9 more days left in the #ABCsofOT challenge by @shannenmarie_ot
Pre-OT talk: It’s important to ask right questions! The questions you ask will determine what you get out of your patient and client...and will determine your success as pre-OT, OT student and clinician. When we don’t succeed, a common question we ask ourself is why...
🌀Why didn’t I get that job?
🌀Why can’t I succeed in this class?
🌀Why didn’t I get into OT school?
While why questions are good, I encourage you to dig a little deeper and ask
🌀How can I succeed in achieving X goal?
🌀Who can I connect with to help me achieve X goal?
🌀What materials and resources are available to help me reach X goal?
🌀Where will I most be successful in reaching this goal?
Happy Easter friends! It’s been a sensory-filled weekend of backyard work and I’ve loved every minute of it! ☀️
5 487 hours ago
To give your best when you walk into a client’s room will make the impact and have meaning in their day to day activity.
Give it your all #ABCsofOT#otgratitude
1 59 hours ago
...meditating or playing a podcast that will elevate my professional growth. This will fill my soul to serve my clients better. I want to show up 100% and for that I am grateful.
Day 21 challenge: fill in the blank either what you begin #BecauseofOT or what in the morning makes you feel #OTgratitude
16 1310 hours ago
Q is for quality of life. We aim to improve our patients’ quality of life through skilled therapy sessions focused on meaningful participation in occupations. We get people back to living the lives they love! #ABCsofOT
April is OT Month! Day 14 is Letter “N” of @shannenmarie_ot ‘s phOTo challenge.
N is for National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), which serves the public by recognizing and certifying OT practitioners who demonstrate a standard level of competency in OT practice. Aspiring OTs looking to become an OTR or COTA must take and pass the NBCOT exam in order to practice after completion of the required education and clinical fieldwork prerequisites through an ACOTE-accredited program. Currently entry-level degree programs for OT are master’s degree and OTA are associate’s degree, however education requirements are constantly changing so stay updated by visiting AOTA’s site: https://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Find-School.aspx
That’s it. It finally happened. After YEARS I’ve finally had it with my feet getting wet time and time again from work, and showers daily. Hopefully these hold up well, and aren’t they colorful?!😬🤷🏻♀️. #otlife#occupationaltherapist#happyotmonthtome
2 1320 April, 2019
P is for psychosocial. I just did a CEU course on reclaiming the psychosocial aspects of OT in nontraditional psych settings! Psychosocial involves the psychological and social aspects of occupations, impacts injury, illness, and disability, and is across ALL practice settings. #ABCsofOT
Remember TUOS? I have it posted way back; showing up as your self for therapeutic purposes.
We do not have to share a deeply rooted story but we can show up as a presence that allow the client to feel their true self.
A couple of examples:
Client A has an auto immune condition. Instead of saying “I understand, that’s me too.” I can say: “the fatigue must feel draining and tough at times.” I brought attention to the awareness of the symptoms and provide empathy to connect and be present with the client in their experience.
Client B has a cancer diagnosis yet they don’t seem to get the warm and fuzzy feelings from healthcare providers to understand what they are going through (time and time again they readmit to the hospital). They don’t want help and are tired of this routine. Instead of leaving the room to give them their space when requesting not to be helped, I ask for the opportunity if I am permitted to ask a question of them to better understand. They accept because they realize in that moment someone wants to hear what they have to say.
Your challenge is to identify how you use your therapeutic use of self to bring gratitude to your client
This is it. Real life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Two friends in a backyard. Two friends that are simultaneously as awkward as your high school reunion and as endearing as your favorite Christmas movie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
That’s us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We’re weird as hell. Vanessa has a strange obsession with zombies and Meg names her kids after book characters. We both have way too much affection for David Bowie from 1986’s Labyrinth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But we learned to rock it.
P- is for pretend play. Play is the main occupation of children. Children must be allowed the opportunity to engage in different types of play, as through play they will learn important life skills🖤 #heartofot
2 3220 April, 2019
On this very special Saturday (it's my 24th birthday!🎉), "P" is for proprioception!
The proprioceptive system receives input from muscles/joints about a person's body position, weight, pressure, stretch, movement and changes in position in space. From proprioception, our bodies grade and coordinate movements based upon the way our muscles move and contract. 💪
Some signs of proprioceptive dysfunciton are: appearing clumsy, fidgeting, demonstrating increased activity level/arousal, crashing into anything they can. ✨
In pediatric practice, some of the many ways I work on improving proprioception and providing proprioceptive input are: animal walks, obstacle courses, Simon Says, swinging in a hammock swing, crashing onto a "foof", beanbag toss, kinetic sand, and heavy work. 🏋️
What are some of your go to prop activities?! .
2 1920 April, 2019
We all want our client to participate but, we must ask them: “what is your purpose in all this”
We may have a purpose, however, let’s ask them what’s their purpose. What drives them. What gets them going in the morning.
Day 20: Emotional Regulation - regulating one's emotions and knowing what they are and how to deal with them is so important for daily functioning. The Zones of Regulation program helps individuals identify an emotion, categorize it into a zone (color) and then identify coping strategies if the emotion prohibits an optimal level of functioning to the given situation. _________________________________NEW ON MY BLOG TODAY, you will find this Emotions Search-A-Word freebie! Print it and use it as an inclusive supplemental tool in the classroom or during therapy sessions. *Designed for older kiddos. Enjoy! ❤️💛💚💙 #schoolot#pedsot#cotalife1#pediatricot#schoolcota#pedscota#pediot#otlife#pediatricoccupationaltherapy#oteye#loveot#otfun#otmonth2019
One of the things you have to do get into OT school is get observation hours/shadow an OT.
So, one of the most common questions I get as a mentor to Pre-OTs is how many observation hours should I get?? Real talk: While the amount of hours do matter, what’s more important is what you do during your observation hours. What relationships are you building during your observation hours?? What life and professional lessons are you learning during your observation hours?
If you focus on the experience, the people, and what you’re learning, you’ll be more likely to slay the admissions interview and personal statement because you’re going to have some cool stuff to say.
There is no magic number...Exceed the requirement to the best of your ability, focus on making the best of that experience, and connect! #ABCsofOT challenge by @shannenmarie_ot
Time for my Friday #OTMonth feature!!!🧡🧡🧡 Ever thought about going into outpatient pediatrics, or applying a sensory-based approach? Well let's meet Samantha, COTA. This girl is a rockstar!!! Samantha was the only OTA representing in our AOTA Emerging Leaders Development Program cohort! She's just too cool for words.😎😎😎 Happy #OTMonth - Alondra La OT❤
Hi everyone, I figured it was time to introduce myself again and welcome our new followers! My name is Ginnie, I’m the voice behind Preferred Healthcare, and the happy Marketing Manager here at PHS. I’m a department of one, so I’m the one who comments on your posts and whatnot, which I enjoy immensely, BTW.
Like many of you, I LOVE to travel, especially internationally. It’s rewarding beyond words to experience different cultures and ways of life. It completely changes the way you see and think about everything. I lived in Germany for 2 years and managed to visit over 100 towns and cities in 22 countries. I speak German and eagerly bust out my skills whenever given the opportunity.
I live in San Diego now, but I grew up in Salt Lake City with my older and younger brother. My family was tight knit, we spent the bulk of our summers boating at Lake Powell and the majority of our winters at our cabin, which was near the timberline (the timberline is the altitude at which trees can no longer grow) and could only be accessed by snowmobile for 6 months out of the year.
A few tidbits about me: I love to read memoirs. I prefer to drive a manual transmission. Going out with friends keeps me sane – playing pool, going bowling, and checking out local breweries is our scene. I rarely drink coffee – weird, I know. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have a tshirt that says “I put Tapatío on my Tapatío”. I’ve been skydiving 3x. I could eat sushi every day – for breakfast. Yesterday was my birthday. I love hiking – I’m standing on top of Half Dome above. I’m knocking Austin, TX off my bucket list next week & can’t wait!
If you made it through all that, you know me a little better! Thanks for reading and have a stellar weekend folks! ~Ginnie ✌
O- is for occupational therapist. Shout out to all OTs out there who pour their hearts into each therapy session and provide love, support, and encouragement to their patients 🖤 #heartofot
2 10419 April, 2019
“What led you to occupational therapy?” A frequent question. Simply go to my About Me highlight and watch the video.
1 419 April, 2019
3 years ago and it’s still true
1 919 April, 2019
O is for opportunity. When I think back to OT school, I remember the importance of embracing opportunities—especially for learning and mentorship! And now as a clinician, I know the importance of taking opportunities that lead to growth! #ABCsofOT
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