2022 Annual Conference Key Note Speaker

Dr. Kristie Patten is Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at New York University. Her research examines strength based practices in inclusive public school settings. She authored a Strength Based Frame of Reference for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum as a guide for practice and her work has been recognized with the awarding of AOTA’s 2021 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lectureship. Dr. Patten is the Principal Investigator of the NYU Steinhardt's ASD Nest Program, an inclusive program for autistic students. She is currently Co-PI of an NSF grant entitled "IDEAS: Inventing, Designing and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum" that leverages STEM interests of autistic middle school students to develop social competence and potential career pathways. Dr. Patten has published extensively and presented nationally and internationally on topics related to examining autism from a strength-based or abilities-based model.

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Remembering Norma Jean Quirk

NJOTA wishes to recognize the life and work of Norma Quirk who passed away peacefully at her home on June 4, 2022.  Norma was an occupational therapist for over 40 years and an active member of NJOTA, well remembered by participants of the South Jersey Pediatric Rap Group.

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AOTA–NBCOT® Joint Initiative: Developing the Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact

AOTA and NBCOT staff recently collaborated to write a Health Policy Perspectives column in AJOT regarding the licensure compact initiative.
The article is open to all, so please feel free to share the link with anyone that might be interested.
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2022 Annual Conference

Occupational Therapy: Staying Curious in a Busy World
Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
Rutgers University (Newark)

Special Interests Groups

The NJOTA special interest groups exist to help practitioners network, share information and expertise, and generally monitor best practice in particular practice areas. They are only as successful as the participants make them. Groups can be started and supported by NJOTA; just contact the Chairs of the Practice Committee.
Membership in the SIGs is a benefit of membership in NJOTA.
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