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  • AOTA Issues Backpack Safety Tips

    With the start of school approaching, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release on July 30 stating, in part: ''Heavy loads carried by more than 79 million students across the U.S. can cause low-back pain that often lasts through adulthood. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on August 5, 2015
  • Taking Dad Fishing

    Last weekend, we took Dad fishing - a sport that he has always enjoyed since he was a young boy who fished with his father. In Dad's younger years, he especially enjoyed fishing from a boat, and has fond memories of yearly trips up to the north woods of Minnesota where he and a bunch of his buddies enjoyed a week of rustic ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on July 28, 2015
  • When your Friend has ALS

    What do you say when your friend tells you that her brother, whom you know, and a man in his mid-fifties who is in the prime of his life, has just been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), the disease that the general public knows as Lou Gehrig's disease? It's tough to come up with words of comfort for a friend or relative who has ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on July 13, 2015
  • A Night & Day Difference

    Last week I worked with an incredibly anxious young man who could barely sit still and make eye contact. He'd been on the unit for a couple of weeks. While he was generally cooperative, he was easily frustrated by other people and had difficulty being around them. During the course of our session, I could see a dramatic shift in his level of ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on July 8, 2015
  • Breakthrough for OTs to Provide Behavioral Health Services

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., recently issued a press release announcing a major achievement for the profession -- inclusion of occupational therapy in newly established criteria for mental health services. On May 20, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) included licensed occupational ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 1, 2015
  • Online Occupational Therapy?

    I don't watch much television, but last night, while dozing, I caught the tail end of a commercial advertising a telehealth service that consumers can subscribe to. I was curious and did a bit of research about this. From what I could figure out, a consumer can get 24/7 access to a physician via a Skype-like service to diagnose a health problem. ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on June 30, 2015
  • Introspection over Reaction

    One of the toughest but most important pills to swallow is the fact that everything we see in the external world is a direct reflection of what's happening internally. This is precisely why the same situation (e.g. a ''difficult'' person) can trigger so many varying degrees of responses. Part of our human nature is to project our feelings onto ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on June 25, 2015
  • The Power of Not Knowing

    Do you ever feel pressured to just know all the answers in any given moment? I'm feeling a bit of that right now as I'm writing this blog. I feel like I should know exactly what I am supposed to write about, but the truth is I am quite lost at the moment. However, I'm grateful for remembering one of the most impressive things Eckhart Tolle ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on May 15, 2015
  • Confidentiality and Healthcare

    I turned on the television last night, to a channel that exclusively plays reruns of popular old shows. I was delighted to see ''The Bob Newhart Show.'' On air from 1972 to 1978, Bob starred in this sitcom as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with an endearing assortment of quirky patients who appeared on many of the episodes. I loved that show in ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • Why Peace Is The Way To True Happiness

    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 ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on February 6, 2015
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