Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Spring Conference 2016


PromOTing Our Distinct Value

Friday, November 4, 2016

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

A Symposium for Occupational Therapy Practitioners, Students, & Health & Rehabilitation Professionals


“PromOTing our Distinct Value”

Friday, November 4, 2016

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM



57 Madison Road

Waltham, MA  02453

Telephone #:  781-647-5556

General Inquiries:

Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

1125 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood, MA  02062
Telephone #:  781-769-7900

Conference Objectives:

This one-day symposium is designed to provide an opportunity to explore the dimensions of health care and occupational therapy practice.  Sessions will focus on a variety of clinical, administrative, management, research-based, practical, and theoretical areas.


At the conclusion of the program, the participants will be able to:            

  • Appreciate the importance of leadership development in occupational therapy education and practice.
  • Discuss opportunities for leadership and innovation in occupational therapy education and practice.
  • Embrace one’s professional responsibility to assume and sustain leadership and innovation within own practice.

·         Describe effective strategies to advocate for occupational therapy.

·         Identify emerging areas of practice in occupational therapy.

·         Understand contemporary issues and trends influencing occupational therapy education and practice.

·         Discuss the application of evidence-based research to best practice in occupational therapy. 

·         Network with colleagues.


Conference Committee Co-Chairs:         
Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA
Jean MacLachlan, PhD, OTR/L

Conference Committee Members:
Maureen Nardella, MS, OTR/L
Lisa Boyajian, COTA/L
Michelle Brown, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Donna Caira, Administrative Manager
Laurie Cecchi, OTR/L
Elizabeth (Betsy) Craig OTR/L
Linda Duncombe, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Karen Hefler, OTR/L
Susan Henry, OTR/L
Mary Malone, MS, OTR/L
Said Nafai, OTD, OTR/L CLT
Sheri Purdy, OTR/L

Conference Agenda click each course for its objectives and information

Click HERE to view all course descriptions.                                                 Click Here to download the conference brochure.



Welcome & Introduction

MAOT Business Meeting
MAOT President

Awards Ceremony

Legislative Update
Lisa Simonetti, Lobbyist


Keynote Address

A Fork in the Road:  An Occupational Hazard?”
Glen Gillen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA
Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons



 Session I
A.    Impact of a Fieldwork Experience on Attitudes toward People with Intellectual Disabilities
B.    School Best Practice Strategies and Service Delivery Models
C.    Interprofessional Oral Health Education:  Tools for Non-dental Clinicians
D.    Poster Session
E.    The Matching Person & Technology Process to Identify Appropriate App Recommendations
F.    Community Transitions for Young Adults:  Farm to Table
G.    Lymphedema:  Restoring Function with Complete Decongestive Therapy




Session II
A.    Sleep and Fatigue Self-Management:  Elders with Neurological Conditions
B.    School-based Telehealth: Bringing Services to Any Child Anywhere
C.    Part 1 (30 minutes):  Bringing AT to Inpatient Rehab; Something for Everyone        
Part 2 (30 minutes):  Validation of the Standardized Touchscreen Assessment of Cognition

D.    Dual Identities: Exploring the Need for Both a Professional and Interprofessional Idenity
E.    How to Measure a Measure
F.    Interprofessional Education:  Promoting Role Identity, Professional Communication and Real World Skills in OT Students
G.    Transitioning Medically Complex Patients from Long Term Care to the Community
H.    New Occupational Therapy Evaluation Codes and the Code Change Process



Session III
A.    Custom Seating for Wheelchairs: From Simple to Complex
B.    Part 1 (30 minutes):  Connecting Through Communication and Empathic Listening   Par                                     Part 2 (1 hour):  Creating Opportunities in Pediatric Health                                                       
C.    Pediatric Oral Motor Interventions for Feeding
D.    Promoting Leadership and Ethics in Occupational Therapy:  An Interactive Discussion Using Case Vignettes  and Role Play Session Closed 
E.    Part 1:  (30 minutes) Emergency Preparedness and Occupational Therapy.  Part 2: (1 hour) Developing the PEDI-PRO:  Innovative Youth Self-Report Software  
F.    Poster Presentations
G.    Part 1 (30 minutes):  Providing an Enhanced Program to CNA’s to Enhance Engagement with Clients with Dementia   Part 2 (1 hour): Occupational Therapy and the Dizzy Patient

Registration Information

Contact Hours:

Conference attendees/learners will be eligible for a total of 6.25 contact hours based on attainment of learning objectives. Participants must be present for entire workshop or panel session as only full credit will be awarded. Participants will not be allowed entrance into a session after the presenter has completed initial review of learning objectives. The learner is responsible for completing his/her assessment of attained learning objectives on the contact hour/CEU tracking form, signing his/her name on the contact hour/CEU tracking form, and  then 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 hours will be kept on file at the MAOT office and an official verification certificate will be emailed to the participant within 60 days of the conference.                      


The conference/workshop fee may be paid by personal check, Master Card, or Visa.

$90.00 MAOT Primary Presenter Fee

$200.00 MAOT Member before 10/21/15 and $225.00 after 10/21/15

$275.00 Non-Member

$125.00 Student/Retired Practitioner

Space for the conference/workshop is limited. No registration accepted without payment. On-site registration accepted on a space available basis at a 5% increased rate.

The conference/workshop fee includes a continental breakfast, luncheon, exhibits, and conference sessions.

Confirmation & Cancellation:

Registrants are welcome to confirm their registration, or obtain additional information, by contacting MAOT at (781) 647-5556 or visiting 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.

Visit the Exhibit Hall and Network Together

With a Wide Array of Exhibitors



Exhibitors and Sponsors

We Gratefully Acknowledge the Support of

Participating Exhibitors and Sponsors!

MGH Institute of Health Professions – Bronze Sponsor

Alternative Care Providers, Inc.

AOTA, Inc.

A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences

Bay Path University

Comfort Company

Constant Therapy

Ferney Enterprises LLC

Genesis Rehab Services

Quality Rehabilitation Services

Hanger Clinic

Health South - New England Rehabilitation Hospital/Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital

Home Modification Loan Program

LPA Medical

MAOT, Inc.


Natale Co. & Safety Care

National Seating & Mobility

Partners HealthCare at Home/Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

Perkins Library - Perkins School for the Blind

Purple Umbrella Jewelry

Regis:  A Catholic University in Greater Boston

Salem State University

Senseability Gym, Inc.

Tender Touch Rehab Services

Worcester State University



This years' MAOT Auction proceeds will be donated to the 2017 OT Centennial Vision Float 

Please support our Auction Hall for this very exciting event!






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