfere with their learning. Vision Literacy is one of the foundations for successful learning. Attendees will also be instructed how to screen for “left eye dominance” (LED), and to perform “vision practices” which are activities to improve eye-tracking and vision processing. This “session” will be a valuable experience for OTs to learn about Vision Literacy in struggling students and how they can help these students to achieve.
Speaker: ALEX LOPICCOLO, COTA/L, CPT, NC
Bio: Alex Lopiccolo a/k/a Mr. Alex is an experienced Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant. Alex is well known as The King of Swings. When he is not treating as a full time Sensory Integration Therapy practitioner he travels around the world sharing his knowledge of sensorimotor therapy with Pediatric Therapists and students at pediatric clinics and universities. Alex also works with the leading Sensory Therapy company, Southpaw Enterprises. He especially enjoys designing home sensory gyms in family rooms, solariums, bedrooms and basements so children and parents can have frequent movement and relaxation breaks throughout the day.
Growing up in Michigan, Alex struggled with Sensory Processing Disorder himself. The strategies that he developed, along with a strong calling to help others, inspired the fun and therapeutic approach he has been using with his clients for over ten years.
Alex, his wife, and two children live in Gig Harbor, WA after relocating from Denver, CO. His favorite activities are spending time with his two children being ninjas in his home sensory spaces, traveling with his wife and exploring new foods, disc golf, feeding his ducks, chilling with his cats, canicross barefoot with his dog Optimus Prime and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Format: Pre-Recorded / On Demand Webinar
Length: 30 Minutes
Description: Intro to SI with treatment techniques and interventions for SPD with $5 tips and tricks.
Speaker: Nancy Hylton, PT, LO
Nancy Hylton has been a pediatric physical therapist for 48 years, graduating from University of Washington in 1969. She began the development of dynamic casting and orthotics in 1971 working first with tone reducing casts and AFOs and continuing with contoured foam, neoprene and lycra compression to assist active alignment, stability, balance and tone control.
Nancy is co-founder of Children’s Therapy Center, Kent, Washington, USA in 1979 which has grown to become a major developmental neuromuscular center on the west coast of the US. She has taught in the US and internationally since the 1970’s, published numerous articles and a book on dynamic orthotics. Though her professional work began with small children, she also works with neurologically impaired teen-agers and adults. She has an adult son with cerebral palsy who has greatly enlarged her understanding of the importance of sensory awareness deficits in all of these conditions.
In the late 1990’s Nancy, and parent Cheryl Allen, co-designed a compression bracing system for children with sensory and motor delays. They named these systems SPIO, Stabilizing Pressure Input Orthosis, which is now a leading international brand in compression bracing.
Nancy has had a lifetime of dedication to children, innovation, and expanding peoples understanding of how the sensory and motor systems work in conjunction with each other.
Format: Pre-Recorded / On Demand Webinar
Length: 2 Hours
Description of Course: Nancy Hylton, Physical Therapist and Orthotist, teaches this comprehensive course on how dynamic compression bracing has evolved in the past 20 years, and how it can be used to help address the needs of patients today. Perfect for OT’s, PT’s, CPO, MD’s, and any clinician interested in learning more about the role of compression in addressing neuro-motor delays such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hypotonia, Hypertonia, Ataxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and others.
Learning Objectives for the SPIO Compression Course:
1. Participant will gain knowledge of orthotics paradigm shift and general scientific basis for the clinical use of ultra-flexible Dynamic Orthotic systems, including SPIO Compression, with a neurologically impaired population.
2. Participant will gain general basic information about research application related to, Base of Support and Balance, Dynamic Cylinder Connections (shoulder-trunk-hip complex), Soft tissue and Muscle Health, Biomechanical and Neuro-postural Connections, Central Pattern Generator for Locomotion, and other related clinic science.
3. Participant will be able to view numerous comparison pictures of the use of SPIO Compression with children and adults of various diagnoses and severity with the goal of being able to identify which diagnoses will respond positively to the use of flexible compression systems.
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