Preparing Related Services Personnel for Rural Employment
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Divisions of Physical Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders, at University of Kentucky in collaboration with the Department of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University, have received a 4 year, $738,559 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for personnel development to help alleviate the regional shortage of highly qualified personnel in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology who are able and willing to work collaboratively in early intervention and schools in rural areas.
Susan Effgen, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA
Division of Physical Therapy
University of Kentucky
Office: (859) 218-0579
Jane Kleinert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Kentucky
Office: (859) 218-0568
Christine Myers, Ph.D., OTR
Department of Occupational Therapy
Eastern Kentucky University
Office: (859) 622-6384
We are pleased to post the outstanding conference presentations. Please note that you can fast forward ahead to get to a specific presentation. The beginning of some presentations will be a blank black or white slide that is then followed by slides with the audio.
Conference: Fourth Annual Conference on Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities
Saturday, March 9, 2013 / University of Kentucky
The presentations are available at the following sites:
"New Kentucky Related Services Manual" presented by Marti Ginter.
"Collaborative Teaming for Students: IEP and Intervention Development" presented by Laura Cullens, MS, OTR/L, Melody Prinkleton, PT, DPT, & Mary Salyer, MS, CCC/SLP.
"Evidenced-Based Practice in Pediatric Therapy" presented by Christine Myers, PhD, OTR/L & Shirley O'Brien, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.
"Use of Group Intervention in the Educational Setting" presented by Colleen Schneck, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA & Alyssa LaForme Fiss, PT, PhD, PCS.
Conference: Third Annual Conference on Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities
Saturday, March 17, 2012 / Eastern Kentucky University
Morning presentations are available at
site and afternoon presentations are available
at this site.
PREPaRE 2013 Students, Graduates, and Faculty
PREPaRE 2013 morning speakers left to right: Melody Prinkelton, Mary Salyer, Laura Cullens, and Marti Ginter.
Conference: Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Please note that Windows Media Player is required to view the following videos.
- “Meeting the Needs of Children with Disabilities in Rural Areas”
Belva Collins, EdD
- “Therapy Issues in Serving Children in Rural Communities”
Leslie M. Sizemore, Ed.S, OTR/L, ATP
- “American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Workload Model: Making it Work for You (also the model for the American Physical Therapy Association’s School-Based Special Interest Group)”
Lisa Rai Mabry-Price, MS, CCC-SLP
- “Evidenced-Based Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”
Scott Tomcheck, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
- “Social Skills Groups for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”
Peggy Whitman, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA & Myra Beth Bundy, PhD
PREPaRE 2011 Graduates, from left-right: April Holman, Holly Sisk, Lisa McCarthy, Emily Moore, Keishia Embry, Laurie Wolford, Amanda Isaacs, Beth Sutton, Jessica Bolling
Speakers at the 2011 PREPaRE Conference, left-right: Dr. Scott Tomchek, UofL; Dr. Peggy Whitman, EKU; Dr. Myra Beth Bundy, EKU.
Left-right: Dr. Susan Effgen, Amanda Isaacs, Beth Sutton, Jessica Bolling, Keishia Embry, Laurie Worford, Emily Moore, Mindy Mollett, April Holman, Dr. Shirley O’Brien, Lisa McCarthy, Holly Sisk at the 2011 PREPaRE Conference.
Fifth Annual Conference on Meeting the
Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with
Disabilities in Rural Communities, Saturday, March 22,
2014, College of Health Sciences, University of
A must read article for all pediatric OTs
and PTs is Novak and colleagues’: A systematic review of
interventions for children with cerebral palsy: state of the
evidence. Developmental Medicine and Children Neurology,
Click here to read the article.