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Interprofessional Education (IPE)/Interprofessional Practice (IPP) Experiential Learning Activity (SC42)

Saturday, July 21
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Room 301-303
CE: 0.1 ASHA CEUs/1.0 PDHs

This session is for the in-person event only and is not available with Connect On-Demand.

This session is eligible for Pennsylvania Act 48 professional education hours.

This interactive, experiential learning activity will provide attendees with insight into what IPE and IPP can look like in a school setting. Audience members will be asked to participate in three related IPE/IPP role-plays alongside an occupational therapist, physical therapist, and speech-language pathologist who have worked in schools. Then attendees will discuss the scenarios and considerations for implementing IPE/IPP in their work settings.

Learning Objectives:

Dorothea T. Copeland, OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapy Instructional Specialist
Prince George's County Public Schools

Dorothea Copeland has practiced occupational therapy for 34 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Towson University with a BS degree in Occupational Therapy and Psychology. In 2008 she earned an Occupational Therapy Clinical Doctorate degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah. She completed a certification in Administration and Supervision from John Hopkins University. Copeland has presented nationally and locally on a variety of topics relevant to occupational therapy, including application of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework to school-based practice. She currently manages the Occupational Therapy Service at Prince George's County Public Schools, where she has been employed for 20 years. Prior to joining PGCPS, she was the Clinical Coordinator of Occupational Therapy at Prince George's Hospital Center. She was among the first occupational therapists hired at National Rehabilitation in 1986; there, she honed her skills for using meaningful, client-centered interventions to increase independence, community reintegration, and overall quality of life for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Her career in occupational therapy began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at Allegheny General Hospital.

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None


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Judith Davidson, PT

Physical Therapist

Ms. Davidson earned her BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland in l974. She has been a pediatric physical therapist for 44 years. Ms. Davidson worked at Matheny School for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Peapack, NJ , The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC and was self-employed providing home-based services to children and their families in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. She worked in Anne Arundel County Public School for 19 years as a staff physical therapist, providing services to students ages 3-21 years with a variety of disabilities including cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, spina bifida, developmental delay, and various chromosomal anomalies. Her experience has been continuous, which has allowed her to follow some children from preschool to high school. In 2006, she was promoted to the Physical Therapist Manager of AACPS, one of her responsibilities included developing professional training to enhance the physical therapy staff competence in school-based practice. Past topics have included application of evidence-based practice to school based practice and the utilization of the Gross Motor Classification System for Children with Cerebral Palsy, and Application of the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice to the School-based Setting. Ms. Davidson is a member of the school-based special interest group of the Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Assocation. Additionally, she served on of the Maryland State Steering Committee for Occupational and Physical Therapy School-Based Programs. As a member of the work group on Lifting/Transfers in the school setting, she helped write the Lifting/Transfers Addendum D of the Occupational and Physical Therapy Early Intervention and School-Based Services in Maryland: A guide to practice. As co-chair of the Conference Committee, she assisted with the planning of the Maryland State Annual Conference for School-based Occupational and Physical Therapists.

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None


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Dawn Merth-Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist
Iowa-Grant School District

Dawn Merth-Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech-language pathologist in the Iowa-Grant School District. She has 22 years of clinical and supervisory experience in the schools, long-term rehabilitation, and the university setting as a clinical assistant professor. Merth-Johnson has presented on a variety of topics related to leadership and clinical practice in speech-language pathology. She serves on the WSHA executive board as the State Education Advocacy Leader (SEAL) for Wisconsin. She is also the ASHA SEAL Champion of the Midwest region. Merth-Johnson is a Past President and Past VP-Schools of WSHA. She recently completed two terms as the ASHA SLP Advisory Council Representative (AC) for Wisconsin. Merth-Johnson is the current chair of the ASHA School Issues Advisory Board (SIAB).

Financial Disclosures: None

Nonfinancial Disclosures: ASHA volunteer member and chair of the SIAB; ASHA volunteer SEAL for Wisconsin; SEAL Champion Midwest region


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