Ending the week on a positive note…

Hi Summer!! I am sure many of us in some way shape or form have experienced some intense summer weather this week. Hopefully, you all have some way of beating the heat—backyard pool or a nice shaded area outside. I recently read that homebuyers are looking at features of homes in a different light. There is more of a focus on outdoor space, functional rooms, and the livability of the home. They ask themselves, is this a space I can be comfortable in all day? This opened up my eyes to how we are modifying our views of what is important or thinking outside the box for all aspects of our lives, including where we choose to live and how we view difficulties in our life, including the dreaded hot weather!

For this week’s ending on a positive note, I found some great stories that are kind of outside of the box, but somehow still related to occupational therapy!

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Awesome future OT Reading this young lady’s story gives me hope that our profession is in good hands. Good luck Maggie!

Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity presents… The Value of Voices: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on July 11 from 3:30-5:30p CST. Wonderful opportunity to hear from panelists on the value of diversity on practice.

Andy Daniel PhD/C in Biomedical Engineering and Vice President of DEI for Sling Health at Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Juli Grigsby PhD, MA  Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Haverford College; Dr. Kelly Harris PhD, SLP, Speech Therapist, Instructor and Implementation Science Researcher at Washington University School of Medicine

 Ms. Jackie Provost  COO of Saban Community Clinic;  Dr. Terry Richardson II  PT, DPT Instructor of Clinical Physical Therapy, Keck Hospital of USC, University of Southern California

 The panel conversation will be hosted by COTAD Vice-Chair, Dr. Arameh Anvarizadeh OTD, OTR/L.

Occupational therapy provides support and continuity for ICU patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Unsung Health Heroes of COVID-19: Occupational Therapists. All the feels from listening to this occupational therapy practitioner talk about her experience working with COVID-19 patients! It really is the little things that make a difference with clients. Three cheers for all essential workers!

Kielhofner Doctoral Research Scholarship Great scholarship opportunity for an occupational therapy doctoral student!


Predicting Student Success on the NBCOT Exam What is the greatest predictor of performance on the NBCOT exam? Student grades? Fieldwork performance. This article was an interesting read on what affects performance.

Exploring the relationship between resilience and practice education placement success in occupational therapy students What features of occupational therapy students are needed for success in fieldwork? There are many components to student success in fieldwork (or practice placement as noted in this article). A short list: stress management, finding meaning in their professional role, self-care, and much more. This article can speak to both students, educators, and clinical supervisors to learn the balance needed for optimal learning.


Interested in being a pen pal? Well you are in luck! Follow the link to this story to learn more of how to write letters to eager nursing home residents! Anyone can send mail to these residents. People can click through the images on the Victorian Senior Care Facebook page to select a pen pal, and their addresses are in the captions. For anyone having a hard time picking, the main office is collecting themed packages it will distribute to the appropriate residents. Seals asks that the sender write on the envelope what the theme is — for example, sports, veteran, dog, or crafts.

Address to mail letters:

4270 Heath Dairy Road

Randleman NC 27317

Attn: VSCPenPals

I love writing letters, and this definitely speaks to me!

How fit are you? These tried and true fitness tests give you insight into your level of fitness.

Female Trailblazers Suffragettes, Doctors, Politicians—all inspiring females who forged their own path and serve as an inspiration to others!

I hope you enjoyed these stories. Join me next week when I start a two-part post on tips to get into and succeed in OT/OTA School.

Have a great weekend!


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