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So, there was a very big piece of news that happened several months ago that I never got around to sharing. Life has been, as I've mentioned several times over again, extremely busy as of late, so I've been terribly delinquent in updating my blog, which means I've missed some of the "big stuff." It's definitely well past time for me to catch up.

On November 18, 2014, Thomas legally adopted A., so now she's ...

February 19, 2015 10:39 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare


Tara Brach is one of my favorite resources who helped me to deepen my understanding about the importance intention. She reminded me that every thought we have carries an intention or energy that creates karma, and that we often create negative karma by "default" or lack of awareness and attention to the present moment.

Let's consider the following example.

If I'm unsafely rushing through ...


January is always a difficult and busy month for me. It's the month that falls right before our annual managers' conference at work, and because of that, I'm always working long hours, bringing work home, and just generally trying to Accomplish All The Things In The World. This busyness has been compounded by the fact that there is now a seven-month-old to care for, so it doesn't give me a whole lot of time to spend ...

February 12, 2015 12:52 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

The secret to living in a state of internal peace is hidden in such plain sight that most people don't appreciate its simplicity.

I didn't come up with this secret, which is more than 2500 years old one of the most basic messages of The Tao Te Ching; "Practice non-doing and everything will fall into place."

The notion of "not-doing" is an incredibly radical idea for our time, but wouldn't you agree ...

February 6, 2015 9:30 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

A friend of mine told me that when she was in Bali, she found it remarkable that instead of asking the typical question, how are you doing today, she heard people asking, "Are you balanced today?"

While the distinction between these two questions might not appear that meaningful on the surface, I can tell you from experience that a deeper investigation of the latter question will reveal a powerful hidden wisdom ...

January 29, 2015 12:22 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Today I was working with an extremely suicidal and morbidly obese guy, with a host of physical ailments and chronic pain, stemming from a long history of motor vehicle accidents. He also has PTSD from unspeakable tragedies including seeing a baby killed right before his eyes.

During the course of the interview he stated "I have had a gun in my mouth 20 out of the last 30 days."  He had reportedly tried to take ...

January 15, 2015 2:04 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Have you ever reached a particular goal that was really important to you only to find yourself feeling empty on the inside after a brief period of time? 

I've never met anyone who can't relate to this experience. Even though it's incredibly common, we rarely stop and consider what's driving the all too familiar feeling of "I need something else" no matter of "successful" we might be in life.

Instead ...

January 9, 2015 11:55 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I was watching a video by author Jed McKenna who pointed out the "obvious" answer to the age-old question, "What is the meaning of life?"

We all KNOW the answer, but we constantly distract ourselves from the truth because from a certain perspective, it's just too painful.

Life has no meaning. There, I said it.

I can hear your Ego (and mine) screaming, "What do you mean life has no meaning??? ...

January 2, 2015 1:55 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 While most of us generally look forward to and enjoy the holiday season, I think we can all agree that this time of year can trigger a variety of emotional challenges.  Even though we like to blame "the holidays" or "my family" for the difficulties that arise, deep down we all know it's simply not true. Relationships don't cause problems; they just bring out what's already there (Tolle).

Raam Daas wisely ...


I think A. was more excited about this Christmas than she has been in years. I'm not entirely sure what exactly gave her such a dose of Christmas cheer. Maybe it was the fact that I enlisted her to help me play Santa Claus for the rest of the family. Maybe it's because she's in a relationship this year. Maybe she's more excited about having a little sister to share these things with than she lets on. Or maybe she was ...

December 22, 2014 3:39 PM by Jon Bassett of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

The following guest blog was submitted by Mary Bulger, owner of Marusya Inc.

In September 1995, ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners ran an article on my company, Marusya Inc.

I launched Marusya Inc. Design in 1994 and some of my best friends were OTs. They contributed much to the success of my first studio, producing universally designed tableware. The founding of the company ...

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 ...

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 ...



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.