Ending the year on a positive note…

I wanted to have one final post for 2020 to thank all those who visit otresearchcorner.com! I cannot imagine my life right now without this creative outlet that allows me to share what I know with a community of people while also learning and connecting with others.

With tomorrow being New Year’s Day, I want to modify by weekly Ending the Week on a Positive Note post to Ending the Year on a Positive Note. While this year has challenged many of us, it is important to share the highlights as we go into 2021.

Here is a roundup of some of the top stories of the year in Occupational Therapy, Research, and in General.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapist provides tips on starting a business to Forbes magazine Robin Baker started https://gotherapyinc.com/ providing occupational therapy services to individuals in Ghana. Her work ethic and focus is a model we can all follow.

Occupational Therapy and the Benefits That Keep on Giving – Autism Parenting Magazine Occupational therapy is the field of intervention tailored to recover developmental deficits and help your child reach his/her full potential.” Occupational therapy as defined by a parent of a child receiving services.

CAN WE STILL DO IT..? A Refection on the Challenges of COVID-19 from an Occupational Therapist’s Perspective – Autism Parenting Magazine  Autism Parenting Magazine has been shining a light on occupational therapy and it has felt good to be acknowledged.

Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (cotad.org) COTAD has grown over the past year not only advocating for diversity in the occupational therapy profession, but also providing resources for implementation in the academic, professional, and general community.

Holly Hertzberg, an occupational therapist, wins City Council bid in Ward 4  Hertzberg ran on a platform that included opportunities for children to engage in their environment and resources for the underserved. It is inspiriting to learn of an occupational therapy professional that holds public office.

Presidential Candidate speaks of the positive impact of OT! Speaking about how great occupational therapy is with increasing independence and function can bring both sides of the aisle together! Then Presidential candidate Joe Biden (@16:25) speaks of the importance of occupational therapy with aging place.

FREE pediatric treatment resources Timeless free resources from a variety of therapy professionals. There are a TON of resources here.

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!

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Incorporating Evidence-based Approaches to Individualize Management (healio.com) Free continuing education on ADHD management.

AOTA INSPIRE 2021 – AOTA The 2021 AOTA Conference is revving up. FAQ section. I am excited to see the AOTA Conference reimagined for 2021.

New CPT Code for Practice Expenses Due to COVID-19 There is an additional cost and time that business need to provide to ensure client safety with COVID. It is good to know that the cost can be billed for the viability of the clinical setting. This was such a touching clip

Passage of Home Health Flexibility Act Enables OTs to Open Medicare Home Health Cases – AOTA Big win for occupational therapy with telehealth AND home health!

‘We health care workers are falling apart,’ therapist writes in moving poem about COVID-19 | GMA (goodmorningamerica.com) . It is one thing to hear or see the numbers, but healthcare professionals see the people. It is not easy.

OTPF-4. OTPF-4 Official document Is it me or does everyone else get excited when new AOTA official documents come out?! The OTPF-4 is here! There is also education to support learning here: OTPF-4 Continuing Education Course


Free research articles! All articles in Issue 1 of the Australian Journal of Occupational Therapy are free!!

OT Research: How to Study OT for Success Wondering the best way to study to retain information in OT school? Give this article a read.

Mindfulness Outcomes with OT Students Mindfulness for Occupational Therapy Students. Yes, please!

Conceptualizing Occupational Therapists’ Change Agent Role To Support Entry-Level Pedagogical Activities: Results From A Scoping Study Ways to teach students to become advocates for the profession and client. There are many things to like about this article. The best component is the clear strategies that are provided to teach students to become agents of change. 

Special OJOT issue that highlights OT student capstones. How exciting is this special issue? To have an entire issue of capstone research is such a nod to OT students and their hard work. Reading this now: Fieldwork Educators’ Expectations of Level II Occupational Therapy Students’ Professional and Technical Skills.  

Social Media as Occupation: Implications for occupational therapy practice. What is the role of occupational therapy with social media? Social media has helped make great strides in our society. But, there are some limitations. How can we as occupational therapy practitioners use social media as a tool while limiting the negative effects? This article gives a great summary of just how to do that! Click on this link: Social Media as Occupation: Implications for occupational therapy practice

Most Talked About Articles – ACRM This is the list of the thirty most-cited and downloaded articles published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the past two years.

On by TBR pile:

Recruitment and Retention of Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Students of Color: A Qualitative Study | American Journal of Occupational Therapy (aota.org)

Participation patterns and determinants of participation of young children with cerebral palsy – Abu‐Dahab – – Australian Occupational Therapy Journal – Wiley Online Library


In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress (apnews.com) Touching and powerful AP photographs.

Celeste Ng, Ann Patchett, Min Jin Lee and Others on the Books That Bring Them Comfort – The New York Times (nytimes.com) I always like to learn the reading lists of authors!

Accessible Parks for Kids and Families – The New York Times (nytimes.com) So good to see the effort being made for accessibility.

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

5 Apps to Boost Your Mental Health Embedding these apps in your daily routine can help your mental health.

52 Books for 52 Places Would it be too much to say a book a week is the goal and travel the world in 1 year?

5 Yoga Poses for Better Sleep If you ever need to center yourself before going to sleep, start with Savasana.

Why Laughter Is So Good for You — and How to Do It More | Everyday Health Let’s laugh more in 2021!

Top Five Posts of 2020 on otresearchcorner.com:

Reading as an Occupation What I read in October

Tips for Reading a Research Article When You Have Limited Time

Open Access Journals and Resources for Occupational Therapy Research

OT OTA Admission Series Part 1 Getting In

Providing Occupational Therapy Intervention Using Telehealth  

Thank you for being part of this community! I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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