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  • A Disability Resource Expo

    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 ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on October 27, 2014
  • Help Fund the Jane Case Smith Memorial Bunch

    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, ...
    Posted to Taking Care of Rehab Business (Weblog) on October 16, 2014
  • What is Occupational Therapy?

    At one time or another you probably had to answer this question if you attended school to become an Occupational Therapist. I'm still not sure if there is an easy answer to this question as there are so many areas where OTs work. The real confusing part is much of the information found via an internet search. I've found some of that information to ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 29, 2014
  • A Milestone

    A milestone is defined as an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. Dealing with our patients as a COTA we often see their progress in small increments, but when they were able to finally achieve one of their long term goals I always liked to call it a milestone. Well today my blog has hit a milestone. This is the ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 20, 2014
  • Dealing with Death

    One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life. Since most people in a nursing home have already had some sort of illness or injury they are already compromised ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • Benefits

    Today the word ''benefits'' refers to your paid days off, medical coverage, and maybe a 401K. A major benefit of years past was a company pension plan. A pension plan was typically funded solely by the company. The amounts placed in each account usually depended on how many years you've been employed and the companies yearly profits. I doubt ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on July 11, 2014
  • I Need Your Help

     When I first meet with a new client, I always begin by asking the following question: ''What is the most important thing that you'd like to work on right now?'' However, this wasn't always the case. I spent years going right into my ''spiel'' without really considering my clients' specific wants and needs. In retrospect, I was being ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Can You Remember Your Future?

    As many of you know, one of my favorite sources of inspiration and knowledge is Dr. Joe Dispenza. I just completed my 2nd Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself Advanced Workshop, which was one of the most empowering experiences of my life. Before I share one of my favorite insights, it's important to mention that deep down, we already KNOW what ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on February 27, 2014
  • Yoga as OT Practice

    Performing heavy lifting at home without bending at the knees was simply stupid, given the decades of experience I have as an occupational therapist. As a result, the soreness in my lower back ranged in intensity throughout each day and I awoke each morning with inflammation in my hip, ad much overall stiffness, making getting out of bed a ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 27, 2014
  • I Love When This Happens

    I had a fantastic session with a very young anxiety ridden man today.  When we first started, I could tell it was quite difficult for him to even speak a complete sentence without a great deal of hesitation. He was clearly trying to be ''perfect'' and not make any mistakes, and I know from experience how painfully exhausting it is to be ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on January 23, 2014
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