Eleventh Annual PREPaRE Conference: October 30, 2021

Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in the Community


NOTE: $25 for students & PREPaRE Graduates

ProgramRegister Now



Tenth Annual PREPaRE Conference, 2019

Coaching: Early Intervention Evidence-based Practice

Scott Tomchek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Cybil Cheek, M.Ed., DI, TDHH

Serena Wheeler, MAE, IECE

University of Louisville Weisskopf Center

Coaching is a family centered evidence-based intervention shown to increase children’s development and participation in daily routines. This session will highlight key principles of early intervention and an overview of coaching quality indicators. Participants will be presented an overview of Kentucky Early Intervention System’s Coaching in Early Intervention Training and Mentorship Program currently being implemented to build the capacity of providers to enhance family-centered early intervention practice.


Application of Coaching Techniques for Strengths Based Interventions  

Elizabeth A. Grant, MS, OTR/L

University of Louisville Weisskopf Center and University of Louisville Autism Center 

Shirley Peganoff O'Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Eastern Kentucky University

Coaching is an evidence-based, occupation-based and family-centered practice that focuses on supporting the client.  Coaching is necessary for providers to understand and explore within practice settings.   Through the use of evidence-based techniques, providers focus on strengths and assist clients with problem solving for effective decision making about engagement in life. The use of this strengths-based approach helps to build confidence and competence for both clients and families to aid in designing their own solutions for challenges that may arise at home, school or in the community. 


Orthotics for Children

Kathy Martin, PT, DHSc

Krannert School of Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis

This presentation will review the current evidence for orthotic efficacy for children with cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, and hypotonia. The strength of the evidence and important gaps in our understanding will be discussed along with strategies for managing those gaps. General concepts for how orthoses fit into an overall intervention plan will be explored.


24 Hour Positioning for the Child with Complex Neurological Needs: Birth through School Age 

Melissa Tally, PT, MPT, ATP & Kihmberly Hymore, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Perlman Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

This course is designed to discuss postural management and adaptive equipment of the child with complex neurological needs commonly referred to as 24-hour positioning. The topic of 24-hour positioning will be defined and supported with a helpful guide and equipment plan of care offering specific consideration at key periods of development and function, as well as for surgical interventions.  24-hour positioning is supported in the literature and is recommended throughout the lifespan. Key components of the equipment evaluation and considerations will be reviewed to encourage optimal equipment for function, access, medical management and participation.

Several of the conference sessions noted below are available for your review

Ninth Annual Conference on Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities, Saturday, March 24, 2018     Click on link for more information

Presentations from the Eighth Annual Conference on Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities Saturday, March 11, 2017

Student Goals vs. Therapy Goals: How to get our work done in the classroom.

Laurie Ray, PT, PhD


Use of Telepractice to Deliver Therapy Services

Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SP


Functional Assessment Focused on Student Participation

Laurie Ray, PT, PhD


Evolution and Progression of Therapy Needs of Older Teens and Young Adults with Physical Disabilities

Catherine Gohrband, PT, DPT, PCS


Enhancing Functional Performance in Children with Cortical Visual Impairment

Karen Harper, PhD, OTR/L and Patricia Gribben, OTR/L CTW 014 3-4:30 PM


MyraBeth Bundy, PhD

Catherine Gohrband, PT, DPT, PCS

Patricia Gribben, OTR/L

Karen Harper, PhD, OTR/L

Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SP

Shirley O'Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Laurie Ray, PT, PhD

This conference is supported by a U.S. Department of Education Grant to Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences and under the Combined Personnel Preparation CFDA 84.325K initiative entitled:  PREPaRE: Preparing RElated Services Personnel for Rural Employment. Grant # H325K130007.

For registration information and the online portal, please follow this link to a MS Word File with all the necessary information.

Past PREPaRE Conferences (2016-2011)