Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

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    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 09 Apr 2017
    • Worcester, MA

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    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Worcester State University

    Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

     Special Interest Group (SIG)

    Spring Conference 2017


    Saturday, April 8th

    Worcester State University

    Registration begins 7:30 a.m.

    Sessions:  8:15 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. 

    Maximum 4 Contact Hours


    7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

    Registration and Exhibits


    8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


    Assistive Technology for Executive Functioning in Schools

    Presenter: Alicia Zeh-Dean, MS, OTR;  Karen Waddill, Director; Cotting Consulting

    This presentation will discuss Google and iPad tools to help students with executive functioning skills with the classroom setting.

    Learning Objectives:  At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. List at least one tool to support each area of the eleven executive functioning skill categories as outlined by Dawson & Guare (2009).
    2. Differentiate between assistive technology tools for cognitive and behavior support.
    3. Identify tools for helping to assess a student’s executive functioning skills. 

    Educational Level of Presentation:



    Liberal Arts – Based Groups in Mental Health

    Presenter:  Katherine Nulle, OT; Springfield College

    The purpose of this presentation is to raise awareness about how Liberal Arts-based OT groups can benefit patients in mental health settings.  Research has shown that Liberal Arts has been a channel for many to express how they feel in a judgement free zone (Faigin & Stein, 2015 pg.154).   Research also supports the notion that patients with mental health diagnoses have a hard time dealing with the stigma they face not just from the public but also from healthcare professionals (Michalak, Livingston & Maxwell, 2014 pg. 23).  While some patients may respond better to theater groups, others may respond better to poetry or creative writing groups to discuss the stigma they face and coming to terms with their diagnosis (King, Neilson & White, 2013, pg. 448).     

    Learning Objectives:  At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify how engaging patients in Liberal Arts-based activities can benefit the patient-therapist relationship.
    2. Describe how Liberal Arts-based groups can be integrated into multiple mental health settings.
    3. Identify and describe how evidence-based literature and OT frames of reference can be used to create similar groups in the future.

    Educational Level of Presentation:


    Session IC:

    Use of the Functional Standardized Touchscreen Assessment of Cognition (FSTAC)

    Presenter: Hayley Younkin-Wilson, OT/s and Jamie Freeman, OT/s, MS; MGH Institute of Health Professions

    This presentation will introduce participants to the Functional Standardized Assessment of Cognition (FSTAC) and the need it fills within the field of cognitive rehabilitation. The FSTAC is aself-administered iPad platform assessment of cognitive performance within functional tasks (e.g., grocery shopping, medication management, paying a bill via phone, responding to real-world distractors). Video demonstration and discussion regarding the validity and clinical utility of the FSTAC is planned.

     Learning Objectives:  At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1.  Articulate the value of standardized occupation-based assessments in cognitive rehabilitation.
    2. Describe the validation process of a new assessment.
    3. Describe the types of clients and settings in which the FSTAC would be useful.
    4. Describe how the FSTAC is administered.

    Educational Level of Presentation:


    9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

    Break & Exhibits

    Session ID:

    Leadership as an OTA:  How to Get Started

    Presenter:  Melissa J. Tilton, BS, COTA, ROH

    OTAs are well-positioned to stand-up and be recognized as leaders.  In order to do so, OTAs need to define what leadership really means to them, identify opportunities for leadership roles, transition into formal and informal leadership roles, and mentor other OTAs to help develop the next generation of OT leaders.

     Learning Objectives:  At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Define leadership.
    2. Identify both formal and informational roles for OTAs.
    3. Identify steps to become a leader on the local and national levels.

     Educational Level of Presentation:



    10:15 - 11:45

    Session IIA:

    Developmental Trauma, Sensory Processing, and Occupational Implications

    Presenter: Tina Champagne, OTD, OTR, FAOTA; Cuthchins  Programs for Children and Families ; Nicole Saccomandi, BS, OT; Bay Path University

    This presentation provides an introduction to the relationship of developmental trauma with sensory, motor, and cognitive systems in child populations.

    Learning Objectives:  At the end of this presentation, participants will:

    1. Describe the influence of developmental trauma on sensory system functions and occupational participation among children.
    2. Analyze the methodology used in the study to identify differences in patterns of sensory processing, cognitive, and occupational participation in children with trauma histories.
    3. Identify interventions that may be used by occupational therapy practitioners to target the areas of concern identified in the research.

    Educational Level of Presentation: 


    Session IIB:

    Promoting Healthy Meal Planning Among Adults with SMI

    Presenter:  Kalena Lopez, MS; Cynthia Barrows, MS, OTR

    Chronic conditions associated with being overweight are a national public health issue that disproportionately affects individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). In order to address unhealthy eating habits, evidence demonstrates that individuals with SMI need strategies related to healthy eating in addition to education on nutritional guidelines. This presentation will provide occupational therapy practitioners with an evidence-based model for group intervention as well as concrete activities to implement healthy eating and meal planning interventions.

    Learning Objectives:  At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Identify a minimum of three reasons why healthy eating and meal planning interventions are critical for clients with SMI.
    2. Describe an evidence-based model for group intervention on this topic.
    3. Describe concrete activities that can be utilized and/or adapted to implement healthy eating and meal planning interventions in a variety of practice settings.

    Educational Level of Presentation:  Introductory

    Session IIC:

    You’ve Done the Eval – Now What?

    Presenter:  Chrys Peralta, OTR, MS, M.Ed, Mass Association for the Blind        

    You’ve learned what the client wants to do after a myriad of questions. The doctor told you why you’re referred. What do you do? When? What are his priorities? More questions come now than before, believe it or not! Does he live alone? Does she need to cook? Was he only referred for reading? Learn how to make goals pertinent in light of her vision issue.

    Learning Objectives:  At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the manifestations of five (5) eye conditions/diseases.
    2. Cite three (3) adaptive techniques a client with a visual impairment might use, and how to teach it to them.
    3. Cite three (3) adaptive devices a client with a visual impairment might use, and the reason he/she would use it.

    Educational Level of Presentation:


    11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Break &Exhibits

    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Keynote:  Thinking Outside the    Therapist Role

    Presenter:  Lynn Festa OTR, CHT, CDWF; Berkshire Hand to Shoulder Center

    This session will integrate evidence-based tools using The Daring Way and scientific studies from the field of positive psychology as applied within the occupational therapy framework. By incorporating empathy and compassion as an integral part of the treatment plan, occupational therapists can promote better outcomes through trust and client compliance, while fostering our own well-being at work and in our everyday lives.

    Learning Objectives:  At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Define the attributes of clinical empathy and identify how the practice of empathy can be applied to therapeutic relationships with clients and in the workplace
    2. Define and identify the neurophysiology of empathy, compassion and gratitude and its application to clinical practice.
    3. Understand and apply the latest evidence based studies from the field of positive psychology as they relate to occupational therapy and their relevance to optimizing patient outcomes.

     Educational Level of Presentation: Introductory/Intermediate

     Registration fees:

    OT or OTA

    MAOT Member $85.00

    Nonmember:  $100.00

    Student/Retired Pratitioner                                                

    MAOT member:  $55.00


    Student nonmember/Retired Practitioner nonmember:  $70.00

    Confirmation & Cancellation:

    Registrants are welcome to confirm their registration or obtain additional information by contacting MAOT at (781) 647-5556 or visit the web site at 

    Fees are refundable only if notification of cancellation is received two weeks prior to the conference. There will be a $ 25.00 charge for a returned check.

    Continuing Education Accessibility Policy:

    MAOT is committed to providing equal access and reasonable accommodations for all participants in this continuing education offering in accordance with the ADA. Please indicate your need for ADA accommodations on the registration form and contact MAOT at least two weeks before the conference so that arrangements can be made.


    Contact Hours/AOTA CEUs:

    Conference attendees/learners will be eligible for a total of 4 contact hours (.4 AOTA CEU) based on attainment of learning objectives. The learner is responsible for completing and signing his/her assessment of attained learning objectives on the contact hour/CEU tracking form and obtaining the convener's signature and/or stamp at the conclusion of each session. This tracking form will be included in each learner's conference packet and must be turned in at the registration desk prior to exiting the conference. Official contact hour/AOTA CEUs will be kept on file at the MAOT office and an official verification certificate will be emailed to the participant within 30 days of the conference.

    • 24 May 2017
    • 11 Aug 2017
    • Medford Campus

    Summer 2017 Courses

    Occupational Therapy Department

    Tufts University, Medford Campus

    Registration:  or 617-627-2000.

    First Session:  May 24 June 30
    Second Session:  July 5
    August 11

    OTS 102A Gross Anatomy

    Description: A systemic approach to human anatomy, including the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, genital, urinary, and nervous systems. Detailed study of the upper and lower extremities, emphasizing normal function. Laboratory sessions weekly.
    Instructor: Monica Pessina, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
    (First Session), Room:  TBA. Prerequisite: Biology.


    OTS 104AB Kinesiology

    Description: Introduction to normal human movement. The basic anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical principles that underpin normal movement and function. Includes the assessment of muscle and joint function through manual muscle testing and goniometry. Emphasis on the biomechanics of everyday activities.
    Instructor: Janet Brooks, Mondays & Wednesdays, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
    (First Session), Room TBA, Prerequisite: Gross Anatomy


    OTS 193A Working with Children with Autism

    This is an online course that will not meet on campus. Most course activities and interactions will occur asynchronously and online through TRUNK, Tufts’ learning management system. You can take this course from anywhere as long as you have a reliable internet connection (broadband highly recommended). Online course are held to the same academic standards as campus-based courses and students can expect high levels of interaction with faculty and classmates. Tufts undergraduate students may enroll in this course, but cannot enroll online.  To register for this course, undergraduate students must have the course added manually with an add/drop form at Student Services in Dowling Hall.


    Description:  The most current estimate from the CDC is that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum; in recent years the increase in incidence has risen 10% to 17% annually. In this course, we will pursue knowledge through two parallel lines of inquiry.  Students will become immersed in a case-based assignment, identify an area of interest related to the case, evaluate evidence related to the case, design and create intervention tools, and produce and upload a final presentation.  A second line of inquiry will broaden our lens as we examine the history of autism as a diagnosis and hopefully challenge, broaden, and refine our lens as we work with and for children and adolescents with autism and their families.  Instructor: Margaret Morris (First Session)


    OTS 193AB Working with Children with Self-Regulation Issues in Schools

    Description:  This course will discuss the foundations of sensory, attentional, and emotional regulation for children and adolescents, evaluation and intervention in these areas, as well as applications and implementation of strategies within the educational model of school-based services.

    Undergraduate students may enroll in this course, but cannot enroll online.  To register for this course, undergraduate students must have the course added manually with an add/drop form at Student Services in Dowling Hall.

    Margaret Morris, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM (First Session), Room TBA.

    OTS 276A Topics in Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation III
    Description: This graduate level course, geared toward occupational therapy practitioners and students, will be team taught by Department of OT faculty and specialists in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation from the Massachusetts General Hospital. This course will serve as a capstone class in a three class series introducing the participant to the specialization of hand therapy within the field of occupational therapy. Participants must have taken either the fall or spring offering to participate. Lecture format will be used to cover diagnostic topics. The remainder of the term will be conducted using problem-based learning to integrate and further develop concepts introduced in the prerequisite courses.
    Janet Brooks, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 PM – 9:15 PM
    (First Session), Room TBA.


    OTS 101B Physiology

    Description: Normal function of the human body based on fundamental biophysical and biomechanical principles. Systems covered will include cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, neuroendocrine, muscular, and skeletal. Emphasis will be placed on how these systems contribute to neuromuscular control, muscular strength, and endurance.

    Paul Leavis, Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    (Second Session), Room TBA.


    OTS 103B Neuroanatomy

    Description: The structure and basic function of the nervous system both central and peripheral nerves analyzed as to functional components, course, and action. Basic tracts of the central nervous system outlined and traced.
    Laboratory sessions weekly.

    Elizabeth Whitney, Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:30 PM – 12:30 PM
    (Second Session), Room TBA,


    OTS 194BA Adaptive Sports for Individuals with Disabilities

    Description: This course is designed to engage students at both the undergraduate and graduate level of study. Students from a wide variety of concentrations are encouraged to register for the class and participate in this inter-professional dialogue and learning opportunity.


    Lectures will focus on content information around adaptive sports from conceptual frameworks to disability awareness, community impact, and program development. Labs each week will be active learning through participation in selected adaptive sports. Participation in lab will include learning how to adapt and engineer equipment for the individual client.


    Occupational Therapy, Education, Community Health and Science students will all benefit from the public health message that adaptive sport participation delivers for persons with intellectual or physical disabilities and their families. Students will learn how to educate their respective clients on adaptive sport participation as well as advocate for their ability to participate.


    Engineering students, as well as the students mentioned above will benefit from learning about the mechanical science of adaptive equipment, how it is designed, and how it operates to ensure safe participation.

    Instructor: Jessica Harney, Mondays (lecture) 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM & Wednesdays (lab), 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    (Second Session), Room TBA.

    OTS 0194BB Sexuality in the Context of Aging

    Description: This seminar-style course will introduce students from a variety of disciplines to the complex factors related to sexuality for the growing older adult population in the United States. Grounded in a theoretical and developmental perspective, issues and opportunities for engaging older adults around sexuality will be explored. Populations of concern, including LGBTQ adults and persons with dementia, as well as the role of the health care system in intervening to address issues of sexuality for older adults, will be examined from an interdisciplinary.

    Instructor: Megan Gately, Wednesday & Fridays, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Wednesday, July 5 to Friday Aug 11

    (Second Session), Room TBA.

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