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December 18, 2014 9:38 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

If you're like me, your mind probably can't wait to hear about what is so extraordinary. It's probably racing ahead like an addict in desperate need of his fix. It's probably so consumed by the anticipation of what is so extraordinary, that you're missing out on the fact that THIS moment, is extraordinary.

When my mind is racing ahead in the future as it will sometimes do when I am writing a blog, I don't ...


 
December 11, 2014 1:49 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I've mentioned what I'm about to share many times but feel compelled talk about it again because of the amazing results my clients are experiencing when putting it into practice. I can say with 100% certainty that there is NOTHING more valuable we can do for our physical and mental health.

How do I know?

I know because I started feeling much better when I started the practice, and because the two brain ...

 

It's still sometimes a little baffling to me that Halloween - a day that used to be full of struggles, conflict, and meltdowns just a few years ago - has become A.'s favorite holiday. The entire month of October has become a sort of Halloween season. A. starts creating playlists, wanting to watch scary movies, and planning the details of her costuming weeks in advance. This year, A. wanted to have a "Halloween week," ...


 
November 28, 2014 12:51 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

While it's certainly important to be grateful for the "things" (e.g. family, friends, material possessions), I believe it's equally if not more important to be grateful for no particular reason; to be grateful for THIS moment, which is all we ever really have no matter how much we try to delude ourselves into believing otherwise.

As I was stuffing my face ...


 

One afternoon, A. brought home a small flyer that one of her teachers had given her at school. It was an advertisement for a new East Tennessee Renaissance Festival that was beginning to get its legs in the region. The festival would take place in Harriman, about an hour west of us. And while the grand opening of the festival wouldn't happen until May 2015, the organization was planning on "sneak peak" one weekend in ...

 
November 24, 2014 10:34 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Service dogs have always intrigued me.  Our old pooch Harold was smart and, like many service dogs, was part shepherd and Labrador retriever, but Harold was somewhat manic and more interested in chasing Frisbees and terrorizing the postman; He seemingly had little interest in helping someone with a disability, though he was protective of our children when they were young.  Perhaps Harold could have become a ...

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November 20, 2014 1:25 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

A belief is nothing more than a thought we keep thinking. In the words of Henry Ford, "If you think you can or you think you can't, either way you're right." The bottom line is that whatever we keep telling ourselves (or taking in from the environment) will be "true" in our experience.

In The White Book, the author wrote, "All beliefs are true, but some are much more limited than others." I worked with a client ...


 

I'm not sure why I've been thinking back on the visit to Dr. William Allen that resulted in a diagnosis of high-functioning autism for my eldest daughter. Maybe because I've recently referred his services to friends who have questions about their own children's developmental delays. Maybe because I recently discovered he's on the Board for a local organization called Artistic Spectrum that I just discovered and have ...

 
November 17, 2014 9:35 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

The Ebola virus has been in the headlines quite a bit lately.  I had never even heard of it before a few months ago!  There have been many other health scares in the news over the years.  I remember a few years back, photos of people on a large jet all wearing masks because of some virus that mysteriously seemed to go away.

But the one that really gets me nervous is MRSA.  Pronounced "mer-sa", ...


 
November 13, 2014 1:11 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

The best way to quickly establish rapport is to accept the fact that beneath all our roles of behavior (e.g. therapist, patient, etc.), we are exactly the same, not to mention intimately connected. Learning to approach the people we are serving as an equal human-being (as opposed to a healthcare professional treating a patient) automatically puts our clients at ease while setting the tone for the most amazing therapeutic ...

 
November 10, 2014 9:57 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

How quickly the holiday season comes each year.  No matter how well-organized we feel, there's always so much to do, whether you stay in town or not, and whether your family is large or small.  But our jobs as occupational therapy practitioners are year round jobs and our work is not seasonal like in certain other work arenas.

Statistics consistently show higher rates of depression over the holiday season.  ...


 
November 7, 2014 10:20 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 I'm a little bit uncomfortable writing about this topic for two reasons. First, it's difficult to convey with words, and secondly, it's a legitimate fear that takes a great deal of courage, self-awareness, and vulnerability to recognize.

The fear no one talks about is the fear of "no-self," the fear of being "a nobody." Even though we all ponder the question "Who am I," we are secretly terrified of the answer. ...


 

Empathy is something I rant about a lot in this blog. There's a very good reason for that. Despite the fact that several scientific studies and scores of first-hand accounts of autistic adults suggest otherwise, a lack of empathy is still often listed on major websites as a common symptom of autism. As I've said time and again on this blog, it's a perception I've watched my own daughter challenge time and again.


 
November 3, 2014 2:19 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

With election season here, most of us take our right to vote for granted.  You simply drive or walk to your nearby polling place, cast your ballot, and stroll away smiling, touting with your new "I voted" sticker.  For people with disabilities, the right to vote has been made more accessible as the result of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of the early 1990s.  There are voting booths that are ...

 
October 30, 2014 9:15 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

In case you were wondering, no, Oprah didn't call (yet!) and if she did, I'm sure I'd be pretty excited. However, I found myself in a pretty lousy mood over the last week and realized that NOTHING external would ultimately make a difference in how I was feeling. I told my friend Jen, "I swear Oprah could call right now and I wouldn't even care."

As they teach in A Course in Miracles, the reason we are upset, ...


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October 27, 2014 11:47 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

October is National Disability Awareness month.  This year our community hosted its eighth annual Disability Resource Expo, as it does each October.  This county-wide event has grown larger each year and has moved from the mall to its new location at our local events center, and lasts on a Saturday from nine in the morning until two.  Though targeted for people with disabilities and their families, the ...

 
October 24, 2014 1:43 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

I can't believe how quickly time is flying by. I know when I was younger my parents would comment on how time seems to go faster when you are older but couldn't understand how that could happen. Now, as an adult working full time, going to school full time, with a family - boy, can I totally, not just understand how that happens, but relate to it all too well.

I'm in my 3rd week of a 10 week quarter at ...


 
October 23, 2014 12:52 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

A new physician in our department quickly became curious as to why his patients' looked so much better after just one session with me. I'm not telling you this to toot my own horn, but rather to illustrate just how powerful this information can be when delivered with the right type of energy.

As I've learned from Dr. Joe, science is the contemporary language of mysticism, which gives many analytical people ...


 
October 20, 2014 9:30 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

In the mid-1980s, I started doing nursing home occupational therapy consulting. Jobs came to me via word-of-mouth and I ultimately built up a comfortable number of clients to provide service to. Some of my clients were in town; others were in neighboring counties. The nature of my work was to visit the facility approximately once a month for a few hours few visit, meet with specific staff members, screen, assess ...

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October 16, 2014 3:19 PM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

As many of you may remember, Jane Case Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, BCP passed away over the summer. Every therapist makes contributions to the patients and families they serve, and the colleagues they work alongside.  There are not many clinicians in our field whose extensive reach simultaneously touches the lives of patients, families, students and colleagues. She touched so many of us, some literally, others figuratively ...

 
October 16, 2014 10:55 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 Yesterday, the Baltimore Orioles were eliminated from the post-season after a great season that ended in a very disappointing way. I think we can all agree that even just watching our favorite teams compete can be an emotional roller coaster ride.

This year I spent more time considering the question, "Why do we care so much about something that really does not affect our lives personally?"

My friend ...


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I've been really terrible about writing over the past couple of months. Mostly, it's because I haven't managed to sculpt out a new daily routine that allows for the time I need to devote to the art. Caring for an infant is time-consuming and often very unpredictable, and I just haven't managed to "get back into the groove" of doing much more than spending time with my family and getting basic chores accomplished. This ...

 
October 14, 2014 1:27 PM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Editor's Note: This post, written by Darlida Ospina, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, originally appeared in ADVANCE for Speech and Hearing.

For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas for her professional expertise on working with children that have Sensory ...


 
October 13, 2014 3:53 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

 The legislation of the mid-1970s that mainstreamed students with special needs into general education classroom in public schools brought with it the little yellow school bus.  Is there any child older than about third grade that isn't aware of the mini-bus?  It arrives and leaves school at a different time than the regular busses, and often loads and unloads at a separate location; the kids who ride ...

 
October 9, 2014 10:25 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 I worked with a guy earlier this week that made a remarkable shift.  It wasn't some Pollyanna "now everything is my life is great" but rather a deep understanding that he no longer has to be controlled by his thoughts. He recognized that he (like all of us), has a lot of work ahead of him, but he also understood that he doesn't have to keep living the same way.

When I followed up with him today and asked ...


 

ABOUT OUR BLOGS

The ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners editorial staff will discuss issues in the occupational therapy profession, current events in healthcare and offer their personal views and tips for your enjoyment.

The Pediatric Perspective blog is a place to come to learn of new and existing strategies for anyone working in Pediatrics or anyone who has a young loved one with occupational therapy needs.  Join Wendy as she shares these strategies along with the struggles and triumphs of being a mom and therapist navigating the Special Education world with her son.

The mother of an autistic girl shares her story about her daughter's sensory issues, the various treatments she has received, and how "living on the spectrum" affects everyday life for her family.

Read along as a group in various stages of their OT careers share their stories.

Tim Banish, Sr., COTA, Retired will share his thoughts on important issues such as COTA salaries, productivity requirements, and the current changes in healthcare. My main focus will be issues older Americans are facing and long term care.

Dan Eisner is a psychiatric OT in the department of psychiatry at the University of MD Medical Center and a private certified coach at http://www.keyinsightcoaching.com/ with over 15 years experience. Dan has been inspiring thousands of people with his unique blend of services which includes a basic understanding of mind-body science, emotional intelligence, and practical spirituality.

Iris Kimberg MS PT, OTR,  CEO of NYTherapyGuide, will keep therapists current on issues, trends and opportunities in the private sector.

Occupational therapy has changed a lot over the past four decades, and it continues to evolve. Follow Debra L. Karplus, MS, OTR/L as she shares the wisdom that comes with being a seasoned occupational therapist.