Earn 4.00 Contact Hours
Embracing Entrepreneurship: Fireside Chat
Have a product idea you want to bring to market? Want to take on a non-traditional role? Ready to launch your own business, but don't know where to start?
Join us for this inspirational session to help you launch your next big thing! Discover how this in-demand global aging expert leveraged her experience as an occupational therapist to build a highly successful consulting practice, helping leading brands design age-inclusive products and spaces. Sarah will share what it takes to launch your own business and the unique opportunities available for occupational therapy professionals.
Speaker: Sarah Thomas, OTR, Executive Strategist on Aging Innovation
Presidential Address: Perfecting Connecting
AOTA President Alyson Stover shares her inspiring stories from her recent Presidential Cross-Country Connecting Tour. Discover what she learned about slowing down to truly connect with diverse members to uncover how occupational therapy is changing the world.
Speaker: Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, BCP
Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture: The Mattering of "Little Things"
Occupational therapy is a complex practice encompassing both mundane and extraordinary aspects of living and learning in daily life. Dr. Lawlor will draw upon ethnographic and narrative phenomenological research to discuss the processes involved in discovering and making explicit the evidence of mattering. The phrase "little things" often signals experiences that are significant; matter deeply; and promote healing, recovery, or engagement. Alternatively, "little things," when examined, can reveal disruptions or obstacles to achieving meaningful outcomes. Reflections will highlight how interactional, social, and relational practices shape experiences and can inform our therapeutic encounters.
Speaker: Mary Lawlor, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
The Hidden Occupations and Co-occupations of Women: The Perinatal Period
Understanding the occupations and co-occupations related to the perinatal period for both women and infants, and the important role that OT and OTAs have in advocating for those needs, will be discussed by our panel of experts.
The panel will explore common problems for pregnant/postpartum women in pediatric or other practice areas when the perinatal state is not the reason for seeking services, and why this is important in areas of OT practice outside of women's health.
Kris Pizur-Barnekow, PhD, OTR/L, IMH-E®
Mara C. Podvey, PhD, OTR, PMH-C, FAOTA
Sally Wasmuth, PhD, OTR
Leanne Yinusa-Nyahkoon, ScD, OTR/L
Aviril Sepulveda, OTD, OTR/L, BCP, SCFES