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  • Reflections from a One-handed OT

    It's now been 3.5 weeks since I fell on my icy driveway getting into a friend's car to go swimming, fracturing my left wrist; I'm left handed. Typically I'm a very active person in terms of exercise, including walking, biking, swimming and racket sports. I also am a doer, someone who gets out with friends to the symphony and numerous local events. ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 20, 2017
  • Aging in Place: An OT's Testimonial

    Last year I did something I never imagined I'd do. I bought a condo and sold my house. In 1978 with a newborn and a two year old, we bought a three-story home near the heart of downtown in our college town that had been built in 1907. I had so many wonderful memories of raising children there, the garden, the wood-burning stove, and the chance to ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 9, 2017
  • Occupational Therapy for Daily Tasks

    Careful as I typically am, icy conditions recently got the best of me. I slipped and fell, causing me to break my left wrist; and I am left-handed. These few weeks since my injury have given me an increased appreciation for the challenges of daily life that our patients face, many for the remainder of their lives. Simple tasks like taking a bath ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 5, 2017
  • Relationships and Self-Awareness

    I recently worked with a super nice guy who had sustained a mild TBI from a work-related injury. He was (admittedly) a stereotypical ''construction guy,'' meaning not someone to care about his feelings, let alone talk about them, on a regular basis. But all of that changed shortly after being exposed to the importance of becoming more self-aware. ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on June 30, 2016
  • Empowering the Profession

    This blog post was written by Kate Bortz, editorial assistant at ADVANCE and the on-site correspondent for AOTA 2016.  The AOTA Annual Conference and Expo officially kicked of on Thursday night with a welcome address from AOTA President Ginny Stoffel. This address, which consisted of updates from AOTA, achievements earned by practitioners ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 11, 2016
  • Intimacy and Disabilities

    This blog was written by Kate Bortz, editorial assistant at ADVANCE and the on-site correspondent for AOTA 2016. CHICAGO -- While occupational therapists deal with the many day-to-day functions of their patients, Kathryn Ellis, MOT, and Michelle Nordstrom, MOT, from the Walter Reed National Medical Center noted an area that hadn't been fully ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 8, 2016
  • It Blew Her Mind

    A client recently took my advice and watched The Shadow Effect. It would be an understatement to say it impacted her. ­­­­­ She said, ''It blew my mind. This might sound strange, but I felt a shift in energy.'' It maes perfect sense, and here is why: the documentary includes many empowering metaphors, but my favorite is ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on March 23, 2016
  • AOTA Annual Conference Coming to Chicago

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has issued a press release announcing that an estimated 10,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students will gather in Chicago to attend the organization's 96th Annual Conference & Expo from April 7-10. The signature event presents an opportunity for OT professionals to ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on March 11, 2016
  • Health and Wellness Fairs

    On more than one occasion, I have been driving around town on a Saturday morning doing miscellaneous errands and felt compelled to stop to check out some local health and wellness fair. There are several of these fairs each year around here; it seems that various different groups sponsor the fairs, such as the Disability Expo that is held ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on March 3, 2016
  • Explaining Disability to Children

    Growing up in Chicago and its north suburban areas in the 1950s and 60s, I have absolutely no recollection of ever seeing anyone in person, in television, or in movies who had a disability. In a way, it's ironic that I ended up choosing a career as an occupational therapist which involved helping people who have disabilities, both visible and not. ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 22, 2016
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