UW-Madison OT Program - 2011 OT Matters - Caroline Thompson Lecture and Preceptor Award

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2011 Caroline Thompson Lecture

We are pleased to announce that the 2011 Caroline Thompson lecturer will be Diane Parham, professor and director of the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico. Parham's presentation is titled “Assessment of Sensory Integration Through the Eyes of Parents and Teachers."


Oct. 13, 2011
Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall


Since the inception of the field of sensory integration in the 1960s, occupational therapists have evaluated sensory processing of children by gathering information from parents and teachers using interviews and questionnaires. For several decades this was done using informal sensory history questionnaires that therapists created themselves. Interpretation of questionnaire responses was also conducted informally and intuitively, without the benefit of data to guide judgments regarding how typical or unusual the responses were.

In the early 1990s, researchers began to systematically develop and standardize sensory questionnaires to systematically guide practice. This presentation discusses one such questionnaire, the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) for elementary school children, and its preschool edition, the Sensory Processing Measure-Preschool (SPM-P).

The purpose and structure of the SPM instruments will be presented, as well as how they were developed and standardized, what kinds of scores they provide, how scores can be used in screening or for diagnostic interpretation, and how these tools can be used in research. Case examples will be shared, with emphasis on clinical reasoning using SPM scores in conjunction with other important sources of information. Examples of research using SPM data will also be presented. Throughout the presentation, emphasis will be placed on the selective and critical use of questionnaire data, with an appreciation of the value as well as the drawbacks of using parent and teacher reports to assess sensory processing.

Parham earned her B.S. degree in occupational therapy at the University of Florida, and initially practiced in the field of mental health. She earned an M.A. in occupational therapy at the University of Southern California (USC), and a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). She was mentored directly by A. Jean Ayres, and for 20 years she taught a 4-month course on sensory integration that Ayres had originally developed. Her research interests include physiological correlates of sensory behaviors, sensory characteristics of youth at high risk for psychosis, clinical evaluation of sensory integration and praxis, fidelity of intervention, and the phenomenon of play. Dr. Parham is a co-founder of the PhD program in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California, and is a founding member of the national Sensory Integration Research Collaborative (SIRC).


5-5:45pm Networking, Appetizers and MSOT Student Research Presentations
5:45-6pm Welcome
6-6:30 pm Caroline Thompson PhD Fellows’ Research Presentations
6:30-7:30pm Lecture
7:30-8pm Discussion
8-8:10pm Preceptor of the Year Award

You will receive 2 hours of continuing education credit and a certificate of attendance.

To RSVP, please contact Terri or Robin by Sept. 23, 2011 at (608) 262-2936 or otoffice@education.wisc.edu

Preceptor of the Year: The Oakwood Village OT Team

We are pleased to recognize the entire Oakwood Village OT team, lead by Barbara Schweitzer and including Angie Moll, Donna Todd, Rose Stone, Jackie Ness, Mallorie Spencer, Becky Whiting and Michele Pompilio-Fry.

"In 1994 I graduated from UW Madison with a BS in Occupational therapy. My career initially started in inpatient rehab and acute care. For the last 15 years I have been in skilled nursing facilities throughout the Madison area. I have been at Oakwood University Woods. My specialty areas are cognition, positioning and I recently became recertified in lymphedema treatment. Oakwood provides an excellent environment for students to develop clinically and personally through high expectations but doing so compassionately while remembering how it was for all of us as students. Becoming a clinical instructor has been a great experience as OT has been a great career and I am able to share my knowledge and enthusiasm. It is rewarding to see the students develop their skills and confidence. " – Barbara Schweitzer

"I have been an OT for 6 years. My job experience has been mostly in a skilled nursing setting, first at Beloit Health and Rehabilitation Center and now at Oakwood Village. I thoroughly enjoy working with the geriatric population and building relationships with clients and their families. I believe that my role as an OT is not only to assist clients in regaining function, but also to be an educator and mentor to students who are beginning a career as an OT. Being a clinical instructor for students completing fieldwork is an important and rewarding aspect of my job as I facilitate student integration of the skills acquired in the classroom to a clinical setting." – Angie Moll

"I am a (OTR) Occupational Therapist and have been one since 1987. I received a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois. I joined Oakwood Village in July 2007 and have worked on the east side since the HRC opened in 2008. My specialty areas are neuro reed and splinting. I’ve been married to Jim for 17 years and have 2 children, Jennifer 13 and Nicole 9. I grew up in Chicago and enjoy scrap booking, skiing, and traveling in my free time." – Donna Todd

"My occupational therapy experience encompasses pediatrics and geriatrics. I received my Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2009. Geriatrics has proven to be both challenging and rewarding allowing me to utilize all the skills, training and education I have gained throughout my coursework and within my professional career. My specialty areas include using therapeutic activities to translate into improving a person's functionality, using cognitive activities/assessments to better understand a person’s strengths and areas in need of improvement and using a therapeutic use of self to increase a person’s performance and participation with occupational therapy. I really value the experience of working with occupational therapy students because it validates the uniqueness and versatility of the profession." – Michele Pompilio-Fry

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