About DeLana Honaker, PhD, OTR, FAOTA


Welcome!
Much of my work as a therapist, researcher, educator and app developer has focused on issues related to children of all abilities.  I am certified to give the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT).  I have authored multiple articles and two books: Writing Goals and Objectives in School-Based Practice and Ready, Set, Write! A Handwriting Development Program.  I’m currently living in Amarillo, Texas and working on a new pediatric assessment app called KidLife(r) (see my blog post about that).  Here's a synopsis of my education, scholarship, research, honors and recent presentations:

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 1994
  • MA in Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 1999
  • PhD in Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 2001

FELLOWSHIP:
Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in recognition of outstanding service, scholarship, teaching and leadership for the profession in technology and pediatrics.

EXPERIENCE:
  • CEO/President of Well Versed, LLC, an assessment and app development company from 2013 to present
  • Consultant, private and public school districts in West Texas and Central Pennsylvania 1996 to present
  • Associate Professor, Elizabethtown College in PA from 2004-2009
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Woman’s University from 2002-2012
  • Consultant/Lead Occupational Therapist, Lubbock Independent School District, 1994-2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Tech University, 2003-2004 and 1996-1998
  • Staff Occupational Therapist, Companion Home Healthcare, 1994-1995

SCHOLARSHIP:
Peer-Reviewed Publications:
  • Honaker, D. (in press). Collective Leadership: A Quantum Shift in Healthcare System Behaviors.  In S. Dunbar (Ed.), Occupational Perspective on Leadership: Theoretical and Practical Dimensions, Second Edition.  Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.
  • Honaker, D. & Grimes, D. (in press).  Crafts in occupational therapy.  In A. Wagenfeld (Ed.), Foundations of Theory and Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Independence, KY: Delmar Cengage Learning
  • Honaker, D., Rosello, S. S., & Candler, C. (2012). Brief Report—Test–retest reliability of family L.I.F.E. (Looking Into Family Experiences): An occupation-based assessment. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 66, 617–620. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2012.004002
  • American Occupational Therapy Association. (2008).  Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process(2nd ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62,625–683.  Co-authored as a member of the Commission on Practice.
  • Honaker, D. (2007).  Letter to the editor.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  61, p. 603-604.
  • Honaker, D. & Rossi, L. (2005, December).  Proprioception and participation at school: Are weighted vests effective? Appraising the evidence Part Two.  Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly.  Bethesda, MD: AOTA
  • Honaker, D. & Rossi, L. (2005, September).  Proprioception and participation at school: Are weighted vests effective? Appraising the evidence Part One.  Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly.  Bethesda, MD: AOTA
  • Honaker, D. (2005).  Preschool and school-based therapy.  In A. Wagenfeld & J. Kaldenberg (Eds.), Pediatric Theory and Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant.  Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.
  • Dunn, E., Schulz, E., Wiley, A., Honaker, D., & Schulz, C.  (1999).  The Issue Is: The importance of scholarly debate in occupational therapy literature.  American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  53, p. 398-400.

Professional Publications:
  • Honaker, D., & Gupta, J. (2007). Practice Perks: Performance patterns and the Practice Framework. OT Practice, 12(13), 8.
  • Honaker, D. (2006). Autism statement. OT Practice, 11(21), 9.
  • Honaker, D. (2007). (Ed.) Elizabethtown College Journal of Occupational Therapy: Experiencing the Journey Together.  Annual compendium of Master’s Projects for 2007.  Elizabethtown College: Elizabethtown, PA.
  • Honaker, D. (2006). (Ed.) Elizabethtown College Journal of Occupational Therapy: Building Research for the Future.  Annual compendium of Master’s Projects for 2007.  Elizabethtown College: Elizabethtown, PA.
  • Honaker, D. (2005). (Ed.) Elizabethtown College Journal of Occupational Therapy: Pioneering Research in Action.  Annual compendium of Master’s Theses and Projects for 2005.  Elizabethtown College: Elizabethtown, PA.
  • Honaker, D. (2003).  Writing Goals and Objectives in School-based Practice.  Self-published; currently available from TheraPro, Inc.
  • Honaker, D. (1999).  Ready, Set, Write! & Ready, Set, Write! Handwriting Groups.  [video and manual].  Currently available from TheraPro, Inc.

SERVICE:
  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Commissioner on Practice 2005-2008.  
  • Proposal Reviewer for the 2004, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 AOTA Conference Calls for Papers; Member 1992 to present
  • Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE): 
  • Roster of Accreditation Evaluators 2001-2004
  • Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners (TBOTE): 
  • Board Member and Rules Committee Chair 2010 to present
  • Other
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention, Preschools & Schools, 2006-present
  • Editorial Board: Therapy Times, 2006-2009. 
  • Reviewer for special issue of Occupational Therapy in Health Care (Volume 19, 1/2) entitled The Scholarship of Practice in Occupational Therapy edited by Pat Crist, PhD, OTR and Gary Kielhofner, PhD, OTR.
  • Honors/Awards: AOTA Service Awards, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012, & 2013

Recent Peer-Reviewed Presentations/Workshops:
  • App-sessments: Creating Apps to Norm-Reference New Assessments (short-course).  American Occupational Therapy Conference , Baltimore, MD, April 2014
  • Putting Families First: Partnering with Families of a Child on the Autism Spectrum across Settings (workshop, co-presented with Stacy S. Sue Rosello, MA, OTR/L). American Occupational Therapy Conference , Baltimore, MD, April 2014
  • Creating Apps for Your Clients and Students: From Idea Conception to Wireframes and Beyond (Pre-Conference Institute). American Occupational Therapy Conference , San Diego, CA, April 2013
  • More Than the Child: Fostering and Supporting the Therapeutic Partnership between the Occupational Therapist and Parent(s) in Pediatric Practice (Poster co-presented with Stacy S. Sue Rosello, MA, OTR/L). American Occupational Therapy Conference , San Diego, CA, April 2013
  • Creating Apps for Your Clients and Students. (Workshop). Texas Occupational Therapy Mountain Central Conference , Austin, TX, November 2012
  • Your Practice Act: Applying It to Clinical Practice. (Workshop co-presented with Stephanie Johnson, MA, OTR). Texas Occupational Therapy Mountain Central Conference , Austin, TX, November 2012
  • “There’s an App for That”™: Creating Apps for Your Clients and Students.  (Workshop) American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2012. 
  • Practicalities and Perks of Establishing a Family-Centered Private Practice.  (Short-course co-presentation with Stacy Sue Rosello, MA, OTR/L).  American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2012. 
  • Test/Re-Test Reliability of Family L.I.F.E. (Looking Into Family Experiences).  (Poster co-presentation with Stacy Sue Rosello, MA, OTR/L).  American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2011.
  • Family L.I.F.E.: Exploring Family Occupations Across Family Characteristics.  (Poster co-presentation with graduate students Lauren Thornton & Sarah Huttel).  American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2010.
  • Sitting On Air: Exploring Reading Through Dynamic Seating.  (Poster co-presentation with graduate students Samantha Adams & Savannah Stovall).  American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2010.
  • Examining Handwriting Using the WRITE Test: A Holistic Handwriting Assessment.  (Poster co-presentation with graduate students Jocelyn Samolewicz, Melissa Walton, & Megan Rella).  American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2010.
  • Family L.I.F.E. (Looking Into Family Experiences): Assessment & Intervention Planning.  Presented at the Mountain Central Conference in San Antonio, TX, November, 2009.
  • Sensory Processing Disorder Functioning & Assessment.  Presented at the Mountain Central Conference in San Antonio, TX, November, 2009.
  • Family L.I.F.E.: Exploring Family Occupations Across Family Characteristics.  Poster co-presentation with graduate students Lauren Thornton & Sarah Huttel at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2009.
  • Sitting On Air: Exploring Reading Through Dynamic Seating.  Poster co-presentation with graduate students Samantha Adams & Savannah Stovall at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2009.
  • Validating The WRITE Test: A Holistic Handwriting Assessment.  Poster co-presentation with graduate students Jocelyn Samolewicz, Melissa Walton, & Megan Rella at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October 2009.
  • Family L.I.F.E.: Exploration of Family Occupations across Cultures and Diagnoses.  Short course co-presentation with graduate students J. Ogden & M. Smith at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Houston, TX, April 2009.
  • Validating the WRITE Test: A holistic handwriting assessment.  Poster co-presentation with graduate students C. Bauder & C. Gault at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Houston, TX, April 2009.
  • Family L.I.F.E.: Exploration of Family Occupations across Cultures and Diagnoses.  Short course co-presentation with graduate students J. Ogden & M. Smith at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, King of Prussia, PA. October 2008.
  • Validating the WRITE Test: A holistic handwriting assessment.  Poster co-presentation with graduate students C. Bauder & C. Gault at the  Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, King of Prussia, PA. October 2008.
  • Family L.I.F.E.: Development of a new assessment tool.  Short course co-presentation with graduate students S. Davis & L. Rowe, for the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Long Beach, CA. April 2008.
  • Sitting on Air: Dynamic Seating in the Classroom.  Poster co-presentation with graduate students: C. Beals, T. Holland, M. MacMaster, J. Popp, for the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Long Beach, CA. April 2008.
  • Family L.I.F.E.: Development of a new assessment tool.  (Co-presentation with graduate students S. Davis & L. Rowe) Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Harrisburg, PA. October 2007.
  • Sitting on Air: Dynamic Seating in the Classroom.  (Co-presented with graduate students: C. Beals, T. Holland, M. MacMaster, J. Popp)  Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Harrisburg, PA. October 2007.
  • Car Pools, Vacations, Holiday Dinner: Defining Family Occupations .  (Co-presented with A. Santore & I. Unger) American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO. April 2007.
  • The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework:  Revisions and Applications Open Forum.  Co-presentation with the Commission on Practice (April 2007).  American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, St. Louis, MO. April 2007.
  • Car Pools, Vacations, Holiday Dinner: Assessing Family Occupations .  American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Habits and Rehabilitation Conference, Pacific Grove, CA. February 2007.
  • Car Pools, Vacations, Holiday Dinner: Defining Family Occupations .  Co-presented with graduate students A. Santore & I. Unger at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2006.
  • The ABC’s of Single Subject Designs .  Co-presented with graduate students C. Nealis, S. Long & M. Sloan at the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2006.
  • Occupational Therapy Practice Framework - Open Forum (April 2006).  Co-presented with the Commission on Practice at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference.  Charlotte, NC.
  • Critically appraising the evidence of two common interventions: Weighted vest and brushing protocols (April 2006).   Co-presented with V. Andrel & L. Rossi at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Charlotte, NC.
  • Pediatric Single Subject Research Designs for Dummies.  (October 2005).  New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Princeton, NJ.
  • CATs: Appraising evidence on weighted vest and brushing protocols (October 2005).  New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Princeton, NJ.
  • Written Communication: From Handwriting to Word Processing (October 2005).  Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Valley Forge, PA.
  • CATs: Appraising evidence on weighted vest and brushing protocols (October 2005).  Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Valley Forge, PA.
  • Got proof? Gathering evidence in school-based practice.  Co-presented Pre-conference Institute for American Occupational Therapy Association national conference, May 2004. Minneapolis, MN.

Recent Invited & Professional Presentations/Workshops:
  • Best Practice Assessment & Intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder.  (Workshop) Epic Amarillo Market, Amarillo, TX, May 2014
  • Best Practice Assessment & Intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder.  (Workshop) Epic Dallas Market, Dallas, TX, February 2014
  • Best Practice Assessment & Intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder.  (Workshop) Epic Ft Worth Market, Ft. Worth, TX, November 2013
  • Best Practice Assessment & Intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder.  (Workshop) Epic Austin Market, Austin, TX, October 2013
  • Best Practice Assessment & Intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder.  (Workshop) Region XI Education Service Center, Ft. Worth, TX, September 2013
  • “There’s an App for That”™: Creating Apps for Your Clients and Practice.  (Workshop) Epic Houston Markets, Houston, TX, August 2013.
  • Best Practice Assessment & Intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder.  (Workshop) Region XI Education Service Center, Ft. Worth, TX, May 2013
  • Sitting on Air, Thematic Planning and Other Strategies to Facilitate Student Progress. (Workshop) Region XI Education Service Center, Ft. Worth, TX, November 2012
  • Using and Creating Apps in School-based Practice.  (Workshop) CESA#1 School-Based Occupational & Physical Therapy Conference, The Dells, WI, October 2012
  • “I have not failed. I've just found 51 ideas that won't work…and 1 that did.”  Keynote speaker for the Maddak Awards Breakfast at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 2012. 
  • Family Playtime, Routines, & Holiday Dinners: Defining & Assessing Family Occupations. (March 2011).  Presentation at the 18th Annual Vanderkooi Lectureship.  Dallas, TX.
  • Best Practice Interventions for Sensory Processing Disorder. (October 2011).  Presentation for Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Wellsborro, PA.
  • Best Practice Interventions for Sensory Processing Disorder.  (February, March, April, May, June, September, October & November 2008; January, February, March, May, November  2009; January, February, March, April, May 2010).  MEDS-PDN Seminars.  Presented in: Warwick, RI; Albany, NY; Oklahoma City, OK; Dallas, TX; St. Cloud, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; Shreveport, LA; Houston, TX; Burlington, VT; Plainview, NY; Harrisburg, PA; Cleveland, OH; Missoula, MT; San Jose, CA; Spokane, WA; Bellevue, WA; Boise, ID; Portland, OR; Cheyenne, WY; Reno, NV; Cincinnati, OH; Indianapolis, IN; Colorado Springs, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; White Plains, NY; Hamden, CT; Norfolk, VA; Pasadena, CA; Torrance, CA; Tallahassee, FL; Scranton, PA; Poughkeepsie, NY; Dubuque, IA; El Paso, TX; Newark, NJ; McAllen, TX; Albuquerque, NM; and Milwaukee, WI.
  • Down-to-One-Bag Thematic Planning (September 2008).  Keynote speaker for the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association state conference in Paducah, KY.
  • Making the Grade: Data Collection in Practice (September 2008).  Keynote speaker for the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association state conference in Paducah, KY.
  • Evaluation of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in Children and Adolescents  (October 2007).  Summit Professional Development, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Tampa, FL; Schaumberg, IL; Detroit, MI.
  • Down-to-One-Bag Thematic Planning (June 2007).  Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit, Schnecksville, PA.
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Functioning and Assessment (March 2007).  Region IX Educational Service Center, El Paso, TX.
  • Evidence on Common Pediatric Interventions: Just the Facts, Ma'am (February 2007).  Vanderkooi Lecture Series at Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, TX.
  • Car Pools, Vacations, Holiday Dinner: Defining and Assessing Family Occupations  (February 2007).  Vanderkooi Lecture Series at Texas Woman’s University, Dallas,
  • Ready, Set, Jump!  A Balanced Sensory Diet Approach.  (September 2006).  The Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association Conference.  Louisville, KY.
  • Writing Goals and Objectives in School-based Practice. (September 2006).  The Ohio OT/PT Institute, Columbus, OH
  • Down-to-One-Bag Thematic Planning (September 2006).  The Ohio OT/PT Institute, Columbus, OH
  • Ready, Set, Write! Written Communication: From Handwriting to Word Processing (September 2006).  The Ohio OT/PT Institute, Columbus, OH.
  • Ready, Set, Write! Written Communication: From Handwriting to Word Processing (May 2006.  Austill’s Rehabilitation Services In-service for OTs, Malvern, PA.
  • Got Proof?  Gathering Evidence in School-based Practice (April 2006).  Invited co-presenter to the Los Angeles Unified Public School District, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Got Proof?  Gathering Evidence in School-based Practice (October 2005).  Invited presenter to the Orange County Public School District, Orange County, CA.
  • Got Proof?  Gathering Evidence in School-based Practice (February 2005).  Invited co-presenter to the San Diego Public School District, San Diego, CA.
  • Ready, Set, Jump! Accessing play through assistive technology.. (February 2005) for Regions X (Dallas) and Region VII (Killeen) Educational Service Centers of Texas.
  • Functional Aspects of Sensory Integration for the School and Home Environments: Introduction/Evaluation (September 2004). Invited presenter for the Department of Defense – EDIS in Willingen, Germany.
Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere…I would be different.  Unthinkably good things can happen even late in the game.  It’s such a surprise.  :)