Concurrent Session Presentations
Caring Together Conference

Concurrent Sessions #1

Session 1A

Navigating the Unique Challenges of Adolescents in Health Care: Discovering Who They Are
Presenter: Jennifer E. Rupp, CCLS

This session will look at the many challenges adolescents face in coping with an illness, as well as learning who they are as individuals as it relates to their gender, race, class, trauma, and mental health. In addition, this session will provide therapeutic play intervention ideas and knowledge on working with adolescents today.

Session 1B

Therapeutic Massage: An Interdisciplinary and Age-span Perspective
Presenters: David Schilling, PT, DPT, OCS and
Kristen Schilling Willson, OTR/L, CEIM

This session will explore various therapeutic massage techniques that can be used from infancy through adulthood. The presenters will focus on an interdisciplinary perspective and the current evidence related to massage as a therapeutic tool across the lifespan. Some of the topics that will be covered include: an overview of the basic infant massage strokes and the benefits to infants, children, parents, and caregivers; massage as a management tool for digestive health in infants and adults; and massage as a treatment for headaches in adults.

Session 1C

Neuroplasticity: “Brain Coaching for Life”
Gabriele Moriello, PT, PhD and Michelle T. Nunno-Evans, PT, DPT

This session will facilitate an understanding of the principles of neuroplasticity across the lifespan and its relationship to motor learning and motor recovery. Current rehabilitation approaches utilizing the principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning will be discussed along with the evidence behind these interventions. Participants will have an opportunity to apply neuroplastic principles to a case.

Concurrent Sessions #2

Session 2A

Productivity and the Factors that Drive It
Presenter: Thomas Durr, OTR/L

This session will explore productivity in the workplace and the various factors that drive it. Specific topics will include: work ethic standard in capitalism; personal experience and why each level of therapist has an important role in success, i.e., treating therapist, director, and area director; REIT (Real Estate Investment Trusts), public stock companies, hospital groups and the money involved; and the “toolbox of the therapist” and how it can elongate your career.

Session 2B

Babies on the Move: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Early Mobility
in the NICU
Presenter: Suzanne Shepherd, PT, DPT, PCS

This session will discuss a multidisciplinary approach to implementation of early mobility techniques in the neonatal intensive care unit. There will be a review of current literature related to early mobilization in the intensive care unit in neonates, pediatrics, and adults. There will be a discussion surrounding the negative impacts of prolonged bed rest and the unique considerations for the neonate. An explanation will be provided on the team players involved, including their roles. Clinical decision making will be discussed as it relates to treatment planning and the progression of mobility activities for the critically ill infant.

Session 2C

Integrating Sensory Play and Social Skills for Successful Peer Engagement in Children with Special Needs
Presenter: Jaime McHale, MS, OTR/L

Peer interactions are challenging for most children with special needs. By utilizing a multisystem approach to meeting the child’s sensory, motor, behavioral, and academic needs, children with significant challenges are ensured to experience social skill success through the “STARS: Social Skills Training and Readiness Skills” program. This session will provide an overview of the STARS program and the tools necessary to engage children of varying abilities in meaningful peer interaction through a sensory-based social skills group model. Participants will explore the use of fun-filled, interactive, and motivating group activities designed to improve peer communication, cooperation, and healthy competition.

Session 2D

Children and Trauma: They Need to Know That You Care, Before They Care What You Know
Presenter: Michele Tryon, MA, CCLS

Learn about childhood trauma and its impact on the developing child. What are the signs and symptoms of trauma? How can children overcome diversity and heal from exposure to traumatic experiences? What can we do to help? Learn about the resiliency research, mindfulness and other strategies for building connections and enhancing coping.

Concurrent Session #3

Session 3A

Motor Learning through the CO-OP Approach: Occupation in Practice
Presenters: Annemarie T. Kinsella, OTD, MS, OTR/L and
Victoria L. Nackley, MS, OTR/L

Individuals of all ages have benefited from the CO-OP approach, Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance. This contemporary motor learning approach combines elements of cognition into a fun, interactive intervention that enhances function and participation. Within this well-researched intervention, therapists collaborate with the child or the client to problem-solve strategies that enable skill acquisition. Have fun with CO-OP and learn how to engage ‘with’ the client rather than doing ‘to’.

Session 3B

Meeting Families Where They’re At: Child Life in Community-Based Pediatric Palliative Care
Presenters: Janice Nellis, MS, CCLS and Christie Shaw, MS, CCLS

The phrase “alternative setting” is one that is used widely within the field of child life. This presentation will focus on an alternative setting and introduce participants to a community-based pediatric and perinatal palliative care program, CompassionNet. Child life specialists are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team, using their skills to meet families where they are at: from time of diagnosis, though illness and into bereavement, as needed. Presenters will share how child life is incorporated within the context of a pediatric palliative care program.

Session 3C

The Use of Pre-Fabricated Orthotics for Contracture Management
Presenter: Judith Sheehan, OTR/L

Joint contractures in the geriatric population are commonly addressed by occupational and physical therapists who are involved in contracture management through the use of orthotics, especially in long-term care facilities. It is the presenter’s experience that many clinicians lack a full working knowledge of how to implement a formal contracture management program which meets requirements of state inspection surveyors and Medicare documentation guidelines. Also care-giver training materials and approaches are found to be inconsistent and non-standard. This presentation will outline a structured contracture management program which will immediately enhance the clinician’s ability to formalize a successful program which, in turn, will support care-giver carryover and proper application of pre-fabricated orthotic devices and documentation strategies that ensure success for state and federal reviews.

Session 3D

LSVT BIG Treatment and Parkinson Disease
Presenter: Michele Pratt-Giammella, MS, OTR/L

This session will provide an overview of the LSTV BIG Treatment and Parkinson Disease. Specifically, attendees will identify: the three paradigm shifts unique to LSVT BIG treatment; the need for using a single target of amplitude when using LSVT BIG with patients with Parkinson disease; three key principles used in LSVT that drive activity dependent neuroplasticity; each of the maximal daily exercises; how to modify treatment to the patient’s level of function; 5/5 teaching techniques unique to LSVT BIG protocols; the differences between functional component tasks, hierarchy tasks, and carryover tasks; how important calibration is when using LSVT BIG; how to synthesize all the different data in the OT evaluation; and LSTVE website and contact information.


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