The 2021 Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists 15th Biennial Scientific Conference is being hosted in 2021 by the Cayman Islands Occupational Therapy Association.

The theme of the conference is Opening Doors to Inclusion Across the Lifespan.

This one-day online event will be filled with interactive sessions by professionals in the field of Occupational Therapy. Registered participants will be able to view the programme content and build their own schedules to best fit their CPD needs. Access to the content of the conference will be available after the conference day.

Stay tuned as we announce information on sessions, speakers and registration for the conference in the coming months.

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Keynote Speakers

About Erna

Erna Imperatore Blanche received her basic training in occupational therapy at the University of Chile (Santiago, Chile) and later earned her Master of Arts degree in Special Education at Columbia University and her PhD degree in Occupational Science at the University of Southern California.

She is an expert in pediatric occupational therapy and interventions based on occupational science. She has co-authored several books and one video series, “Combining Neurodevelopmental Treatment and Sensory Integration Principles,” on pediatric practice. She has also published numerous articles in English and Spanish on the topics of play, wellness and other issues in clinical practice.

Her articles have appeared in the American Journal of Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy InternationalJournal of Occupational Science, and Play and Culture Studies, among others, as well as in pediatric textbooks. Blanche has lectured internationally in more than 20 countries and maintains ties with Therapy West, Inc., a clinic that she co-founded and which sees more than 400 children per week, as well as with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Chile.

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