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OT Post Fieldwork / Graduate Student Instructional Units

2:30 - 3:20 PM Session 1


"There's an App for that" - Technology in Pediatrics

Rachel Hirnyk, BS, OTS
Kristen Corkum, BS, OTS
Stephanie Syrko, BS, OTS

Technology is growing in our day to day lives, including the use of Smart Devices and applications. The focus of this presentation will be on the innovative use of applications for smart devices in occupational therapy practice with the pediatric population. Applications and smart devices can be utilized to meet various clinical needs. This presentation will provide information on the benefits of using smart devices and applications in pediatric occupational therapy practice.


Therapeutic Modalities: The Link to Increasing Occupational Performance

Lindsey Byrd, BS, OTS
Emily Leech, BS, OTS
Alexandria Natal, BS, OTS

There is limited evidence on the use of physical agent modalities (PAMs) in occupational therapy practice, despite their prevalence in a variety of practice settings. PAMs are frequently utilized with many diagnoses as preparatory methods towards a functional goal. The purpose of this session is to discuss the use of modalities in a variety of practice settings and how occupation can be creatively integrated in conjunction with modality use. This session will consist of an overview on modality use, experiences with modalities and an interactive discussion to generate ideas on how to incorporate modalities and occupation into occupational therapy practice.


Amputees Un-LIMBited: Intervention with Endless Occupational Potential

Marla Veschio BS, OTS,
Julie Wechsler BS, OTS
Matthew Zardecki BS, OTS

This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive overview regarding the rehabilitation process of individuals with amputations throughout acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and within the community. Within the occupational therapy domain, interventions will be addressed throughout the pre-prosthetic phase, prosthetic training phase, and community independence phase. Using a client centered approach; occupational therapists can support amputees within their journey from accident to independence by addressing ADLs, IADLs, productivity, and leisure, while regaining occupational balance. Through evidence based and client-centered interventions, occupational therapists can aim to enhance occupational performance of amputees, while supporting them on their road to independence

3:30 - 4:20 PM Session 2


Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND): OT overcoming pediatric chronic pain disorders

Katelyn Cass, BS, OTS
Alexis Duca, BS, OTS
Megan Walkovich, BS, OTS

Pediatric Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy (RND) is a chronic pain disorder that ultimately affects a child's ability to participate in daily activities including play, self-care, and social participation. OT provides vital services to address the mind-body connection and not only remediate but manage long-term pain. Intervention protocol promotes increased strength, endurance and agility, and reduces hypersensitivity as well as educates the child and family on how to continue effective techniques at home. Occupational therapists play a significant role in the treatment of RND, and it is crucial that there is understanding and inclusion of all components of intervention in order for their patient's outcomes to be successful.

*Other names for this condition include Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), Pediatric Fibromyalgia, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).


Creating a Clearer Picture: OT's Role in Vision & Perception

Nicolas Beckas BS, OTS
Arienne Cauchie BA, OTS
Elizabeth Zimmerman BS, OTS

Visual-perceptual related diagnoses have become more prevalent. As occupational therapists, we must acknowledge this and do what is within our skill set to address the issues that accompany this disability. The purpose of this instructional unit is to discuss what role the occupational therapist plays in treating visual-perceptual related disorders, and identify strategies that allow OT's to provide client-centered treatments to these individuals. In doing so, several evidence-based intervention techniques including compensatory and remedial strategies will be summarized in order to provide a foundation of treatments for this patient population.



Mind-Body: Incorporating Psychosocial Interventions with Every Patient

Veronika Harford, BS, OTS
Kasey Leidy, BS, OTS
Kate Schawe, BS, OTS

This presentation will evaluate the importance of addressing psychosocial issues with patients of all ages in a variety of non-traditional psychiatric settings. The presentation will provide an overview of research regarding occupational therapy's role in incorporating the mind-body connection and how this connection is illustrated in our practice models. The presenters will stipulate treatment techniques and strategies to address patients' assertiveness, depression, self-esteem, social-connectedness, and stress related to their disability. The presenters will illustrate examples of psychosocial intervention techniques in the pediatric, adult, and older adult settings.

4:30 - 5:20 PM Session 3


Treating Clients with Self Injurious/Maladaptive Behaviors Across the Lifespan

Kelsey Gray, BS, OTS
Amanda Eremic, BS, OTS
Danielle Scott, BS, OTS

The main focus of this presentation is to educate the attendees on how occupational therapy techniques can be used to prevent clients from demonstrating maladaptive behaviors or decreasing non-compliance/ ill-participation in therapy. While treating clients across the lifespan, there are a variety of factors that may impede successful and effective treatment. These factors can range from negative and aggressive behaviors to unwillingness and refusal. These difficulties may be detrimental to the outcome of occupational therapy services. Because of these interfering actions, it is important for therapists to identify effective strategies in order to diminish behavior and enhance eagerness to participate.


Driving Rehabilitation Evaluations: The Road to New Standards

Erica McCabe, BS, OTS,
Angela Ricketts, BS, OTS
Emily Smolak, BS, OTS

Across the country, drivers are being deemed unfit to drive, based on the results of various driving rehabilitation evaluations including simulators, comprehensive cognitive and visual tests, on-road testing, and screening tools. This presentation aims to provide insight into future best practices to assess this important instrumental activity of daily living across the lifespan. Current studies show the best evaluation is on-road testing, however simulators are better to predict driving abilities. Identifying a comprehensive drivers rehabilitation evaluation will create a more realistic and objective picture of an individual's ability to safely drive within the community.


Engaging Children with Special Needs: Working Hard through Play

Katherine Butherus, BS, OTS
Rebecca Clayton,BS, OTS
Maria Clements, BS, OTS

This presentation evaluates the use of DIR/Floortime as a part of pediatric occupational therapy by specifically discussing the DIR model developmental milestones and then illustrating how Floortime techniques are used to challenge children with special needs to move up the developmental ladder. An overview of research literature depicts how the usage of DIR/Floortime is a fundamental intervention for children with special needs. Floortime strategies often focus on utilizing the child's main occupation of play in order to engage the child. By doing this, pediatric occupational therapists can effectively tap into a child's potential for emotional and intellectual growth.