2024 TNOTA Annual Conference Courses & Handouts


Click the link in each course title to download the session handout. 

Please note, not all course speakers have provided handouts


Saturday, September 14, 2024

Short Courses


Short Course 1: Best Practices for Pediatric Telehealth. Speaker: Lora Casasfranco, MOTR/L



Short Course 2: The State of TN Licensure, CE Broker, & Audits. Speakers: Noranda French, Mary Bennett, Sabrina Craig-Boyd, and Anahi Juarez



Short Course 3: "To Be or Not to Be... a Hand Therapist". Speakers: Evelyn Daniel, OT/L, CHT and Drew Hamrick, OT/L 



Short Course 4: Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions. Speaker: Paul L Erway



Short Course 5: Promoting Family Centered Practice in the Pediatric Oncology Setting Through Program Development. Speaker: Jessica M McNatt, OTR/L



Short Course 6: Finding Relevance in Life and Occupation. Speaker: Dr. Robert J. Mullaney, OTD, DBA, MBA-HSA, OTR/L



Short Course 7: A Rehabilitative Guidebook to Treating Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Throughout Adolescence: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology. Speakers: Anna Fung, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, Alice Shaver, OTS, Megan Turner, OTS, and Mackenzie Gay, OTS



Short Course 8: Supporting Holistic Recovery: Experiences with Trauma-Informed Sensory and Emotional Regulation Program Development in an Emerging Practice Setting. Speaker: Kaitlyn H Springer, OTD



Short Course 9: Pathways to Success: Cultivating Excellence through Workplace Mentorship. Speakers: Abigail P. Hamilton, MS, OTR/L, Courtney Cowden, MS, OTR/L, and Amanda Trent, MS, CCC-SLP



Short Course 10: Empowering You: Self-Management in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Speaker: Caitlin Murphy, OTD


3:30-4:20 (Students only) 

NBCOT® National Certification Exam: Speaker:  Elise Foust, COTA/L, CFPS




Workshop 1: Tips and Tools: New and Updated Pediatric Assessments. Speaker: Morgan Webb, MOT, OTR/L



Workshop 2: How Every OT Practitioner Can Address Substance Use Disorder: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. Speaker: Katy Schmidt, OTD, OTR/L



Workshop 3: The Journey Through Critical Illness and Recovery: Survivors’ Stories. Speakers: Brittany Work, OTD, OTR/L, Spencer Freeman, ICU Survivor, Angela Gilliam, ICU Survivor, and Barbara VanMeter-Nivens, ICU Survivor.



Workshop 4: The Occupation of Sleep: Addressing Sleep in Adults Across Practice Settings. Speaker: Rosemary Lewis, OTR/L, CTP, CBIS



Workshop 5: Bringing Joy to Therapy: Creative Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Concerns in Occupational Therapy. Speakers: Deana Kendall, OTA student, Barbara Meussner, OTR/L, Sandra Dicks, OTR/L, and Nicole Ayers, OTA student


Sunday, September 15, 2024

Short Courses


Short Course 11: Neurodiversity Affirming Care: Practices and Trends in OT. Speakers: Abigail P. Hamilton, MS, OTR/L,  Janet Capell, OTR/L, Brittany Rauch, MSOT, OTR/L, and Stephanie Lancaster, EdD, OTR/L, ATP,



Short Course 12: Encountering Excessive Clutter & Hoarding Disorder with your OT Clients: Speakers: Tim Sullivan, MS, OTR/L, RAC-CT and Cindy Sullivan, CPO



Short Course 13: From Fatigue to Function: Occupational Therapy's Role in Long Covid Rehabilitation. Speakers: Lisa H Hamilton, OTS and Yu Hsiang Liang-Paultre, OTD, OTR/L 



Short Course 14: Pediatric Sleep Assessment & Intervention: Supports for Children and Families. Speakers: Cindy W Poole, OTD, M.Ed., OTR/L, Amanda M Buono, OTD, OTR, BCP, CCAP, and Jennifer Allison, OTD, OTR/L, BCMH, CCAP, FAOTA



Short Course 15: Breaking OT Barriers: Disability Mentorship. Speaker: Caroline P Hillyard, OTD, OTR/L



Short Course 16: Self-Regulation and Social Behavior: Implications for School-Based Multi Tiered Supports. Speakers: Lorry Liotta-Kleinfeld, EdD, OTR, BCP, FAOTA and Cynthia Hickman, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, LANA.




Workshop 6: AT for the Related Service Provider. Speakers: Alison Stewart, OTD, OTR/L, ATP and Diane McCluskey, OTR/L, ATP


Posters (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Clinical Driver Evaluations

Presenter: Cara Harman, OTD, OTR/L


Over-Stressed and Under-Slept: The Connection Between Sleep and Emotional Well-Being in OT Graduate Students

Presenters: Connor Coward, OTS, Kerry Ormond, MOT, OTR/L, and Stedmon Hopkins, OTD, OTR/L


Occupational Therapy’s Role in Schools: A Survey of Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Presenters: Caroline Clement, OTS, Ryleigh Thomas, OTS, Halle Tackett, OTS, Reagan Cook, OTS and Ashlyn Case, OTS


Do Occupational Therapy Graduate Programs Adequately Prepare Students to Treat Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Clients?

Presenters: Chad Massey, OTS, Cameron Tubb, OTS, Leslie Corn, OTS, Rebecca Ahlfeld, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MOT and Stedmon Hopkins, OTD, MOT, OTR/L


Exploring Lived Experiences of Students in Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Through Photovoice Narrative

Presenters: Susan Iliff, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, Grace Apigian, OTS, Lilly Martin, OTS, Taylor Nock, OTS, and Abigail Smith, OTS


Interprofessional Education Design with Educational Technologies

Presenters: Lorry Liotta-Kleinfeld, EdD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA and Peggy Beckley, PhD, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Are There Gaps Within Newborn Education for Parents and are Occupational Therapists Prepared to Fill the Gap?

Presenters: Ally Hudson, OTS, Rochani Akwalia, OTS, Rebecca Ahlfeld, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MOT and Stedmon Hopkins, OTD, MOT, OTR/L


Falling Into Safety: An OT-led quality improvement falls prevention program.

Presenter: Madison T Owens, OTS


The Effects of Social Media on Middle School Aged Students.

Presenters: Kyle Barton, OTS, Josh Keathley, OTS, James Beck Cox, OTS, Erik Roque, OTS, and Rebecca Ahlfeld, PT, DPT, OTR/L, MOT


Investigating Healthcare Provider Knowledge and Treatment of the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

Presenters: Erin Melhorn, OTD, OTR/L, Hanna Horchi, OTS, Ryan McDaniel, OTS, Sierra Sturken, OTS, Mia Lawson, OTS, and Ivy Olinger, OTS


Fieldwork Educators' Perspectives of Knowledge and Skills Necessary for Success in Level II Fieldwork.

Presenters: Paige Meyers, OTS, Katherine Henry, OTS, Sadie Barnes, OTS, and Ruth Jones, OTS


Perceived Impact of a Wheelchair Sports Program on its Participants, Caregivers, and Alumni.

Presenters: Missy Bryan, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, ATP, CPST, Mariah Gilbreath, OTS, Samantha McCreath, OTS,  Emily McGuckin, OTS, and Kelly Nydahl, OTS


Effects of OT compared to Interdisciplinary Team Approaches with OT for Children with Feeding Difficulties. 

Presenter: Allison V Schneider, OTD


Promoting Inclusion through Sensory Friendly PRIDE

Presenters: Cailin Capra, OTS, Tiffany Haggard, OTS, and Elizabeth K Schmidt, PhD, OTR/L


Overcoming Barriers to Virtual Reality Adoption in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Presenters: Lani S Rinehardt, OTS and Teri Gilley, OTR/L


Posters (Sunday 9:30-11:00)

Piloting of a Leisure Exploration Program for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Presenters:  Abbigail Tomkosky, OTS, Maddison Riffey-Boling, OTS, Morgan Dotson, OTS, and Kaitlin Kinney, OTS


Critical Appraisal of Factors Leading to Extended Caseload Duration

Presenters: Modina Reid, MOT/S, Hallie Stepp, MOT/S, and Caroline Wehner, MOT/S


Social Participation in Children: Examining the Role of Executive Function and Sensory Processing

Presenters: Cynthia Hickman, EdD, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, LANA, Chloe Nease, OTS, Sarah Preston, OTS, Chandler Roseen, OTS, and Molli Wilkins, OTS


Common Characteristics in Children With Autism With Prenatal Cocaine Exposure

Presenter: Emily M Morse, MOT/S


Critical Appraisal of Burnout Among Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Presenters: Anna Click, OTS, McKenzie Hanson, OTS, Georgia Ray,OTS, and Kaitlyn Smith, OTS


OT Students’ Knowledge & Confidence to Address Pediatric Sleep: Overview of an Educational Module

Presenters: Laura J Carpenter, OTR/L, PhD and Amanda Buono, PPOTD, OTR/L, BCP, CCAP


Decreasing Joint Debility in Adults with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Presenter: Allison Hyatt, MOT/S


Sensory Interventions for Reducing Outbursting Behaviors Seen in Children with Autism Who Were Exposed to Drugs in Utero

Presenters: Pinal Ishver, MOT/S, Savanna Simpson, MOT/S, and Sarah Block, MOT/S


Critical Appraisal of Occupational Therapy Interventions Used in Long-Term Care Facilities that Prevent Debility and Promote Independence

Presenters: Claire Herring, OTS, Olivia Knotts, OTS, and Jenna McDaniel, OTS


The Role of Occupational Therapy in ICU Recovery Clinics

Presenter: Brittany Work, OTD, OTR/L


Stress and Coping Mechanisms in College Athletes

Presenters: Hannah K Millard, OTS, Allison G Martin, OTS, Caroline J Moore, OTS, Brittney A Ball, OTS, and Taylor G Allin, OTS


Exploring the Impact of Residual Symptoms of COVID-19 on Work Participation

Presenters: Jessica Hackathorne, PhD, MOT, OTR/L, Sara Lum, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, CSRS, Katelyn Henderson, OTS, Maddy Martin, OTS, and Cathleen Mellor, OTS


What is the Perception of the Foster Care Systems Ability to Prepare Individuals Transitioning in and out of Foster Care?

Presenters: Alexis Mogg, OTS, Shelby Carrillo, OTS, and Hannah Smith, OTS


Mental Health and Infant Care for NICU Families: OT Best Practices

Presenters: Laura Mabry-Griffin, OTS, Hannah Lee, OTS, and Lauren Beard, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CPAM