Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy

Upcoming events

    • 03 Nov 2017
    • 04 Nov 2017
    • Manchester NH

    November 3 & 4 | Nashua, NH

    "Orthoses for Immobilization and


    Cost: $285 for 1 day/$485 for both days

    CEUs: 8 CEUs for 1 day/16 CEUs for both days

    Instructor: Debby Schwartz, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

    Demonstration and fabrication of the following:

    Day 1: Immobilization Orthoses

    elbow splint

    circumferential wrist splint

    finger orthoses – assorted

    short opponens

    dorsal blocking orthosis

    Day 2: Mobilization Orthoses

    dynamic extensor tendon

    static progressive composite finger flexion

    dart thrower’s motion orthosis

    anti- ulnar drift

    Click here for full brochure


    • 04 Nov 2017

    The Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute

    is proud to present:

    Sensory-Enhanced Yoga®

    for Self-Regulation & Trauma Healing 

    to be held on 

    November 4 & 5 in Lexington, MA. 

     Please share the attached flyer with colleagues and any other health professionals you know, and consider posting it in your work place - thank you!! 

    Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® for Self-Regulation & Trauma Healing is especially designed for occupational therapists and other allied and licensed mental health professionals who wish to incorporate evidence-based sensory-enhanced yoga techniques and breath work into their clinical practices to promote healing from combat stress, PTSD, anxiety, and related autonomic nervous system disorders. Both mat and chair versions will be presented along with strategies for teaching groups with mixed mobility levels.

    The workshop includes a 125 page detailed manual, and is highly experiential in format to help you feel fully confident in your ability to immediately apply the techniques in your work setting. No previous yoga experience is required. The course qualifies for 14 PDUs from NBCOT.  For more information and to register, please visit, or call Lynn Stoller at 339-225-0084.  

     Direct link to registration page:

      Note: Space is limited to provide adequate supervision during the experiential labs. 


    Lynn Stoller, M.S., OTR/L, C-IAYT, RYT 500

    Lynn is the founding President of the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute.  She has a special interest in war-related sensory processing disorders and yoga as a treatment modality.  Lynn has trained yoga instructors and health professionals in sensory-based yoga techniques for combat stress and PTSD since 2008. Lynn is associate investigator and first author of the Iraq yoga study, “Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel” (Stoller et al, Jan/Feb 2012 AJOT) for which she was honored with the 2013 AOTA Cordelia Myers Writer’s Award.  Her program, “Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® for Self-Regulation & Trauma Healing” evolved from the highly successful treatment protocol used in the study, which Lynn co-developed. Lynn was a highly influential faculty member of two pioneering veteran/military yoga organizations, Yoga Warriors (2008-2011) and Warriors at Ease (2011-2016), and continues to serve as a mentor to students within Warriors at Ease. Lynn is also an occupational therapist at Cotting School in Lexington, MA, where she first discovered the healing power of yoga for adolescents and young adults who have anxiety, ADHD, sensory modulation disorders, and related ANS disorders.  Lynn is a 300-hr. and 800-hr. graduate of the Integrative Yoga Therapy program, a Level 2 iRest® practitioner, and is an IAYT-certified yoga therapist. She has been teaching therapeutic yoga classes for veterans in her local community for several years, and has been an invited guest speaker for professional groups and veterans organizations.


    Maj. (Ret.) Jeffrey Sargent, MS, C-IAYT, RYT

    Jeffrey Sargent, retired Major with the U.S. Army, MS Yoga Therapy, RYT, has 20 years of military service, including combat tours in Iraq as a tactical intelligence officer and in Kuwait & Iraq as a Military Intelligence Company Commander. He is the recipient of The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other awards including being selected as the #1 ROTC graduate in the United States in 1996. Jeff enlisted in the Army in 1986 and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant before entering officer training. After retiring from the Army in 2009 Jeff worked as a government contractor for five years training military personnel who were preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan. During this time Jeff discovered yoga and immediately recognized the potential physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. It has had tremendous impact on his life including helping him with his own battles with military service related PTSD. Since this journey began he has completed two 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, Warriors at Ease training, iRest Level 1 training, and also received his Master of Science degree in Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health in July 2017. Jeff serves as a faculty member of the Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® Institute.

    • 10 Nov 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Four Points by Sheraton Norwood

    Moving Forward from Occupational Therapy’s Centennial

    Keynote Address 

    "Bridging the Centennial Vision to Vision 2025"

    Shawn Phipps, PhD, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Vice President of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and has also served as a Board Director on the AOTA Board of Directors (2012 - Present).  Dr. Phipps is also the Chief Quality Officer & Associate Hospital Administrator at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.  Dr. Phipps is responsible for hospital-wide strategic planning, quality improvement, directing the implementation of key hospital-wide strategic initiatives, leadership development, driving the development of effective and efficient systems of patient-centered care across the continuum, and engaging all levels of the organization in creating a culture and commitment to quality improvement and innovation.  Dr. Phipps also oversees the hospital’s accreditation programs with The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and provides oversight of the Quality Resource Management Department and the Patient Safety, Infection Control, and the Risk Management Departments. 

    Dr. Phipps has also served two consecutive elected terms as the President of the Occupational Therapy Association of California (OTAC) from 2008 – 2012, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association (FAOTA) in 2011, was a recipient of the AOTA Cordelia Myers Writer's Award in 2008, the OTAC Practice Award in 2005, and was the 2014 recipient of the OTAC Award of Excellence and the 2015 recipient of the AOTA Recognition of Achievement for Excellence in Leadership, Management, and Administration.  Dr. Phipps is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, where he teaches the leadership, management, quantitative research, and evidence-based practice courses.

    Exhibitors and Sponsors

    We Gratefully Acknowledge the Support of

    Participating Exhibitors and Sponsors!

    Bronze Sponsor - Partners HealthCare at Home

    Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

    American International College

    AOTA, Inc.

    Bay Path University

    Beacon Lift Services, Inc.

    Genesis Rehab Services

    Harmony Healthcare International

    Home Modification Loan Program

    Glocal Impacts


    MGH Institute of Health Professions

    Natale Co. & Safety Care

    OT Vest, LLC

    Partners HealthCare at Home

    Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

    Perkins Library

    Pratiko Medical Inc.

    Purple Umbrella Jewelry

    Quality Rehabilitation Services

    Regis College

    Salem State University

    Tender Touch Rehab Service

    Tanzania School Foundation

    Thom Child & Family Services, Early Intervention

    WellMed Solutions, LLC


    • 15 Nov 2017

    The Zones of Regulation: A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control

    Course Date: November 15, 2017

    Course Location: Framingham, MA

    Course Description: The Zones of Regulation® presentation provides teachers, therapists and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages. The presentation addresses topics such as: the brains involvement, typical development, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and executive functioning. Audience participants will learn an explicit, stair-stepped method and tools to guide students in utilizing The Zones framework across situations and environments to regulate sensory needs, impulses, and emotional states to social demands.

    The Zones of Regulation presentation provides teachers, therapists and parents with hands-on knowledge on the nature of self-regulation and strategies for improving self-regulation and emotional control in individuals of all ages

    Course Instructor:  Leah Kuypers

    Course Brochure:

    To Register:

    Contact: Education Resources, Inc. 508-359-6533 or 800-487-6530 (outside MA) or

    • 16 Nov 2017

    Annual Therapies in the School

    Course Dates: November 16-17, 2017

    Course Location: Framingham, MA

    Course Description: This two day course focuses on aligning motor needs with educational needs, and how to improve executive function in children who are receiving therapy services in the school setting. Strategies to reduce anxiety and problem behaviors in the classroom, as well as the latest advances in technology to address cognitive deficits and executive skills are discussed.

    Course Instructor: Multi Faculty

    Returning again by popular demand Pre-Conference November 15, 2017: The Zones of Regulation A Framework to Foster Self-Regulation and Emotional Control

    Course Brochure:

    To Register:

    Contact: Education Resources, Inc. 508-359-6533 or 800-487-6530 (outside MA) or

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