Indiana Occupational Therapy Association
Spring Conference
April 23, 2022


Huntington University
2303 College Avenue
Huntington, IN 46750

Theme: Assistive Technology

online registration closed

REMINDER You must be signed in to see member pricing. You will only see the discounted pricing for your member type. Member types, other than your own, will not reflect the correct price but are discounted for those members when they sign in. 

Conference Schedule – All times in eastern time zone

8:30-9:00       Registration/Light Breakfast

9:00-9:30       Welcome & Legislative Update
                       Laura Aust & Lauren Tom

9:30-10:30     IOTA Special Interest Groups Breakout Session

10:30-10:45   Break

10:45-11:45   Brian Norton, ATP, CEAS – Director of Technology Services at Easterseals
11:45-1:15     Vendors/Posters/Lunch/SOTA Bakesale
                      Get your passport stamped by the vendors to win a free prize!
                      Lunch will be available at 12:30

1:15-3:15      Break-out Session # 1

  • 3D Printing in Hand Therapy: Is It Worth It?
    Jenna Thacker, OTD, OTR/L, CHT
    The field of hand therapy is evolving in 3D printing right along with the rest of the medical community, producing successful outcomes utilizing 3D printed orthotics, prosthetics, and adaptive equipment. While the advantages of 3D printing can make a significant impact in hand therapy practice, the currently disadvantages may be stunting this overpowering growth. While 3D printing has the ability to change the way we practice in hand therapy, it may be a long way off from being a significant part of daily clinical use.
  • Using Every Tool in the Box to Engage the Most Reluctant Writers within the School Based and Mental Health Settings
    Kristi Hape, OTD, MHS, OTR, Lisa Benfield, MHS, OTR, & Katlyn Holman Roach, MHS, OTR
    Have you ever run into that moment when you just could not get a child to engage in writing? Have you struggled to figure out why? We will look at the root causes of many struggling writers including Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma and the sensory challenges that can thwart the writing process. We will then explore evidence based strategies to support reluctant writers and learn how to apply evidence based strategies and Assistive Technology to encourage engagement in the writing process.
  • Background and Clinical Application of Virtual Reality in an Occupational Therapy Setting
    Jamesdean Visley, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, ECHM & Olivia Fisher, OTDS
    This two-part workshop will aim to provide attendees with an opportunity to gain knowledge and clinical understanding regarding the effective use of virtual reality software within an occupational therapy setting. Part 1 of the workshop will shed light on the revolutionary application of virtual reality use in rehabilitation and will help to improve attendees’ understanding of clinical considerations for the use of virtual reality within various occupational therapy settings. Additionally, terminology most often used when describing various types of mixed reality will be clarified. Lastly, OT's role in the creation and dissemination of research and development involving use of this type of technology will be discussed. Part two of the workshop will allow attendees to acquire hands-on practice and improve clinical competency surrounding the effective and appropriate use of virtual reality applications. This includes various treatment and assessment modules that have been created within the Virtualis VR system that will be demonstrated for educational purposes during the workshop.

3:15-3:30      Break

3:30-4:30      Break-out Session #2

  • Virtual Interventions to Meet Occupational Needs of Students: Outcomes from a Blended Classroom using Experiential Learning Techniques
    Heather St. Peters, PhD, MS, MS
    Healthcare professionals and academicians continue to explore assistive technology to provide consistent services for the health, wellbeing, and participation of persons, groups, and populations. This session is directed at practitioners exploring telehealth interventions and academics, providing both hands-on activities and qualitative discoveries from an intensive short-term course that pivoted because of the rapid spread of the omicron variant.
  • Telehealth & Practice: What to Know and What’s Available Now
    Kristi Hape, OTD, MHS, OTR & Paul Arthur, PhD, OTR/L
    In 2019, 11% of American’s regularly used telehealth (Oelrich et al., 2020). In 2020, pandemic use surpassed 46%, and recent reports suggest 90% will continue use (Bestsennyy et al., 2020; SYKES, 2021). The need for occupational therapy practitioners to understand and have a level of comfort with telehealth technologies is pronounced. Authors demonstrate simulations with 3 advanced telehealth technologies along with guidance and workflow standards for positive telehealth interactions.
  • Pathway to Advanced Practice: Integrating Technology in Occupational Therapy Student-led Special Interest Groups
    Patricia Henton, OTD, OTR/L, ICA, CEIM, Nate Short, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, CHT & Andrew D. Rivera, OTD, LMT, AEP, CLIPP, CEIM
    Student-led special interest groups within occupational therapy programs equip students with leadership, advocacy, and specialized knowledge to support successful transition to professional practice. Integrating technology within the groups aid students in preparedness of working in specialized practice areas such as hand therapy, ergonomics, and pediatric feeding.

Earn up to 5.9 contact hours

Early Bird (EB) registration ends 3/28/22
Online Regular registration 3/29/22-4/15/22
Late registrations will be accepted onsite

Cancellation Policy: Written requests for cancellations must be received by email to [email protected] by April 15, 2022 and are subject to a $10 processing fee. Cancellations received after April 15, 2022, will NOT be honored and all registration fees will be forfeited.


OT $80 $90 $120
OTA $60 $70 $100
STUDENT $35 $40 $70
AUXILIARY $80 $90 $120



OT $180
OTA $140

online registration closed

For more information or questions regarding the spring conference please contact Jessica Mason, IOTA Vice President, at [email protected]

Huntington University Campus Map    Huntington Lodging