Viva Occupational Therapy!

Idaho Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Students Were “Better Together” at the Western Regional Occupational Therapy Spring Symposium in Las Vegas, Nevada March 3rd-5th, 2023

It was a weekend full of fun, networking, and a celebration of all things occupational therapy at the Western Regional Occupational Therapy Spring Symposium, in which Idaho participated alongside fellow Western states California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. This year’s Spring Symposium also marked the first return to an in person format since March 2020, with the theme of Better Together celebrating the milestone. The conference not only was an opportunity for participants to earn multiple PDUs, learn from fellow practitioners and make connections across state lines, but the original motivation for the Symposium was rooted in shared revenue amongst the participating State Associations to allow for increased support for their respective practitioners. Idaho’s participation of presenters, attendees and volunteers allowed for the funds earned to be put back directly into supporting our Idaho Occupational Therapy Association members and practitioners statewide, including supporting upcoming OT Month events, our website and resources, our own annual conference and especially help to support continued advocacy and legislative action in the state. 

The IOTA is so proud that we had several of our members present, including: Lisa Hong, OTD, OTR/L and Joanne Trammel, MS, OTR/L, presenting their course “OT Practitioner’s Guide to Quality Dementia Care” as a featured pre-institute Friday session; Megan Doyle, MS, OTR/L, TPS, FPS, Cert-APHPT presenting her course, “Graded Motor Imagery: Achieving Optimal Function Through Neuroplasticity”; and Ivan Hardcastle, OTR/L, presenting his course, “Beginning Strategies to Address Pediatric Incontinence.”

Idaho attendees were also treated to an incredible and inspiring keynote address by Linda Crawford, OTR/L, CDWF at the start of Saturday’s festivities, and Alyson Stover, AOTA President herself giving a passionate lunchtime address. Megan Doyle, IOTA President also spent time collaborating with fellow State Association Presidents Bryant Edwards from California, Paula Cook from Nevada, Brenda Lyman from Utah, and Heidi Carpenter from Arizona, with all of the Presidents having a private audience with Alyson Stover to discuss important State Association issues. 

The next Western Regional Occupational Therapy Spring Symposium is slated to be in 2025, and Idaho looks forward to continued collaboration and increased Idaho OT practitioner and student participation for the benefit of and fundraising for our profession of occupational therapy. 

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