During the weekend of November 8th, occupational therapy faculty, staff and students attended the 2013 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) conference in Pittsburgh, PA. A number of faculty, staff and students presented throughout the weekend.
Professor Kim Gargin, MOT, OTR/L presented, "Generational Differences: Do They Impact Fieldwork?." This session provided participants with strategies to promote a successful relationship between OT practitioners and FW students.
Dr. Colleen Maher, OTD, OTR/L, CHT presented an education session titled, "Shoulder Conditions: Biomechanical Implications for Engagement in Occupations." This session focused on the major role occupational therapists have when a person develops a shoulder condition or injury.
Adjunct faculty member, Coleen Zane, MS, OTR/L, CPRP presented, "The Whole Health Story: Integration and Recovery." This presentation focused on the changes and future trends of community-based health and the role of OT. Coleen Zane, MS, OTR/L, CPRP also presented, "Emerging Practice Areas: Staying True to Our Compass," an educational session on guiding OTs through non-traditional settings.
Student, Palak Sutaria, presented a poster titled, "Raising the Standards: Combined Cognitive-Motor Fall Prevention Interventions." This poster chronicled the combination of cognitive remediation and physical training to reduce the risk of falling in older adults with Parkinson's Disease.
Student, Max Zilberman, presented a poster titled, "Peripheral Cooling: An Intervention to Decrease Intention Tremors." Max presented current literature on the use of cooling therapies to reduce intention tremors for clients with multiple sclerosis.
Student, Daniel Fichter, presented a poster titled, "Are Apps for Adults Evidence-Based?" This poster presentation displayed the results of a literature review on the reliability and validity of apps for adults in rehabilitation settings.