Using Gardens in a Holistic Approach to Occupational Therapy with Deedee Levine


Episode Summary

While working as a school-based OT, Deedee Levine MS, OTR/L, YT-200, CD has found gardening and gardens to be a unique and integral part of her Occupational Therapy treatments.

Show Notes

While working as a school-based OT, Deedee Levine MS, OTR/L, YT-200, CD has found gardening and gardens to be a unique and integral part of her Occupational Therapy treatments. In addition to that, it’s helping children understand their overall health from a whole new perspective. Using Occupational Therapy as a pillar of her holistic healing approach, she has branched out into multiple other facets of health care. We discuss:

  • How she blends environmental science with occupational therapy
  • Impact of outside gardens on youth in schools
  • Cooking is the most important OT treatment session
  • Skills utilized during cooking activity
  • How taking care of a plant can influence children
  • Food justice and implications of availability of fresh foods in low income areas
  • Empowering families to be able to grow and make their own foods to be healthy
  • Microscopic versus whole view lens
  • Disconnection between where our food comes from these days
  • Grants and funding opportunities for therapists
  • Engaging the entire school and not just students receiving therapy
  • Occupational therapy can also be seen as opportunity therapy
  • Incorporating yoga and Ayurvedic doula into occupational therapy
  • Relatedness of sensory processing and Ayurveda
  • Promoting health and wellness at the beginning, rather than only addressing it once something goes wrong
  • An explanation of her private practice, Deedee Levine Therapeutics

Find out more on her site: https://www.deedeelevinetherapeutics.com/

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