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Author: Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

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OT 4 Lyfe looks to connect and inspire occupational therapy practitioners of all kinds.

Join us as we go in depth to explore the research, issues, and people that influence the lives of OT students, practitioners, and their clients.

Because for us, occupational therapy is more than just a job.
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Lyfe Updates

Lyfe Updates

2021-06-0820:27

Discussion Points: PregnancyEmergency surgeryLabor and deliveryChanges in routines Meaningful occupationsMentioned Resources: The Occupation of Being PregnantContact the Show: Subscribe: https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribe/ Website: https://ot4lyfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfe
Miranda and Sarah discuss: Changes in our identities  since becoming pregnantOccupational transitions  during pregnancyExpectations of pregnancy versus realityThe realness of brain fog Maternal mental health Impact of our work on family planningPregnancy hacksMentioned Resources: PodcastsWhat About the Mama?Best of Both WorldsInstagram@thepassionatephysio@pregnant.postpartum.athleteYouTubeGlowBodyPTKids OT HelpApps/ WebsiteWhat To Expect OviaBook Mama NaturalConnect with MirandaWebsite: www.otuncorked.comEmail: miranda@otuncorked.comInstagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/otuncorked/Twitter Link: https://www.twitter.com/otuncorkedFacebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/otuncorkedContact the Show: Subscribe: https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribe/ Website: https://ot4lyfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfe
Discussion Points:Types of occupational therapy associationsThe importance of being a member of your OT associationsBenefits of OT associationsAssociation conferencesCost and payment schedule of membershipNon-OT associationsOT 4 Lyfe & OT Schoolhouse GiveawayMentioned resources: For a chance to win a $50 giftcard, here’s the link: https://bit.ly/3tW1OwtGiveaway ends April 16, 2021American Occupational Therapy AssociationCostBenefitsWorld Federal of Occupational TherapistsCostConnect with Jayson: Website URL: https://www.otschoolhouse.com/Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/otschoolhouse/Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/OTSchoolHouseFacebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/OTSchoolHouseConnect with the show: Subscribe: https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribe/ Website: https://ot4lyfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfe
Mindy and Sarah discuss:Why do people need to have basic knowledge about money? Financial independenceWhat to focus on first with your moneyAlternate sources of income for OT practitionersInvesting tipsInvesting with student loansAdvice for paying off student loansNegotiating salaryNavigating finances with a businessMentioned resources: Dave RamseyStudent Loan PlannerSOFIBigger Pockets Money Podcast episodesChelsea Brennan- episode 145Craig Curelop- episode 35Erin Lowry- episode 81Liz Thames- episode 10Student Loan Forgiveness Plan- episode coming soonConnect with Mindy: Email: mindy@biggerpockets.comInstagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/mindyatbpTwitter Link: https://www.twitter.com/mindyatbpFacebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/mindyatbpWebsite URL: www.biggerpockets.com/moneyshowConnect with the show: Subscribe: https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribe/ Website: https://ot4lyfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfe
Takeaways:Navigating every experience as a learning opportunity Sarah’s level 2 fieldwork experiences Learning throughout her years as a new gradFiguring out this past year as a business ownerThere is always something to learn even when things don’t go as plannedMentioned Resources: Level 2 Fieldwork During a Pandemic: https://ot4lyfe.com/104Fieldwork Resources Connect with the ShowWebsite: https://ot4lyfe.com/ Join in the Discussion: Answer the Question of the MonthChime in your thoughts on the episode
Allison, Allie and Sarah discuss: One word to sum up your experience in level 2 fieldwork as a wholeWhat their placements were supposed to look like and what they ended up being likeThoughts about their safety working with patients in-person during a pandemicTips to advocate for yourself as a studentTips to prepare for level 2 fieldworkSetbacks and challenges they facedImportance of navigating occupational balance  as a student and practitionerExperience with teletherapy as a studentAdvice for students currently on or about to embark on the fieldwork journeyInsight to share with fieldwork educators from the student perspectiveMentioned Resources:Level 2  Fieldwork Prep Guide for OT SNF by Allie WatkinsStudy Binders from OT CarolinePedretti Occupational Therapy bookHow To Talk So Kids Will Listen bookConnect with AllisonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/allisontheotstudent/Website: https://allisontheotstudent.home.blog/Connect with Allie Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/patchesofotWebsite: https://patchesofot.comPodcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/patches-of-ot/1509064501
The OTpreneur Journey

The OTpreneur Journey

2021-03-0129:23

Discussion Points:Finding your why in OT entrepreneurshipBarriers and hurdles faced when starting a company The most important thing every OT entrepreneur needs to haveMentioned Resources: Spotlight Interview with Sarah Putt: Transcending Your Comfort Zone as a Private Practice Entrepreneur Mistakes and Mindset in EntrepreneurshipMinding Our OT Business with Laura Park FigueroaThe Business Side of Occupational Therapy with Brandon SeigelThe Entrepreneur Mindset on Occupied PodcastJoin in the Discussion: Answer the Question of the MonthChime in your thoughts on the episodeCatch the latest interview episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/102Contact the Show: Subscribe to the show:  https://ot4lyfe.com/subscribeWebsite:  https://ot4lyfe.comInstagram:  @ot.4.lyfeTwitter:  @ot4lyfe 
Trish and Sarah discuss: Do OT practitioners need to go to business school to become a successful entrepreneur?The why behind starting her businessWhat she knew about business before she started and how she learned along the wayGoing from working in your business versus on your businessBecoming a CEOHow she went from running a private practice to coaching other OT entrepreneursThe hardest thing for OT entrepreneurs to overcomeOwning your no as an entrepreneurAdvice for an entrepreneur who feels stuck in their business right now and wants to take their business to the next levelMentioned Resources:Trish’s Freebie:5 Tips for Acting Like a CEOThe OT Entrepreneur SummitPodcastsBiz ChixSystems Saved MeThe Online Business ShowThe Life Coach SchoolMind Your BusinessOnline Marketing Made EasySchool of PodcastingMind your OT BusinessThe OT Lifestyle MovementOTs Gone RogueBooksThe E-Myth by Michael GerberBuilding a Story Brand by Donald MillerThe One Thing by Gary KellerThe Big Leap by Gay HendricksBuilt To Sell by John WarrillowGood To Great by Jim CollinsBook Yourself Solid by Michael PortThis I Know by Terry O’ReillyConnect with TrishFacebook Group: OTs Get PaidInstagram: Trish Williams ConsultingOTs Get Paid podcast
A Look Back on Lyfe

A Look Back on Lyfe

2021-02-1501:25:40

Mentioned Episodes: Episode 50: A Year in the LyfeEpisode 100: The Good, the Bad, and Like Umm Ya Know th UglyWorking in a Behavioral Inpatient Mental Health Unit with Danielle MilesNavigating Life with Cancer-Related Lymphadema with Emilia DewiFlourishing as an OT Practitioner Through Personal Experience with Mandy ChamberlainTrauma Sensitive Care for Healthcare Practitioners with Taelor Millsap The Impact of OT in the Prison Setting with Kwaku AyegmangLearning How to Money with Joel Larsgaard Positive Approach to Dementia Care with Jenna MeleRecognizing the Importance of Self Care for OT Practitioners with Nancy Early Intervention with an OT Mom with Danielle DelorenzoThinking and Learning Through an Occupational Lens with Brock CookBuilding Positive Foundations Through Collaboration with Connie Hunt Diverse OT: Leadership and Advocacy for Minorities in Healthcare with Michelle DeJesusPediatric Therapy From the Parent’s Perspective with Effie Parks You’re Favorite Creative Treatment Ideas- Lyfer of the the Month Emily DellerTips and Tricks To Get and Stay Organized- Lyfer of the Month Krysta GrandeRecommend Continuing Education Resources- Lyfer of the Month Kate Tutor Advice For OT and OTA Students- Lyfer of the Month Jhenny Berry OTOT Gift Ideas- Lyfer of the Month Candie CintronYour Favorite OT Resources- Lyfer of the Month Lauren BurnsWorking in Early Intervention as a New Grad with Amirra JohnsonHow To Train a Therapy Dog with Crystal CabreraMaking Shoes For All Abilities with Joseph DiFrancisco  Creating Success in Non-Traditional Roles as an OT Assistant with Dave MerloIt’s Not Just Joint Pain: Occupational Therapy’s Unique Role in Arthritis Life with Cheryl CrowSex, Love, and Occupational Therapy with Sakshi TickooCan Movement Change the World with Kim LowackThe Other Half of Occupational Therapy with Chris Delorenzo, Sean Donnelly, Mark Petix & Ray PuttContact the ShowFill out the surveyAsk me a questionLeave me a voicemailTo subscribe to the podcast, click hereWebsite: https://ot4lyfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Clubhouse: @ot.4.lyfeTwitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfeFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ot4lyfeCheck out my other projects: The OT RoundtableThe Real OTs of Early Intervention
Brock and Sarah discuss:Our biggest podcast mistakesWhat we have learned throughout this journeyThe best and hardest parts of starting and continuing to do an OT podcastChanges we have seen with OT podcasts since we startedImportant components to a podcastWhat's changed over the yearsThe future of our shows Mentioned resources: Unpacking Colonized ThinkingDev (they/them) and Brock (he/him) Deep Dive into Gender, Identity and Stigma Sensory Integration and the Transformation From Clinic to HomeListen to Brock and Sarah on The OT RoundtableConnect with BrockWebsite: http://www.occupiedpodcast.com/Email: brock.cook@me.comInstagram: @occupiedpodcastTwitter: @brockcookotContact the SarahAsk me a questionLeave me a voicemailTo subscribe to the podcast, click hereWebsite: https://ot4lyfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Clubhouse: @ot.4.lyfeTwitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfeFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ot4lyfe
Discussion Points:Question of the Month- What are your reflections from the year 2020? What did you learn? What obstacles did you overcome or are working to overcome?Dr. Sakshi Tickoo @sex.love.andotBrock Cook @occupiedpodcastAlexis Joelle @8alexisjoelleAnna @beyondcovidNancy @lovelyy_otMy reflectionsLyfer of the MonthNext question of the month: What questions do you have about money in occupational therapy? Call in with your questions and I will answer them, maybe with the help of some of my money expert friendsAnswer here: ot4lyfe.com/questionofthemonthMentioned resources: Sex, Love, and Occupational Therapy with Dr. Sakshi TickooThinking and Learning Through an Occupational Lens with Brock CookWhat Does My Depression Look Like?- Occupied PodcastCreating Confidence and an Occupation-Based Mindset with Alexis JoelleRecognizing the Importance of Self-care for OT Practitioners with NancyIt’s Okay to Take a BreakThoughts on Covid-19Best of Occupational Therapy (BOOT) blog post 6/10/2020The Real OTs of Early InterventionThe OT RoundtableContact the ShowAsk me a questionLeave me a voicemailTo subscribe to the podcast, click hereWebsite: https://ot4lyfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Clubhouse: @ot.4.lyfeTwitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfeFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ot4lyfe
Takeaways:Not all service and therapy animals are the sameRecognizing how and when or when not to utilize animals in therapy The power of incorporating animals into therapy Mentioned Resources: Bunnies and Ducks and Llamas, Oh My! Incorporating Dogs into Animal Assisted TherapyTemple Grandin BooksAmericans With Disabilities Act and American Kennel Club resources Join in the Discussion: Answer the Question of the MonthCatch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/97
Crystal and Sarah discuss: Why she decided to train her dog to be a therapy dogDifference between therapy dogs, service dogs, and emotional support animalsConsiderations of incorporating dogs into therapySteps to train a therapy dogHardest and best parts of the training programIntersection of occupational therapy and therapy dog trainingConsiderations to be a therapy dog handlerAdvice for therapists or students who might be interested in training therapy dogs Mentioned Resources:American Kennel Club: How to Train A Therapy DogExploring Neuro with The Brainy OTNeuroplasticity After StrokeConnect with CrystalWebsite: https://thebrainyot.wixsite.com/websiteEmail: thebrainyot@gmail.comInstagram: @thebrainyot/
Takeaways:The value of therapeutic use of selfTalking more about mental health to break the stigmaImportance of mental healthMentioned Resources: Recognizing the Importance of Self Care for OT Practitioners with Nancy It’s Okay to Take a Break Danielle Delorenzo Talks Infant Mental HealthOccupied Podcast EpisodesThis Is Me- Patches of OT Mental Health BOOT PostStrong Minds ClubJoin in the Discussion: Answer the Question of the MonthCatch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/95Leave Sarah a Voicemail: https://ot4lyfe.com/voicemail/
Danielle and Sarah discuss: How she got interested in behavioral inpatient mental healthWhat it looks like to work in this areaFrequency and duration of servicesCommon diagnoses and typical agesNavigating the differences in the units she works onLimiting biases before working with a patientHer role as an OT and types of interventionsTherapeutic use of selfIt’s okay to ask for helpWhat lights her up as an OTThe power of voiceStigma in mental healthThe hardest and the best part of her workMaintaining your own mental health while working in this practice areaMentioned Resources: Calm AppConnect with DanielleEmail: d.miles716@gmail.comInstagram Link: @queen_dalife_of_ot
OT Gift Ideas

OT Gift Ideas

2020-12-2845:16

Talking Points:Question of the Month- What are your favorite OT related gift ideasAllie Watkins @patchesofot ~ Unicorn OT mugOlivia Cheng  @ot_liv ~ @learn_palLauren Burns @burns_lauren_ot ~ pulse oximeter, Shannen Marie OT, Becoming OT, OT 4 LyfeShannon @motivatemindsot ~ Calm and Headspace apps, Aroma Therapy, DoterraEmilia Dewi @the_lymph_therapist ~ Rock TapeCandie Cintron @spunky_sightseer ~ Diaphragmatic BreathingTwo Sparrows Marketplace @twosparrowsmarketplace ~ twosparrowsmarketplace.com/storeMy recommended OT giftsOT Passport Shop @otpasshop ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/OTpassportGreat Lakes Otees @greatlakesotees ~ https://www.etsy.com/shop/greatlakesotees/The OT Shop from @sex.love.andot ~ https://theotshop.co.in/collections/clothingSensational Connections @sensational.connections ~ https://sensationalconnections.com/ot-stickersLyfer of the MonthInstagram: @spunky_sightseerEmail: spunkysightseer@gmail.comNext question of the month:What are your reflections from 2020? Good or bad? What did you learn?Answer here: ot4lyfe.com/questionofthemonthMentioned resources: Can Movement Change the World?How To Better Define and Promote the ProfessionAsk me a questionLeave me a voicemailTo subscribe to the podcast, click here
Takeaways:Definition of occupational therapyHow to better promote the professionMentioned Resources: Bringin’ Occupation BackThoughts on How OT’s Can Talk About OTJoin in the Discussion: Answer the Question of the MonthCatch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/93
The Other halves discuss: Their definition of occupational therapyHow they learned about OTThings they’ve learned from having an OT spouse Applying an OT perspective to their jobsIf they ever get sick of hearing their spouse talk about OT?The best and worst parts of the field of occupational therapySocial media and the profession  How to promote the profession betterOne word to describe OT Mentioned Resources: Danielle’s previous episode: Early Intervention with an OT MomMiranda’s episode: Uncorking Topics in Occupational TherapyLaura’s episode: Sensory Integration and the Transformation From Clinic to HomeConnect with Mark & LauraWebsite: https://www.theotbutterfly.comInstagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly/Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/theotbutterflyTeachers Pay Teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/the-ot-butterflyEmail: LPetixOT@gmail.comConnect with Sean & MirandaWebsite: www.otuncorked.comPodcast: http://otuncorked.com/listen/Instagram Link: https://instagram.com/otuncorkedTwitter Link: https://twitter.com/otuncorkedFacebook Link: https://facebook.com/otuncorkedEmail: miranda@otuncorked.comConnect with Chris & DanielleWebsite URL: https://www.danielledelorenzo.comInstagram Link: https://instagram/mornings.with.an.ot.momEmail: morningswithanotmom@gmail.comConnect with Ray & SarahWebsite: https://ot4lyfe.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfeFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ot4lyfeEmail: sarah@ot4lyfe.com
Takeaways:Shift the mindsetCultivating good self-care habits while in schoolMy tip for current OT/OTA studentsMentioned Resources: Advice for OT & OTA StudentsLeading From Where You Are with Ijeoma IkpezeFrom OT School to New Grad OT with Jordan McCauley Fresh Perspectives From First Year OT Students with Alex, Christina, and ReginaCrafting Your Life for Success with Intention and Purpose with Andy NielsenFieldwork ResourcesRachel Moore’s EpisodesThe Very First Steps in Becoming an OTBecoming an Occupational Therapist: Starting an OT Program Becoming an Occupational Therapist: OT SchoolThe Real OTs of Early Interventionwww.therealots.com@the.real.ots.of.eiJoin in the Discussion: Answer the Question of the MonthCatch the full episode: https://ot4lyfe.com/90
Rachel and Sarah discuss: The hardest part/biggest challenge during OT school so farHer favorite part of OT schoolThe transition from in person to distance learning secondary to the pandemicNavigating the personal and professional stress during this timeAdvice for current or soon to be studentsQuestions for me as a fieldwork educator Resources:Rachel’s Previous Episodes:The Very First Steps in Becoming an OTBecoming an Occupational Therapist: Starting an OT Program Mind Your OT Business PodcastTips for OT & OTA StudentsTherapy Ed Study Guide Book
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Juan Carlos Hernandez

Jhenny! your YouTube channel was so helpful during my application process to OT programs. Thank you for the continuing encouragement, support, and keep up the good work!

Sep 15th
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