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Sex, Love, and Occupational Therapy with Sakshi Tickoo

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Dr. Sakshi Tickoo and Sarah discuss: 

  • How she became interested in mental health, sexuality, and OT
  • OT in India
  • Sexuality for all age groups
  • Importance of consent
  • Her definition of sexual health
  • Sex as an activity of daily living (ADL)
  • Conditions and misdiagnosed conditions
  • Occupational therapy’s role in sexual health

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Your Favorite Creative Treatment Ideas

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The Emotionality of Practice

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Takeaways:

  • Remembering that what we are doing is making an impact in the lives of our clients
  • Emotionality of practice

Mentioned Resources: 

 

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Catch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/81

Pediatric Therapy From the Parent's Perspective with Effie Parks

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Effie and Sarah discuss:  

  • The moment she found out about her son’s diagnosis
  • CTNNB1 syndrome
  • How it presents in her son
  • Her experience in early intervention
  • The impact OT has had on her and her son’s life
  • Her advice for OT practitioners working with families 
  • Memorable moments in OT so far
  • Hippotherapy
  • Parents trusting in therapists
  • Reflections on OT from a parent perspective
  • Her podcast
  • Resources

Connect with Effie

Should You Pursue That Practice Area?

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Takeaways:

  • Shouldn’t doesn’t mean you can’t. If you’re interested in it, do it
  • Use what your client has and also understand their financial status
  • The importance of having a mentor

Mentioned Resources: 

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Catch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/79

Working in Early Intervention as a New Grad with Amirra Johnson

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Amirra and Sarah discuss:  

  • What is early intervention?
  • How can families be referred
  • Typical assessments and frequency of evaluations
  • Informed Clinical Opinion
  • Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Team Based Model
  • What a day in early intervention looks like (pre-covid)
  • Coaching Model in EI
  • What about all the driving?
  • The skill of scheduling and autonomy
  • Going bagless
  • Pros and cons of working in EI as a new grad
  • Tips for new grads working (or wanting to work) in EI
  • Resources

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Advice for OT & OTA Students

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Talking Points:

Mentioned resources: 

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Being a Lifelong Learner

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Takeaways:

  • The importance of networking and always learning
  • Paying attention to moving and your lymph system
  • Knowing our role as therapy practitioners

Mentioned Resources: 

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https://ot4lyfe.com/76

Navigating Life with Cancer-Related Lymphedema with Emilia Dewi

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Emilia and Sarah discuss:  

  • Why the lymphatic system is important to her
  • Long term effects of lymphedema 
  • Overview of lymphatic system
  • Glymphatic system 
  • Importance of sleep
  • Link between autoimmune system and lymphatic system
  • Dr. Perry Nicholson- Lymph Mojo Body Aquarium 
  • Cancer related lymphedema 
  • Changes due to cancer related lymphedema 
  • Cancer and Trauma
  • Lymphedema and lifestyle
  • Risk reduction practice
  • Change Readiness Theory 
  • Planting the seed
  • Allowing choice after cancer
  • John Barnes Myofascial Release
  • Her favorite manual therapy techniques
  • Kinesio Taping for lymphedema management 
  • Cording 
  • Lipedema 

Connect with Emelia

Mistakes and Mindset in OT Entrepreneurship

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Takeaways:

  1. Entrepreneurship is a journey
  2. Mindset is key 
  3. The importance of making mistakes in business

Mentioned Resources: 

Join in the Discussion: 

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Catch the full episode: 

https://ot4lyfe.com/74

Making Shoes For All Abilities with Joseph DiFrancisco

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Joseph and Sarah discuss: 

  • The why behind starting Friendly Shoes
  • Safety and aesthetics of adaptive shoes
  • The deeper meaning behind shoes
  • Sneakerheads
  • Why you can’t just go bigger to fit AFOs in shows
  • The OT brain in shoe development
  • Importance of making mistakes
  • Taking the first step to starting a business
  • Why Friendly?
  • Bringing occupational therapy to the forefront
  • Coupon Code for 25% off Friendly Shoes for Lyfers: OTRULES

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Tips and Tricks To Get and Stay Organized

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The Power of Movement and Social Media

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Takeaways:

  1. Power of social media
  2. Influence of movement on all the body systems
  3. Why we need to fall
  4. Movement during the pandemic

Mentioned Resources: 

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Catch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/71

Can Movement Change the World with Kim Lowack

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Kim and Sarah discuss:  

  • Influence of movement across the lifespan
  • Effects of movement disruptions
  • Overview of vestibular system
  • Development of the nervous system
  • Why crawling is so important
  • Making it fun is all that matters
  • Focusing on the underlying reflexes to address higher level skills
  • The under appreciated system
  • Identifying the issue and then taking a step back
  • Importance of movement for geriatric population
  • Dr. Harold Blomberg Rhythmic Movements

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Bad For Practice Assumptions Are

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Takeaways:

  1. Fundamentals transcend practice areas
  2. Assumptions can be bad for practice
  3. Going beyond occupation

Mentioned Resources: 

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https://ot4lyfe.com/69

The Impact of OT in the Prison System with Kwaku Agyemang

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Kwaku and Sarah discuss:  

  • Normalization of violence
  • Assumptions of people in prison
  • Historical views on wrong doing and punishment
  • Working with young offenders (18-21 years old)
  • Reflections on how they got there and where they can go in the future 
  • Influence of occupations both positive and negative
  • Social context of occupations
  • The opportunity of choice
  • Impact on environment for people in prison
  • What it looks like to work as an OT in prison
  • The framework of occupational therapy
  • How he started working with in the prisons
  • His biggest realization working in this setting
  • OT & Chill

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Your Favorite Occupational Therapy Resources

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Thinking Outside the OT Box

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Takeaways:

  • The rheumatoid arthritis journey
  • Implications of RA symptoms on all areas of life
  • Thinking outside the box

Catch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/66 

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It's Not Just Joint Pain: Occupational Therapy's Unique Role in Arthritis Life with Cheryl Crow

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Cheryl and Sarah discuss: 

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Why You Need to Find Your Passion in OT

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Sarah discusses:

  • Current dementia statistics according to the World Health Organization as of 2019
  • Why this episode was a tough one for her
  • What she learned about working in dementia care
  • Brock’s episode with Teaming with Dementia with Brooke George
  • Finding your passion within the field of occupational therapy
  • Importance of self care
  • Realization of compassion fatigue

Catch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/64

Share your takeaways and join in the discussion here: https://ot4lyfe.com/community

Positive Approach to Dementia Care with Jenna Mele

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Sarah and Jenna discuss: 

  • Realizing that something needed to be done in dementia care
  • Having hope with a progressive diagnosis 
  • Focusing on one client and one family
  • Occupational deprivation and lack of balance
  • Teepa Snow- Positive Approach to Care
  • Relationship is top priority 
  • Hand-under-hand treatment technique
  • Partnering with our clients and their caregivers
  • Checking emotions at the door
  • The professional and personal impacts of working in dementia care 
  • Importance of social supports
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Success stories
  • Importance of life history for clients, especially those with dementia
  • Advice for practitioners working in dementia care
  • Advice for care partners
  • Jerry video
  • Dementia Resources

Get in touch with Jenna: 

Mentorship and Little t Trauma: Takeaways from Episode 62

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Sarah discusses:

  • Importance of mentorship 
  • Small t traumas can be just as impactful 
  • Medical conditions, diagnoses, conditions, and injuries can be trauma
  • “Connection before correction”

Catch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/62

To share your takeaways from the episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/community/

Trauma-Sensitive Care for Healthcare Providers with Taelor Millsap

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Sarah and Taelor discuss: 

 

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Monthly Recap: May 2020

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Discussion Points

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Creating Success in Non-Traditional Roles as an Occupational Therapy Assistant with Dave Merlo

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Dave and Sarah discuss: 

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Learning How To Money with Joel Larsgaard

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Joel and Sarah discuss: 

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I'm Bringin' Occupation Back

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Sarah discusses: 

  • The difficulty we have describing our profession
  • We don’t explain what it is that we do
  • Reshaping how we talk about OT
  • Bringin’ occupation back
  • Stop using practice examples
  • Rename the profession?
  • Use occupational language
  • #happyaprilfoolsday

Thoughts on COVID-19 with Sarah Putt

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Sarah discusses:

  • The beginning of when I first started to hear about COVID-19
  • Stories from from friends who live in Venice
  • Cancellation of conferences (i.e: AOTA)
  • The moment that I realized COVID-19 was a big deal
  • Cancellation of fieldwork, students, and volunteers
  • Weighing the risks and the unknowns
  • Navigating the changes with my family
  • Disruption of our typical roles and routines
  • Having important conversations while not alarming others
  • Being on the same page with my family
  • Reflections of the changes from a business perspective
  • Keeping myself, my employee, and our clients and their families safe
  • Isolation and early intervention
  • Challenges and Benefits of Teletherapy
  • Mindset during this uncertain time
  • Importance of routines and structure for mental and physical health
  • We are are doing our part
  • Announcing “The OT Roundtable” podcast: http://theotroundtable.com/
  • Resources: https://ot4lyfe.com/best-of-occupational-therapy-03-18-2020/

Flourishing as an OT Practitioner Through Personal Experience with Mandy Chamberlain

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Sarah and Mandy discuss: 

  • Mandy's sister’s accident
  • Her experience finding her role within her family as a sister/daughter and healthcare professional
  • Recognizing the importance of family dynamics in the rehab journey
  • The tension she experienced during rehab between expectations and reality
  • Her role between the doctors, nurses, therapists, etc and her family
  • The pivotal moment with her sister’s OT
  • Navigating her role from a personal and professional standpoint
  • The ripple effect of traumatic accidents and rehabilitation on families
  • Knowing when and how to make appropriate referrals
  • Advice for therapists working with people & their families who have experienced a brain injury
  • Advice for families and caregivers going through an acquired accident
  • Where her sister is now
  • The one thing she wished she knew during the time of the accident and initial rehab journey
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Unmet Support Needs of Caregivers and Families in Florida: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3866264/
  • Seniors Flourish
  • If you have gone through anything similar, you can email Mandy at: mchamberlain@seniorsflourish.com

Contact Mandy:

Email: mchamberlain@seniorsflourish.com

Website: http://seniorsflourish.com/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/seniorsflourish

Instagram: https://www.instgram.com/seniorsflourish

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seniorsflourish

Building Positive Foundations Through Collaboration with Connie Hunt

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Connie and Sarah discuss: 

  • Importance of collaboration between disciplines
  • The complexity of working in feeding and swallowing
  • Slowing down in this hyperspeed world to address therapy needs
  • Feeding hacks for sensory kids
  • Connie’s path into pediatrics
  • Her advice for students
  • The impact that graduate school had on her outlook as a clinician
  • Students and the lack of preparedness for real world therapy coming out of school
  • Her experience of not feeling supported as a student
  • Supervisors need to take a step back to figure out where students at in that moment
  • Gauging students learning by asking questions as a supervisor
  • Having a student is not about what they can do for the supervisor, it is more about how the supervisor can help the student
  • Building positive foundations for students through responsible clinical supervision
  • Just because you are a good clinician, does not mean that you are a good supervisor
  • Getting feedback about what students like/dislike at other fieldwork sites to guide your site
  • Connie’s book series: Hello Mouth, Hello Hands, and Hello Feet
  • R2D2
  • Resources for Fieldwork Educators:

 

Buy the Hello Series Books: https://positivefoundationspublishing.com/

 

Contact Connie:

Email: conniehunt@positivefoundationsforkids.com

Website: http://www.positivefoundationsforkids.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnieHuntSLP

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/positivefoundations/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/positivefoundationsforkids/

Diverse OT: Leadership and Advocacy for Minorities in Healthcare with Michelle DeJesus

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Michelle and Sarah discuss: 

Contact Michelle:

Instagram: instagram.com/michelled_ot

Website: michelledot.com

Thinking and Learning Through an Occupational Lens with Brock Cook

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Sarah and Brock discuss: 

  • His favorite things about OT
  • How his podcast Occupied has impacted his own learning: http://www.brockcook.com/category/podcast/
  • Hero vs Anti-hero theory
  • Importance of understanding complex theories and how they apply to understand people better
  • Self-awareness as a therapist
  • The great coriander debate
  • “Pot Stir Thursday” on MH4OT: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MH4OT/
  • How he came to think about things differently
  • Empowering his students to think for themselves
  • The fear of failure
  • Taking a step back to realize where you are
  • Episode with Sarah’s first supervisor- Inspiration, Sensory Integration and Zen with Roxie Fernandez: https://ot4lyfe.com/1/
  • How being in academia has impacted his own view on learning
  • Where he wants to see the profession of occupational therapy go in the future
  • Brock’s episode with Professor Gail Whiteford: http://www.brockcook.com/024/
  • What Brock has learned from podcasting
  • The episode Brock talks about that pushed him way outside his comfort zone: http://www.brockcook.com/063/
  • List of Occupational Therapy Podcasts: http://www.otpodcasts.com/
  • #OTTalk on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottalk

Contact Brock:

Website: http://www.occupiedpodcast.com

Email: brock.cook@me.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/brockcookOT

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/occupiedpodcast

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/occupiedpodcast

 

Bunnies and Ducks and Llamas, Oh My! with Mona Sams

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Sarah and Mona discuss: 

  • How she incorporates llamas into her OT sessions
  • What other animals she has at her practice
  • Why llamas are effective in therapy
  • LlamaFest: http://ctcroanoke.org/news/
  • How animals facilitate verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Introducing clients to animals when they are afraid of them
  • The importance of skilled therapy when using animals
  • Link to her research article: http://ot4lyfe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/llamaOT.pdf
  • How she got interested in using llamas in therapy
  • Using llama hair for crafts
  • How she structures her sessions
  • Other considerations for using animals in therapy
  • The interconnectedness of all animals

Website: http://www.ctcroanoke.org/

Email: creativetherapycare@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CTCMonasArk/

Early Intervention with an OT Mom with Danielle Delorenzo

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Sarah and Danielle discuss:

  • Navigating early intervention assessment as a parent and a therapist
  • A blessing and a curse of being an OT going through this process
  • Roles of being a mom, an OT, getting her doctorate, and now being a therapy mom
  • The importance of having a “village”
  • The defining moment that made her seek out help
  • Developmental trajectories
  • Being the first person as an EI OT to tell parents that something is wrong
  • Caregiver dyad and regulation
  • How having a child in early intervention has impacted her as a therapist
  • Parental guilt
  • Being present in the moment through mindfulness
  • Value of working with the parents and families in early intervention
  • Being an expert means being a life long learner
  • Questions she had from the mom side
  • Dealing with people staring at our kids when we are out in public
  • Using video-taping to facilitate therapy and parental education
  • One piece of advice for therapists?
  • Her blog Mornings with an OT Mom: https://morningswithanotmom.com/
  • Her episode on the OT Schoolhouse Podcast: https://www.otschoolhouse.com/episode38

Email: morningswithanotmom@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mornings.with.an.ot.mom/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morningswithanotmom/

Website: https://morningswithanotmom.com/

A Year in the Lyfe

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Living Life One Day at a Time with TaeJun Lee

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Sarah and TJ discuss: 

  • His interest in obstacle course racing
  • 9/13/2003- The day of his accident
  • What his life looked like before
  • The extend of his injuries from the accident and then once in the hospital
  • The perspective of going through inpatient care
  • Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center: http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/rancho
  • Coping with medical professionals, his family, and friends thinking that he might also have a brain injury
  • Getting better one day at a time
  • Why he preferred to go to physical therapy over occupational therapy
  • Progression of his recovery, sensation, and movement
  • His willingness to work and fail in order to make progress in therapy
  • Spent about 5 months with little to no movement 
  • Overcoming the trauma and the injury 
  • Transitioning to going home
  • Continuing his therapy and rehabilitation on his own
  • His path into becoming a COTA/L
  • How his accident and personal experience with therapy has influenced him as a therapist
  • Finding a job with a disability
  • Recognizing his physical limitations and using other ways to manage his treatment sessions
  • His progression of interests in fall prevention, pain, kinesiotaping, movement, soft tissue, technology and apps, assistive technology, ergonomics of video gamers
  • Importance of collaboration
  • His healthcare collective 
  • His blog- One Day at a Time 365: http://www.onedayatatime365.org/

Connect with TJ:

Email: taejun.lee@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teejaylee

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taejunlee

Twitch: Twitch.tv/jeetsu

Sensory Integration and the Transformation From Clinic to Home with Laura Petix

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Sarah and Laura discuss: 

  • Her favorite weekend occupation 
  • The lack of lunch breaks as a pediatric OT
  • My secret to hot lunches on the go: https://amzn.to/3212ums
  • Laura’s favorite food 
  • Our sensory quirks
  • How she explains sensory processing to parents
  • Facilitating parents to be validated with their feelings
  • The importance of education for the caregivers in order to carry-over techniques at home
  • Bridging the gap between working in the clinic environment and home or school
  • Using the just right challenge for the kids and when providing strategies for the parents
  • How she structures her sensory treatments
  • Following the child’s lead
  • Celebrating the small wins
  • Her path into OT 
  • Her journey with sensory difficulties with her daughter
  • How she navigates being an OT and a mom
  • The impact of being a parent of a child with sensory needs on her practice as an OT
  • Advice for therapists
  • What is the meaning behind the name The OT Butterfly?
  • Teachers Pay Teachers- The OT Butterfly: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Ot-Butterfly
  • Classroom Sensory Strategies Guidebook: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Sensory-Strategies-Editable-Guidebook-for-Teachers-4704627

Instagram: https://instagram.com/theotbutterfly

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theotbutterfly

Website: https://www.theotbutterfly.com

From OT School to New Grad OT with Jordan McCauley

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Sarah and Jordan discuss: 

  • Today is a big day, why is that?
  • Experiencing back to back fieldworks
  • When did he find out about OT?
  • How the Level 1 Fieldworks were integrating within his program
  • One thing he wished he knew going into his level 2 fieldworks
  • Realization of balancing life with fieldwork
  • Challenges he faced during his rotations
  • Managing self-care
  • Resources for Level 2 students
  • Importance of community 
  • OT Exam study resources
  • What’s next for him?
  • His capstone project trip to Guatemala

Find more Resources here: https://ot4lyfe.com/resources/

Follow Jordan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jordanot_/

Fieldwork is Over: Now What?- OTA Fieldwork: Part 4 of 4

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Chantal, EJ, and Sarah discuss:

Midterm Evaluations and the Final Weeks of Placement - OTA Fieldwork: Part 3 of 4

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Chantal, EJ, and Sarah discuss:

  • Their current feelings heading into the last 2 weeks of fieldwork
  • Feelings about midterm scoring
  • What going through the midterm looked like
  • Importance of self reflection during fieldwork
  • What their day-to-day looks like in fieldwork
  • The importance of having other students with you on fieldwork
  • Practice supervision for OT and OTA students
  • Reflections on expectations and managing the role of the student
  • Becoming your own therapist and not just an imitation of your supervisor
  • The last two weeks of fieldwork and beyond
  • Finding a job as a new grad

From Observation to Taking the Lead - OTA Fieldwork: Part 2 of 4

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EJ, Chantal, and Sarah discuss:

  • How they feel after completing 3 weeks of fieldwork
  • Shifting from observing to leading their own groups
  • Distinguishing OTs unique value in mental health services
  • What to do when your treatment plan backfires?
  • Therapeutic use of self
  • Learning to read the patients
  • Daily and momentary goals
  • How their days are structured
  • Differences in supervision
  • The emotional toll of working in mental health
  • The role of our own biases
  • Changes in responsibilities expected in the next few weeks of fieldwork
  • Advice for students going into fieldwork

Preparing for the Challenge - OTA Fieldwork: Part 1 of 4

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EJ, Chantal, and Sarah discuss:

  • Their previous level 2 fieldwork placement
  • Getting experience in many practice areas as an OT student
  • Hardest parts of their first fieldwork placement
  • Challenges with documentation and relating the treatments to the big picture
  • Transitioning from classroom to clinical practice
  • Learning to take chances and not be afraid to make mistakes
  • Preparing for their next Level 2 placements in mental health
  • Having fieldworks back to back
  • Excitement and nerves going into their last placement
  • What they are most excited about and what they are most nervous about
  • Importance of developing an open line of communication with your supervisors
  • The students’ perceived strengths and weakness going into fieldwork
  • Being resourceful when not knowing the answers
  • How to be a good student
  • The importance of asking questions
  • Differences between OTA and OT fieldwork
  • Advocating for yourself as an OTA student
  • Social media resources for OT and OTA students

OT School: From Classroom to Level 2 Fieldwork

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Bianca, Kat, Celia and Sarah discuss:

Minding Our OT Business with Laura Park Figueroa

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Sarah and Laura discuss:

Email: laura@outdoorkidsot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/outdoorkidsot

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauraparkfig

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindyourotbusiness

Website: http://www.mindyourotbusiness.com

Podcast: https://www.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast

Transitions and Reflections of a Millennial OT with Grant Mitchell

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Sarah and Grant discuss:

Email: MillennialOT@gmail.com

Twitter: Twitter.com/millennialOT

Instagram: Instagram.com/millennialOT

Facebook: Facebook.com/MillennialOT

Youtube: Youtube.com/MillennialOT

Creating Confidence and an Occupation-Based Mindset with Alexis Joelle

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Sarah and Alexis discuss:

  • OT settings within the hospital
  • What is acute care?
  • Planned and unplanned hospital stays
  • Supporting clients in the beginning of their journey
  • Typical length of stay in acute care setting
  • Importance of education within the initial session/ evaluation
  • Similarities of Acute Care and Early Intervention practice areas
  • Getting experience in other practice areas to guide our current practice area
  • Episode with Dr. Michael Roberts- How Deep is Your Love for OT? https://ot4lyfe.com/23/
  • Differences in working with planned and unplanned hospital stay clients
  • Challenges working in acute care setting
  • Ableism
  • Occupation-centered practice within the hospital setting
  • Advice for people that are in a system where occupation-based practice is not at the forefront
  • Being a mentor and life long learner
  • Her consulting company: creatingconfidenceinOTs.club
  • AcuteCare4OT on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173309566418639/

Email: info@alexisjoelle.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/8alexisjoelle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/8alexisjoelle/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/8alexisjoelle

Website: https://www.alexisjoelle.com/

Battling The Burnout with Erika del Pozo

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Sarah and Erika discuss:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joy.energy.time/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyenergytime/

The Why of OT 4 Lyfe with Sarah Putt

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Sarah discusses

Unlocking the Potential of Occupational Therapy with Sarah Lyon

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Sarah and Sarah discuss

Contact Her:

Email: sarah@otpotential.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/otpotential
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/otpotential/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/otpotentialcom/

OT Potential: https://otpotential.com/
OT Potential Podcast: https://otpotential.com/ot-potential-podcast

Inclusion, Education, and All the Colors of the Rainbow with Devlynn Neu

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Sarah and Devlynn discuss:

  • AOTA’s Vision 2025: “As an inclusive profession, OT maximizes health, well-being and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities, through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living.": https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/vision-2025.aspx
  • Role of incorporating inclusion into the vision
  • Respect for identity and use of pronouns
  • Overview and definition of the letters of LGBT+
  • Importance of identify, pronouns, and personal aspects
  • Incorporating identity into our client’s occupational profiles
  • Important statistics involving the LGBT+ community and healthcare
  • Positives and challenges he has faced as a gay therapist and working in healthcare
  • Advice for therapists experiencing difficulty with their identity within their clinical role
  • Devlvynn’s discussion with Taelormade OT on OTea Time:
    • https://www.facebook.com/TaelorMadeOT/videos/648430935609510/
    • @taelormadeot on Instagram
  • Devlynn’s posts on Shannen Marie OT’s ABCs of OT:
    • https://shannenmarieot.com/
    • @shannenmarieot on Instagram
  • ADL specific tasks for the LGBT+ community
  • Importance of access to appropriate public restrooms
  • Resources for therapists
    • National Alliance for Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org
    • The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org
    • LGBT Health Edcuation: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org
    • Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Provider Directory: http://www.glma.org/
    • Person Centered Care: https://www.healio.com/nursing/journals/jgn/2018-2-44-2/%7B4f46d2c3-4daf-4f4f-8950-70ea1093f985%7D/person-centered-care-for-lgbt-older-adults
    • LGBTQ+ & OT: https://www.lgbtq-ot.com/
    • Healthcare Disparities: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5478215/
    • LGBTQ CCD: https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/index.htm
    • LGBTQ Task Force: https://www.thetaskforce.org/

Email: devlynnneu@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therainbowot

Website: https://www.therainbowot.com