Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Upcoming events

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Worcester State University

    Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

     Special Interest Group (SIG)

    Spring Conference 2019


    Saturday, March 2nd

    Worcester State University

    Registration begins 7:30 a.m.

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

    Maximum 4 Contact Hours


    8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


    Session IA:

    Occupational Therapy Collaboration

    with Applied Behavior Analysis 

    Presenter:  Morgan Henry, OTs, BA 

    Occupational Therapy Doctorate Student

    MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Occupational therapy practitioners can join forces with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals to address behavioral challenges and provide a variety of skills to mutual clients. Effective collaboration and teamwork can increase access to interventions with occupational therapy practitioners serving in an advisory or consult role. This session will outline how to promote and implement successful interprofessional collaboration among occupational therapy practitioners and ABA service providers to deliver continuous and well-rounded interventions.  

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

    1.     Identify strategies to collaborate effectively with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) professionals to further promote achievement of occupational therapy related goals. 

    2.     Identify the benefits of collaboration with ABA service providers on the delivery of sensory strategies.

    3.     Utilize described strategies in conjunction with  case studies to promote occupational therapy goals with ABA service providers.

    Educational Level of Presentation: 


    Session IIA: 

    OT Role in Driving and CarFit   Presenter: Elizabeth Craig, OT, OTR, New

    England Rehabilitation Hospital  

    The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the CarFit program, the “We Need to Talk” Program, and resources for occupational therapy practitioners dealing with driving as a generalist.  CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them.  The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers and/or increase their mobility in the community.  CarFit Technician Training is the first part of becoming a Certified CarFit Technician.  You must participate in a CarFit event to become fully certified.  Today’s presentation is a two-part session and will require attendance at an additional CarFit event to be scheduled later in the Spring. 

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

    1.     Understand the role of occupational therapy in CarFit.

    2.     Identify ways to implement CarFit in your area.

    3.     Understand the “We Need to Talk Program” and how to implement it in your setting.

    4.     Develop community resources

    related to driving and limitations for older adults. 

    5.     Understand Massachusetts statutes related to specific diagnoses and restrictions on driving. 

    Educational Level of Presentation:  Introductory 

    10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Keynote Presentation

    Hot Topics in Ethics 

    Presenter:  Deborah Yarett Slater, OT, MS, FAOTA, Practice Manager, Ethics, AOTA

    This interactive session will explore hot topics which present ethical challenges in current occupational therapy practice across diverse settings.  Principles in the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics (2015), a decision-making framework for analyzing ethical dilemmas and ethics resources available through AOTA will be discussed and applied to case studies.

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

    1.     Identify current factors that present ethical issues in practice and education.

    2.     Apply ethical principles and a decision-making framework to determine potential ethical resolutions.

    3.     Identify resources to support ethical occupational therapy practice.      

    Educational Level of Presentation:  Introductory 


    11:30 – 1:00

    Session IB:

    Efficiency with School Based Sensory

    Processing Evaluations   

    Presenter: Jennifer C. Papasodoro, OT,

    OTR, Melrose Public Schools  

    This presentation will review practical strategies that can be used by the school based occupational therapy practitioner to efficiently carry out the sensory processing portion of a student’s initial evaluation.  A breakdown of the most relevant sensory systems will be reviewed as well as their impact on school functional tasks.  Efficient methods of gathering information via classroom observation, parent and teacher intake, and clinical observations will be discussed. 

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

    1.     Design a parent and teacher questionnaire that will allow them to efficiently gather developmental and academic information about the student prior to a sensory based clinical evaluation.

    2.     Design an efficient sensory classroom observation checklist to help supplement their clinical observations for evaluation purposes.

    3.     List at least 3 ways to efficiently assess the integration of 3 primitive reflexes related to school functions.

    Educational Level of Presentation:  


    Session IIB:

    OT Role in Driving and CarFit   

    Presenter: Elizabeth Craig, OT, OTR, New

    England Rehabilitation Hospital  

    Continuation of morning session.  Today’s presentation is a two-part session and will require attendance at an additional CarFit event to be scheduled later in the Spring.

    • 05 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Bridgewater State University

    Instructor: Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP
    Bridgewater, MA

    Bridgewater State University
    Friday, April 5, 2019 - Saturday, April 6, 2019

     Offered by Motivations, Inc.

    More information at

    Website page:


Past events

15 Nov 2018 Therapies in the School Conference
03 Nov 2018 Introduction to Integrative Manual Therapy, Focus on NeuroFascial Process
02 Nov 2018 Treatment of Children with Sensory, Regulation and Motor Challenges: Understanding the Influence of Movement, Rhythms and Emotion
31 Oct 2018 Tufts University Spring 2019 Electives
26 Oct 2018 MAOT Annual Conference 2018
06 Oct 2018 John F. Barnes’ Pediatric Myofascial Release
04 Oct 2018 Barral's Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 (VM1) is Coming to Boston October 4-7, 2018 - 24 CE's
28 Sep 2018 Practical Strategies for Treating Complex Pediatric Feeding Disorders: Treating the Whole Child
15 Sep 2018 Current Evidence for Rehabilitation of the Repaired Tendon
08 Sep 2018 # 114 Donatelli's Pathophysiology and Mechanics of the Shoulder with L
08 Jun 2018 Treatment of the Child with Severe Involvement: An NDT Approach
09 May 2018 The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston
05 May 2018 The Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute
04 May 2018 Cutchins Care proudly presents its 1st Annual Trauma & Attachment Symposium!
20 Apr 2018 2nd Annual Concussion Diagnosis and Management
13 Dec 2017 Certified-Aging-in-Place-Specialist (CAPS) Certification Course Dec. 13-15, 2017
16 Nov 2017 Annual Therapies in the School
15 Nov 2017 The Zones of Regulation: A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control
10 Nov 2017 MAOT Annual Conference 2017
04 Nov 2017 Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® for Self-Regulation & Trauma Healing
03 Nov 2017 "Orthoses for Immobilization and Mobilization"
24 May 2017 Tufts University 2017 Courses
11 Apr 2017 Central MA SIG
08 Apr 2017 MAOT Spring Conference
02 Dec 2016 Early Intervention for Infants and Young Children (0-5): Sensory, Feeding, Behavior
21 Oct 2016 Contemporary NDT Treatment of the Baby and Young Child
21 Oct 2016 The AEIOU Systematic Approach to Pediatric Feeding
30 Sep 2016 Assessment and Intervention with the High Risk Infant in the NICU and During the Transition to Home
24 Sep 2016 Best Practices in Home Care

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