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2024 Session Descriptions

Student Center on EMU's Campus

900 Oakwood St.

Ypsilanti, MI

Parking at Pine Grove Lot at corner of Structure Dr. & Oakwood: Campus Map

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST 8:00 - 8:45 AM

MORNING WORKSHOPS A 8:45-9:45 AM

 

Embracing Neurodiversity-Affirming Practices in Occupational Therapy

Presenters: Rachel Robertson, MOT, OTRL, CBIS & Stephanie Olszewski, MOT, OTRL, ASDCS

In this presentation, we'll delve into the world of neurodiversity, starting with an exploration of the neurodiversity-affirming perspective. This viewpoint challenges traditional notions by embracing the inherent diversity in cognitive functioning among individuals, emphasizing acceptance rather than pathologization. Moving on, we'll uncover the common "domains of difference" found in neurodivergent individuals. Finally, we'll introduce an affirming approach and a toolkit of techniques tailored for occupational therapy. By recognizing and valuing the diverse strengths and needs of neurodivergent clients, we aim to empower individuals to thrive and engage meaningfully in their daily activities and communities. Join us as we navigate the landscape of neurodiversity and explore innovative strategies for inclusive and affirming care.

Kinesio Taping 101

Presenter: Danielle Peladeau, OTD, OTR/L
This interactive course will discuss the method of Kinesio Taping as a therapeutic tool utilized by rehab specialists including OTs in all programs including pediatric, geriatric, orthopedic, neurological, oncology, and others. This method is also used in all levels of care including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and home care. This course will review the history of Kinesio Taping, the effects of taping, precautions and contraindications, research behind taping, and how to apply and remove tape. Also how to utilize Kinesio Tape during intervention including their occupations. We will also begin to practice applying and removing the tape for common conditions. 
 

MORNING WORKSHOPS B 10:00-11:00 AM

Are There Benefits to Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury Participating in a Work Program?

Lead Presenter: Nichole Garcia, OTRL, CBIST, CKTP

Student Presenters: Benjamin Meyer & Brittney Tuck

This research will compare the impact of participation in a therapeutic clubhouse work program to that of someone who does not as it affects pain, work tolerance, quality of life, mental health, and independence for traumatic brain injury survivors. The researchers will conduct a medical chart review from the start of program participation with MARC Therapies and/or Medical Alternatives. The participants in the study will complete the WHO Quality of Life-BREF assessment and the results will be recorded on a computer by a third party. All data will be collected, analyzed, and shared with the wider healthcare community.

Sensory Enhanced Yoga

Presenter: Mishka Sajjadi, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS 

The benefits of yoga are significant yet not always accessible to those who could benefit most, such as individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This project assessed the feasibility of incorporating a 12-week Sensory Enhanced Yoga® (SEY) program into a Day Program setting for individuals with TBI. The pilot study successfully administered the SEY® program to Day Program members twice weekly. Outcomes of this project were positive, demonstrating increased client attendance and engagement in Day Program, enhanced staff and client satisfaction with the program participation, and greater incorporation of physical movement and mindfulness into clients' routines. The feasibility and perceived benefit of the SEY® program was measured using the Fidelity Measure for Sensory-Enhanced Yoga®, attendance records, and staff and client satisfaction surveys. These assessments support the benefits and viability of integrating SEY® into therapeutic settings for individuals with TBI, supporting broader implementation.

ENDOWED LECTURE AND LUNCHEON 11:15-1:45 PM

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Michael Iwama

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP FOR PRACTITIONERS & FACULTY

1:45-3:00 PM

The Realities of Sexual Exploitation Human Trafficking

Presenter: Bridgette Henderson, BSW

The testimony of a legally identified survivor of human trafficking. 

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP FOR EMU STUDENTS 2:00-3:00 PM

POSTER SESSION 3:00-4:30 PM 

A poster session will follow the afternoon workshops. Earn up to 2 PDUs.

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