Barbara A. Rider Colloquium

Barbara A. Rider Colloquium

Colloquium History

Barbara A. Rider Colloquium through the years...

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9th Annual |Sue Hayward, PT | 2012

Hippotherapy:  How does it help our Physical and Occupational Therapy Clients?

I developed a relationship with Windridge Equestrian Therapeutic Riding center back in 1990.  Margo Dewkett, a retired jockey, decided she needed a second career.  She opened Windridge with 15 acres and a small wooden frame barn.  I read about her in the paper and paid her a visit.  Since that time we have worked together tirelessly to allow as many clients as possible to experience Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding in North East Texas.

When she told me that a child could receive 3,000 repetitions of natural therapeutic movement that cannot be duplicated in any other traditional therapy setting, I was sold, hook, line and sinker.  I knew my clients needed that type of stimulation.  So with a lot of guts and minimal knowledge of horses, I joined up with Windridge and the past 22 years has been a blessing to my staff and my clients.

Knowing that research is so important and the horse movement has yet to be validated scientifically as a therapy tool, we established a research center with a treadmill for horses and the equipment to do studies to prove its value.

Once again, diving off into the unknown, the learning curve has been wide.  We are driven by the fact that Medicaid and insurances in Texas and other states will not reimburse for Hippotherapy services.  Something about not paying for “Horses and Hay.”   We have partnered with LeTourneau University in Longview and Baylor University in Waco and projects are on-going.

We recently completed a Sensory Riding Arena with the help of our local Ambuc Club and now offer our clients the experience of touch, feel, noises, textures, hand skills challenges and many more opportunities while riding their horses.  The arena was designed by me and my business partner, Celia Bower, P.T.

We have in the past had Occupational Therapist working with us but found ourselves in need of OT opportunities without an OT.  So we just built it.  Our clients just love it; they squeal and laugh while riding up and down the hill and interacting with the stations that are set up for them and their ride.

So I will be sharing about my experiences with Hippotherapy and the advances we have made in the past years with our clients.  This therapy business has such a learning curb and it is what keeps me going year after year.

Our motto at Kidz First Therapy is “Every kid gets a Ride”, either a horse or an AmTryke.  I have been blessed these past 36 years of practicing in an area that is challenging but very rewarding.




8th Annual |Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L| 2011

Jan Davis is an internationally recognized leader in providing clinical training for therapists working in stroke rehabilitation. Trained as an occupational therapist in the United States, Davis' career has spanned several areas of healthcare. She has worked in inpatient rehabilitation centers and directed occupational therapy departments in rehabilitation centers locatated in California and Switzerland. She has held faculty and guest faculty positions at universities. In addition, Davis has presented at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Society of NeuroRehabilitation and the American Academy of Neurology. Her work has been published in university texts, medical journals, and occupational therapy publications. She has also written articles published by the American Stroke Association and the National Stroke Association, which provide helpful information for families and caregivers.

Perhaps she is best known for providing high-quality continuing education to occupational therapists worldwide. She makes complex principles easy to understand as she provides practical, functional treatment ideas to illustrate her classes. Since 2000, Davis has developed state-of-the- art educational materials for practicing clinicians, educational programs and universities. Her unique and highly successful multi-media programs combine excellent written materials with video technology to support the education of new students as well as lifelong learning for all occupational therapy practitioners.

Her current work has connected her clinical experience, creative teaching skills, and desire to support the growth of our profession with the power of occupation-based treatment regardless of the practice setting.


7th Annual |Winifred (Winnie) Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA| 2010

Professor and Department Chairperson
Department of Occupational Therapy Education
University of Kansas

Dr. Winnie Dunn is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She has a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and a master's degree in special education: Learning Disabilities from the University of Missouri. Her doctoral work is from the University of Kansas in applied neuroscience.

She is well known for her work in two areas. First, she has studied sensory processing in everyday life, identifying patterns of sensory processing that occur across the life span. She is the author/ coauthor of all of the Sensory Profile measures, which provide a systematic way to characterize a person's sensory patterns. She has conducted numerous standardization, validity and reliability studies of these measures, and has reported on the distinct patterns of sensory processing in special populations including autism, Asperger disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Schizophrenia. These measures have been translated into dozens of languages, and are used internationally in research and practice settings. Secondly, she has written extensively about best practices for children and families in community practices. Her text book about serving children in communities is a core text for many programs.

Dr. Dunn has published more than 100 articles, chapters and books, and has lectured and served as a visiting professor internationally. She has received the top honors in her field, including the Award of Merit for outstanding overall contributions, the Eleanor Clark Slagle Lectureship for outstanding academic contributions, the A. Jean Ayres Research Award and she is a member of the Academy of Research for the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Most recently, she published a book for the public entitled: Living Sensationally Understanding your Senses; it has been featured in Time magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, Canadian Public Radio and the London Times newspaper among others. In July 2009, this book received the Seal of Excellence award from the Children of the New Earth magazine to recognize its contribution to supporting strong resilient families. It is translated in German and Hebrew.

Dr. Winnie Dunn is a world renowned expert on the ways that sensory experiences affect our everyday lives. She has studied babies to older adults to identify patterns of reactions to sensations, and has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters and books. Her book Living Sensationally Understanding your Senses is written for the public and contains over 100 entertaining stories to illustrate how people's sensory reactions affect their relationships and daily life. She has received numerous research and teaching awards as well, and has been invited to speak throughout the world. Her work has been featured in Time magazine, on Canadian Public Radio, in the London Times Newspaper and in Cosmopolitan magazine. In 2008, she was named the favorite author by the Pitch newspaper. She is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education at the University of Kansas. She lives in Kansas City with her husband Tim Wilson.

Other Sessions Held:

Featured Speaker
Karen M. Moore, OTR/L

6th Annual |Suzanne M. Peloquin| 2009

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas

Suzanne Peloquin is a tenured professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the School of Health Professions, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where she has been on faculty since 1989. She is also peloquin the occupational therapist at ADA House, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Women's Center, a residential facility for women in recovery on Galveston Island, where she runs occupational therapy groups weekly. Prior to that she worked in mental health settings in Texas and West Virginia, both as staff therapist and administrator.

Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Suzanne engaged in various occupations that continue to inform her practice: nanny, religious sister in a teaching order, counselor in a halfway house, nursery school teacher, recruiter and admissions director in a northeastern college, troubleshooter in a Boys' and Girls' Club, teacher of art and languages at junior high and high school levels, and farm hand in tomato fields in Massachusetts.

Suzanne authored the 2005 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture. She has also written several book chapters and numerous articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and in international OT venues on topics related to the history and service of the profession, the nature, character, and art of occupational therapy practice, and the unique manifestations of empathy and spirituality. Her work on integrative approaches to education has been published in allied health, occupational therapy, and physical therapy journals. Considered provocative by some and evocative by others, Suzanne's work prompts a reflective response.

Suzanne joins us in Michigan after having recently completed the rebuilding of her home on Galveston Island from which she was displaced for 4.5 months. Hurricane Ike caused considerable damage to 70% of the homes of island residents, pressing them all to deeply explore the disruption of daily routines and a sense of place.

Other Sessions Held:

The Use of Art in Practice
Speaker: Margy Hunter, MA, MS, LLP, OTR

Lunch & Guest Speaker
Lela A. Williams Llorens, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA

What is Client-Centered Therapy? A Practice-Based Examination of Myths and Realities
Speaker: Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR/L, FAOTA and Renee Taylor, Ph.D.

5th Annual |Wendy Coster| 2008

Department Chair, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Counseling
BostoFlorence Clarkn University - Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Wendy Coster has been awarded the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, the highest honor given by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Given annually to a member of the association who has “creatively contributed to the development of knowledge of the profession through research, education, and/or clinical practice,” the award was established in 1955 as a memorial to Slagle, a pioneer in the field of occupational therapy.  Dr. Coster delivered her lecture entitled "Embracing Ambiguity: Facing the Challenges of Measurement" at the 2008 AOTA Annual Conference in Long Beach, California.

“Dr. Coster is an exemplary faculty member and tremendous asset to Boston University Sargent College,” says Gloria Waters, dean of Boston University Sargent. “She is truly a gifted teacher, researcher, and administrator. I am thrilled that the AOTA has chosen to celebrate her efforts with this award.”

In addition to her work as an educator and leader at Boston University, Coster helped develop two assessment tools that evaluate functional capabilities and performance in young children, the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) and the School Function Assessment. She has advanced theory and advocated evidence-based practice that promotes the well-being of people with disabilities. “I’m pleased that the assessments we developed really made a difference,” says Coster. “I think they really helped people focus on what children with disabilities could do as opposed to what they couldn’t do.”

Coster earned a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Boston University Sargent College and a doctorate degree at Harvard. Besides administering programs in the occupational therapy and rehabilitation counseling department, she teaches courses and conducts research on outcome measures for adults receiving rehabilitation services. Her colleagues describe her as a “gifted colleague,” whose “leadership style nurtures the growth of others.”
Reprinted from BU Today (Feb 22, 2007), by Brittany Jasnoff

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Other Sessions Held:

Imitation & Autism: Mirror Neurons, Intentionality, or Motor Planning
Speaker: Dr. Morton Ann Gernsbacher

The START Initiative (Statewide Autism Resources & Training)
Speaker: Michelle Simino, Teacher Consultant, SMART Facilitator

4th Annual |Florence Clark | 2007

Lifestyle Redesign: How to Sculpt a Meaningful and Healthy Life in Older Adulthood

Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Florence Clark is an Associate Dean, Chair and Professor in the Division of Occupational SciFlorence Clarkence and Occupational Therapy at the USC School of Dentistry.  She has been Principal Investigator of three NIH-funded studies, including her current project, the NIA-funded Health Mediating Effects of the Well Elderly Study, and the recently completed U.S. Department of Education and NIDRR-funded project Daily Living Context and Pressure Sores in Consumers with Spinal Cord Injury. Her research studies have been published in both domestic and International journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the International Journal of Aging and Human Development. Appointed as a charter member of the Academy of Research of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, Dr. Clark has served as special consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General, served on the board of the NCMRR and been the recipient of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship, the highest academic honor of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

In 1999, the American Occupational Therapy Association honored her with its Award of Merit and in 2001 she received a lifetime achievement award from the Occupational Therapy Association of California.  In 2004 she received the Presidential Medallion from the University of Southern California, its ultimate honor, awarded to those who have brought distinction and honor to the University.  Dr. Clark has also recently been elected as the Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Clark's research interest over the past two decades has largely centered on the relationship of activity and lifestyle to health and wellness.  Her latest scholarly activity focuses on the design of lifestyle interventions for various populations such as independent-living older adults, business executives, obese adults, and individuals with spinal cord injury.

Other Sessions Held:

Occupational Therapy's Centennial Vision: Preparing Students for Action
Speaker: Cindee Quake-Rapp, Ph.D., OTR

Mental Health: Dementia Prevention
Speaker: Perry Westerman, M.D.

Matter of Balance
Speaker: Elizabeth Walker Peterson, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

Livable Communities
Speakers: Debra Lindstrom-Hazel, Ph.D., OTR and Karen Kafantaris, BA

Tai Chi: Blending Movement, Imagery and Awareness
Speaker: Roger Byrd, BS, NCTMB

Home Modifications and Community Connections
Speakers: Carla Chase, Ed.D., OTR, Bill Owens, CGR, CAPS, Annie Morgan, CAPS, Tuesday Toolmen

3rd Annual |Mary Schneider| 2006

Primate model of sensory processing disorder: Neurobiological correlates, genetic influences, and possible causal mechanisms

Mary L. Schneider PhD, OTR

Mary L. Schneider received a B.S. in occupational therapy (1973) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked as an occupational therapist for several years, providing consultation, assessment, and direct treatment to children with attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, fetal alcohol syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders. She received masters and Ph.D. degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984, 1987) and joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor in Occupational Therapy. Currently, she is a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Kinesiology and a Director of the Occupational Therapy Program.

She has a joint appointment in the Psychology Department and she is a research affiliate at the Harlow Primate Laboratory and the Wisconsin Regional Primate Center. Her primate model uses behavioral and neuroimaging techniques to investigate underlying neural mechanisms associated with fetal alcohol exposure, prenatal stress, and sensory processing disorders. During her tenure at the University, Dr. Schneider has generated over 12 million dollars in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and from private foundations to support her research. Dr. Schneider is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research.

Other Sessions Held:

Issues in Driver Rehabiliation
Speaker: Laura Miller, MS, OTR, CDI, CDRS

Paradigm Shifts in Neurobehavioral Pediatrics: The Importance of Regulatory Sensory Processing in the Multimodal Management of Neurobehavioral Disorders
Speaker: Mark A. Sloane DO, FACOP, FAAP

Improving Motor Outcomes through Contraint-Induced Movement Therapy
Speakers: Stephanie Combs, MS, PT, NCS and Valerie Bush Marriman, OTR, SPT

Neurodynamics in Neurorehabilitation
Speaker: Robert C. Ferguson, OTR

Dementia: A Challenge Differential
Speaker: Jeanette M. Meyer, M.D.

Traumatic Brain Injury/Addictive and Psychiatric Disorders “The Misdiagnosed Population”
Speaker: Roman Frankel, PhD., CCD, NCAC II, CBIS, CEAP, CCGC

2nd Annual |Jim Hinojosa| 2005

Excellence in a Time of Hyperchange

Jim HJim Hinojosainojosa, Ph.D., OT, FAOTA

Dr. Jim Hinojosa is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at New York University. Currently, Dr. Hinojosa serves as the member-at-large on AOTA’s Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development. He also served as chairperson of the Commission on Practice of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), on the Executive Board of AOTA, and on the Board of Directors of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. In recognition of his leadership, AOTA presented him with their highest honor, the Award of Merit, in 1994. Dr. Hinojosa has an extensive record of publications including more than 90 articles and chapters and six textbooks, including Perspectives in Human Occupation: Participation in Life, Frames of Reference in Pediatric Occupational Therapy, The Texture of Life: Purposeful Activities in Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data

Dr. Hinojosa’s speciality is pediatrics and his research focuses on therapist collaboration with families. For the last three years, he has been investigating the ‘occupation’ of homework and how it influences family life when it is superimposed on more traditional home occupations such as cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. His project looks at the development of homework management strategies for families with children with disabilities. Another offshoot of the project has been the development of strategies to integrate home-based therapy into family routines by carrying over strategies used to integrate homework into family life

Other Sessions Held:

Occupational Therapy and the Treatment of Vision Loss
Speaker: Cheryl Terpening Frueh, OTR, COT

Studying the Effectiveness of Handwriting Without Tears: The Search for Evidence-Based Practice in a Real Life Setting
Speaker: Paula W. Jamison, PhD., OTR

Low Cost Office Ergonomic Solution
Speaker: Suzanne M. Bade, MPH, OTR

Starting your own evidence based research: a workshop
Speaker: Richard Cooper, Ed.D, OTR, FAOTA

Hand Therapy Update: Recent Advances in Hand Therapy
Speaker: Timothy M. Mullen, MS, OTR, CHT

Current Occupational Therapist Practice In the Field of Home Modification Assessments and Design
Speakers: Christian Michael Petrovich, M.S., OTR, Deborah-Lindstrom-Hazel, PhD., OTR, Joseph Smolarkiewicz, OTR

Driver’s Rehabilitation: Safe Return to Driving for Persons with Brain Injury
Speakers: Tammy Westfall, OTR and Larry Klug, MA, CDRS, CDT

1st Annual | Carolyn Baum | 2004Carolyn Baum

Making A Difference: Professional Vision, Values and Advocacy

M. Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Carolyn Baum is the Elias Michael Director and Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Baum currently serves as President of the American Occupational Therapy Association and served as past President of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Certification Board (now known as NBCOT). She served on the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the National Institute of Health and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee to Assess Rehabilitation Science and Engineering needs, in that capacity helping to prepare a report for Congress. Dr. Baum serves on the Board of Trustees at the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis and was recently appointed to the University Committee that is planning the Washington University Center on Aging.

Dr. Baum’s research is on the relationship of activity and function in persons with cognitive impairment and chronic disease. Currently she is the principal investigator of a project funded by The James S. McDonnell Foundation to build an integrated model of cognitive rehabilitation. The project involves neuroscientists, neurologists, and occupational therapists working together to understand the brain and cognitive mechanisms that support every day life. Dr. Baum heads an interdisciplinary faculty that is contributing knowledge and training clinicians and rehabilitation scientists to understand the person and environmental factors that contribute to the performance of every day life.

Other Sessions Held:

Improvisational Theatre and Mental Illness
Speaker: Christine Urish MS, OTR/L

Hand Therapy
Speaker: Nancy Krolikowski, MS, OTR, CHT

Oral Motor Strategies
Speaker: Karen Galloway, OTR

Innovative Approcahes to Pain Managament
Speakers: DJ O’Bryant, OTR, Amy Taylor-Johnson, MS, OTR and Michelle Phillips, PT

Assistive Technology Without Tears
Speakers: Janice M. DiGiovanni, MS, OTR and Ellen Flannery Winter, MA, OTR

Innovations in Clinical Training
WMU OT Faculty Speakers: Ben Atchison PhD, OTR, FAOTA, Debra Lindstrom-Hazel, PhD, OTR and Berit Miller, MS, OTR


Occupational Therapy Department
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49001-5333 USA
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