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Occupational Therapy Program
Nova Southeastern University
3200 S. University Drive
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328

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In appreciation of NSU affiliated Fieldwork Educators, Coordinators, Clinicians, Alumni and Faculty, Nova Southeastern University’s Occupational Therapy Department will host the 2016 OT Continuing Education EventRegister now to engage with collegues and earn 6.5 CEUs. 

Saturday ~ December 3, 2016 ~ 8:00 am - 4:15 pm ~ 6.5 CEUs

At the event, choose 4 sessions to attend from a variety of 8 different topics.  Each presentation duration will be 90 minutes.  Customize your experience by participating in the presentations that appeal to your interests.

Session Time Title / Abstract Presenter
8:00 am - 8:30 am Check-In / Registration
8:30 am - 9:00 am Key Note Address
9:05 am - 10:35 am Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (OTPF) in practice Adrienne Lauer

The presenter will provide an overview of the third edition of the OT Practice Framework: Domain & Process.  Emphasis will be on use of the OTPF to guide authentic, value added OT services.  Examples of using the OTPF in both written and verbal communications to represent the services we provide will be offered.

9:05 am - 10:35 am "It Just Makes Sense" Sensory Processing for Adults Sonia Kay
The theory and process of sensory integration (Ayres, 2005) serves as the foundation for current occupational therapy interventions with clients throughout the lifespan. Recent literature has focused on sensory strategies that can be applied to improve emotional/ attentional regulation, social engagement, and occupational performance in many environments and practice settings.  (Champagne, 2010; Dunn, 2009; Miller, 2001) This presentation will focus on the evidence and the implementation of sensory processing strategies with adults in acute care, long term care, mental health, and wellness practices. The participants will examine their current practices and reflect on how they might expand their current interventions to embed sensory strategies for improved client outcomes.
10:35 am - 11:45 am Morning Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm "The Reflective OT:  Looking within to improve clinical practice" Nicole Quint
This course emphasizes reflective practices within occupational therapy including reflective listening, self-reflection, and use of meaningful feedback to promote improve service delivery. Reflective practice requires the occupational therapist to engage in reflection-in practice as well as reflection-on
practice, which is reflecting on role performance retrospectively and improves ones self-actualization within the OT role.
10:45 am - 12:15 pm Updating Your Mental Health Toolbox:  Implications for All Practice Areas Carol Lambdin-Pattavina
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch Break

Pizza, Salad, Drink $7

(proceeds benefit SOTA)

1:05 pm - 2:35 pm Sex and the OT Mariana D' Amico
This presentation will engage participants in discussion about the role of the OT in addressing the ADL of sexual activity and sexuality, the importance of sexual activity and sexuality for individuals, and resources available to OTs, parents, spouses and families.
1:05 pm - 2:35 pm How to be the best fieldwork educator you can be Alison Herman

This interactive and collaborative session will provide attendees with current information regarding fieldwork education. This session is designed to help attendees develop strategies for improving experiences when supervising both Level I and Level II fieldwork students. Some topics discussed will include how to improve communication, how to identify learning styles and develop learning plans, how to provide and receive feedback, and how to create a successful experience for both the student and the fieldwork educators. Introduction and application of fieldwork tools will also be shared and applied to case simulations. This session is open to anyone thinking about taking his/her first fieldwork student, to those who currently have students or have had students in the past.

2:35 pm - 2:45 pm Afternoon Break
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Evidence Based Practice for the Busy Clinician Elise Bloch

This presentation will provide participants with a brief history and overview of current resources for EBP in occupational therapy.  Free, online resources will be introduced and navigation strategies will be delineated.  Participants can bring a laptop to explore databases during session if they choose.  All participants will be provided with electronic resources to take back to their clinic.

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Differences in parental reports of sensory responsivity in children with a diagnosis of autism and their typical counterparts. Gustavo Reinoso

Background: This study measured parental responses on the Questionnaire for the Measurement of Sensory Responsivity (QMSR) (Reinoso, 2015) in typical children (N=520) and those with a diagnosis of autism (N=138) between 4.0 – 10.11 years.  Method: in this cross sectional study the hypothesis that there would be one or more mean differences between age and diagnosis was tested.  Results: A statistically significant MANOVA effect was obtained, Pillais’ Trace = .714, F(78, 3864) = 6.693, p < .001 A multivariate effect size of .119 was estimated. A series of one-way ANOVA tests was conducted and reached statistical significance, with effect sizes 2 ranging from low .182 (taste/smell) to high .496 (auditory). A series of post hoc analyses revealed statistical significance between and within groups.  Conclusion: Parental responses on the QMSR may assist in identifying differences in sensory responsivity in children with autism for the purposes of research and intervention planning.