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Author: Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

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A weekly show discussing all topics relating to occupational therapy.
49 Episodes
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:
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