The New Occupational Therapy Framework 4th Ed.
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by LA
2y ago
Hello folks! AOTA finally released the OTPF 4!   I will attach the file to download the draft version here: OTPF4_FINAL_for_web I am excited to read through this and see how our practice framework can further mold us during these trying times.   Would love to hear any comments ..read more
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Working thru COVID-19
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by LA
2y ago
Greetings world! While we are all working to comprehend and adapt to this new “normal”, I wanted to shed some light on working in a high risk area during this time. I currently work in South Florida which has one of the largest number of COVID positive cases in the US as of July 2020. While I have been sheltered inside of a long term care facility, I am very fortunate to still have the ability to see my clients and maintain a nearly full caseload. In this time the changes our office has had to undergo in order to ensure our clients safety include: 1. Performing 1 on 1 room only treatments 2 ..read more
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Educating Remotely!
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by LA
3y ago
Hello everyone, with the advent of 2020, we have seen an onslaught of challenges. I for one, am grateful that I made 2019 my best year yet. While I planned for it to get even better in 2020, I understand we have all been bogged down by workplace uncertainties and feelings of unease all around the world. In these hectic times I really like to get in touch with myself and reality. I have unfortunately been one of the individuals subjects to a 14 day home quarantine however, my job has afforded me a few opportunities for pay while creating educational material from home. I would like to share ..read more
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Coping with Summertime Blues
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by LA
3y ago
It has certainly been awhile since I posted a blog here, I wanted to begin this one by thanking Http://www.feedspot.com for their recommendation in “The Top 75 Occupational Therapy Blogs”, I believe this blog had been placed around number 60, but the free advertising is definitely nice. If you are a professional who runs a blog for your business or personal ambitions, you can submit it to feedspot and they will give you some free publicity which is a really nice thing thats hard to find nowadays. I wanted to discuss coping with the quiet summer months today. For an outpatient private practic ..read more
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A Roadmap for Occupational Therapy Students: Prospectus
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by LA
3y ago
My first year practicing as an Occupational Therapist, I have had the pleasure of educating two very motivated and ambitious students. From their responses, I can gather that they had covered a lot of ground each time they showed up to observe with me in the morning and, judging by their feedback,had learned very much during their experience. As a professional with only one year of practice under my belt, I always worry- Am I educating these students well enough for them to flourish in their environment? Did I provide enough insight for them to achieve their goals of getting into an Occupation ..read more
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Keeping up and Avoiding Compassion Fatigue
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by LA
3y ago
An OTs job involves a lot of paperwork and even more compassion for the clients we see everyday. Sometimes productivity demands of companies do not align with our goals or hopes for Occupational Therapy. When this happens we can be at risk of burnout. Some of the ways to keep up with tasks within work hours are to try to complete notes using point of care. Meaning, doing notes while seeing a patient. If this is unrealistic for you or your setting, another option is to take a chunk of time during your day to do documentation and charting. Even if you aren’t able to see all your patients or keep ..read more
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The Road so Far…
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by LA
3y ago
I wanted to share the continued journey so far from graduating my Occupational Therapy program to working full-time. I have been working at my current job in outpatient geriatrics for almost 1 year, but July will make exactly 1 year working full-time. I really love my job and current position and I will explain why: 1. I get to make my own treatments and am really able to tailor them to my clients’ needs. (One day, I may help a client make their bed and put away their laundry; another day, I may be at a clients house baking cookies from scratch!) 2. I really love to continue using my therapeut ..read more
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Food for Thought & Ways to Capitalize on Sensory Preferences in a Resume
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by LA
3y ago
Food for Thought Recently, I was doing some self reflection and thought of what it must be like for a child who experiences sensory overload or who has been diagnosed with autism. Because of recent studies evidencing that sensory processing disorders and some mental health disorders are related to under-pruning and over pruning of neurons in the brain, along with the fact that we know even as adults, the brain has at least some amount of neuroplasticity, would there be a way, to retrain the brain to re-wire neural networks in individuals diagnosed at a younger age? I am not just talking about ..read more
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Getting into the swing of things~
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by LA
3y ago
For my own sake, I would like to begin posting relevant topics and material related to Occupational Therapy on this blog. Since I began graduate school in May 2015, I have been one of the students struggling to get through my main science courses including Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Neuroanatomy. This week I had finally reached the accomplishment of finishing all my major Occupational Therapy science requirements and am proud to be moving on to the “meat and potatoes” of the OT curriculum! The past three semesters have taught me a lot about the meaning of Occupation in Occupational ..read more
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