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AOTA Annual Conference Coming to Chicago

Published March 11, 2016 11:26 AM by Brian Ferrie

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has issued a press release announcing that an estimated 10,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students will gather in Chicago to attend the organization's 96th Annual Conference & Expo from April 7-10. The signature event presents an opportunity for OT professionals to network and share innovative ways to help people live life to the fullest.

"AOTA's Annual Conference & Expo has grown significantly over the past five years and we will likely set an attendance record in Chicago," said Frank Gainer, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, CMP, CAE, director of conferences. "In addition to having attendees from across the U.S., this year will host more than 100 attendees from 15 different nations."

The conference will offer more than 1,000 educational sessions covering a variety of topics, including:

● Early identification of the signs of autism spectrum disorder, and interventions that make a difference in the lives of families facing these challenges.

● Helping Wounded Warriors regain function, manage PTSD, and lead meaningful lives after their military service.

● Modifying homes and exploring community mobility options so baby boomers can age in place safely, increase confidence, prevent injury, and maintain their independence.

● Breaking research that explains the lifelong benefits of ongoing occupational therapy for those seeking to regain function after a stroke.

● Using animal-assisted therapy to help motivate clients to thrive despite illness or injury.

According to AOTA, the conference expo hall features the world's largest gathering of occupational therapy companies representing products, professional development, and employment opportunities. Many of the more than 350 vendors and 450 booths will have interactive displays of the latest advances in technology and rehabilitation. Companies from Canada, South Korea, Australia, Israel, Vanuatu, and Northern Mariana Islands are expected to be among the crowd. For more information and a full listing of presentations, visit the AOTA conference webpage.

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