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


(Pictured Tara Thompson, Rachel Gahan)

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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