Here are the latest episodes.

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:

  • Meeting at AOTA 2019 and what they took away from the conference
  • Anxiety and stress of being in OT school
  • Factors of burnout
  • How the symptoms of burnout can become the new norm and go unnoticed
  • The importance of having your values line up with you work’s values
  • How the lack of autonomy can lead to burnout
  • Bullying and burnout
  • Her personal experience with burnout
  • Gastrointestinal issues linked to burnout
  • Importance of self-care with a focus on both internal and external recovery
  • Unplugging and taking time to enjoy life
  • Being mindful instead of mindless
  • Self-management and not just time management
  • Prioritizing time
  • First thing she did when realizing that she was burnt out
  • Gratitude journal
  • How she combats burnout in her daily life
  • Advice for therapists facing burnout
  • Utilizing resources, professionals, and a support system to help you
  • Employee Engagement Survey: https://joyenergytime.mykajabi.com/employeeengagement
  • Affirmation Cards
  • Joy Energy Time: https://www.joyenergytime.com/
  • Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/burnt-out-to-lit-up-healthcare-stress-burnout-wellness/id1332553896
  • Healthcare Hangouts: https://www.joyenergytime.com/healthcarehangouts/

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

  • Why she started a podcast
  • Advocating for the profession
  • How she got into podcasts
  • The first OT podcasts she found
  • Occupied- http://www.brockcook.com/category/podcast/
  • Seniors Flourish- https://seniorsflourish.com/category/podcasts/
  • OT Schoolhouse- https://www.otschoolhouse.com/
  • Overcoming her shyness and worries
  • What she has gotten out of podcasting so far
  • Her journey into occupational therapy
  • Working as an occupational therapist in home based early intervention
  • Starting her private practice
  • Being a fieldwork educator and mentor
  • Her passion for travel and international volunteer work
  • How OT 4 Lyfe got it’s name
  • The vision for the podcast
  • Other OT Podcasts- http://www.otpodcasts.com/

Unlocking the Potential of Occupational Therapy with Sarah Lyon

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Sarah and Sarah discuss

  • Sarah’s love of OT history memorabilia
  • The Healing Heart: The Story of Ora Ruggles Pioneer in Occupational Therapy
  • What sparked her interest in evidence and research?
  • Changes in evidence and research over the past decade
  • Her personal and professional connection to evidence
  • Evidenced-based practice as a tool to guide clinical practice
  • OT Potential Club: https://otpotential.com/ot-potential-club
  • Weekly article review
  • Expanding evidence outside of OT
  • Teaming up with a research librarian
  • Impact factors
  • 50 Most Influential OT Articles: https://otpotential.com/blog/influential-ot-research-articles
  • Forum to promote community engagement
  • Types of evidence
  • Barriers to using evidence in practice
  • NBCOT Evidenced-based Resources: https://www.nbcot.org/en/Certificants/Certification
  • Advice for therapists wanting to incorporate evidence into their practice
  • Most memorable OT moment

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

Uncorking Topics in Occupational Therapy with Miranda Rennie

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Sarah and Miranda discuss:

  • Her current OT role working in outpatient neuro and also teaching at a local university
  • How she first heard about occupational therapy
  • Transitioning from student to new practitioner
  • Tips for incorporating evidence into practice
  • Advocating for evidenced-based practice
  • Collaborating with others using evidence to advance the profession
  • A fun fact about Parkinson’s medication interactions
  • Starting a PhD program
  • Research as a practice area
  • Surround yourself with people that support and challenge you to pursue your dreams
    * OT Uncorked
  • OT Potential
  • The Rainbow OT

Twtiter: https://twitter.com/OTuncorked

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

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

Website: OTuncorked.com

Podcast Link: https://feeds.transistor.fm/ot-uncorked

Being Well and Finding Balance in Life with Brynne Terry

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Sarah and Brynne discuss:

  • Her current role as a OTD student
  • Stressful time periods for students and practitioners
  • How to define wellness
  • How stress impacts a person’s life
  • Implementing strategies before getting stressed to maximize effectiveness
  • Engaging in occupations to alleviate stress i.e. painting with watercolors, walks, being in nature
  • Picking one thing to focus on, rather than a bunch of different tasks that add to your to-do list
  • Keystone habits
  • Strategies to manage stress
  • Mindful meditation
  • Finding pockets to implement strategies
  • “You can do anything, but not everything”
  • The power of saying no
  • Removing sorry for your vocabulary and asserting your communication
  • Tips for staying organized
  • Time Tracker: https://www.bewellbalance.com/timemanagement
  • How the time of day impacts productivity/ motivation
  • Prioritizing yourself

Contact Brynne:

Email: brynne.terry@gmail.com

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

Website: https://www.bewellbalance.com/

Becoming an Occupational Therapist: Starting an OT Program with Rachel Moore

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Sarah and Rachel discuss:

  • Link to first episode with Rachel: www.ot4lyfe.com/13
  • What her orientation looked like
  • The emotional rollercoaster it was applying to OT schools
  • What it felt like to get the acceptance letter into an OT program?
  • Appreciating when things don’t always go as planned
  • Volunteering not just in OT settings to understand the bigger picture
  • Being a floater in a hospital
  • Hippotherapy with a physical therapist
  • Getting a snapshot of our lives through the podcast
  • Fieldwork Mini Series: https://ot4lyfe.com/4
  • Advice for pre-OT students
  • What Rachel is most excited for about OT school and what she is most nervous about
  • Importance of building and growing your professional community as a student
  • Adjusting to changes in schedule and in life because of being in school
  • Pre-OT Success: https://otgrowth.com/
  • Standing out in you application
  • Moving from an atmosphere of competition during applications to collaboration within a program
  • Rachel turning the table on Sarah and asking her a few questions
  • Embracing the time you have in school
  • Paying attention to your self care while in school
  • How to be confident in asking questions
  • Getting involved in student leadership groups

Finding Your Community: 2019 AOTA Recap

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Sarah shares:

  • Arriving and checking in early to avoid lines

  • Attending the SIS Networking Reception

  • Developmental Disabilities, Academic Education, Children & Youth, Productive Aging, Home & Community Health, Mental - Health, Rehabilitation & Disability, Sensory Integration & Processing, Work & Industry

  • For more information about SIS: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Manage/SIS.aspx

  • Making plans, but not sticking to them

  • Making the most out of your time at conference

  • Attending the International Breakfast and other World Federation of OT events

The Keynote Address and Opening Ceremony

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiEHc2yJUss&feature=youtu.be

Tweet Up

  • @OTBrianNY
  • @davidsmcguire
  • @BillWongOT
  • @TheOTtoolbox: https://www.theottoolbox.com/
  • @MissJamieOT: https://www.missjaimeot.com/
  • @AlondraLaOT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcga78K3rcZ4EK9ja-28lw

IG Meet Up

  • @taelormadeot: https://taelor-madeot.com/
  • @shannenarie_ot: https://shannenmarieot.com/
  • @therainbowot
  • @clinitote: https://clinitote.com/
  • @otreference
  • @allisontheotstudent: https://allisontheotstudent.home.blog/
  • @mermaidsandot
  • @carolineb_ot: https://barefootblogger59947443.wordpress.com/
  • @ae_the_ot
  • @jordanot_
  • @occupational.tiffany
  • @joy.energy.time: https://www.joyenergytime.com/
  • @lgthefitot: https://www.laurenpgrabowski.com/

Meeting other OT Podcasters

  • Mandy Chamberlain: https://seniorsflourish.com/
  • Dr. Michael Roberts: http://iloveotpodcast.libsyn.com/
  • OT After Dark: https://otafterdark.com/
  • Ericka Del Pozzo: https://www.joyenergytime.com/podcast/
  • OT Uncorked: http://otuncorked.com/

Meeting up past podcast guests

  • Ijeoma Ikepeze: Episode 20: https://ot4lyfe.com/20
  • Brandon Seigel- Episode 26: https://ot4lyfe.com/26
  • Cami Culwell- Episode 7: https://ot4lyfe.com/7

Expo hall

  • More Cow Belt: http://www.morecowbelt.com/
  • Seeing Previous students
  • Meeting up with you the listener

Investing in yourself

Mark your calendar for next year March 26-29, 2020

Helping Kids with Autism Learn, Play and Thrive with Meg Proctor

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Meg and Sarah discuss:

  • Common misconceptions about autism
  • Looking at the broader picture of children with autism
  • Utilizing the right tools for each individual child
  • Importance of evaluation and re-evaluation
  • Meg’s journey into specializing in autism
  • Finding the right mentor who aligns with your purpose and values
  • Working in early intervention and how that shaped Meg’s current work
  • Common questions from other therapists about autism and play
  • Selecting the right goals for working on play skills with children with autism
  • Identifying play skill goals versus social play goals and when to use them
  • Using simple activities to increase generalization from during therapy to the child’s daily routine
  • Utilizing a balance between using resources within the client’s homes and bringing a therapy bag
  • Use of naturalistic strategies to get them to start imitating
  • Scaffolding up or down to adjust the strategies to teach them skills, especially when they are rigid
  • How to structure you sessions
  • Meg’s company Learn Play Thrive

Contact her:

http://www.learnplaythrive.com

Coupon Code for OT 4 Lyfe Listeners: OT4Lyfe25

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OTandAutism/

Email: meg@learnplaythrive.com

Double Timing Documentation with Jason Gonzales

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Jason and Sarah discuss:

  • Concepts such as efficiency, time management, prioritization, and redundancy
  • Learning in different ways
  • Lack of consistency in school-based reports
  • Common problems and complaints when writing reports
  • His personal experience and OT journey
  • How he identifies problems and then does something about it
  • What led him to develop Double Tim Docs and what it is
  • Tips for therapists to improve their own documentation process

You can find out more about Double Time Docs here: www.doubletimedocs.com

You can contact Jason here:

Project: Sensory with Rachel Harrington and Jessica Hill

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Sensory processing is a complex entity with lots of intricacies and is often times overlooked and misunderstood. As occupational therapists, it is our job to uncover underlying sensory processing and sensory modulation problems within our clients and then educate and provide tips and strategies to help them learn to integrate the information for success and optimal function within their daily lives. Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC and Jessica Hill, COTA/L come on the show to cover a broad overview of what sensory processing is, what it looks like, and some of their favorite activities to address sensory concerns.

Sarah, Rachel, and Jessica discuss:

  • Common misconceptions of sensory processing
  • What sensory processing and sensory integration is
  • An overview of the sensory systems
  • The fine line between typical sensory functioning and dysfunction
  • How they got into and interested in sensory integration
  • What the Sensory Project is and how it started

Their favorite sensory activities and equipment: The Hammock Swing

Sensory resources for therapists:

Find them:

The Ins and Outs of the AOTA Conference

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Attending conferences is a great way to learn new things and connect with people within the occupational therapy community. And one of the biggest events each year within the United States is the American Occupational Therapy Association conference. This episode details specifics about what the AOTA conference looks like, how to prepare, and tips on how to make for successful conference experience.

What it looks like?

  • Four days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday are full days, Sunday is a half day)
  • Pre-Conference institutes on Wednesday
  • Workshops, Short Courses, Research presentations, Conversations that Matter, Posters, Expo Hall, Alumni receptions
  • Presidential Address, Eleanor Clark Slagle Lecture, First Timer’s orientation, Fitness Events
  • Blood Drive and Book Drive this year

Benefits of going as a practitioner:

  • Continuing education units (up to 24)
  • Exposure to new research/ practice areas
  • Networking/ meeting like minded people
  • Inspiration and motivation

Attending as a student:

  • Some schools offer a conference scholarship
  • Student specific courses and presentations
  • Networking with other students and practitioners
  • Winning a free NBCOT exam

My favorite parts:

  • International Breakfast
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Keynote address
  • Grand Opening of the Expo Hall
  • Tweet Up
  • Meeting new friends and reconnecting with old friends

Tips to Prepare:

  • Business cards
  • Notebook and pen or notepad on phone to write down notes/ contact info for people you meet
  • Water bottle
  • Extra battery & charging cords for phones/ computers
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring a sweater or coat
  • If going with a group, split up for courses and then share notes
  • Connect with people online beforehand
  • Be prepared that you can’t do it all

Other Resources:

If you have questions or comments, hit me up on social media:

The Business Side of Occupational Therapy with Brandon Seigel

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Understanding the business side of occupational therapy is pivotal for any therapist and practice owner to know. In order to be successful within our profession, we must be aware of the state of healthcare and be solid within our purpose as a clinician. Our guest today, Brandon Seigel, is a private practice business consultant and executive director of Wellness Works Management Partners with years of experience helping practitioners start, run, and advance their practices to the next level.

Brandon recently published a book called The Private Practice Survival Guide, outlining highly useful information for therapists and practice owners alike. He presents all over the country at local and state conferences and has an online course and private practice podcast launching soon. His goal is to help therapists in creating a business model that ultimately helps them excel both on a business side and on a clinical side.

Brandon and Sarah discuss:

  • Brandon’s current professional life
  • Wellness Work Management Partners- Consulting Firm
  • Works with private practices all over the country and internationally (OT, PT, SLP & physician)
  • Consultation services and management services
  • Executive Director at Every Child Achieves in Southern California
  • Speaking all over the country, including 3 courses at American Occupational Therapy Association
  • New book just released called The Private Practice Survival Guide
  • Creating a new private practice podcast
  • Importance of prioritization
  • Why he does what he does
  • His start business and then how occupational therapy came into play
  • Struggles in school as a child and how that played a role in his desire to help others
  • Going to community college, then the University of Southern California, and graduating from California State University Northridge
  • Starting the workforce after college with entrepreneurs and managing other companies and multimillion dollar projects
  • His company was moving to a different state as he was marrying an occupational therapist whose mother had a successful therapy practice which needed some business support
  • Revolutionized that company and then branched out to start his own consulting company
  • Always felt a calling to purpose
  • His willingness to help his clients at any time and any day
  • How Brandon and Sarah met
  • Power of clinical integrity
  • Our current state of healthcare
  • The most asked question that he gets from private practice owners
  • Recognizing a therapist’s cost to a company
  • Shifting the employee mindset
  • Knowing the responsibilities of the employer and of the employees
  • Tips for therapists to stand out when being considered for a job
  • Resume building strategies
  • Importance of writing a cover letter and quickly responding to any correspondence for a job that you apply for
  • Self-awareness and his biggest perceived weakness is something that is not self-aware
  • Be specific in your skills and attributes
  • Discussing financials upfront
  • How to cut ties with an employee?
  • Upcoming online course coming in 2019

Find his book here: The Private Practice Survival Guide

Contact Him:

Email: brandon@wellnessworksmp.com

Web: http://www.wellnessworksmp.com

Twitter: @wellnessworksmp

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

The Power of Play in Clinic Based Therapy with Francesca Avalli

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We all discover occupational therapy through different ways and it is always fascinating to hear how each therapist is first introduced into this wonderful profession. Our guest today is the whole reason that our host Sarah became an occupational therapist in the first place after meeting her while she worked at a local preschool. Francesca Avalli, MS, OTR/L has a wealth of knowledge from her years working in pediatrics, both in the school and clinic setting, and has a passion for the profession of occupational therapy that is undeniable. She runs her own pediatric clinic in Los Angeles, California and created an awesome product called Handee Band to facilitate her client’s strength and growth.

Francesca and Sarah discuss:

  • Francesca’s current OT life
  • How her professional life has shifted since having a child
  • Working in the clinic setting
  • Starting a pediatric private practice
  • Her goal of mentoring and teaching newer occupational therapists
  • How Sarah and Francesca met
  • How Francesca inspired Sarah to become an occupational therapist
  • The difference between working for yourself and working for a company
  • The power of saying no and realizing boundaries as a therapist
  • Playing within the clinic setting
  • Her favorite treatment strategies and pieces of equipment
  • Teaching confidence to kids
  • Multiple uses of lycra within the clinic setting
  • Her most memorable moment as an OT
  • Managing client/parent relationships
  • How and why she created Handee Band
  • Who Handee Band can be used with

Find Handee Bands here: Handee Bands

Email: ot@therapyworksla.com

http://www.handeeband.com

Twitter: https://Twitter.com/handeeband

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

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

Exploring the Country Through Travel Therapy with Emily Ann Becker

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Travel therapy is a unique practice area that consists of traveling to different parts of the United States in order to provide therapy services to places in need. Usually, rotations last about 13 weeks and then the therapist moves on to another placement. Sometimes there can be a potential to sign on for additional time if the services continue to be needed. Emily Ann Becker, OTR/L, is a travel occupational therapist who is currently licensed in 6 states and works in a variety of different settings, including skilled nursing facilities and home health. She discusses the best and worst parts of working in travel therapy and how flexibility is essential. Throughout our discussion she sheds light on the complexities and opportunities that being a travel therapist provides, as well as her passion for helping to inspire others.

Emily and Sarah discuss:

  • Being licensed in multiple states and the differences in state law.
  • The trials and tribulations of being a travel OT
  • The variety of settings that travel therapy provides
  • The ability to specify the new jobs you are presented
  • The best and worst parts of being a travel therapist
  • How much the placement companies help you with your placements
  • The personality that you need to be a travel therapist
  • The importance of self-care
  • Tips to becoming a travel OT
  • Tax implications of travel OT placements
  • Possibilities of international travel therapy
  • Choosing one word as a focus for the year

Email: ebecker815@gmail.com

Instagram: @emilyann815

How Deep is Your Love For OT with Michael Roberts

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Dr. Michael Roberts, OTD, OTR/L, is the founder and current program director of the master’s degree program in Occupational Therapy at Regis College, in Boston Massachusetts. He has a strong passion for all things occupational therapy, as well as educating and empowering current occupational therapy students. His clinical background focused on adult physical dysfunction (inpatient, outpatient, and home care) with a specialty in oncology rehabilitation. He has completed research in fieldwork performance and next generation gaming consoles (Nintendo Wii) for health and wellness purposes, as well as presented at numerous state and national conferences, and independent oncology rehabilitation seminars. Dr. Roberts is the creator and host of the “I Love OT Podcast”, a show that highlights what is special, exciting, unique, and rewarding about the field of occupational therapy. His dedication and excitement for our profession pours out through his words as he shares wonderful stories and insightful wisdom from his OT experiences.

Sarah and Michael discuss:

  • Michael’s current OT life
  • Scope of working as a clinician vs being an educator
  • His journey from clinical OT to being in academia
  • Working in the home environment with children and adults
  • The importance of being a fieldwork educator and what it provides for students, practitioners, and clients
  • His research in fieldwork education
  • Setting up an open communicate and a reflective process during the fieldwork process
  • How student’s own ideas and activities foster the therapeutic process
  • Thinking outside the box for each individual client
  • Importance of occupation based practice within the natural environment
  • Challenging aspects of OT/ getting knee deep in our client’s lives
  • Memorable stories from the field
  • How OTs have keen observation skills within their practice and in their personal lives
  • Why Michael got into podcasting
  • What he loves about OT
  • Staying curious and continuing to learn within our profession

Find the I Love OT podcast here: http://iloveotpodcast.libsyn.com/

Twitter: @otdaddy

Instagram: @realotdaddy

Crafting Your Life for Success with Intention and Purpose with Andy Nielsen from OT Growth

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Andy Nielsen, OTS is an business innovator having founded products like the patented 8Scape folder and a Facebook advertising company called Big Ocean Commerce. He currently attends A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona and is completing his masters in occupational therapy. Integrating his background in business and his holistic approach to healthcare, Andy started OT Growth, a website aimed at helping pre-OT students, current OT students, and OT practitioners succeed within the career. He is a family man who strives to lead a balanced life serving others and contributing to society in meaningful ways.

Sarah and Andy discuss:

  • Andrew’s early life as an entrepreneur
  • “Just Start” cause there is always more to learn
  • The book “The Power of Starting Something Stupid” by Richie Norton
  • Using OT’s creative skills to develop life changing ideas
  • Finding your calling in your life
  • Taking risks to find what keeps you engaged
  • Changing your mindset to handle failures
  • Setting up your life to prioritize your time
  • Considering the worst case scenario
  • Pushing through adversity to get to your goals
  • Setting yourself apart for your applications
  • The importance of advocating for OT

He graciously created a list of resources just for the OT 4 Lyfe Tribe, which can be found here: https://otgrowth.com/ot4lyfe

Link to the Design Your Freedom video

Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyknielsen

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andy.nielsen.355

Incorporating Dogs into Animal Assisted Therapy with Karen Ni from Sun Dog Therapy

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Dr. Karen Ni, OTD, MA, OTR/L, CPDT-KA is passionate about using animal assisted therapy as a meaningful and powerful therapeutic tool. She uses her dogs, Dottie and Tater, as her canine co-therapists to assist in her therapy sessions and provide a different perspective and aspect to therapy interventions. She has also opened her own private practice, Sun Dog Therapy, that offers occupational therapy services, dog training, and other types of services related to caring for and learning about dogs. Sarah and Karen discuss:

  • Clarifying and defining terms that pertain to Animal Assisted Therapy.
  • Understanding the animal’s well-being during therapy and thinking of them as co-therapists.
  • The need for certification and training for animal assisted therapy.
  • Designing your schooling to emphasize your interests.
  • How dogs are incorporated into a variety of therapy sessions.
  • The difference in training for therapy rather than obedience.
  • Empowering the client by allowing them to train the dog and show others their results.
  • Transitioning skills from individual skills to generalized skills.
  • Starting SunDog Therapy as a private therapy practice
  • Lessons learned while starting a new business
  • Becoming involved with service dogs through other facets than specifically OT

Animal Assisted Intervention International - https://aai-int.org/

SunDog Therapy - http://www.sundogtherapy.com/

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

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

Email: karen@sundogtherapy.com

Leading From Where You Are with Ijeoma Ikpeze

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Ijeoma (EJ) Ikpeze OTA/S is a OTA student at Erie Community College who recently finished her school work and is about to embark on her first Level II fieldwork. She has a passion for leadership and profound interest in promoting the profession of occupational therapy. EJ is currently the only student and only OTA representative in the AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program. Sarah and EJ discuss her experiences, including:

  • OTA school workload and her interests for fieldwork
  • Learning and getting comfortable with practicing in early intervention
  • Getting exposure to a variety of practice settings
  • Going back to get an Associates Degree after getting a Bachelor’s degree
  • Being accepted into the AOTA Emerging Leadership Development Program
  • Going to “Hill Day” at the Capitol Hill in Washington DC to lobby for OT
  • What defines a leader and being a leader as an OT
  • Getting involved state legislature to make a difference

More info about the AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program:
https://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Advance-Career/ELDP.aspx

Contact her at: ijeomaikpeze@gmail.com

Happiness Through Movement, Education and Volunteering with Elizabeth DeBlasi

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Elizabeth DeBlasi, MS, OTR/L is a professor at Long Island University who woke up one night with a passion for international volunteer work. Within two weeks she was on a plane to Cape Town, South Africa to learn more about Therapists Without Borders. She and Sarah discuss their passions for pediatric therapy and how much they value sharing their knowledge around the world. They discuss:

  • How many hats OTs seem to wear on a regular basis
  • Getting to Cape Town with 2 weeks notice for WFOT
  • Finding your calling in OT and combining your passions
  • Empowering parents to make the primary difference in their child’s life
  • Passion for teaching and training students
  • Getting inspiration in the middle of the night
  • Balancing work with passions outside of work
  • Using yoga with sensory stimulation for young children
  • What happens at a Silence Retreat
  • Volunteer work within traveling, positive and negative experiences
  • Advocating for yourself and skills when volunteering
  • What makes Therapists Without Borders a great organization
  • How volunteering affects both the therapist and the client

Contact Elizabeth:
Instagram: @the.ot.movement

Find out more about Therapists Without Borders: http://twbinc.org

Notes From the OT School House with Jayson Davies and Abby Parana

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Pediatric occupational therapists work in a variety of settings which present their own challenges and advantages. School Based OT’s have their own distinct perspective on working in pediatrics and working in conjunction with teachers and school administrators to provide the most benefit to their clients. Jayson, Abby, and Sarah discuss a variety of topics relating to school based therapy.

They discuss:

  • Random findings in the laundry
  • Funny stories from the daily life of a pediatric OT
  • Helping kids understand more difficult parts of life
  • The job market for school based OTs across the US
  • The best and worst parts of school based OT
  • Finding and being mentors through your career
  • Advocating for other types of services for clients within the school settings
  • Experiences that led them to their passion in OT
  • Strategies on how to deal with and avoid burnout
  • Why they started their podcast
  • Professional development units by listening to podcasts

Follow Them on:

  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/otschoolhouse/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/OTSchoolHouse
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OTschoolhouse/

Contact:

  • Abby: Abby@OTSchoolHouse.com
  • Jayson: Jayson@OTSchoolHouse.com

OT School House Podcast:
https://www.otschoolhouse.com/podcast

Guidelines for OT Practices:
https://www.otschoolhouse.com/ot-practice-map

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OT-PT Collaboration in Early Intervention with Jennifer Ogawa, PT

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Physical therapy in early intervention has a very distinct view. Collaborating with occupational therapists allows each practitioner the ability to see the same therapy intervention from a fresh set of eyes. Jennifer Ogawa joins to discuss collaborating in early intervention.

Sarah and Jennifer discuss:

  • The benefits of collaborating between disciplines
  • How to beat traffic in Los Angeles
  • The advantages of home based therapy
  • Their favorite toys to use in therapy
  • The joys of working in early intervention
  • The benefits of being a well rounded therapist
  • The craziest thing they have experienced in a client's home
  • How to get into early intervention and what is required

You can find Jennifer on Instagram here:
@cookinlovinmomma

OT Round Table: The Best Parts, The Hardest Parts and What We Wish Others Understood About OT

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As occupational therapy clinicians, our jobs drastically shape our values and perspective on life. We share a unique outlook and approach to meaningful engagement in all of life’s occupations. Today is the first round table session in which Brock and Erika, a few OTs from different practice areas, come together to discuss topics within the field.

Guest Panelists:

  • Brock Cook, BA OccThy - Lecturer - James Cook University - Mental Health
  • Erika Downs, COTA/L, MSG - Geriatrics

We discuss the following topics:

  • The beach
  • Apps & social media: MySpace, Facebook, Marco Polo
  • Structure of our jobs in per diem, home health, mental health, and academia
  • Hardest parts of current jobs
  • Limitations on our jobs as a therapist imposed from our healthcare systems
  • Dealing with tough cases and death of a client
  • What we wish more people knew about occupational therapy
  • Why people do not know what occupational therapy is
  • Our favorite/ last watched TV show
  • Mental health as a practice area in the United States and Australia
  • Our paths to the field of occupational therapy
  • Importance of gaining exposure in numerous practice areas
  • Best parts of being an occupational therapist

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 6 of 6 - Week 13: Reflections on the Experience

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The student’s first Level 2 fieldwork is over:

  • Feelings during the last couple of weeks
  • Level of growth and now possessing a new prospective
  • Structure of Level 2 fieldworks: back to back or having more schooling in between
  • AOTA Final Evaluation and the Student Evaluation of the Fieldwork Experience
  • Reflections on their perceived strengths and weaknesses from first episode
  • Recognizing their continued challenges and their biggest positive takeaways
  • Balancing self-care with demands of fieldwork
  • Overall feelings throughout their experience
  • Considerations of recording their experience

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 5 of 6 - Week 9: Struggling to Balance Fieldwork with Life

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It’s week 9 of Level II fieldwork and Rachelle and Maya are here to discuss their current state’s as they head into the last few weeks of their clinical rotation:

  • Current expectations at the end of their fieldwork
  • How to handle schedule changes
  • Strategies for documentation and report writing
  • The benefits of having a support system outside of OT
  • Work-life balance
  • Importance of working with the family in pediatrics

Coping strategies for dealing with the mental, physical, and emotional stress of fieldwork.

The Very First Steps in Becoming an OT with Rachel Moore

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Every occupational therapists journey begins with OT school. And before school, comes pre-requisites, the GRE, volunteer hours, and applications. Being right in the middle of this process, Rachel Moore discusses how she is managing all the requirements and preparing to begin applying to OT programs. She shares some great insight into resources she has found helpful and tips for what to expect as a volunteer.

Steps to take for the OT application

  • OTCAS: Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service
  • GRE: Graduate Record Exam
  • Advice for pre OT students and volunteers

Occupational Therapy resources

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 4 of 6 - Week 6: Halfway Through Fieldwork and Experiencing the Midterm Review

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It’s Midterm and Rachelle and Maya have completed 6 of their 12 weeks of fieldwork. Sarah reconnects with Rachelle and Maya to discuss details regarding the AOTA midterm evaluation and to get updates in regards to their current fieldwork experience. We’ll hear information about:

  • AOTA midterm evaluation
  • Communication with supervisors
  • Pros and cons of videotaping students during treatment sessions as a learning tool
  • Student’s progress towards becoming an entry-level practitioner
  • Challenge of incorporating occupation-based treatments
  • Documentation challenges and strategies to address them
  • Exposure to non-clinical roles as an occupational therapist
  • Advice for other students as they embark on Level II fieldwork experience
  • Effect of fieldwork experience on Rachelle and Maya’s future aspirations as occupational therapists

Using Gardens in a Holistic Approach to Occupational Therapy with Deedee Levine

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While working as a school-based OT, Deedee Levine MS, OTR/L, YT-200, CD has found gardening and gardens to be a unique and integral part of her Occupational Therapy treatments. In addition to that, it’s helping children understand their overall health from a whole new perspective. Using Occupational Therapy as a pillar of her holistic healing approach, she has branched out into multiple other facets of health care. We discuss:

  • How she blends environmental science with occupational therapy
  • Impact of outside gardens on youth in schools
  • Cooking is the most important OT treatment session
  • Skills utilized during cooking activity
  • How taking care of a plant can influence children
  • Food justice and implications of availability of fresh foods in low income areas
  • Empowering families to be able to grow and make their own foods to be healthy
  • Microscopic versus whole view lens
  • Disconnection between where our food comes from these days
  • Grants and funding opportunities for therapists
  • Engaging the entire school and not just students receiving therapy
  • Occupational therapy can also be seen as opportunity therapy
  • Incorporating yoga and Ayurvedic doula into occupational therapy
  • Relatedness of sensory processing and Ayurveda
  • Promoting health and wellness at the beginning, rather than only addressing it once something goes wrong
  • An explanation of her private practice, Deedee Levine Therapeutics

Find out more on her site: https://www.deedeelevinetherapeutics.com/

Or follow her on:

Instagram: @deedeelevinetherapeutics

Facebook: DeedeeLevineTherapeutics

A Special Episode Full of Thanks

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It’s Thanksgiving in the US and that means it’s time to sit down and reflect on all the things in your life that you are thankful for. Sarah sits down to contemplate all the things and people she is thankful for in her life, including:

  • The ability to impact the lives of her clients
  • Being a fieldwork educator and impacting the next generation of OT’s
  • Opportunities for volunteering abroad and the ability to travel
  • Elaine at CRECER
  • Olga at Háskólinn á Akureyri
  • Pushing through the limiting beliefs to get the Podcast live
  • The guests that took a chance to record before the podcast went live
  • The Level II Fieldwork students that recorded the mini-series.
  • Mastermind Mind groups with Leo, Debra and Alexis, Jayson & Abby
  • Alex and Kiara for putting together show notes and helping fine tune ideas.
  • Brock Cook at the Occupied Podcast - www.brockcook.com
  • Sarah’s husband Ray for setting up all the background, promoting and editing.
  • The listeners and community that is building around this podcast

A giveaway - snap a picture of a review in your favorite podcast player and email it to sarah@ot4lyfe.com

Thanks again everyone!

Making A Difference Around The Globe With Lauren Stanley-Alpert

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Having a love for travel and pediatric occupational therapy, Lauren Stanley-Alpert, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT felt the drive to combine her two passions. After struggling to find reliable organizations to volunteer with, she decided to create her own organization to provide a more affordable, responsible, and sustainable volunteer experience for other therapists. Therapists Without Borders aims to connect occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists to individuals and communities across the globe that have a significant need for therapy services while making sure that the services provided has a long lasting positive effect on the population.

They discuss:

  • Attending the 2018 World Federation of Occupational Therapists conference
  • Issues with current international volunteer opportunities
  • Sustainability of carry over of services for people with special needs
  • Importance of researching volunteering opportunities
  • What to expect when volunteering
  • Dealing with difficult experiences and differences abroad
  • Why people should be interested in volunteering in less fortunate areas

Website: http://twbinc.org

Instagram: @properjetiquette

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 3 of 6 - Week 5: Bridging the Gap Between Student and OT Practitioner

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After 5 weeks of their Level 2 fieldwork, Rachelle and Maya are back to debrief about their experiences so far. They are just about halfway done and being expected to do more and more every week. Their caseloads are increasing and the demands are becoming more challenging as they bridge the gap between student and practitioner. They discuss:

  • Daily and weekly responsibilities
  • Adjusting to the high demands of fieldwork
  • Tough conversations with parents
  • Importance of seeing things in context
  • Interactions with supervisors, students, and other professionals
  • Importance of taking initiative and advocating for yourself
  • Benefits of reaching out to school faculty for guidance during fieldwork
  • Favorite experiences from fieldwork thus far

From Occupational Therapist to Entrepreneur with Cami Culwell

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Occupational therapy and entrepreneurship have a lot in common. Cami Culwell, MA, OTR/L was having trouble with existing bags during her day to day practice as a treating therapist. Clinitote was born out of a drive to make something that is vital to every practitioner’s life more functional and fashionable. Sarah and Cami cover a lot of topics during their talk including:

  • Their most memorable experiences as OT’s
  • How to deal with the loss of a client
  • Importance of having a mentor
  • The challenges of starting a business
  • Implementing work/life balance
  • Overcoming criticism
  • Advice for an aspiring entrepreneur
  • How being an OT has helped overcome the challenges of being an entrepreneur

You can contact her on:

Facebook: @clinitote

Instagram: @clinitote2017

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Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 2 of 6 - Week 2: Moving from Observation to Hands-On Practice

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Maya and Rachelle return to the podcast with two of their twelve weeks of fieldwork completed. We touch base with them to see how everything is going, shed some light on what the beginning of fieldwork could look like, and discuss strategies for making the jump from observation to hands on practice. The following topics are covered:

  • Current successes and challenges in fieldwork
  • Managing difficult behaviors in pediatrics
  • Supervisory experience
  • A typical day as a Level II student
  • Time commitments and management during and outside of fieldwork
  • Exposure to notes and documentation
  • Transitioning from observing to leading sessions
  • Reviewing client population and ages
  • Work/ life balance

Limiting Beliefs, Accountability and Masterminds with Leo Valenzuela

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Ultra-running and endurance hikes test one’s ability to overcome exhaustion, mental blocks, and limiting beliefs. Besides being a favorite occupation of Dr. Leo Valenzuela PT, DPT, they have also taught him many life lessons that he has utilized in order to start his own physical therapy private practice, Los Leones Physical Therapy. Sarah and Leo meet to chat about how they formed a mastermind group in order to accomplish their goals of starting a PT practice and an OT podcast. They discuss the importance of community and how it held them accountable and taught them pivotal skills in pursuing their dreams.

They discuss a range of topics including:

  • Ultra-running and endurance hikes
  • Pushing limits and challenging yourself
  • Starting a private practice
  • Hardest part of getting it off the ground
  • Pushing past boundaries
  • Maintaining consistency
  • Most exciting part of starting his own business
  • Going against the grain
  • Importance of having a community
  • Helping with finances, marketing, website design
  • Motivation from others who are also wanting to start something
  • Our favorite physical therapy podcast and Facebook group
  • The PT Entrepreneur Podcast
  • PT Entrepreneur on Facebook
  • Mastermind groups
  • Being held accountable
  • Changing your life personally and professionally
  • Limiting factors and impostor syndrome
  • Setting goals to be better than the month before
  • Failing forward
  • Advice for others wanting to start their own practices

The PT Entrepreneur Podcast

You can reach out to Leo at Los Leones Physical Therapy: LosLeonesPT@gmail.com

On Instagram: @losleonespt

Or at his site: https://www.losleonespt.com/

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series - Part 1 of 6 - Week 0: Excitement and Trepidation as Fieldwork Begins

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For occupational therapy students, going on a fieldwork rotation is exciting and also a little nerve-wracking. It is the time that they finally get the chance to integrate the information that they learned in the classroom and apply it directly into practice. We had the opportunity to chat with two Masters level students, Rachelle and Maya, who are about to embark on their first Level II fieldwork experience. This episode will be the first of 6 as we follow along with them over their 12 week rotation. Sarah and the students will delve into the following topics:

  • Transitioning from the classroom into a practice setting
  • Students’ strengths and weaknesses going into their first Level II
  • Students’ feelings and emotions before beginning fieldwork
  • Current level of preparation and methods to further prepare before starting fieldwork
  • Working with clients and caregivers in various settings
  • Importance of self-care throughout fieldwork
  • Models of student supervision
  • Advice to students from a supervisor’s point of view
  • Meaning of occupational therapy to students

Fresh Perspectives from First Year OT Students with Alex, Christina, and Regina

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Students bring an unique perspective and undeniable passion to the profession of occupational therapy. Each one enters bringing values and previous experiences imperative to growing the scope and capacity of occupational therapy as a whole. Alex Villanueva, Christina Villasenor, and Regina Sarnicola, three students from California State University Dominguez Hills, join Sarah to discuss what the life of an occupational therapy student is really like. They share extensive insight into what lead them to the field of occupational therapy and actionable tips for anyone looking to apply to OT school.

  • Finding occupational therapy as a second career
  • Lessons and skills learned from their past jobs
  • Going about the application process
  • A day in the life of an occupational therapy student
  • What excites them about the profession of occupational therapy
  • Advocating for our profession as a student
  • Advice for prospective OT students

If you want to reach out to our guests today:

Voices from the OT Community at the 2018 AOTA Conference

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Every year, occupational therapy professionals and students come together to celebrate the profession and connect with like-minded individuals at the American Occupational Therapy Association conference. It is always a good time and this year’s conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah,was no different. Join us as we hear from fellow conference goers straight from the halls of the conference and hear about their experience attending this year’s event.

  • Amy- VA pediatric mental health, Virginia
  • Cami Culwell- Clinitote
  • Kat- Winston Salem State University
  • Cynthia- School-based OT Phoenix, AZ
  • Dominic Lloyd-Randolfi- @NewGradOT, New Grad Occupational Therapy
  • David S. McGuire- @davidsmcguire- Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association
  • Dr. Bill Wong- @billwongOT
  • Leah, Bria, Davonte, and Asiya- Florida A&M University
  • Grant Mitchell- Millennial OT, @millennialot
  • Irene Ghattas- @insidemyotbrain
  • Dr. Karen Jacobs- @KarenJacobsOT- Boston University: Sargent College
  • Pat- San Jose State University
  • Rachel- exploring sensory integration materials
  • Rosaleigh, Emily, Cat, and Elyse- University of Alabama Birmingham
  • Serena, Alexandra, and Serena- University of Southern California: Mrs. TH Chan Division of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
  • Lesly - Cincinnati State

Inspiration, Sensory Integration and Zen with Roxie Fernandez

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Sometimes life takes twists and turns and might not end up how you expected it to. For Roxie Fernandez, the birth of her second son lead her to find her passion in the profession of occupational therapy. Over the years, Roxie moved from working with adults in a hospital to finding her niche working with children and specializing in sensory integration. Roxie shares her journey through being a student, an early occupational therapy practitioner, and eventually to opening her own private practice. Many topics are discussed, including:

  • Their favorite pieces of equipment to use in a sensory clinic
  • Roxie’s experience as a mother of a child with a disability
  • Transitioning from OT student to practitioner
  • Importance of having a mentor
  • OT as a constant learning process
  • The evolution of Roxie’s career that led her to opening her own practice
  • Zensory’s unique multi-sensory environment and what it offers to children and families
  • Favorite part about OT and the biggest challenges when working with kids with disabilities
  • Advice for practitioners working with parents of children with disabilities
  • Advice for parents of children with special needs