Session Lineup:

The following listed sessions are all for Continuing Education Credit (CEUs).  Each session need to be signed up for, attended, and passage of post-test for CEU credit to be given.  

Trauma Informed Care: Why the Time is Now

Dr. Amy Lynch,

PhD, OTR/L, TBRI Educator 

Before COVID19, in the United States, more than half of the population of children has experienced more than 1 ACE; in some cities, 60% of these children are younger than age 6. This session will discuss constructs of trauma and principles of trauma informed care in light of the known ACES studies. Additionally, the implications for trauma connected to the rapid changes in social, cultural, racial, and political climates atop a global public health crisis of COVID19. Now, more than ever before, it is imperative that school based providers recognize the signs of trauma in their students, the staff and teachers, and themselves. Furthermore, the speaker will challenge participants to consider how they can design trauma responsive programming at individual, small group, and universal levels within the systems they live and work.

Ensuring Clinical Competence and Evidence Based Practice in the Remote and Virtual Learning Environment

Dr. Amy Schlessman, 

PT, DPT, DHS, 

It is imperative that school based OTs and PTs (SBOTs and SBPTs) ensure clinical competence and the Incorporation of EBP in the Remote and Virtual Learning Environments. This session discusses the differences between HIPAA vs FERPA, strategies to collaborate with team members remotely, locating updated Ohio telehealth policies, strategies to continue to address IEP goals in remote and virtual learning environments, and strategies to ensure that clinical standards are addressing evidence based practice in remote and virtual learning environments

Recycle Bin Boogie: Move and Learn with Recyclables!

Dr. Amy Schlessman, 

PT, DPT, DHS, 

It is essential for therapists to gain knowledge about pediatric health promotion and the benefit of physical activity for children, both physically and academically. To ensure the success of such programs, carry over must occur between schools, daycares, the home environment, and community recreation. “Recycle Bin Boogie: Move and Learn with Recyclables” equips therapists with a plethora of creative, fun, budget friendly physical activities combined with academic concepts and recyclables that can be easily incorporated into school and at home.

Promoting Regulation and Positive Mental Health During a Pandemic: The Importance of Interoception

Dr. Kelly Mahler, 

OTD, OTR/L, 

As school-based personnel, the promotion of regulation and positive mental health for all students requires our attention, especially in light of the recent pandemic. Recent science sheds light on the importance of interoception, our 8th sense in the development of regulation and positive mental health, making it a vital concept to understand and incorporate in the supports we provide to students. This course will provide an overview of the latest interoception research as well as highlight several evidence-based strategies to assess and improve interoception. A special emphasis will be on using these strategies virtually in a telehealth model.

Using ACEs Science to Inform School-based Mental Health Supports

Dr. Allen Tien,

M.D., MHS, 

We will build a conceptual foundation to discuss ACEs and the impact of trauma on brain development. We will also discuss how preventing ACEs can lead to improved physical, mental, and social health outcomes across the life course. To better understand why the application of ACEs science is integral to school-based program development, the audience will have the opportunity to formulate their own ACEs score. We will discuss various methods to build trauma-informed strategies in school-based settings, drawing on lessons learned through implementation of the Pennsylvania Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Suicide Prevention grant. We will discuss data collection system complexity issues, including security and user roles for school-based clinicians and support staff. We will give an overview of how the Pennsylvania GLS team uses data and technology to evolve school-based programming, including an introduction to the learning collaborative that has been formed to guide school-based clinicians in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

School-based Practitioner’s COVID-19 Care Package, School Health and Personal Protective Equipment, Medicaid School Program Update, and Office of Exceptional Children Update and Relevant IDEA Information for Related-service Providers During a Pandemic

Bernadette Laughlin,

BS, MA, JD
 

Mark Smith,

CPM, MPA
 

Dr. Kate King,

DNP, MS, RN, LSN

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of best practice for school health provision during a pandemic including: mitigation strategies, current public health data, school nursing, personal protective equipment. Additionally alternate strategies for special populations and telehealth. There will be updates from both Medicaid School Program and the Office of Exceptional Children.

Regulatory Board Perspective on School Services and Application to Remote Services

Missy Anthony,

MPA 
 

Lynn Busdeker,

PT, DPT
 

Beth Ann Ball,

MS, OTR/L
 

Gregg B. Thornton,

Esq.

Representatives from the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical, Therapy and Athletic Trainers Licensure Board will discuss recent updates to the Ohio OT and PT Practice Acts and Speech and Hearing Practice Acts as well as provide information on applying the Practice Acts to school-based practice.  Topics covered for OTs and PTs will include recent rule revisions, direct access and physician notification, screenings, plans of care, supervision of assistants in the schools, caseload/workload limitations, delegation and education of teachers and paraprofessionals in the schools, and ethical requirements.  

 

This session meets the Ohio OT, PT, and AT Licensure Board requirement for 2 hours of ethics/jurisprudence credit.

Additional Items 

Mike DeWine,

Governor, State of Ohio

Paolo DeMaria,

State of Ohio Superintendant

JoHannah Ward,

Director for the Office of Exceptional Children; Ohio Department of Education

Additional items will include Ohio leaders, including Governor Mike DeWine; Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria; and the Ohio Department of Education’s, JoHannah Ward

Other, optional and non-CEU sessions may be added

The 2021  Virtual Summit Speakers

 
 
Speaker Bios

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Dr. Amy Schlessman,

Has a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Physical Therapy degree, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and a Doctor of Health Science degree. Amy has taught as an assistant professor and an adjunct professor at Mount Saint Joseph University. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati. Amy is currently an assistant professor in the physical therapy program at the University of Findlay while she continues to work as a school-based physical therapist.

PT, DPT, DHS

Dr. Amy Schlessman,

PT, DPT, DHS

Dr. Amy Lynch,

Dr. Lynch is an associate professor of instruction in the College of Public Health at Temple University in the OT program. Dr. Lynch has clinical expertise in children who have experienced neglect, abuse, and institutionalization; children with autism, as well as children with sensory integration problems, feeding/ oral motor dysphagia, brain injury, and cerebral palsy.  Her post PhD training has included intensive training and educator status for Trust Based Relational Intervention (Dr. Karyn Purvis, Texas Christian University) and Phase 1 certification in Bruce Perry's  NMT measure (Child Trauma Academy).  She has 2 research grants related to utilizing a public health, multi-tiered approach to supporting communities who have been marginalized as a result of structural racism, poverty, violence, and intergenerational trauma.  She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally  about trauma and has numerous publications related to trauma.  

PhD, OTR/L, TBRI Educator

Dr. Amy Lynch,

PhD, OTR/L, TBRI Educator

Dr. Kelly Mahler,

Kelly Mahler OTD, OTR/L, earned a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 18 years, serving school-aged children and adults. Kelly is winner of multiple awards including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award & a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA and is actively involved in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma & autism. Kelly is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to Introception and autism among other topics.

OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Kelly Mahler,

OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Allen Tien,

Allen Tien, MD, MHS is the Founder, President, and Chief Science Officer of MDlogix, a software company dedicated to improving the behavioral health of vulnerable populations. He has over 30 years experience as a clinical and research psychiatrist and is the author of 50 publications in the fields of clinical psychiatry, public health research, and health sciences informatics. He has been the principal investigator on multiple grants and contracts, including the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Dr. Tien earned his medical degree from OSU College of Medicine and a MHS from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Biostatistics.

MD, MHS

Dr. Allen Tien,

M.D., MHS

Dr. Kate King,

Dr. Kate King is currently the Director of Health, Family and Community Services for Columbus City Schools and has held a school health administrative position for 11 years. She holds a B.S. in Nursing from Akron University, a M.S. from the Ohio State University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Otterbein University. Dr. King previously held an Adjunct Faculty position at the Ohio State University, teaching in the School Nurse Licensure Program.  She is the past president of the OASN and the Central Ohio Association of School Nurses and is currently on the Board of Directors of both OASN and the National Association of School Nurses. She is the current President of the Ohio School Health Services Association. She is passionate about school health legislation and policy.

DNP, MS, RN, LSN

Dr. Kate King

DNP, MS, RN, LSN

Bernadette Laughlin

Bernadette Laughlin is the Related Services Education Program Specialist in the Office for Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education. Bernadette has been with the Department nine years, previously serving as the Speech-language/Audiology Consultant, the Due Process Coordinator and a Complaint Investigator. Before joining the Department, Bernadette was a school speech-language pathologist for many years, a special education department facilitator, and a Ohio and federal legislative liaison for several professional organizations. Bernadette holds a B.S. in Education, an M.A. in Educational Policy/Leadership, and a J.D. with an emphasis in special education law.

BS, MA, JD,  Office of Exceptional  Children- ODE

Bernadette Laughlin,

BS, MA, JD

Dr. Amy Schlessman,

PT, DPT, DHS

Mark Smith,

Mark Smith currently serves as Agency Lead, Medicaid in Schools Program, Ohio Department of Education, is currently an administrator with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), serving as the agency’s Medicaid lead. Mark also currently serves on the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education's (NAME) Board of Directors and is one of NAME’s past Presidents. Mark has been co-lead on the CMS Affinity Workgroup as well as the Healthy Students, Promising Futures workgroup team.

Mark has 25 years’ experience working in state Medicaid governmental policy. His experience has involved institutional, educational, and community settings. Mark has presented at over 50 state, national, and international-level conferences.  In his work, he has presented on school-based health, data sharing between education and health arenas, parental consent, HCBS waivers, intellectual disabilities program design, electronic signatures, and telepractice. 

CPM, MPA

Mark Smith,

CPM, MPA

Missy Anthony,

Missy Anthony is the 8th Executive Director of the Ohio OT, PT, and AT Board since Nov. 2017. Prior to her service with the Board, Ms. Anthony worked as a caucus policy advisor for health and human services in the office of the Speaker of the Ohio House, Director of Government Relations for a non-profit association in the developmental disabilities field, Deputy Director for Public Affairs in the Ohio Dept. of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and as a policy advisor for Governor John R. Kasich. A native of Akron, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Akron with a degree in political science and certificate in Applied Politics from the Ray Bliss Institute. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from Ohio University and is a proud graduate of the JoAnn Davidson Leadership Institute.

MPA

Missy Anthony,

MPA

Beth Ann Ball,

Beth is member of the OT Section of the Ohio OT, PT and AT Board since 2012; currently serving as Liaison to the Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Committee.  Most of her 50-year experience as an OT was in school-based practice in Columbus City Schools. Beth Ann has served as an Advisory Board member and Adjunct Professor at OSU College of Medicine, School of Health and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy Division.  Also for OSU, she was the evaluator for the CHAMP research grant in the pediatric practice area; A Multisite Trial of Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy.  Beth Ann is the author of Jane Case Smith’s Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents; Foundational Knowledge; A Parent’s Perspective, Elsevier, 2-8 editions. 

MS, OTR/L

Beth Ann Ball,

MS, OTR/L

Lynn Busdeker,

Member of the Physical Therapy Section of the Board, Licensed PT, and Lynn has a accountDirector of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies, P.T. Services, Inc.

PT, MS, DPT

Lynn Busdeker,

PT, DPT

Gregg B. Thornton,

Executive Director of the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board. Responsible for managing board operations and licensure requirements for over 11,000 practitioners.  Mr. Thornton is a licensed attorney with experience in state government in the area of administrative law.  Mr. Thornton graduated with honors from Howard Univ. in Washington, D.C., receiving a B.A. in political science and his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Member of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (NCSB) and is currently serving as president for 2020.  The Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association recognized Mr. Thornton in 2011 with its Award of Appreciation and in 2015 with its Advocacy Recognition Award.

Esq.

Gregg B. Thornton,

Esq

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