Best Practices in Pediatric Therapy - Building capability for real change...join us on our journey

This is a guest post submitted by Rebecca Durham Reder, OTD, OTR/L; Senior Clinical Director, Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, Cincinnati Children's

At Cincinnati Children’s, the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy has dramatically improved outcomes, experiences, and value of care for the children and families we serve. Through partnering with the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence we have been able to learn and apply the science of improvement, which is necessary in transforming our care and delivery systems. The Anderson Center is an industry leader in improvement science methodologies with a proven track record of success.

What you will need
This conference is highly interactive, hands-on and is designed to share the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to achieve measurable improvement. We will be using the Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative team based approach. For optimal learning, we recommend you bring a small team to focus on an identified problem. If you are unable to attend with a team or do not have an identified problem you will have the opportunity to partner with other attendees to enhance learning.

What you will learn
You will leave this conference with a roadmap and a tested set of tools and strategies for making meaningful changes in your organization and clinical practice. The information gained will beimmediately applicable and useful in solving some of your most complex problems. In addition, we will share our journey, results and tools from successful improvement projects such as:

  • Increased billable therapist productivity through optimal schedule utilization
  • Improved patient outcomes with patient populations
  • Improved documentation of patient reported outcomes

What you will leave with
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and carry out an improvement project specific to your organization and clinical practice
  • Utilize proven improvement science tools and strategies
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a team based approach for improvement projects

Conference Leaders
Rebecca Reder is the Senior Clinical Director within the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy at Cincinnati Children’s. Under her direction, the Division of OT/PT has grown to be one of the largest and most respected in the country. The OT/PT division has spent the past decade transforming patient care using improvement science methodology. It is her desire to share this knowledge so that collectively we can transform care for children across the country.

Carolyn Luzader is a high energy instructor and experienced trainer in statistics as well as quality improvement. She began her career at Proctor and Gamble where she facilitated and trained a variety of cross-functional and executive quality improvement teams. She joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2005, where she facilitated quality improvement teams, developed the Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative training, and trained hundreds of professionals in improvement science methodology. Carolyn is now an independent Statistical and Quality Improvement Consultant and has been an Adjunct Professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati since 1990.

Amy Bailes, PT, PhD
Anita Drabousky, MBA, OTR/L
Michelle Kiger, MHS, OTR/L
Mark Paterno, PT, PhD
Mariann Strenk, PT, DPT, MHS

Registration & Tuition
Online registration for this course is required.
Register online at:

  • $750: General Registration (before Sept. 15, 2018)
  • $800: Late Registration (after Sept. 15, 2018)
  • Groups of 3 or more registering together will receive a discount of $100/registrant.

Tuition must be received before a participant can be registered.
Enrollment is limited, please register online early to reserve your spot.

Costs include: lunch for all 3 days, dinner on Thursday, a flash drive with program handouts and a certificate of course attendance.
If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, please call 513-636-4651 for verbal confirmation. Refunds (less $35 processing fee) will be made only if notice of cancellation is received in writing by November 1, 2018.

Should the program be canceled, tuition will be refunded.

Join Us
Sabin Auditorium (Location B)
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229

Hotel Accommodations
A limited number of guestrooms have been reserved for a reduced rate at the Springhill Suites. Booking information is available upon registration for the conference.

Continuing Education
Application has been made for approval by the Ohio Occupational and Physical Therapy Board for the following: 23.25 hours

For more information, please contact Education Specialist Noelle Setters at 513-803-5229.