2021 TNOTA Annual Conference & Student Track Course Handouts

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Short Courses


Short Course 1: OT’s Role in Vestibular Rehab for Post-Concussion CareSpeaker: Jerry Lee Williams, OTD, OTR/L

Short Course 2: The Integral Role of the Occupational Therapy Practitioner in Finger and Partial Hand Prosthetic Intervention. Speaker: Tania Garcia



Short Course 3: The NBCOT® Disciplinary Action Program: Serving the Public Interest. **This course will be presented virtually** Speaker: Shaun Conway, OTR.

Short Course 4: Special Interest in Hand Therapy: 'Passions and Pearls.’ Speaker: Peggy Haase, OTR, CHT



Short Course 5: Homelessness and COVID-19: Lessons Learned. Speakers: Thaddeus Meyer, COTA, Rita Troxtel, OTD, OTR/L, CAL, CPAM

Short Course 6: Building Community Connections Through Experiential Learning in an OT Program. Speaker: Ashley Held, MS, OTR/L



Short Course 7: Culturally Sensitive Practice to Establish Meaningful Connections. Speakers: Lena Roll, OTS, Stedmon Hopkins, MOT, OTR/L

Short Course 8: Shaping Student Attitudes Toward Older Adults Through Professional SocializationSpeakers: Christine A. Watt, PhD, OTR/L, CPAM, Lauren Beard, MS, OTR/L, CPAM



Short Course 9: TNOTA Advocacy Panel: Lessons learned in 2020 and beyond. Speakers: Cindy DeRuiter Blackwell, OTD, OTR/L, Susan McDonald, EdD, OTR/L, Courtney Atnip, Stephanie Lancaster, EdD, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS, Mary C. Barnes, MOT, CHT

Short Course 10: Occupational Therapy's Role in Sexuality Education for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Speaker: Elizabeth K. Schmidt, PhD



Short Course 11: The Anatomy of an Occupational Therapy Ally. Speakers: Stephanie Lancaster, EdD, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS, DeOnna Clark, MOT, OTR/L

Short Course 12: Emotions as Meaningful Occupations: Using Emotion-language to Foster Possibilities in our Professional Interactions. Speaker: Gary Davidson, PhD (c), MDiv, MSOT, OTR/L, CHT




Workshop 1: Meaningful Connections: OT and OTA Inter-relationships. Speakers: Susan Sain, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Jason Gonzales, COTA/L, Becky Ross, BS, COTA/L, Danielle Kissane, MOTR/L



Workshop 2: Harnessing the Power of Placebos and Top-down Cortical Reorganization. Speakers: Mary C. Barnes, MOT, CHT, Lisa Perrone, OTR/L, CHT, CKTP

Workshop 3: Using More Complex Fine Motor Tasks to Present the “Just Right Challenge.” Speaker: Stephen Penick, MS, OTR/L



Workshop 4: Using Telehealth to Reach More Populations. Speakers: Tanner Petty, OTDS, Barbara Meussner, OTR/L, MBA, Alicia Rinks, OTR/L, Allison Shackelford, OTR/L, Sandra Dicks, OTS

Workshop 5: Pain Neuroscience Education and Treatment for Chronic Pain Including CRPS. Peripheral and Central Sensitization and Clinical Signs Related to Cortical Reorganization. Speaker: Christina Woods, OTR/L, CHT


Sunday, September 12, 2021

TNOTA Annual Business Meeting & Legislative Update


TNOTA Annual Business Meeting & Legislative UpdateSpeakers: Dr. Cindy DeRuiter Blackwell, OTD, OTR/L, TNOTA President, Courtney Atnip, Lobbyist, Capitol & 5th Public Strategies


Short Courses


Short Course 13: Promoting Critical Thinking in Online OT Courses. Speaker: Elicia Cruz, PhD, OTR/L

Short Course 14: Microaggressions and Implicit bias within the Professional Setting. Speakers: Morgan Booth, OTS, Allison Nance, OTS



Short Course 15: Behavioral Activation Strategies to Improve Client Engagement. Speaker: Katy Schmidt, OTD, OTR/L

Short Course 16: Promoting Inclusive and Affirming Occupational Therapy Practice for the LGBTQIA+ Community. Speakers: Lauren Hanna, OTD, OTR/L, Roya Rezadoost, OTD, OTR/L




Workshop 6: Introduction to Dry Needling. This session does not provide any certification in the use of Dry Needling techniques. Speakers: Mary C. Barnes, MOT, CHT, Christina Woods, MOT, CHT

Workshop 7: What’s the Deal with Oral Ties? Speakers: Mariann Frigo, MS, OTR, Cindy Winthrow, PT



Student Track Session 1 (Saturday 8:00-8:50): NBCOT® National Certification Exam: Information You Need to Know for Success. *students only* **This course will be presented virtually** Speaker: Shaun Conway, OTRHandout 1Handout 2

Student Track Session 2 (Saturday 10:00-10:50): New Practitioner and Current Student Panel. *students only* Speakers: Rebecca Whitaker, OTD, OTR/L, Metta Devine-Qin, MOTS, Meagan Oslund, OTD, OTR/L, Madison Quan, OTS, Delaney Moor, OTAS

Student Track Session 3 (Saturday 11:00-11:50): Adaptive Equipment: How Do I Get My Client What They Need? *open to students and practitioners* Speaker: Missy Bryan, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, CPST

Student Track Session 5 (Saturday 2:40-3:30): You Graduated, Now What?: Navigating the State Licensure Process. *students only* Speakers: Savannah Carroll, OTD, OTR/L, Carly Fennell, OTD, OTR/L, Chanté Bowens, OTD, OTR/L, Helene Gattie, COTA

Student Track Session 6 (Sunday 10:45-11:35): Sensory Processing: An Overview. *open to students and practitioners* Speaker: Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L. Handout 2

Posters (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Are NICU Stays at Birth Linked to Higher Risks of Mental Health Concerns Later in Childhood?

PresenterBailey Satterfield, MOTS


An Interprofessional Learning Experience with Occupational Therapy Assistant & Physical Therapist Assistant students through a simulated educational environment. ***Cancelled by the Speakers***

Presenters: C. Brooke Gentry, MS, OTR/L, Samantha Harris, PT, DPT, EdD


Cognitive Load & 1st Year Occupational Therapy Doctoral Students’ Experiences: Examining the Effects on Wellbeing & Exploring Potential Solutions

Presenter: Carly J Fennell, OTD, OTR/L


Examining the Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Stress in Occupational Therapy Graduate Students

Presenters: Sarah Parkinson, OTD/S, Alyson Graham, OTD/S, Payton Knupp, OTD/S, Amy Mack, OTD/S, Mackenzie Vanderbloomen, OTD/S 


Exploring Technology Use in Older Adults

Presenters: Chai Park, OTD/S, Bethany Copeland, OTD/S, Kelsey King, OTD/S


Integration of Occupational Therapy into Primary Care

Presenter: Averie Conn, OTD


Online Occupations: An Occupational Therapy Telehealth Resource Manual for Adults with Disabilities

Presenter: Tanner Petty, OTD/S


Parental Perspectives on Inclusive Dance Program: Their Child’s Experiences and Outcomes

Presenters: Sue Iliff, PhD, OTR/L, Hannah Matthews, OTD, OTR/L, Taylor Bumbalough, OTD/S, Brooke Edwards, OTD/S, Pooja Patel, OTD/S, Shauna Rocha, OTD/S, Morgan Sondergeld, OTD/S, Gabriela Swiecki, OTD/S


The Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Calm Room Interventions on Student Behaviors

Presenters: Cindy W. Poole, OTD, M.Ed., OTR/L, Shelby Allison, OTS, Chapel Mason, OTS, Madeline Robbins, OTS