LaGrange Area Department of Special Education

Every Moment Counts: Promoting Participation and Mental Health Throughout the Day - OT/PT CONFERENCE ONLY

 School Based Occupational and Physical Therapy Conference: Supporting Student Outcomes


  •  8:00 am - 9:00 am Check In
  •  9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sessions
  •  Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch (provided)


$125.00 Registration Fee - included breakfast and lunch. Credit Card Payments ONLY. No refunds will be issued for any reason


Registration will open at 8:00 am 9/15/22 and will close when sessions are full or 10/15/22,  whichever comes first

There will be no wait list. Once a session reaches room capacity, it will close and will not allow additional registrations. If the session is full, it will not accept your registration.


After a long wait, we are pleased to present the tenth biennial conference as a forum to share and discuss methods that support best practices for school therapist and promote positive student outcomes. Many of this year's presenters are nationally renowned as experts in fields relating to occupational and physical therapy services delivered in the educational setting. Attendees will expand their understanding of how to utilize their expertise and knowledge to support all students in the school environment.


Due to the continued spread of Covid cases, we ask that you wear a mask at all times with the exception of eating and drinking. Presenters may opt to remove their masks.



Presenter:  Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Session: Every Moment Counts: Promoting Participation and Mental Health Throughout the Day - OT/PT CONFERENCE ONLY

Room: 266

Location:  NIU Naperville Campus

Date:  10/28/2022
Time:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is Professor Emerita of the Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University where she taught for 34 years. She is the founding director of Every Moment Counts, which was launched in 2012. This multi-pronged mental health promotion initiative focuses on helping all children and youth participate successfully throughout the day in academic and non-academic settings ( In addition to authoring the book, Mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention with children and youth: A guiding framework for occupational therapy (2011), Dr. Bazyk has authored over 30 journal articles and several book chapters in leading OT textbooks. Recent awards include the 2016 Crain's Cleveland Business Health Care Hero Award, the 2017 Outstanding Research Award for the College of Sciences and Health Professions at CSU, and the 2018 Award for Innovative and Emerging Practice from AOTA.  As a Fulbright Specialist (2019–2024), Susan presented on Every Moment Counts in five New Zealand regions in February 2020. 


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Now, more than ever, OT and PT practitioners are needed to foster participation in activities and interactions that promote mental and physical health. Children and youth have experienced occupational disruptions due to the pandemic with some experiencing decreased occupational endurance and lost skills. Every Moment Counts is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children/youth become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home and in the community. Participants will learn about a multi-tiered public health approach to mental health involving promotion, prevention and intervention and be introduced to Every Moment Counts’ activity-based programs: Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, Calm Moments Cards, Making Leisure Matter. Practical examples of collaborative services (OT, PT, teachers) integrated in academic (classroom) and non-academic (cafeteria, recess, art, etc.) settings will be shared. A review of special and general education legislation (IDEA, ESSA) and the need to integrate services throughout the day to promote health will be emphasized. Creative strategies for helping youth participate in meaningful, community-based leisure will be shared. An overview of website resources as well as strategies for building capacity of school personnel to do this work will be provided.

Continuing Education

IDFPR (Continuing Education Units): Clock Hours - 6
PD Clock Hours (ISBE Evidence of Completion Form): PD Clock Hours - 6


LADSE is a Continuing Education Sponsor for Social Workers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, and Occupational Therapists.






NIU Naperville Campus

1120 East Diehl Road
Naperville, IL 60563


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