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Author: Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

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OT 4 Lyfe looks to go beyond the typical discussion of topics relating to occupational therapy.

This show goes in depth to explore the research, issues, and people that influence the lives of OT students, practitioners, and their clients.

For us, occupational therapy is more than just a job.
55 Episodes
Connie and Sarah discuss: Importance of collaboration between disciplinesThe complexity of working in feeding and swallowingSlowing down in this hyperspeed world to address therapy needsFeeding hacks for sensory kidsConnie’s path into pediatricsHer advice for studentsThe impact that graduate school had on her outlook as a clinicianStudents and the lack of preparedness for real world therapy coming out of schoolHer experience of not feeling supported as a studentSupervisors need to take a step back to figure out where students at in that momentGauging students learning by asking questions as a supervisorHaving a student is not about what they can do for the supervisor, it is more about how the supervisor can help the studentBuilding positive foundations for students through responsible clinical supervisionJust because you are a good clinician, does not mean that you are a good supervisorGetting feedback about what students like/dislike at other fieldwork sites to guide your siteConnie’s book series: Hello Mouth, Hello Hands, and Hello FeetR2D2Resources for Fieldwork Educators: Buy the Hello Series Books: Contact Connie:Email: conniehunt@positivefoundationsforkids.comWebsite: http://www.positivefoundationsforkids.comTwitter:
Michelle and Sarah discuss: When did she notice that there was an issue with diversity and representation within our profession?The 3 V’s: Voice, Visability, and ValidationDiversity extends beyond than just a person’s raceDiversity includes ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.Diversity is not just about validating the practitioner, but it also has a huge impact on our clientsAbility to establish an immediate connection if you and your client are from similar backgroundsNegative impact on healthcare experiences when there is a difference in cultureThe power of connecting to our clients of the same backgroundHealth disparities because of diversityHealth literacy when working with people to make sure they understand what you are trying to explain to themSuper Duper Handouts: Coalition of Occupational Therapists Advocates for Diversity: Mentorship Program: Chapters: Advocacy & Outreach: Can Be Both: the differences in ourselvesPromoting OT to people outside of our profession and to other professionals that we work withPerfecting our OT elevator speech#YouSee campaign: experience with racism as an OT practitionerHow she feels diversity in the occupational therapy profession has changed since becoming a practitionerLGBTQIA+ resources: she hopes to see in the future in terms of diversity and representation within OT and heathcareContact Michelle:Instagram:
Sarah and Brock discuss: His favorite things about OTHow his podcast Occupied has impacted his own learning: vs Anti-hero theoryImportance of understanding complex theories and how they apply to understand people betterSelf-awareness as a therapistThe great coriander debate“Pot Stir Thursday” on MH4OT: he came to think about things differentlyEmpowering his students to think for themselvesThe fear of failureTaking a step back to realize where you areEpisode with Sarah’s first supervisor- Inspiration, Sensory Integration and Zen with Roxie Fernandez: being in academia has impacted his own view on learningWhere he wants to see the profession of occupational therapy go in the futureBrock’s episode with Professor Gail Whiteford: Brock has learned from podcastingThe episode Brock talks about that pushed him way outside his comfort zone: of Occupational Therapy Podcasts: on Twitter: Brock:Website: http://www.occupiedpodcast.comEmail: brock.cook@me.comTwitter: 
Sarah and Mona discuss: How she incorporates llamas into her OT sessionsWhat other animals she has at her practiceWhy llamas are effective in therapyLlamaFest: animals facilitate verbal and non-verbal communicationIntroducing clients to animals when they are afraid of themThe importance of skilled therapy when using animalsLink to her research article: she got interested in using llamas in therapyUsing llama hair for craftsHow she structures her sessionsOther considerations for using animals in therapyThe interconnectedness of all animalsWebsite: creativetherapycare@gmail.comFacebook:
Sarah and Danielle discuss:Navigating early intervention assessment as a parent and a therapistA blessing and a curse of being an OT going through this processRoles of being a mom, an OT, getting her doctorate, and now being a therapy momThe importance of having a “village”The defining moment that made her seek out helpDevelopmental trajectoriesBeing the first person as an EI OT to tell parents that something is wrongCaregiver dyad and regulationHow having a child in early intervention has impacted her as a therapistParental guiltBeing present in the moment through mindfulnessValue of working with the parents and families in early interventionBeing an expert means being a life long learnerQuestions she had from the mom sideDealing with people staring at our kids when we are out in publicUsing video-taping to facilitate therapy and parental educationOne piece of advice for therapists?Her blog Mornings with an OT Mom: episode on the OT Schoolhouse Podcast: morningswithanotmom@gmail.comInstagram:
A Year in the Lyfe

A Year in the Lyfe


Mentioned episodes: Deedee - - - Park Fig - & Brock - - - OT Potential - - Harrington & Jessica Hill- - Petix - - - Mini you have any reflections, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. You can find me at my Email at sarah@ot4lyfe.comInstagram: @ot.4.lyfe: @ot4lyfe: ot4lyfe: ot4lyfe:
Sarah and TJ discuss: His interest in obstacle course racing9/13/2003- The day of his accidentWhat his life looked like beforeThe extend of his injuries from the accident and then once in the hospitalThe perspective of going through inpatient careRancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center: with medical professionals, his family, and friends thinking that he might also have a brain injuryGetting better one day at a timeWhy he preferred to go to physical therapy over occupational therapyProgression of his recovery, sensation, and movementHis willingness to work and fail in order to make progress in therapySpent about 5 months with little to no movement Overcoming the trauma and the injury Transitioning to going homeContinuing his therapy and rehabilitation on his ownHis path into becoming a COTA/LHow his accident and personal experience with therapy has influenced him as a therapistFinding a job with a disabilityRecognizing his physical limitations and using other ways to manage his treatment sessionsHis progression of interests in fall prevention, pain, kinesiotaping, movement, soft tissue, technology and apps, assistive technology, ergonomics of video gamersImportance of collaborationHis healthcare collective Offset Podcast: Google PodcastsiTunes PodcastsHis blog- One Day at a Time 365: with TJ:Email: taejun.lee@gmail.comInstagram:
Sarah and Laura discuss: Her favorite weekend occupation The lack of lunch breaks as a pediatric OTMy secret to hot lunches on the go:’s favorite food Our sensory quirksHow she explains sensory processing to parentsFacilitating parents to be validated with their feelingsThe importance of education for the caregivers in order to carry-over techniques at homeBridging the gap between working in the clinic environment and home or schoolUsing the just right challenge for the kids and when providing strategies for the parentsHow she structures her sensory treatmentsFollowing the child’s leadCelebrating the small winsHer path into OT Her journey with sensory difficulties with her daughterHow she navigates being an OT and a momThe impact of being a parent of a child with sensory needs on her practice as an OTAdvice for therapistsWhat is the meaning behind the name The OT Butterfly?Teachers Pay Teachers- The OT Butterfly: Sensory Strategies Guidebook:
Sarah and Jordan discuss: Today is a big day, why is that?Experiencing back to back fieldworksWhen did he find out about OT?How the Level 1 Fieldworks were integrating within his programOne thing he wished he knew going into his level 2 fieldworksRealization of balancing life with fieldworkChallenges he faced during his rotationsManaging self-careResources for Level 2 studentsImportance of community OT Exam study resourcesNational Occupational Therapy Certification Exam Review and Study Guide’s next for him?His capstone project trip to GuatemalaFind more Resources here: Jordan on Instagram:
Chantal, EJ, and Sarah discuss:Their feelings now that fieldwork is overThe biggest hurdle they faced during fieldworkComing up with novel, fun, and exciting groups in the mental health settingWhere they felt like they grew the most in during the rotationSkills they will continue to work on as the make the transition to being a practitionerLeaning into discomfort and pushing outside your comfort zoneAdvice for students about to start fieldworkSeeking out observation in other areas/ disciplinesResources for students during fieldworkTeachers Pay Teachers: Board Jeopardy:’s next for the students?Catch the full OTA Fieldwork series here:1:
Chantal, EJ, and Sarah discuss:Their current feelings heading into the last 2 weeks of fieldworkFeelings about midterm scoringWhat going through the midterm looked likeImportance of self reflection during fieldworkWhat their day-to-day looks like in fieldworkThe importance of having other students with you on fieldworkPractice supervision for OT and OTA studentsReflections on expectations and managing the role of the studentBecoming your own therapist and not just an imitation of your supervisorThe last two weeks of fieldwork and beyondFinding a job as a new grad
EJ, Chantal, and Sarah discuss:How they feel after completing 3 weeks of fieldworkShifting from observing to leading their own groupsDistinguishing OTs unique value in mental health servicesWhat to do when your treatment plan backfires?Therapeutic use of selfLearning to read the patientsDaily and momentary goalsHow their days are structuredDifferences in supervisionThe emotional toll of working in mental healthThe role of our own biasesChanges in responsibilities expected in the next few weeks of fieldworkAdvice for students going into fieldwork
EJ, Chantal, and Sarah discuss:Their previous level 2 fieldwork placementGetting experience in many practice areas as an OT studentHardest parts of their first fieldwork placementChallenges with documentation and relating the treatments to the big pictureTransitioning from classroom to clinical practiceLearning to take chances and not be afraid to make mistakesPreparing for their next Level 2 placements in mental healthHaving fieldworks back to backExcitement and nerves going into their last placementWhat they are most excited about and what they are most nervous aboutImportance of developing an open line of communication with your supervisorsThe students’ perceived strengths and weakness going into fieldworkBeing resourceful when not knowing the answersHow to be a good studentThe importance of asking questionsDifferences between OTA and OT fieldworkAdvocating for yourself as an OTA studentSocial media resources for OT and OTA students
Bianca, Kat, Celia and Sarah discuss:What their OT lives look like currentlyExcitement about starting Level II FieldworkWhat is an OT pinning ceremony?Being a part of the inaugural doctorate program at West Coast University: up their didactic work for their programHardest parts of their school programFinding occupational balance between life and schoolTransitioning into Level 2 fieldworkGetting along well with their classmatesImportance of having faculty as leadersAddressing occupation-based and evidence-based challenges in fieldworkBeing involved in leadership and advocacy as a studentStudent Occupational Therapy Association: of Student Delegates: (for those not in California, check your local state association website for their committees)Occupational Therapy Association of California Student Delegate: conferences: excites them the most about occupational therapy?Where they think they will be in 10 years?Best advice that they were givenTheir advice for other students
Sarah and Laura discuss:Why we need more OTs starting their own practices and businessesWhy OTs do not embark on the entrepreneur journeyThe importance of exposing students to businessTaking the chance and leaning into the discomfort of starting something newWriting things down and setting intentionsThe mindset of being an entrepreneurDonald Miller- Building a Story Brand Podcast: yourself with supportive peopleThe OT Podcast community: PT Entrepreneur Podcast: hardest part of starting a businessHer biggest mistakeBusiness financesImportance of building systems and being efficientWorking on your business versus in your businessResources for business owners/ systemsNOLO Press Book: First bookYou Need a Budget: Booked SolidBook Yourself SolidChecklist ManifestoNature-based retreat- Therapy in the Great Outdoors: Connection and Transformation in the Great Outdoors: Your OT Business Podcast: laura@outdoorkidsot.comTwitter: http://www.mindyourotbusiness.comPodcast:
Sarah and Grant discuss:Occupational transitionsDifficulties finding a job as a new graduateWhy he became an OT and how it has impacted his life sinceHow he got his start in inpatient rehab and mental healthMH4OT on FB:’s Mental Health Special Interest Section: connected with Mental Health in MinnesotaHis changing mindset with the mental health crisis in the United StatesTransitioning into the history of occupational therapyHis background in programming for student housingUsing videos to capture OT history: paradox of distraction and diversion therapyOccupational therapy practice framework: transitions and disruptionsInstilling self-awareness in our clients to facilitate the therapeutic processHygge: Wiking Ted Talk: OT: MillennialOT@gmail.comTwitter:
Sarah and Alexis discuss:OT settings within the hospitalWhat is acute care?Planned and unplanned hospital staysSupporting clients in the beginning of their journeyTypical length of stay in acute care settingImportance of education within the initial session/ evaluationSimilarities of Acute Care and Early Intervention practice areasGetting experience in other practice areas to guide our current practice areaEpisode with Dr. Michael Roberts- How Deep is Your Love for OT? in working with planned and unplanned hospital stay clientsChallenges working in acute care settingAbleismOccupation-centered practice within the hospital settingAdvice for people that are in a system where occupation-based practice is not at the forefrontBeing a mentor and life long learnerHer consulting company: creatingconfidenceinOTs.clubAcuteCare4OT on Facebook: info@alexisjoelle.comTwitter:
Sarah and Erika discuss:Meeting at AOTA 2019 and what they took away from the conferenceAnxiety and stress of being in OT schoolFactors of burnoutHow the symptoms of burnout can become the new norm and go unnoticedThe importance of having your values line up with you work’s valuesHow the lack of autonomy can lead to burnoutBullying and burnoutHer personal experience with burnoutGastrointestinal issues linked to burnoutImportance of self-care with a focus on both internal and external recoveryUnplugging and taking time to enjoy lifeBeing mindful instead of mindlessSelf-management and not just time managementPrioritizing timeFirst thing she did when realizing that she was burnt outGratitude journalHow she combats burnout in her daily lifeAdvice for therapists facing burnoutUtilizing resources, professionals, and a support system to help youEmployee Engagement Survey: CardsJoy Energy Time: Out to Lit Up Podcast: Hangouts:
Sarah discussesWhy she started a podcastAdvocating for the professionHow she got into podcastsThe first OT podcasts she foundOccupied- Flourish- Schoolhouse- her shyness and worriesWhat she has gotten out of podcasting so farHer journey into occupational therapyWorking as an occupational therapist in home based early interventionStarting her private practiceBeing a fieldwork educator and mentorHer passion for travel and international volunteer workHow OT 4 Lyfe got it’s nameThe vision for the podcastOther OT Podcasts-
Sarah and Sarah discussSarah’s love of OT history memorabiliaThe Healing Heart: The Story of Ora Ruggles Pioneer in Occupational TherapyWhat sparked her interest in evidence and research?Changes in evidence and research over the past decadeHer personal and professional connection to evidenceEvidenced-based practice as a tool to guide clinical practiceOT Potential Club: article reviewExpanding evidence outside of OTTeaming up with a research librarianImpact factors50 Most Influential OT Articles: to promote community engagementTypes of evidenceBarriers to using evidence in practiceNBCOT Evidenced-based Resources: for therapists wanting to incorporate evidence into their practiceMost memorable OT momentContact Her:Email: sarah@otpotential.comTwitter: Potential: Potential Podcast:
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