Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to host Missouri Occupational Therapy Association Fall Conference

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy to host Missouri Occupational Therapy Association Fall Conference

The Saint Louis University Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will host the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association Fall Conference November 15 and 16 in the Allied Health Professions Building.

The Fall Conference is a unique opportunity for occupational therapists and students of occupational therapy to be inspired, energized and renewed about their profession. The conference covers two full days and will feature topics such as pediatrics, acute care, education, adult rehab and long term care. The conference also offers up to 15 continuing education credits for practitioners.

Several SLU faculty and students will also be presenting, including:

Jeanne Ross Eichler, MOT, OTR/L, MT; along with MOT students Jessica Hauert, Gretchen Mueller, Jessica Reilly and Rachel Smith, MSW student and OSOT program coordinator Jennifer Elwyn; Parks College of Engineering faculty Ari Malik, PhD, and Parks graduate students Robert Caruso, Andrew Nelson, Phillip Reyes and Kayla Scott will present on a collaboration project between the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and SLU's Parks College of Engineering at SLU that integrated engineering-based problem solving and evidence-based occupational therapy practices within a therapeutic group promoting social competence through teamwork and self-confidence.

Eichler, along with Sherry Muir, MOT, OTR/L, Hauert, Mueller and SLU College of Arts and Sciences' Timothy Eichler, PhD, will also present with Oklahoma State University's Toby Hamilton, PhD, Megan Foster, Audrey Sublett and Lauren Wells on the occupational therapists intruding efforts in Moor and El Reno, Oklahoma post-natural disaster.

Lenin Grajo, EdM, OTR/L, OTRP, will present on the role of occupational therapy for children with reading difficulties. Grajo's presentation will cover the neuromechanisms of dyslexia and an introduction to The Occupation of Reading Practice Model, an intervention model that is being developed and tested at Saint Louis University.

Grajo will also introduce, with Patricia Bowyer of Texas Woman's University, the Inventory of Reading Occupations and the process and rationale for the development of the tool. The IRO is an outcome measurement and goal-setting tool for children in first through third grade as a measure of children's reading participation and specifically for the Occupation of Reading Practice Model.

S. Maggie Maloney, PhD, ORT/L, will explore Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction concepts in relation to supporting clients with physical and behavioral health needs who are experiencing depression, anxiety and/or addition.

Sherry Muir, MOT, OTR/L, will describe how occupational therapists have been utilized to develop innovative, interdisciplinary six week educational sessions to improve health and well-being in a group setting for generally healthy, working adults.

Muir with Julia Kalb, MS, OTR/L, will also provide a brief overview of Medicare's renewed focus on functional activity and prior level of functioning.

Debra Rybski, MO, MSHCA, OTR/L, with MOT students Ashley Belfield, Morgan Seier and Rachel Smith, will present the current literature relative to OT intervention with families of young children who are homeless. These children are susceptible to develop trauma disorder which can interfere with child health and participation. Based on 10 years of clinical research in St. Louis, the presentation will address the opportunities and challenges regarding OT assessment, intervention and advocacy relative to this population.

Katie Serfas, OTD, OTR/L, will review the history, purpose and structure of the occupational therapy practice framework and the terminology associated with OTPF will be compared to Uniform Technology II and applied to cases.

Serfas will also provide an overview of the current literature on the instruction, development and evaluation of professional behaviors in academic settings, based on the Assessment of Professional Behavior form used at Saint Louis University.

Posters will also be presented by Cynthia Matlock, MBA, OTR/L, Debra Rybski, MS, MSHCA, OTR/L, MOT students Jaclyn Allexan, Stephanie Fay, Mary Georgen, Erin Landgraf, Brianna Radici, Tanavi Raicar, Samantha Simons and Andrea Megan Webber.

For more information on the conference, please see motamo.net or contact the department of occupational science and occupational therapy at 314-977-8514 or ot@slu.edu.

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