Q is for Quality of Life.
Quality of life is defined in the OT practice framework as a "Dynamic appraisal of life satisfaction (perception of progress towards identified goals), self-concept (beliefs and feelings about oneself), health and functioning (e.g., health status, self-care capabilities), and socioeconomic factors (vocation, education, income)."
Occupational therapists help clients improve their quality of life by improving self-concept, health, and functioning through the OT process. OT may also improve socioeconomic factors by suggesting workplace accommodations and creating adaptations for an individual to receive education.
As OTs, we strive to improve each client's quality of life through occupation.
Stay tuned for all upcoming posts as I participate in @shannenmarie_ot#ABCsofOT to celebrate #otmonth
⭐P is for Play, another important and fun occupation! ⚽️🥏🏓
Many young children spend a majority of their engaging in play. Playing helps them develop social interaction skills, fine and gross motor skills, critical thinking skills and more. Play consists of play exploration such as pretend play, symbolic play and exploration play, where they identifiy the appropriate play activities and play participation. @shannenmarie_ot#ABCsofOT#occupationaltherapy#otmonth
Its not too late for @shannenmarie_ot’s #abcsofot challenge today! We’re already up to the letter P (say whaaa??) But anywho, P is for “Play!”
Kids aren’t the only ones who need play! Play helps to stimulate the brain, works on social skills as we build team work, and, depending on the game, works on gross/fine motor skills. These are only a few reasons why play is so important - but it is a HUGE tool for therapy and treatment plans.
Here are some recent photos of me at play with family members! We played giant scrabble (skills: hand grasps, cognition, visual perceptual)
In another game, we played/worked together to create the best “dress” out of toilet paper at my cousin’s bridal shower! (Skills: teamwork, executive functioning, communication, and more!)
Play is also just fun 🤗 What’re some games/sports that you like to play for leisure? If you’re an OT, what’re some games you play with your patients/clients?
Day 20: I Love OT because it has taught me how to adapt toys so that kids with all abilities can interact with their environment through play! #OTMonth#BecauseofOT
0 413 hours ago
#driving 🚗 a task that requires so much of what many of us take for granted. It’s perceived as the “key” to independence for many people from teens to older adults. It’s how many people stay connected to their community and that connectedness is vital to wellness. • #occupationaltherapy evaluates aspects of driving like physical (brake reaction time, strength/motion required to operate controls, neck/truck motion required to scan), sensory (vision, hearing, tactile), and cognitive requirements (alternating attention, memory, judgement, emotional regulation) to promote safe participation. •
We address this through individual treatments in acute rehabilitation and outpatient clinics, consultative community-based events, individually in work hardening and vocational training settings, as consultants to large companies, and many other settings. We assess and remediate visual tracking and visual attention skills after a brain injury... collaborate with specialists to design/install adaptations in order to train someone with a spinal cord injury to drive with hand controls... adjust settings to improve vehicle ergonomics for professional drivers or when driving is a large part of a person’s job... educate families on resources to use to talk about restricting driving with family members as well as explore alternative community access options... and much more. •
April is #otmonth 🔑🚖🚛My #dailyshare to #advocate for and #elevate this incredibly valuable profession 🚦🛵🚙 #occupationaltherapist#occupationaltherapyassistant#occupationaltherapystudent#otmonth2019#aota#drive#driver#carfit#autonomy#independence#safety#adaptivedriving
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Yesterday’s pinning ceremony to celebrate being done with the classroom portion of OT school! I am headed home to start my level II fieldwork 😊💛🍋
1st stop: Pediatrics in Rescue, CA 🏡👧🧒❤️
2nd stop: Outpatient hands in Oregon 🙌🏼🌲✌🏼
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OTs are experts in functional design. Whether it’s a home, office, or community building, OTs often consult with builders to make recommendations for accessible design.
This can happen on a large scale for big companies or privately for an individual client or family.
Our goal in communities and public areas is to make sure they are accessible to all.
In private homes, we want to ensure accessibility as well as safety for individuals to function at their best.
We might look at bathroom redesign, kitchen accessibility, and stairwell management as some of the larger examples. But smaller things like doorknob levers, flooring transitions and light switch placement are just as important!
OTs are strong supporters of aging in place, meaning we want to support clients living in their homes instead of having to relocate to more supportive environments.
Safety and fall prevention are a main focus of any OT working in home health or consulting for home design.
Do you think you could benefit from an OT evaluation at home?
1 2415 hours ago
Happy #OTMonth ! We ❤️ this team of OTs!
Photo 1 shows the faces of all the BAC OTs shaped into the letters OT.
Photo 2 shows the BAC OT team in the Wellesley gym.
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Can we take a moment and appreciate how BEAUTIFUL of a day it is?!?
If you haven’t already, you need to get outside. Go for a walk, play tag, count blades of grass - whatever makes you happy 🤘🏻
These stretchy pants from Marshall’s have become my favorite to wear everywhere 😍 I’m glad high waisted pants are in style - even though I’d wear them anyways tbh 😂
How are you spending your Saturday? Let me know in the comments👇🏼
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
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Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings that include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, home health, outpatient clinics, private practice, school systems, private organizations, industry, and community agencies such as return to work programs, prisons, and community settings. #OTMonth#OccupationalTherapyMonth
0 120 hours ago
Day 16 of #abcsofot with @shannenmarie_ot 🅿️ is for prosthetics!
So much is involved when it comes to amputee care: psychosocial issues, activity analysis, identifying goals, implementing modifications, compensatory strategies, and prosthetic training. OTs can be involved in each phase to ensure successful rehabilitation.
Technology has advanced so much when it comes to prosthetics, giving them more realistic functions. This technology allows people with amputations to return or begin to participate in occupations.
OTs work with clients to address edema management, desensitization, muscle control, basic ADL retraining, adaptive equipment training, compensatory strategies, donning/doffing instructions, establishing a wear schedule, and honing in on anything the client wants to focus on.
I have been looking into becoming more involved in prosthetic care and found @rompglobal. If you want to get more experience make sure to check them out! #OT#cota#occupationaltherapy#occupationaltherapist#otblog#otr#OTMonth#prosthetics#rompglobal
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🍏 People take multivitamins - I take THRIVE
🍎 People take pro-biotics - I take THRIVE
🍐 People take pre-workout - I take THRIVE
🍇 People take post- workout- I take THRIVE
🍊 People take Magnesium - I take THRIVE
🍋 People take protein shakes - I take THRIVE
🚾 People take laxatives - I take THRIVE ☕️ People need a coffee to set them up for the day - I take THRIVE ~ 3 simple steps upon the first 20 minutes of waking.
🍉 People go to Supplement Stores. - I go to Le-Vel ~ a cloud based company for premium grade, all natural, high bioavailability nutrition!
#ABCsofOT@shannenmarie_ot P is for purposeful activities and occupations! One of the biggest things we take pride in is making our treatment sessions purposeful and meaningful to the client's occupations and interests. Research shows there is more carryover from therapy when activities are purposeful, meaningful, and motivating to the client. The client is also less likely to be readmitted and require continued therapy services. So when creating interventions for your client, ask yourself: is this purposeful and meaningful to the client? Will this motivate them to participate in therapy services?
3 2321 hours ago
Week 3: Sensory processing interventions
Sensory processing is how the nervous system receives sensory information, organizes, and creates a response.
Children with sensory processing issues may be over-responsive or under-responsive to sensory input such as loud noises, textures, or movement.
This may cause an inappropriate reaction to sensory stimulus such as vomiting with loud noises or lack of response to heat or cold.
This week I worked in groups with paper mache, water balloons and yarn to create "easter eggs". Working in groups encouraged my students to experience a variety of textures and get "messy". Is it just me, or do kids not get messy enough these days? @toolstogrow #occupationaltherapy#occupationaltherapist#occupationaltherapyassistant#schoolbasedot#pediatricoccupationaltherapy#cota#otr#otmonth2019#otmonth#captureot
O is for OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY of course! I wanted to share my journey here to becoming an occupational therapy student. When I first started undergrad at Virginia Tech, I had no idea what OT was. I came in my freshman year as an accounting major, and over the first two years I struggled to understand concepts of business and accounting, only to continue to realize how much I absolutely disliked everything about it. I decided to change majors at the end of my sophomore year to Human Development, thinking that I wanted to become an elementary school teacher. In one of my classes, a guest speaker talked about her profession of occupational therapy. This sounded like the perfect fit for me, so I began to research more on the profession and I started to look at accredited programs in my area. I shadowed an awesome OT in my hometown and knew this was the right choice. Fast forward to today: I am in my last semester of classes at Shenandoah University's OT program and will be starting my first Level 2 fieldwork in May!
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So somehow I ended up falling off the wagon with ABCsofOT, so here is my attempt to catch up on the days I missed 🤷🏼♀️ K is for Kielhofner. Dr. Gary Kielhofner is considered one of the backbones for OT with his creation of the Model of Human Occupation, one of the most commonly used models in occupational therapy practice. Volition, habituation, and performance capacity are three main pillars of MOHO, as well as a person's physical and social environments.
L is for Leisure. Leisure participation is another area of occupation that we can address in treatment sessions. These are occupations that you are intrinsically motivated to participate in, meaning that they are activities you aren't obligated to do, but truly enjoy! For example, I love to hike with my husband.
M is for Mental Health. Did you know that occupational therapy's foundation is in mental health? Eleanor Clarke Slagle, the mother of OT, believed that engagement in meaningful activities improved a person's wellbeing by creating a balance between work, rest, & leisure. OT can assist clients in a variety of things, such as coping strategies; implementing health habits, roles, & routines; creating a recovery action plan; and support for engaging in long-term planning (Source: AOTA, 2016). Regardless of the setting you're in, mental health is an important client factor to focus on because it can have a huge impact on the client's success in all occupations.
N is for Neuro Rehabilitation. In addition to geriatrics, this is another area of practice that I am very interested in. In this area of practice, OTs work with clients who have experienced neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), Parkinsons, Alzheimers, and multiple sclerosis (MS). For example, when working with a client who recently experienced a stroke, we would work with the client on hemidressing techniques (aka dressing the affected side first) and other modification techniques to optimize their performance in daily occupations.
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#OTtipoftheDay Do you have a client post concussion or TBI that is just miserable due to light sensitivity and eye strain.👁👁
I run Into this a lot when working with clients who have some type of vision deficit. Especially those who have returned to work and need to look at computer screens most of the day. 💻
Blue light blocking and anti glare glasses can really make a difference. It’s similar to removing the blue light from your computer or cell phone. 📱
Clients I have tried these with feel almost instant relief and relaxed. 💆🏼♀️I’m thinking about ordering some myself!
What simple devices have you found that make a big difference with your clients? #OTMonth#OTips#OTalk#occupational therapy
TBH there’s no short and straight answer to “what is occupational therapy?” and most of us OTs will spend week after week having to explain it to all of our patients, family, friends, and strangers. So in honor of OT month, I’ll post some content on my story to help us both out. YALL GON’ LEARN TODAY!!
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April is Occupational Therapy Month! To all the wonderful OTs and COTAs who make a difference in all the different settings we work in, wishing you continued success in all your endeavors! ❤️ #smartstronglearning
Yay!! OT month starts tomorrow and it is my favorite time to stock up on OT gear for the rest of the year. Head on over to Heart of OT to check out the full list of my favorite OT swag out there 🖤 📷: @mmerchmojo
10 19731 March, 2019
Day 11: Tactile (for The OT Butterfly) and Fine Motor (for Tools to Grow OT). This is a fun and different activity for kiddos and can be used in a variety of ways. Here it's a planting or picking beads activity to address tactile exploration and fine motor skills. Adult hides small beads in the tactile grass and has child pick the beads to string onto a pipe cleaner. The smaller the beads the more seeking will need to happen. Or have child plant beads by hiding them in the tactile grass or placing onto individual blades of grass. Large hole beads are best for individual blade placement as it can be challenging for those with less precise fine motor skill abilities. When picking, child could pick at random or in a sequence possibly to spell words. FYI...displayed are a variety of beads that I have used. 😀 #schoolot#pedsot#cotalife1#pediatricot#schoolcota#pedscota#pediot#otlife#pediatricoccupationaltherapy#oteye#loveot#otfun#otmonth2019#30dayotchallenge#captureot#therapyideas#otmonth#otphotochallenge