Abstract submission is now closed, Thank you to all those that sent in an abstract for review. You will be contacted by the end of August 2021 regarding your submissions.
Call For Abstracts
Are you interested in presenting at the 15th Biennial Scientific Conference

We welcome Scientific papers on topics related to the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapy 2021 Conference theme of:

Opening Doors To Inclusion Across The Lifespan

Papers on this theme are welcome for consideration as oral or poster presentations. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via email to: by June 30 2021. Poster presentations accepted by June 30 2021.

Authors may select presentation formats when submitting an abstract, including:

  • Poster presentation
  • Oral presentation

Oral presentations will be pre-recorded. A live question and answer period will be held afterwards where possible.

Accepted posters will be displayed online, which will require the author to provide a PowerPoint slide of the poster. A live question and answer period will be held afterwards where possible.

Authors may select presentation formats when submitting an abstract, including:

  • Poster presentation
  • Oral presentation

Important Dates:

June 30 2021 – extended deadline to submit abstracts
June 30 2021 – poster presentation deadline.
August 2021 – committee decision notifications sent via email to extended deadline abstracts received

General submission information

  • An individual may be the first author on more than one abstract and may submit more than one abstract.
  • Authors must complete the entire abstract for consideration.
  • The official conference language is English; therefore, abstracts need to be written in English.
  • All completed and submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists abstract review committee using a “blind” selection process.
Oral and poster presentation scoring criteria
Quality of content §  Title

§  Introduction / Rationale (Score out of 5)

§  Objectives (Score out of 5)

§  Method / Approach (Score out of 10)

§  Results and or Practice Implications (Score out of 10)

§  Conclusion (Score out of 5)

Educational value §  Interest & appeal to occupational therapy audience (Score out of 5)

§  Important contribution to research / practice / theory / knowledge and / or novel or innovative contribution, relevant to the conference theme (Score out of 5)

Quality of written abstract §  Coherent & readable (Score out of 5)


  • All information for first and all co-authors must be included in the submission.
  • Only abstracts completed by the posted deadline will be reviewed
  • Acceptance letters will be sent via e-mail. Relevant information about your abstract’s presentation including the presentation date, time, presentation number will be included in the acceptance letters.
  • The presenting author of the abstract must be registered for the Conference.
  • Accepted abstracts will be made available to all registered participants
  • All submitted abstracts are considered to be confidential. To maintain confidentiality, only members of the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists abstract review Committee will be permitted access to the abstracts.

Oral presentations provide an opportunity to report on original research, innovative programmes and professional practices, theoretical and conceptual advances, and professional issues relating to the conference theme. The programme will include two main types of oral presentations:

Long – 45 minutes (35 minutes to present + 10 minutes for Q & A)
Short – 25 minutes (20 minutes to present + 5 minute for Q & A)

Posters are comprised of up to three slides. Posters will be made available online, and delegates will be able to browse posters (by title, speaker name, etc.)

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be organized in the following format:

§  Title

§  Introduction / Rationale

§  Objectives

§  Method / Approach

§  Results and or Practice Implications

Authors will include:

  • Limit abstract narrative to 300 words
  • Omit any table or illustration from abstract
  • After the submission is completed, the sender will receive a confirmation email to the address indicated at submission.

Author guidelines

As first author, you will:

  • be the main contact person for the abstract,
  • assure all information for co-authors is submitted
  • assure co-authors are informed of all communications
  • ensure accuracy of content, spelling and author information, including listing order since abstracts are directly exported from the submission database for publication.

Abstracts should be submitted to: by June 30th 2021.

For more information on the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists visit–events.html

Keynote Speaker

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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