Continuing Education Opportunity

Motivations, Inc. has medical rehabilitation training courses taught by the nation’s leading experts. Our CEU approvals meet State Board Requirements. We are offering an upcoming course for Occupational Therapists.


Course #306 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders: A Medical, Motor, Behavioral Approach


Course Summary

Research indicates that the prevalence of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders is 80% in the special needs population and 20% in typically developing children. Therefore, most pediatric clinicians will encounter this disorder in some for or another. Feeding disorders come in all shapes and sizes, such as coughing/choking during meals, poor oral-motor skill acquisition, food refusal, oral aversion, G-Tube dependence and more. One must be versed in oral-motor and swallowing techniques, respiration, GI issues, nutrition, motor/postural alignment, and behavior strategies.

This is a two-day course focusing on how to approach pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, how to diagnose and prioritize treatment options, and ensure successful outcomes for you and your patients. Day one will concentrate on medical and nutritional intervention strategies, while day two will focus on evaluation and therapeutic intervention. If children are available, there will be 1-2 live evaluations.


Location and Date:  Tuscaloosa, AL  –  University of Alabama   September 23 – 24, 2017

Registration Contact:  Scott

Registration Link:

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AOTA Award Winners

AOTA Award Winners

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
2017 Awards & Recognitions Winners


Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 AOTA Awards & Recognitions winners. Alabama was well-represented, with many of the recipients being from our state! The awards ceremony was held at the 2017 AOTA Annual Conference & Centennial Celebration on Saturday April 1st in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


AOTA Roster of Fellows

Dr. Gwendolyn Gray, MA, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Pioneering Pediatric Practices in Rural School Systems

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Dr. Angela Thomas-Davis, EdD, MPA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Academic Leadership, Professional Advocacy and Collaboration

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AOTA Roster of Honor

Tara Franks Bailey, BS, COTA
Passionate Role Model Inspiring Action & Commitment



Emerging & Innovative Practice Award

Dr. Jan Rowe, DrOT, OTR/L, FAOTA
Advancement of Innovative Treatment by Occupational Therapists

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2017 AOTA Service Commendations

Valley Osborne McCurry, MBA, OTR/L

ASAP Representative, Representative Assembly, 2014 – 2017
Vice-Chairperson, Affiliated State Association Presidents (ASAP), 2014 – 2017



Post-Conference Update

ALOTA would like to thank everyone for a very successful 2017 Spring Conference & Centennial Celebration!

What a great way to kickoff the 100 year celebration for occupational therapy. As we move toward Philadelphia at the end of March, let’s take a look back at some of the great things that happened at the 2017 ALOTA Spring Conference:

Scholarship Winners


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The recipients of the spring 2017 Student Scholarships are Rachel Gahan of UAB and Hannah Willis of Wallace State!!

ALOTA scholarships are selected, based upon achievements in professional activities, community service, and association involvement, and are awarded bi-annually at ALOTA conferences.

Congratulations to these well-deserving students!!


Students from Alabama and beyond gathered to hear presentations from speakers who have greatly impacted the field of occupational therapy. Here’s to future leaders and future OTs!

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What a powerful lineup of speakers who represent our state! A special thank you to our Keynote Address speaker, Amy Lamb OTD, OT/L, FAOTA and President of AOTA!

(Additional materials will be posted, as they become available)

Susan Denham, EdD, OTR/L, CHT  

Joint Replacement of the Upper Limb: Past to Present


1. Understand the history of joint replacements
2. Define OT’s role in joint replacement prevention and rehabilitation
3. Detail the risks and rewards of a joint replacement
4. Review protocols associated with: shoulder, elbow, wrist and digit joint replacements

Marjorie Scaffa, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The Role of Hope in the Therapeutic Process
  1. Appreciate the importance of hope in the recovery process
  2. Describe an evidence-based model of hope
  3. Implement strategies to infuse hope in the occupational therapy process


Mary Warren, PhD, OTR/L, SLVT, FAOTA

Occupational Therapy Role in Low Vision Rehabilitation: Past, Present and Future


  1. Compare and contrast the role of the OT specialist vs. the OT generalist in low vision rehabilitation in terms of focus, assessment, and intervention.
  2. Provide examples of appropriate interventions provided by the OT generalist.
  3. Describe how to transition from a generalist to a specialist in low vision rehabilitation.


Occupational Therapy Role in Low Vision, Mary Warren


Lesly James, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The Role of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Measuring Early Childhood Outcomes


  1. Define the three functional child outcomes that all early intervention and early childhood programs must measure and report nationally.
  2. Identify national tools and resources that support participation in the early childhood outcomes summary process.
  3. Identify at least 3 strategies to support the occupational therapy practitioner participating in the IFSP and/or IEP team rating process for outcome measures.


Dr. James’ Presentation



Evidence-based and Meeting Society’s Occupational Needs: A Vision Which Includes Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT)


  1. Participants will be able to discuss the evidence based behavioral program for children with tic disorders
  2. Participants will understand how tic disorders and Tourette syndrome can impede occupational performance(s)
  3. Participants will identify steps to identify tic urges, tic expression and the competing response to interrupt tics
  4. Participants will understand and discuss the impact of anxiety and environment on tic expression


CBIT, Jan Rowe


Amy Lamb, OTD, OT/L, FAOTA

Influencing the Future of Occupational Therapy



Influencing the Future of Occupational Therapy, Amy Lamb

Occupational Therapy Lowers Hospital Readmissions

Home-Based Program Reduces Disability


A special thank you to all of the supporters of the ALOTA Centennial Celebration. We couldn’t do it without you!

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2017 ALOTA Board Members

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ALOTA Fellow Program

ALOTA Fellow Program

Want to get involved?  Not sure how to start?  ALOTA has an exciting new program for you!

The ALOTA Fellows Program is a one year commitment that consists of leadership training, insight on leadership positions on the ALOTA board, mentorship, and participation in current service opportunities that match each participant’s leadership goals.

Participants selected for the ALOTA fellowship program will serve for one year under the mentorship of a current practitioner.

All ALOTA members, including students in their last year of study, are eligible to apply.  The program consists of a leadership training course, followed by on-going mentorship in the mentee’s region so that face to face mentor/mentee meetings are possible.

Follow the links to apply!



For more information, contact either Megan Sortino at or Alyssa Reiter at

Be Somebody…Make a Difference!


Awards and Scholarships!

Submissions for OT Awards and Student Scholarships has ended.

Winners will be announced at the ALOTA Fall Conference in Orange Beach, AL.


Student Scholarships

We award a total of four $500.00 scholarships throughout the year, two at our fall conference and two at our spring conference. We would like to encourage all student members to apply by downloading the ALOTA Student Scholarship 2017 application and submitting it to our Recognition Chairperson, Tracy O’Connor at

Application deadline is September 6, 2017!!

Student Scholarship Application


Elsie Holmes McKibbin Award

Honors an occupational therapist who has made considerable contributions to the body of knowledge of the profession. The award receives agency sponsorship to assist in the research expenses of the award recipient. The Elsie Holmes McKibbin Lecture (EHML) will be presented by the previous year’s recipient at the ALOTA Fall Conference.

Nominees for the EHML must have a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience. The recipient must have shared their knowledge through written and oral presentations. Nominees must be members of ALOTA.

Ann Cosby Service Award

Recognizes an advocate, member or non-member, who has made contributions to the advancement of occupational therapy and/or health care over a period of time.

OTR Award of Excellence

Demonstrates excellence in professional skills through a range of experience and depth of knowledge in OT theory, practice and association involvement. The award recipient must have demonstrated excellence in professional skills through a range of experience and depth of knowledge in OT theory, practice and association involvement. All nominees must be members of the ALOTA and have a minimum of five years’ experience.

OTA Award of Excellence

Recognizes COTAs who have contributed to the education and professional development of the members of the Alabama Occupational Therapy Association, particularly fellow COTAs. The award recipient must have demonstrated excellence in professional skills through a range of experience and depth of knowledge in OT theory, practice and association involvement. All nominees must be members of ALOTA and have a minimum of five years’ experience.



Please nominate your peers for the awards that are presented annually at Fall Conference. This is a great way to recognize professionals in our state who are making a difference every day. Please submit the nomination form to our Recognition Chairperson, Tracy O’Connor at no later than September 6, 2017.

Application deadline September 6, 2017!

ALOTA Awards Application 2017


2016 RA Meeting Chicago

Representative Assembly (RA) Meeting in Chicago, IL April 6-7, 2016

An AOTA Update from YOUR Alabama Representative!

Dear Colleagues,

Representative Assembly (RA) Meeting in Chicago, IL – April 6-7, 2016

The RA Spring Meeting is rapidly approaching. Be sure to check out the AOTA Web site to read the reports and motions/action items.

Go to . . . About AOTA – Volunteer Leadership – Representative Assembly – RA Spring Meeting 2016

I encourage you to read the reports by your AOTA leaders to learn about the excellent work they are doing to support and advance our profession. Also, I want your feedback – let me know what you think about the motions and issues by contacting me (see below for my contact information).

AOTA members can provide feedback on the RA motions at this link:

THANK YOU for being a member of AOTA and for your continued support of our profession.

Hope to see you in Chicago!
Best regards,

Angela Thomas-Davis
Dr. Angela Thomas-Davis, MPA, OTR/L
Professor of Occupational Therapy
Department of Occupational Therapy
Alabama State University
P. O. Box 271
Montgomery, AL 36101-0271
334.229-5883 (office)
334.229-5882 (FAX)



Fall Conference 2014: Over But Not Forgotten!

If you made it down, you already know that it was another stellar conference this year at the beach.  The event was well attended, the speakers did a phenomenal job, the vendors were of excellent quality and quantity, and the price of the event was virtually unbeatable.  Oh, and the beach wasn’t too bad either 🙂

If you were not able to make it, there is always next year, but even before that, our Spring Conference is going to be held in Birmingham this year.  It is a one day event, and we will have more details about this soon, so please check back.



ALOTA in Washington, DC in 2014

ALOTA Goes to Washington!

ALOTA Vice-President, Amy Woodward, recently attended the AOTA Affiliated State Association Presidents (ASAP) Meeting in Baltimore, MD, where she had the opportunity to advocate for occupational therapy with lawmakers and staff during Hill Day.   Kudos to Amy for spreading the word about our great profession.