New Hampshire
Occupational Therapy Association

2012 NHOTA Fall Event

  • 26 Oct 2012
  • 8:00 AM
  • 27 Oct 2012
  • 11:30 AM
  • The Executive Court, Manchester, NH


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NHOTA Fall Event 

October 26 & 27 at the Executive Court, 13500 South Willow Street,  Manchester, NH.

Driving Directions to Executive Court Inn, Manchester, NH  (HINT: Scroll to bottom of page for a map and directions.)

Session Descriptions

Keynote: Tracey Ellis will share her successes in promoting innovative occupational therapy services in multiple practice areas.

Tracey Ellis is an occupational therapist , disability analyst, and entrepreneur. Tracey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master’s in Public Heath. She has clinical and research experience in rehabilitation, pediatric settings, and with wounded and active duty service men and women.  Ms. Ellis is the cofounder and director of International Diagnostic Solutions, founder of  Ellis Therapeutic Consultants and of a nonundefinedprofit supporting parents and at-risk children in  Washington D.C.

Friday 10:30-12:15 AM
  A– Application of AOTA’s OT Practice Framework across    clinical practice areas,  Shelley Mulligan PhD., OTR/L, Nicole Finch, MS, OTR/L.  

This session will provide a detailed examination of AOTA’s OT Practice Framework, and provide  a forum for occupational therapy practitioners to discuss the profession’s domain of concern. Demonstration of how the OT process defined by the Framework can be applied across multiple practice areas for the delivery of OT services will also be presented through case examples.

B– Helping Parents Promote Their Child’s Fine Motor
Development, Barbara Smith, MS, OTR/L.  

This session will present ways of adapting everyday activities to promote visual perceptual and fine motor skill development.  Strategies that caregivers can use to enhance sensory processing, and motor development, enhance motivation and learning through every day activities will also be presented.

C– Upper extremity Care and Splinting in acute care
settings, Danielle Amero, OTR/L, CHT.  

This session will discuss ways that occupational therapy practitioners working in acute care settings can intervene early when patients present with upper extremity orthopedic problems.  Participants will also gain an understanding of the value of early management for positive functional outcomes, and the importance of advocacy for OT services for addressing upper extremity concerns.

Friday  1:45-2:45 PM
  A-  Advances in feeding with Children with
Disabilties, Alexa Trolley-Hanson, MS, OTR/L

This session will review current feeding philosophies and feeding resources, discuss the underlying causes of feeding problems in children with disabilities, and treatment ideas to use in various pediatric settings.  There will be time for group problem solving towards the end of the session. 

B– Promoting OT through a Pediatric Private
Practice,  Jodie Health, MS, OTR/L, Swing for the Stars, private OT practice. 

This session will discuss how occupational therapists can promote pediatric occupational therapy services in private practice.  The multiple roles of OT in this setting, marketing strategies, along with the importance of quality service delivery will be discussed.

C-  Understanding Skilled Nursing Medicare A Reimbursement and Implications for OT practice, Ted Mulligan MS, OTR/L, MBA, Director of Reimbursement, Genesis Health Care Services. 

This presentation will provide an overview of Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective payment system, and Part B reimbursement programs, which went through substantial changes, Oct.  2011.  Included will be a review of concepts of CMS’s Program Integrity Initiatives and how they relate to the practice of occupational therapy.

Friday 3:00-4:00 PM
  A-  Running Psycho-Educational  groups across Practice
Settings, Kerryellen Vroman, PhD, OTR/L

B– What’s new and cool  in IPAD  Apps, Adaptations, and  Resources for Supporting Individuals with Disabilities, Therese Willkomm,  PhD, ATP.

This session will discuss over 20 IPAD Apps and websites available to assist in selecting appropriate apps to support individuals with disabilities.  Ways of evaluating and organizing apps according to functional limitations and activities will also be discussed.

C-  Seating and Positioning Challenges with Geriatric
Clients: Guidelines for OT intervention, Estelle Strydom, OTR/L, Clinical specialist, Genesis Health Care Services.  

This session focuses on the challenges related to functional seating and positioning for the elderly, as well as possible interventions based on comprehensive evaluation that lead to improve participation in desired occupations,  and improve quality of life for many geriatric clients.

Saturday 8:30-11:30 AM
 Weaving Cognition into YOUR Therapy Practice, Jessica Whipple, MS, OTR/L and Jennifer Blyer, MS, OTR/L, Beth Nagy, OTR/L.  

This session will present ways of addressing cognition in the context of OT practice. Methods for evaluating cognition will be emphasized, along with methods of addressing cognition in intervention. 


New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association   

Office: 1 Simons Lane, Suite 2, Newmarket, NH 03857
Mail: P.O. Box 842, Durham, NH 03824 
Phone: (603) 868-7475

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