The 2021  Summit Speakers

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2021 Schedule

The schedule below is a tentative schedule and subject to change.  Time between sessions may need to be adjusted for cleaning and disinfecting of rooms between sessions.  

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Speaker Bios

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Dr. Beverly Moskowitz,

Dr. Beverly Moskowitz has worked 43+ years as an Occupational Therapist with a specialty in pediatrics and school-based practice. After earning a DOT from Temple University in 2010, she was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015. In 2012, she authored the Size Matters Handwriting Program, a concept-driven approach to teaching and remediating handwriting, and the subject of the largest research study ever done on the subject. Inducted as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, an Advisory Board member at Temple and Salus Universities, an approved provider of continuing education through AOTA, a national lecturer, and president of her company, Real OT Solutions, Inc., Dr. Moskowitz’s materials and programs are currently in every state and 4 continents. She continues to teach, mentor, research, develop new products and stay abreast of current trends.

Dr. Beverly Moskowitz

DOT, MS OTR/L FAOTA

Robert Constantine

Robert Constantine, OTR\L is a 1997 graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham Occupational Therapy program where he was awarded the Charles Brooks Award for Creativity. He has practiced in home health, and skilled nursing contexts and spent 9 years as the clinical specialist in brain injury at the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute where he developed a passion for evidenced-based treatment, sharing information and the functional effects of the visual system. Beginning in 2013, he enjoyed a 3 year tenure at an optometry practice where he learned techniques working closely with low vision, pediatric and adult optometrists. He has completed Clinical Level 1 and 2 training offered by the Neuro-Optometric Rehab Association. He was also trained in sports vision training working with the High Performance Vision Associates, a national group of optometrists that offer sports vision screenings to elite athletes. 

Robert Constantine,

OTR/L, CBIS

Judith Schoonover

Judith Schoonover, is an OT and former elementary school teacher. She is certified as an ATP by RESNA and was a founding member of the Loudoun County Public Schools Assistive Technology Team. She has provided direct services in schools for more than 44 years and is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, presenting on the topics of school-based OT, transition, literacy, and assistive technology. She has authored numerous articles, and chapters in Early Childhood: Occupational Therapy Services for Children Birth to Five, Occupational Therapy for Children (6th-8th eds.), Best Practices in School Occupational Therapy, Assistive Technologies, and Occupational Therapy and Transitions: A Cross-System Perspective. She participated in the NASDSE workgroups addressing response to intervention (RTI), transition, and virtual schools. Currently, Judith represents AOTA on the National Joint Committee (NJC) for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities and serves on the editorial board of the Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB) Journal.

Judith Schoonover,

MEd, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA

Susan Effgen,

Dr. Effgen has spent over 25 years consulting, researching, and publishing on issues related to children with disabilities in the United States and abroad. She received her BS in physical therapy from Boston University, her MMSc in pediatric physical therapy from Emory University and her PhD in special education from Georgia State University. She developed the first doctoral program in pediatric physical therapy in the United States.

Affiliations
She has worked with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for many years in governmental affairs activities, especially in efforts to refine the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She had the honor of representing the APTA at the White House signing of the reauthorization of this important law.

Dr. Susan Effgen,
PT, PhD, FAPTA

Michelle Fisher,

Michelle Fisher, MOT, OTR/L, ATP has 6 years of experience in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Graduated from Ohio State University with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2013 with a specialization in rehabilitation engineering. She is employed by the Assistive Technology Services at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. She specializes in driver rehabilitation and wheelchair seating and positioning. Michelle provides clinical assessments for clients with a variety of diagnoses and skill levels. She enjoys using technology and finding unique solutions to help every patient gain or regain independence after a new medical condition.

Michelle Fisher,

MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Catie Christensen

Catie Christensen, PT, DPT, PCS is the Evidence-Based Practice Coordinator and a treating physical therapists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). She helped to develop a method to objectively measure the percentage of toe walking in children with idiopathic toe walking 6 years and older. This has been published in a peer reviewed journal. She was on a team who developed recommendations for the treatment of children with idiopathic toe walking at NCH. She has been a pediatric PT for 15 years, published 7 peer review journal articles, and has presented frequently at state, national, and international conferences.

Catie Christensen,

PT, DPT

Lynn DeMange,

Lynn DeMange, OTR/L, CAS graduated from Shawnee State University in 2002 and worked for 4 years as an occupational therapist in clinical care at OSU Harding Hospital.

In 2006, she transitioned to school-based therapy and worked for 10 years through the Montgomery County Educational Service Center,

Regional Center providing direct therapy services to students.

Lynn currently works for the Montgomery County Educational Service Center as a coach on the Autism & Low Incidence Coaching Team.

Lynn DeMange,

OTR/L, CAS

Allison Officer,

Allison Officer is a certified autism specialist, licensed intervention specialist (K-12), and member of the MCESC Autism & Low-Incidence Coaching Team. The ACT Team provides ongoing coaching and professional development to educational teams throughout the Miami Valley in using evidence-based practices. Prior to joining the ACT Team, Officer taught in Mad River Local Schools in Riverside, OH, as a K-4 intervention specialist in a cross-categorical resource room. Officer received a B.S. in education from the University of Dayton and an M.S. in education from Walden University.

Allison Officer,

M.Ed, CAS

Susan Swindeman,

Susan Swindeman OTR/L is a registered OT and the founder and owner of Wee Care Therapy in Dyer, Indiana. Susan has been a pediatric OT since graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) and trained in neurodevelopmental treatment. She is also certified in the Interactive Metronome. Susan is recognized for her work in identifying and treating children with sensory processing disorders. She was a faculty speaker for the SPD Foundation. 

Susan Swindeman OTR/L and Maureen Kane -Wineland PhD, OT/L are co-authors of the books Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers™, and Tools for Infants: Sensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers and Early Intervention Providers™ along with Diana Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. Susan and Maureen are internationally recognized speakers on the topics of sensory processing disorder, sensory integration and sensory-based strategies. 

Susan Swindeman,

OTR/L

Maureen Kane-Wineland,

Maureen Kane -Wineland PhD, OT/L is a co-owner of Rehab Dynamics in Toledo, Ohio. Maureen has been working with young children for over 30 years in a variety of capacities. She developed an expertise in addressing the needs of children with sensory processing disorders, as well as those with difficulties relating and engaging, using both sensory integration and DIR®/Floortime™ approaches. Maureen is SIPT certified and a PLAY Project Home Consultant. Maureen received her PhD. in special education/educational psychology in 2002 and examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on sensory processing capacities. 

Susan Swindeman OTR/L and Maureen Kane -Wineland PhD, OT/L are co-authors of the books Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers™, and Tools for Infants: Sensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers and Early Intervention Providers™ along with Diana Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA. Susan and Maureen are internationally recognized speakers on the topics of sensory processing disorder, sensory integration and sensory-based strategies. 

Maureen Kane-Wineland,

PhD, OT/L

Amanda Acosta

Amanda is an Inpatient psychiatric pediatric OT at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with previous experience as an outpatient treating therapist. She earned her Master’s in OT from Alabama State University. She is a member of DCD team, and has been working to create relationships between DCD team and ADHD clinic, DDBP, and psychiatry. Amanda has been working on process improvement project to increase identification of kids with potential DCD using the DCDQ and assessment of children using the MABC2.

Amanda and Aschli work together on the DCD Translating Research And Clinical Knowledge Team, otherwise known as the DCD TRACK Team at Cincinnati Children’s. They are certified as Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) therapists and are two of the few Certified CO-OP Instructors in the United States. They have presented together at several conferences as they both have a strong passion for spreading awareness of DCD to practitioners and caregivers in hopes of providing treatment to this under-diagnosed and under-served population.

Amanda Acosta,

OTR/L

Aschli Kurzhals,

Aschli is an outpatient pediatric physical therapist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). She earned her DPT from Emory University in 2013 and is working on her board-certification and clinical specialty in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Aschli has authored hospital-specific algorithms to appropriately identify and treat patients with DCD who also have co-occuring conditions such as joint hypermobility. She has completed several rounds of process improvement projects to increase the appropriate screening tools of our developmental patient population and has created a COOP Camp as a wellness opportunity for patients who have been identified with DCD.

Aschli Kurzhals,

PT, DPT