Here are the latest episodes.

Motivation for the Long Haul

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Episode Eleven continues our discussion on motivation!  Now we're talking about how to sustain motivation and engagement over longer term programs and interventions.  What are the keys to sustained success and what barriers need to be avoided when we want to make motivation and engagement endure for the long haul?  I hope you enjoy, let me know what you think at iloveotpodcast@gmail.com.

Episode Twelve will get us ready for the annual AOTA conference in New Orleans.  Can't wait!  

Episode Ten: OT and Motivation

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What keeps us going?  What drives our clients to succeed?  Why is motivation so important to our work as OT practitioners?  This episode will get you thinking about why we do what we do in OT, and how we can create the most motivating context for our clients.  

Let me know what you think at iloveOTpodcast@gmail.com and please keep spreading the word about this podcast and our wonderful profession!

Thanks for listening!

Episode Nine: Magic Part II

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Amaze your friends!  Impress your family!

You can do magic!

We've already established that OT is magic, so it's time for examples of how magic can be OT!  Listen to these examples of the use of magic in OT, look up the websites with examples of easy magic tricks, and in a few short hours you are ready to become an OT magician!  Doesn't that sound like a great job description?  Well, don't wait! Alakazam and abracadabra!  Transform your practice!

Episode Eight: OT and Magic!

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We all know that OT is magical, but can magic be OT?

Of course it can!  

In this first part of a two-part episode, we'll talk about research that describes the intersection of OT and magic and I'll share my recent experience using magic in the classroom.  Who knew you could make teaching research interesting?  All it takes is a little magic...

 

Be sure to review the podcast wherever you listen and contact me at iloveotpodcast@gmail.com with any feedback or ideas!  

Episode Seven: OT and VR

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Episode Seven gets us thinking about virtual reality and how it will fit into our practice as OT begins its second century.  Research about pain management, stroke rehab, motor learning, and strategies for implementation will have you considering new technologies in your own practice. 

Thanks for listening and let me know what you think at iloveOTpodcast@gmail.com!

Episode 6: OT and Africa

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The 6th Episode of the I Love OT Podcast turns its attention toward OT in Africa! I'll discuss unique programs and approaches to intervention, lessons to be learned, and new ideas for practice from research related to OT in Africa.  Many thanks to the practitioners working and collaborating in OT from Morocco to Nigeria to South Africa and everywhere in between!

Episode Five - Medically Fragile Pediatric OT

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In this episode, I say "Thank you!" to the OTs who work with medically fragile and complex pediatric clients.  I'll discuss why this work is so challenging and give recommendations from the research about strategies to stay healthy and successful when working with these populations.  Spoiler alert:  having a good "belly laugh" is important to avoiding burnout, so there will be terrible jokes at the end of the episode.  Thanks for listening!

Episode 4 - The TM 8-291 and You

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This episode is a sample of interesting finds from my personal collection of historical OT texts.  Some are serious, some are funny, all speak to what is fascinating about our profession and its history.  Highlighting the values and philosophy that are consistent across the years helps show the power of the way we see the world, and the unique contribution of our profession to the larger community.  Together, let's turn the pages and turn back the clock to show that the more things change in OT, the more things need to stay the same.

"Get outta here!"

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Today's episode discusses how we have used (and should use!) outdoor activities as a therapeutic medium.  From sea kayaking, to organized sports, to guided hikes, to spelunking (go ahead, Google it, I'll wait), there are plenty of good reasons to get yourself and your clients outside.  What are you waiting for?   Get outta here!

Is "All the World a Stage" for OTs?

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This second episode in the I Love OT Podcast investigates the past, present, and future connections between OT and theater arts!  From the Hull House in 1915 to the modern day, we're calling "Places!" on OT and theater.  ("Thank you, places!").  Come along and learn why your OT practice might look even better in footlights and greasepaint.

The I Love OT Podcast: Episode One

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Hello!

This is the inaugural episode of the new I Love OT Podcast, a labor of love dedicated to everyone who loves occupational therapy.  This episode is focused on my favorite soapbox topic:  Fieldwork.   I'll discuss research by myself and others related to "where the rubber meets the road" for OT education.  Please let me know what you think about the pod, send episode ideas, or share what you love about OT at ILoveOTPodcast@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening and supporting my favorite profession!

Functionally yours,

Michael