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Attending My First Conference

Published November 3, 2012 1:34 PM by Jennifer Preston
Last weekend I attended the Michigan Occupational Therapy Association (MiOTA) Conference for the first time.  It was a great experience.  I went with one of my classmates and we had a wonderful time.  It was a 2 day event, but I was only able to attend Saturday’s sessions.  There were several breakout sessions that attendees could participate in covering a vast range of topics.  All the sessions I attended ended up being pediatrics related.  I had wanted to be more diverse in my choices, but I couldn’t help but be drawn to presentations on autism, visual impairments in children, and young adult transitions.  Working with children is definitely my calling and I can see how the information I learned at this conference will help me to do just that.  It was also great to meet and network with practitioners from all over the state.  I was also amazed to see so many people I already knew seeing as I’ve only been in the OT world for a brief amount of time.  The amount of information provided was just staggering and I am still sorting through it all a week later.  I also had to laught at myself as I've not even graduated yet but I found myself speaking to university representative about additional schooling and certifications.  I really enjoyed the experience and my classmate and I intend to make this an annual venture.  Hopefully we'll be able to convince a few other classmates to join us next year.  

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