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Author: Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

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A weekly show discussing all topics relating to occupational therapy.
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Sarah and Brock discuss: His favorite things about OTHow his podcast Occupied has impacted his own learning: http://www.brockcook.com/category/podcast/Hero 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MH4OT/How 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: https://ot4lyfe.com/1/How 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: http://www.brockcook.com/024/What Brock has learned from podcastingThe episode Brock talks about that pushed him way outside his comfort zone: http://www.brockcook.com/063/List of Occupational Therapy Podcasts: http://www.otpodcasts.com/#OTTalk on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ottalkContact Brock:Website: http://www.occupiedpodcast.comEmail: brock.cook@me.comTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/brockcookOTInstagram: http://www.instagram.com/occupiedpodcastFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/occupiedpodcast 
Sarah and Mona discuss: How she incorporates llamas into her OT sessionsWhat other animals she has at her practiceWhy llamas are effective in therapyLlamaFest: http://ctcroanoke.org/news/How 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: http://ot4lyfe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/llamaOT.pdfHow 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: http://www.ctcroanoke.org/Email: creativetherapycare@gmail.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/CTCMonasArk/
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: https://morningswithanotmom.com/Her episode on the OT Schoolhouse Podcast: https://www.otschoolhouse.com/episode38Email: morningswithanotmom@gmail.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/mornings.with.an.ot.mom/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/morningswithanotmom/Website: https://morningswithanotmom.com/
A Year in the Lyfe

A Year in the Lyfe

2019-11-2500:48:39

Mentioned episodes: Deedee - www.ot4lyfe.com/11Devlynn - www.ot4lyfe.com/35Alexis - www.ot4lyfe.com/39Grant- www.ot4lyfe.com/40Laura Park Fig - www.ot4lyfe.com/41Erika & Brock - www.ot4lyfe.com/16Michael - www.ot4lyfe.com/23EJ: - www.ot4lyfe.com/20Jordan- www.ot4lyfe.com/47Sarah OT Potential - www.ot4lyfe.com/36Brynne - www.ot4lyfe.com/33Rachel Harrington & Jessica Hill- www.ot4lyfe.com/28Andy - www.ot4lyfe.com/22Laura Petix - www.ot4lyfe.com/48Karen - www.ot4lyfe.com/21Miranda - www.ot4lyfe.com/34Jayson- www.ot4lyfe.com/18TJ- www.ot4lyfe.com/49Rachel- www.ot4lyfe.com/32Fieldwork Mini SeriesOTwww.ot4lyfe.com/4www.ot4lyfe.com/6www.ot4lyfe.com/8www.ot4lyfe.com/12www.ot4lyfe.com/14www.ot4lyfe.com/15OTA: www.ot4lyfe.com/43www.ot4lyfe.com/44www.ot4lyfe.com/45www.ot4lyfe.com/46If 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: https://www.instagram.com/ot.4.lyfe/Twitter: @ot4lyfe: https://twitter.com/ot4lyfeFacebook: ot4lyfe: https://www.facebook.com/ot4lyfeYoutube: ot4lyfe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfFF2ukMIUASrAJWi0xd4ug
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: http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/ranchoCoping 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.med: https://www.instagram.com/offset.med/The Offset Podcast: Google PodcastsiTunes PodcastsHis blog- One Day at a Time 365: http://www.onedayatatime365.org/Connect with TJ:Email: taejun.lee@gmail.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/teejayleeFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/taejunleeTwitch: Twitch.tv/jeetsu
Sarah and Laura discuss: Her favorite weekend occupation The lack of lunch breaks as a pediatric OTMy secret to hot lunches on the go: https://amzn.to/3212umsLaura’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: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Ot-ButterflyClassroom Sensory Strategies Guidebook: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Sensory-Strategies-Editable-Guidebook-for-Teachers-4704627Instagram: https://instagram.com/theotbutterflyFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/theotbutterflyWebsite: https://www.theotbutterfly.com
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 Guidehttps://nbcotexamprep.aota.org/What’s next for him?His capstone project trip to GuatemalaFind more Resources here: https://ot4lyfe.com/resources/Follow Jordan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jordanot_/
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: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Ot-ButterflySmart Board Jeopardy: https://jeopardylabs.com/play/jeopardy-smart-boardWhat’s next for the students?Catch the full OTA Fieldwork series here:1: https://ot4lyfe.com/43/2: https://ot4lyfe.com/44/3: https://ot4lyfe.com/45/
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: https://westcoastuniversity.edu/programs/doctor-occupational-therapy.htmlFinishing 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: https://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Students/SOTAs.aspxAssembly of Student Delegates: https://www.aota.org/Students.aspxCommittees: https://www.otaconline.org/community/committees (for those not in California, check your local state association website for their committees)Occupational Therapy Association of California Student Delegate: https://www.otaconline.org/community/committees/student-leadershipVolunteering: https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/Get-Involved/Leadership.aspxAttending conferences: https://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/annual-conference-2020.aspxhttps://www.wfot.org/events/wfot-congress-2022What 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: http://buildingastorybrand.com/blog/Surrounding yourself with supportive peopleThe OT Podcast community: http://www.otpodcasts.com/The PT Entrepreneur Podcast: http://drdannymatta.com/the-p-t-entrepreneur-podcast/The 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:https://store.nolo.com/products/Profit First bookYou Need a Budget: https://www.youneedabudget.com/Beyond Booked SolidBook Yourself SolidChecklist ManifestoNature-based retreat- Therapy in the Great Outdoors: https://www.outdoorkidsot.com/trainingCONTIGO- Connection and Transformation in the Great Outdoors: https://www.outdoorkidsot.com/contigo-approachMind Your OT Business Podcast: https://www.mindyourotbusiness.com/Email: laura@outdoorkidsot.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/outdoorkidsotInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/lauraparkfigFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/mindyourotbusinessWebsite: http://www.mindyourotbusiness.comPodcast: https://www.mindyourotbusiness.com/podcast
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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MH4OT/AOTA’s Mental Health Special Interest Section: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Manage/SIS/Mental-Health.aspxGetting 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z82KPntY3GAThe paradox of distraction and diversion therapyOccupational therapy practice framework: https://www.aota.org/Publications-News/AmericanJournalOfOccupationalTherapy/access-framework-domain-otpf-download.aspxOccupational transitions and disruptionsInstilling self-awareness in our clients to facilitate the therapeutic processHygge: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Hygge-Danish-Secrets/dp/0062658808Meik Wiking Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbtzY-8IFTQMillennial OT: http://millennialot.com/Email: MillennialOT@gmail.comTwitter: Twitter.com/millennialOTInstagram: Instagram.com/millennialOTFacebook: Facebook.com/MillennialOTYoutube: Youtube.com/MillennialOT
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? https://ot4lyfe.com/23/Differences 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173309566418639/Email: info@alexisjoelle.comTwitter: https://www.twitter.com/8alexisjoelleInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/8alexisjoelle/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/8alexisjoelleWebsite: https://www.alexisjoelle.com/
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: https://joyenergytime.mykajabi.com/employeeengagementAffirmation CardsJoy Energy Time: https://www.joyenergytime.com/Burnt Out to Lit Up Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/burnt-out-to-lit-up-healthcare-stress-burnout-wellness/id1332553896Healthcare Hangouts: https://www.joyenergytime.com/healthcarehangouts/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joy.energy.time/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joyenergytime/
Sarah discussesWhy she started a podcastAdvocating for the professionHow she got into podcastsThe first OT podcasts she foundOccupied- http://www.brockcook.com/category/podcast/Seniors Flourish- https://seniorsflourish.com/category/podcasts/OT Schoolhouse- https://www.otschoolhouse.com/Overcoming 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- http://www.otpodcasts.com/
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: https://otpotential.com/ot-potential-clubWeekly article reviewExpanding evidence outside of OTTeaming up with a research librarianImpact factors50 Most Influential OT Articles: https://otpotential.com/blog/influential-ot-research-articlesForum to promote community engagementTypes of evidenceBarriers to using evidence in practiceNBCOT Evidenced-based Resources: https://www.nbcot.org/en/Certificants/CertificationAdvice for therapists wanting to incorporate evidence into their practiceMost memorable OT momentContact Her:Email: sarah@otpotential.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/otpotentialInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/otpotential/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/otpotentialcom/OT Potential: https://otpotential.com/OT Potential Podcast: https://otpotential.com/ot-potential-podcast
Sarah and Devlynn discuss: AOTA’s Vision 2025: “As an inclusive profession, OT maximizes health, well-being and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities, through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living.": https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/vision-2025.aspx Role of incorporating inclusion into the vision Respect for identity and use of pronouns Overview and definition of the letters of LGBT+ Importance of identify, pronouns, and personal aspects Incorporating identity into our client’s occupational profiles Important statistics involving the LGBT+ community and healthcare Positives and challenges he has faced as a gay therapist and working in healthcare Advice for therapists experiencing difficulty with their identity within their clinical role Devlvynn’s discussion with Taelormade OT on OTea Time: https://www.facebook.com/TaelorMadeOT/videos/648430935609510/ @taelormadeot on Instagram Devlynn’s posts on Shannen Marie OT’s ABCs of OT: https://shannenmarieot.com/ @shannenmarieot on Instagram ADL specific tasks for the LGBT+ community Importance of access to appropriate public restrooms Resources for therapists National Alliance for Mental Illness: https://www.nami.org The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org LGBT Health Edcuation: https://www.lgbthealtheducation.org Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Provider Directory: http://www.glma.org/ Person Centered Care: https://www.healio.com/nursing/journals/jgn/2018-2-44-2/%7B4f46d2c3-4daf-4f4f-8950-70ea1093f985%7D/person-centered-care-for-lgbt-older-adults LGBTQ+ & OT: https://www.lgbtq-ot.com/ Healthcare Disparities: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5478215/ LGBTQ CCD: https://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/index.htm LGBTQ Task Force: https://www.thetaskforce.org/ Email: devlynnneu@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therainbowot Website: https://www.therainbowot.com
Sarah and Miranda discuss:Her current OT role working in outpatient neuro and also teaching at a local universityHow she first heard about occupational therapyTransitioning from student to new practitionerTips for incorporating evidence into practiceAdvocating for evidenced-based practiceCollaborating with others using evidence to advance the professionA fun fact about Parkinson’s medication interactionsStarting a PhD programResearch as a practice areaSurround yourself with people that support and challenge you to pursue your dreams OT UncorkedOT PotentialThe Rainbow OTTwtiter: https://twitter.com/OTuncorkedInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/otuncorked/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OTuncorked/Website: OTuncorked.comPodcast Link: https://feeds.transistor.fm/ot-uncorked
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