Ending the week on a positive note…

For some reason, it seems that everyone is ready for fall! Talk of PSL, colored leaves, and sweater weather are at the center of many of my conversations, which I do not mind at all! Fall is also a time to return to school for students of all ages, including occupational therapy students.

While it may seem daunting to start another school year, keep in mind that you are one year closer to be an occupational therapy practitioner! If you want some tips and tricks to succeed in OT or OTA school, follow this link: Strategies for Academic Success in an OT/OTA Program.

These are the stories that made my week end on a positive note…

Survey on INSPIRE 2022 Keynote Speaker: August 30 Deadline – AOTA–Have a great idea for a keynote speaker? The AOTA conference team wants to hear from you as they plan AOTA INSPIRE 2022, the annual AOTA conference. This will be a hybrid event from March 31 – April 3, 2022, in San Antonio, TX. Share your speaker idea by completing a brief survey.

Christine Gunnigle, Excellence in Teaching award recipient, brings passion, equity focus to Occupational Therapy program | Durham Technical Community College The career path of this therapist is inspiring.

What can an occupational therapist do for you? – The SWFL 100 In 100 words! Not bad as a potential elevator speech.

Review and Comment on the Chronic Conditions Document by September 2 – AOTA Occupational therapy has a key role in the rehabilitation process of those with chronic conditions. Provide comments from this RA motion today.

“If you can’t say it in three minutes, then should you really be saying it?” ‹ Glasgow Caledonian University Occupational Therapy Blog I cannot get enough of this post. The idea of summarizing your research in 3-minutes is the future of research because let’s be honest, you have about 1-2 minutes to grab someone’s interest and then you lose them. Great tips and pointers to fit everything in…link to videos of past winners as well.

How to get confident with statistics – The Research Whisperer I have been fortunate to get some statistics assistance from Danielle and she is amazing! Great post to help decrease the fear of stats!

“Caregiver coaching for hemiplegic cerebral palsy: A case study” by Sheryl Eckberg Zylstra and Aimee Sidhu (wmich.edu) Is a coaching model, using a participant other than the primary caregiver, an effective intervention delivery method for intensive therapies for a 2-year-old with hemiplegic cerebral palsy? Interesting results.

The Power of Writing in a Community* – Glasgow Caledonian University Occupational Therapy Blog (wordpress.com) With the semester starting for occupational educators as well, joining a writing group is a good option for accountability. Publish, publish, publish!

Occupational Reflection as Intervention in Inpatient Psychiatry | American Journal of Occupational Therapy (aota.org) Results indicated that engaging in structured reflection (using the Occupational Experience Profile—OEP) provided insight and awareness of how occupations affect mental health. Reflection encouraged positive reframing of the participants’ occupational experience, which positively impacted recovery and participation after discharge.

Feasibility of an Automated Bidet Intervention to Decrease Caregiver Burden | American Journal of Occupational Therapy (aota.org) [Open Access]. Sometimes these are the functional items that can make the difference between a client being independent with a task and being discharged home or staying in the facility because assistance is needed.

Occupational performance coaching for stroke survivors delivered via telerehabilitation using a single-case experimental design – Dorothy Kessler, Nicole D Anderson, Deirdre R Dawson, 2021 (sagepub.com) Findings support the feasibility and acceptability of telerehabilitation occupational performance coaching, along with its efficacy for improving performance and satisfaction with performance of goals.

A Multi-Tiered and Multi-Dimensional Approach to Intervention in Schools: Recommendations for Children with Sensory Integration and Processing Challenges: Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, & Early Intervention: Vol 0, No 0 (tandfonline.com) With the reimbursement of sensory integration services in jeopardy with many insurance companies, being aware of evidence-based interventions to address sensory integration is important to justify occupational therapy services.

Literacy as a Tool to Ease Back to School: Children’s Literacy Foundation One of my most favorite websites! Literacy can be the bridge to meeting the needs of many children. This link contains some great ideas to use literacy to ease kids back to school after COVID.

The Best School Supplies 2021 | Reviews by Wirecutter (nytimes.com) TONS of links for bck to school prep AND includes one link for how to make wi-fi function better when working from home!

The 22 Best Self-Help Books in 2021, According to Goodreads Members (businessinsider.com) Yes to all of these books! My favorites on this list: Malcom Gladwell, James Clear, and Susan Cain. Started Thinking, Fast and Slow this month!

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