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PREPaRE:
Preparing Related Services Personnel for Rural Employment

The Department of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Divisions of Physical Therapy and Communication Sciences and Disorders, at University of Kentucky, have received another grant from the U.S. Department of Education for personnel development. The project is entitled: PREPaRE: Preparing Related Services Personnel for Rural Employment. The first four year grant was from July 2009 to June 2013 and the new 5 year $1,179,174 grant started in the summer of 2013.

This project trains and supports graduate students 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 across the nation. This grant provides tuition support for up to three semesters for four OT, four PT and six SLP students each year (up to $12,500 total support).

The project selects scholars for funding who are:

  1. CSD graduate students and OT graduate students beginning year 2 of their master’s program and DPT students beginning year 3 of their professional program;
  2. Willing to take additional coursework in pediatrics including a course in interdisciplinary early intervention, and a course in school-based practice. All or most of the additional required coursework is offered via distance formats while students are on rotations/fieldwork placements.
  3. Willing to complete a clinical rotation/field work in pediatrics
  4. Willing to work with children with disabilities in early intervention and/or a school setting for 2 full years within 7 years after graduation.

Following graduation, scholars will receive mentorship during their two year required work in early intervention and/or a school setting in preferably a rural area. In addition, continuing education conferences are offered each year to the scholars, their mentors, and the professional community.

 

Project co-directors:

 

schneckColleen Schneck, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Department Chair & Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
Eastern Kentucky University
Office: (859) 622-3300
Email:  colleen.schneck@eku.edu

 

effgenSusan Effgen, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA
Professor
Division of Physical Therapy
University of Kentucky
Office: (859) 218-0579
Email: seffgen@uky.edu

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Christine Myers, Ph.D., OTR
OTD Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
Eastern Kentucky University
Office: (859) 622-6384
Email: Christine.myers@eku.edu

 

obrienShirley O'Brien, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
Eastern Kentucky University
Office: (859) 622-6329
Email: shirley.obrien@eku.edu

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Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Kentucky
Office: (859) 218-80475
Email: joneen.lowman@uky.edu

 

Presentation Videos

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: Fifth Annual Conference on Meeting the Therapy Needs of Infants, Toddlers and Children with Disabilities in Rural Communities
Saturday, March 22, 2014 / University of Kentucky

The presentations are available at the links below:

Keynote Address: Using Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines to Improve your Practice, Jane Case-Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Use of Classification Systems to Facilitate Inter-Professional Communication, Susan Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Christine Myers, PhD, OTR/L, Jane Kleinert, PhD, CCC-SLP

Medicaid Cost Recovery for School-based Practice, Laurie Ray, PT, PhD

Data and Documentation in Pediatric Practice, Laurie Ray, PT, PhD

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PREPARE Graduates, Students & Faculty, March 2014

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 this site and afternoon presentations are available at this site.

Prepare 2013 Students, Graduates, and faculty

PREPaRE 2013 Students, Graduates, and Faculty

PREPaRE 2012 Conference Planners and Keynote Speaker

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

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PREPaRE 2011 Graduates, from left-right: April Holman, Holly Sisk, Lisa McCarthy, Emily Moore, Keishia Embry, Laurie Wolford, Amanda Isaacs, Beth Sutton, Jessica Bolling

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Speakers at the 2011 PREPaRE Conference, left-right: Dr. Scott Tomchek, UofL; Dr. Peggy Whitman, EKU; Dr. Myra Beth Bundy, EKU.

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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.

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Article

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, 2013, 55:885-910. Click here to read the article.