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MH SIG - Functional Neurological Disorders

  • 16 Nov 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom


DATE: Thursday November 16, 2023

TIME: 6-7:30pm


Allyson Lewis, OT, OTR

Rosa Colorado, OT, OTR

Emily Walker, OT, OTR

LOCATION: Zoom – the link will be sent out day before the event (thru MAOT)

REMINDER you must sign up/register thru MAOT no later than the morning of Wednesday November 15, 2023

TOPIC: Understanding Functional Neurological Disorders (FND)

SPEAKER: Nicole Mannion, OT, MAOT, OTR

Nicole a Senior Occupational Therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Outpatient Neurological OT in the Foxborough, MA location

Nicole has 14 years of experience practicing in the greater Boston area.  She specializes in the assessment and treatment of clients with neurological and complex medical conditions. 

Nicole is the primary occupational therapist for Brigham and Women’s Hospital Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Program and has extensive experience treating adults with FND in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

She has co-authored two academic publications for the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) in 2021 and has contributed to numerous other OT publications and in-person/virtual presentations on OT and FND, multiple sclerosis, polytrauma, critical care and neurological impairments resulting from severe COVID-19 infection.


  1. Gain an understanding of and be able to describe functional neurological disorders (FND) and associated impairments.
  2. Gain a practice-ready toolbox of OTP treatment ideas for clients with FND
  3. Understand assessment and treatment of sensory modulation impairments in clients with FND


Gardiner, P., MacGregor, L., Carson, A., & Stone, J. (2018). Occupational therapy for functional neurological disorders: A scoping review and agenda for research. CNS Spectrums, 23(3), 205-212. doi:10.1017/S1092852917000797

Hallett, M., Aybek, S., Dworetzky, B. A., McWhirter, L., Staab, J. P., & Stone, J. (2022). Functional neurological disorder: New subtypes and shared mechanisms. The Lancet Neurology21(6), 537– 550

Nicholson, C., Edwards, M. J., Carson, A. J., Gardiner, P., Golder, D., Hayward, K. Humblestone, S., Jinadu, H., Lumsden, C., MacLean, J., Main, L., Macgregor,  L., Nielsen, G., Oakley, L., Price, J., Ranford, J., Ranu, J., Sum, E., & Stone,  J. (2020). Occupational therapy consensus recommendations for functional  neurological disorder. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry91(10),1037–1045.

In addition to presentation meeting includes:

Introductions, Announcements, Discussion, and Networking

Facilitators will prepare some guiding questions; however, the format is flexible to the needs of the community and attendees.

Meeting is Free to MAOT members. Non-members $10.00, Students $5.00

Membership forms can be downloaded from the MAOT website.

Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc. (MAOT)
P.O. Box 850543 Braintree, MA 02185   Email:

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