Ending the Week on a Positive Note…

I have to say that I miss AOTA in-person. I believe that this year the location was beautiful San Diego, California. However, I trust that this online conference will still be a great learning experience! The big this month is the AOTA conference is happening basically all month long with live and on-demand presentations. I am presenting a poster on some literacy research I completed. I have also been attending sessions and have been learning a good deal of information on the latest research in diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune conditions. I have also attended poster sessions on education research. Here is what has helped my week end on a positive note.

Occupational Therapy

Providers, are you asking, ‘Show me your therapy minutes’? – Rehab Realities – McKnight’s Long Term Care News  Therapy outcomes show the benefit of rehabilitation not only in acute care settings, but also within skilled nursing facilities. Some important results:

  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy provided a functional benefit and significant rehabilitative value across 1.4 million Medicare cases.  
  • There was a positive relationship seen between therapy intensity and functional change in skilled nursing facilities.

AAA7, Shawnee State University OT program partner on ‘Functional Fridays’ – The Highland County Press
Each Friday at 10 a.m., two graduate students in the Occupational Therapy Program at Shawnee State discuss further on a specific topic related to managing function. Topics for the month include difference topics related Driver Safety and activities to perform post-stroke.

Giving people with autism a voice in future research (usc.edu)   A new research initiative that focuses on methods of supporting autistic individuals a voice in research. The stakeholders in this research project are autistic self-advocates, family members and caregivers, researchers and interdisciplinary service providers, including occupational therapists.

SIS Student Internship – AOTA Student Interns will participate in monthly SIS virtual meetings and engage with members of the SIS Standing Committee on various projects

Interoception: The New Topic in Autism – YouTube Learn about this new concept that has been added to the OTPF-4

Medical Segment: The importance of Occupational Therapy Month (41nbc.com) The occupational therapist in this interview does an amazing job explaining the role of occupational therapy.


Occupational Therapy: Essential to Critical Care Rehabilitation | American Journal of Occupational Therapy (aota.org)  This editorial presented a three-part strategy that addresses occupational therapy clinical practice, education, and advocacy to carve out a role for occupational therapy practitioner in critical care during COVID.

New Issue! British Journal of Occupational Therapy – Volume 84, Number 4, Apr 01, 2021 (sagepub.com)

On my TBR list:

A systematic review of the published literature on interventions to improve personal self-care for people with severe mental health problems – Mary Birken, Hei Ting Wong, Peter McPherson, Helen Killaspy, 2021 (sagepub.com)

Merging Yoga and Occupational Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease improves fatigue management and activity and participation measures – Heather M Hill, Laura A Swink, Karen E Atler, Abby K Anderson, Brett W Fling, Arlene A Schmid, 2021 (sagepub.com)

New Issue! OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health – Volume 41, Number 2, Apr 01, 2021 (sagepub.com)

On my TBR list:

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction After Childbirth: Occupational Impact and Awareness of Available Treatment – Rebecca Burkhart, Katlin Couchman, Katherine Crowell, Samantha Jeffries, Sarah Monvillers, Joel Vilensky, 2021 (sagepub.com)


Amazing resource that addresses literacy for kids of all ages! Reading Resource Library Q1 – Barbara Bush Foundation

Why are we so bored! The Main Reason for Your Pandemic Boredom – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Another great resource to address literacy for kids of all ages! Free Literacy Resources for Children and & Adults from the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) – Children’s Literacy Foundation (clifonline.org)

This cake is amazing! Is Baked Alaska the Secret to a Long Life? – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Easy recipes are always a good thing. The Easiest Way to Make Crispy Homemade Samosas – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Cauliflower has taken over kale as the vegetable that is in everything. How to Make Riced Cauliflower – Budget Bytes

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