Ending the week on a positive note…

Happy Hanukkah for those that celebrate! I hope everyone can enjoy the Holiday with family and friends in a reimagined way! What a week! What a week! Do you remember when you were younger, and you always said something twice to emphasize the importance or level of seriousness. For example, Am I in trouble or Am I in trouble, trouble? Is the place scary or Is the place scary, scary? What a week! What a week!

Occupational Therapy

Small Business: Mental Health Resources During the Pandemic – Bloomberg Occupational therapist listed as one of the mental health experts that can assist with addressing mental health during this pandemic along with role with mental health services.

Photos: Autistic Teen Aspires to Attend Harvard Medical School (tampabay.com) Pictorial story of an autistic teen who has high goals, receiving support from her multidisciplinary team, including the occupational therapist.

OT Settings Series: Holistic and Integrative Occupational Therapy Practice with Kasey O’Haren – Shannen Marie OT As a Reiki Practitioner, I always enjoy reading about therapists that focus on a holistic and integrative approach to therapy. This post provides a candid account of service provision to clients across the lifespan using this model of care.

Therapists’ biggest battle of 2020 is not COVID-19 – Rehab Realities – McKnight’s Long Term Care News Excellent post on reimbursement in 2021 and what can be done to address the changes.

Research

Patient Activation and Engagement (PAE): Guidelines for Acute Care Occupational Therapy Practice (wmich.edu) Acute care intervention guidelines with occupational therapy is needed for uniform practice in the field. In this article, the authors present the following: (a) assessments that measure both patient activation and patient engagement, (b) literature supporting the relationship between patient activation and patient health behaviors, and (c) clinical variables associated with a patient’s engagement levels. This is an open access article.

The Development of a Portfolio for Academic Promotion and Tenure for Occupational Therapy Educators (wmich.edu) As an educator, the tenure process is not a blissful process. Having a blueprint for occupational therapy faculty to gain tenure is pivotal to the growth of the profession. Give this article a read as you prepare your dossier. This is an open access article.

Transition in occupations of refugees during resettlement by Karen McCarthy, Jacqueline-Elizabeth Cantrell et al. (wmich.edu) This article supports knowledge development in a non-traditional area. Supporting refugees during a time when there are many mental health needs with this population is important to practice.  Give this article a read to learn how best to support this population. This is an open access article.

Potpourri

Why Laughter Is So Good for You — and How to Do It More | Everyday Health You’re welcome!

20 Black-Owned Businesses to Shop at This Holiday Season | Time Cookies, Candles, Clothing, and more!

Does Autism Hold the Key to What Makes Humans Special? – The New York Times (nytimes.com) This is an interesting article looking at the impact of characteristics of autistic individuals on human cognition.

Things To Do At Home – The New York Times (nytimes.com) Still time to catch the Friday activity and some great ideas for future activities.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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