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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
  • The Election's Gift to Healthcare

    I am feeling very distraught today, and not just because my candidate lost. The undeniable division we all knew existed on some level can no longer be denied. It's right there for all to see and, more importantly, feel. The late Debbie Ford coined the term ''the beach ball effect.'' When we try to hold a beach ball underwater, it pops right up - ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on November 10, 2016
  • What Makes "Occupation," Therapy?

    Today was my Level II students last day. She did a wonderful job growing both personally and professionally, and we enjoyed countless meaningful conversations throughout her fieldwork. We had one final chat today that I will always remember. I was pleased and inspired for two reasons. First, she communicated a deeper understanding of the most ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on September 23, 2016
  • Mixing Up Mental Health Care

    Break out the mixer and get to kneading: Baking has been shown to ease mental health symptoms.Baking and mental health was considered a part of treatment plans after a 2004 study published by The British Journal of Occupational Therapy came to light. More information in recent years has shown other benefits for a range of illnesses, from ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 6, 2016
  • 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
  • Yoga and Mindfulness in OT

    ''The Impact of Yoga on Activity Patterns of Individuals with Sedentary Occupations” was presented by Erin Phillips, OTD, OTR/L, CYT, and Calista Crouthamel MOTS, RYT, on Saturday morning. The short course was designed to help occupational therapists understand the role of yoga and mindfulness in the occupational therapy profession and how ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 13, 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
  • Stroke and Short Term Memory

    Though more of a lark than a night owl, and seldom staying awake late enough to enjoy late night television, I remember in the early 1990s people were talking about one of the comical characters on NBC's popular show Saturday Night Live, Mr. Short Term Memory. On some online lists, Mr. Short Term Memory was considered one of the show's ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on February 8, 2016
  • The Gift of No-Thing

    Working in psychiatry, I'm constantly meeting people desperately in need of something to make them feel better. I'm not suggesting seeking ''things'' is bad or wrong, but the reality is that improved moods caused by ''things'' (e.g., coffee, food, $, TV, etc.) are quite fleeting. You've probably noticed that, most of the time, it's not very ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on January 8, 2016
  • Laughter Yoga

    The Park District here advertises free yoga in one of our most beautiful parks each Saturday morning at nine during the summer months. I enjoy doing yoga, and the word ''free'' always screams my name, so this activity had been on my bucket list for the past couple years since they first started offering it. A few weekends ago, I finally had no ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on September 22, 2015
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