Continuing Education

Level 1 Hippotherapy Treatment Course


When: August 9 – 12, 2018

Where: The Red Barn – 2700 Bailey Rd SW Leeds, AL

The Level l course is required to become eligible for PATH. Intl Registered Therapist Status and recommended for the HPCS certification.  (Attendance and participation in all 4-day is required, this course is a pre-requisite for attending an AHA Level II TP Course.)

Day 1 activities provide hands-on course information targeting therapists interested in including equine movement in their practice.  The focus on the course is on non-mounted equine skills, quality horse handling, coaching volunteers and team members and horse selection/retirement issues. Participants will work with horses in teams of two to four, with a faculty/student ratio of 1:15, allowing an opportunity for demonstration, practice and individualized feedback and instruction.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for entry level therapists (OT, COTAs) utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy and those in or working with hippotherapy teams.  Hands on practicums with horses are included in this course. It can be attended by graduate occupational, speech and physical therapists in their last semester of graduate school.  Horse handlers that work in the hippotherapy team will benefit from the focus on obtaining quality movement and understanding the “body language” of the horse.  Non-therapists who are members of the hippotherapy team may only attend with the treating therapist on their team.

Course Objectives Include:

  • Correctly interpret the “body language” of the horse. Identify and name key anatomical points of the horse.
  • Recognize elements of desirable conformation of the horse.
  • Recognize and identify the four natural gaits of the horse.
  • Obtain desirable qualities of the horse’s movement when leading.
  • Recognize unsoundness in a moving horse.
  • Recognize the signs of stress/burnout in the horse during practicums.
  • Demonstrate safe, correct leading techniques with basic school figures.
  • Demonstrate kind and humane treatment of the horse at all times.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the “Intro to Equine Skills” online course, with certificate of completion submitted to the Host Facility at leasta 2 weeks prior to the first day of the course.

Days 2-4 of the course are designed for entry level therapists utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy and those in or working with hippotherapy teams.  Hands on practicums are available in this course. It can be attended by graduate occupational, speech and physical therapists. Horse handlers and riding instructors who are members of the Hippotherapy Team are encouraged to attend.  They must attend with the treating therapist on their team. The curriculum may be utilized only under conditions set forth by AHA, Inc.

Intended Audience:

OT, COTA, and OT Graduate Students interested in learning about HPOT, those already working in HPOT and want to learn the basic applications.

Course Objectives include:

  • Know and understand the definition of Hippotherapy.
  • Understand how the horse’s movement affects human systems – A System’s Approach.
  • Describe possible responses of a patient to the movement of the horse’s walk.
  • Describe the unique contributions of the horse’s movement as a treatment strategy and potential benefit for the patient.
  • Understand the importance of the hippotherapy horse’s suitability and movement.
  • Describe the appropriate methods of horse handling during a hippotherapy session.
  • Describe the selection and use of hippotherapy equipment for the horse and patient.
  • Identify all factors that contribute to safety in the hippotherapy session.
  • Identify key considerations for patient selection for hippotherapy including specific contraindications and precautions.
  • Describe the key elements of patient evaluation and treatment planning.
  • Describe methods of maximizing effects of hippotherapy, including school figures and movement progressions.
  • Describe safe methods of transitioning on and off the horse.
  • Have a working knowledge of potential emergencies and appropriate procedures.
  • Describe the roles of the hippotherapy team members.
  • Understand the business aspects related to hippotherapy including documentation, record keeping, reimbursement issues and insurance.
  • Demonstrate kind and humane treatment of the horse at all times.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the “Intro to Equine Skills” online course, with certificate of completion submitted to the Host Facility at least 3 weeks prior to the first day of the course. Failure to complete and pass the test within this time frame may mean forfeiture of registration fees as well as dismissal from the course. For more information, contact Ellen Davis at [email protected]g Deadline July 1st

Call for Papers

South District Free CEU Course

Fall Conference 2018

When: September 21 – 23, 2018

Where: Hampton Inn & Suites Orange Beach, AL

Proposals are invited for presentation at the 2018 ALOTA Fall Conference. All topic proposals will be considered. 

Proposals are welcomed from occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. If these categories do not describe you or your organization, we still invite you to submit a proposal on topic that might be of interest to our group. 

All proposals (both speakers and posters) require the following information be submitted along with your proposal in order to meet requirements for AOTA Approved Provider Continuing Education credits. Submissions which do not include this information will not be considered:

All Proposals:

  • Speaker/poster presenter(s) name, address, phone/fax and email
  • Title of Presentation
  • Abstract (short summary stating purpose and content of presentation)
  • Learning Objectives (should be concise and specific)
  • Educational Value (description of how information applies to advancement or development of participants)


  • Proposals for speaker should include a brief biographical sketch, including your name and credentials as you wish them to appear on published conference materials. 


  • Any audiovisual equipment needs 
  • Any special needs for speaker/presenter
  • Session preference if desired (cannot be guaranteed)

Deadline for submissions is July 1st

Please submit proposals to [email protected]



Project TIPP Autism Conference-3rd Annual

USA’s Project TIPP: Team-based Interprofessional Personnel Preparation and USA’s Regional Autism Network are co-sponsoring a one-day workshop.

When: June 8, 2018, 8:00 am – 4:15 pm 

Where: USA Student Center Ballroom 

What: Regional experts from multiple perspectives will present evidence-based strategies for supporting individuals with autism 

Who: All persons serving people with autism can benefit from attending- EARN up to 6.5 continuing education hours 


For a complete schedule or to register, please see the Conference Brochure.


2018 Spring Conference



Sponsored by Champion Partners in Rehab and TMC Therapy Management Corporation

Registration is now open for the 2018 ALOTA Spring Conference. Your opportunity for quality continuing education at an affordable price. Centrally located on the campus of Alabama State University, this conference offers a wide variety of topics meaning there is something for everyone. You will not want to miss out on this opportunity to earn 8 CEUs!

When: Saturday February 24, 2018 Where: Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL


Cost: Only $70 for ALOTA members, $25 for ALOTA student members

Not an ALOTA member? You are still welcome to come! Please see rates below and consider becoming an ALOTA member for discounted rates to all events.

Spring Conference Brochure

Full Conference Agenda  

Speaker Biographies


Online registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be open at 7am on the day of the Conference. We are happy to accept payment in the form of cash, check, or debit/credit card.

Having trouble? Contact Jason Vice at [email protected] for assistance.

Fun Fact – Alabama State University is celebrating 150 years! Learn more about ASU by visiting


Alabama State University

Buskey Building

1155 University Drive N.

Montgomery, AL 36104



Parking is available in the lot located behind the Buskey Building or in the grass lot directly across.


ALOTA South District CEU Opportunity January 23, 2018

FREE CEU Course!

For OTs and OTAs

When:       Thursday, January 23, 2018


Where:      Health Sciences Building – 2nd floor

                   5721 USA Drive North

                   Mobile, AL  36688

Agenda:  “AARP HomeFit: Smart Solutions for

                  Making Your Home Comfortable, Safe, 

                  and a Great Fit” 

Presented by Dorothy Dorton, Associate State Director, AARP Community Outreach

Come and be a part of making a difference!

***1.5 CEUs can be earned for the presentation***

Click here for a printable flyer jan-2018-meeting-flyer

Fall Conference Recap

Fall Conference Recap

2017 ALOTA Fall Conference



Thank you to all of the presenters, practitioners, students and exhibitors who joined us for for the 2017 ALOTA Fall Conference on September 22 – 24, 2017 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Orange Beach, AL. 

This year’s event was a great success! We had a great lineup of presenters, great weather, and great group of OTs to share the experience with. Members who were unable to attend, we are sorry that you could not make it. Be sure to mark your calendars for our 2018 Spring Conference, being held at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL on February 24, 2018. Lineup to be announced soon! If you are not a member and would like to join ALOTA, please follow the link to JOIN!

Full Conference Agenda

Conference Objectives

Speaker Biographies

Speaker Presentations

  • Keinee Austin   Facilitating Leadership Practices: Empowering and Inspiring OTs to Perform
  • Catie Etka   The Lyme Maze: Navigating the Road from Diagnosis to Recovery
  • Brandon Seigel  Next Gen OTs: Strategies for Crushing Your Career Goals
  • Branson Seigel  Optimizing Early Intervention Outcomes Through Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Jason Vice   Safe Driving for Individuals with Low Vision and Brain Injury
  • Chuck Willmarth   Health Care Reform Implementation and State Policy




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Health and Wellness – Specialty Certification or OTD


Mental Health Conference – Continuing ED


Gross Anatomy of the Upper Extremity – Continuing Ed



Continuing Education Opportunity

Motivations, Inc. has medical rehabilitation training courses taught by the nation’s leading experts. Our CEU approvals meet State Board Requirements. We are offering an upcoming course for Occupational Therapists.

Course #306 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders: A Medical, Motor, Behavioral Approach

Course Summary

Research indicates that the prevalence of pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders is 80% in the special needs population and 20% in typically developing children. Therefore, most pediatric clinicians will encounter this disorder in some for or another. Feeding disorders come in all shapes and sizes, such as coughing/choking during meals, poor oral-motor skill acquisition, food refusal, oral aversion, G-Tube dependence and more. One must be versed in oral-motor and swallowing techniques, respiration, GI issues, nutrition, motor/postural alignment, and behavior strategies.

This is a two-day course focusing on how to approach pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, how to diagnose and prioritize treatment options, and ensure successful outcomes for you and your patients. Day one will concentrate on medical and nutritional intervention strategies, while day two will focus on evaluation and therapeutic intervention. If children are available, there will be 1-2 live evaluations.

Location and Date:  Tuscaloosa, AL  –  University of Alabama   September 23 – 24, 2017

Registration Contact:  Scott Boston – [email protected]

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