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Ask All The Questions

Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L

Have you ever had a question and ended up not asking it?

Maybe you’re a pre-OT student or volunteer and wanted to ask something, but are too afraid. 

Or maybe you’re an OT/ OTA student and had a question, but thought it was too silly to ask.

Or maybe you’re a new grad and feel like asking that question would be a poor reflection that you don’t know what you’re doing. 

Or maybe you’re a seasoned practitioner and felt like you should already know the answer, but you don’t. 

This was me at every step of my OT journey. 

I didn’t ask because I thought it was a stupid question, it would be a poor reflection of me, I should have known it, and because I was too afraid.

Excuses, excuses, excuses. 

And if I could go back and tell myself one thing, it would be this… “Ask all the questions!”

Not only do questions facilitate learning and clarify topics and ideas for better understanding, but questions also allow you to see where you are in your learning process. 

Simple, basic questions point to learning at a foundational level. These questions must be answered in order to build new information upon it. 

While more in depth and higher level questions allude to a deeper understanding of the material at hand. Which in turns leads to more complex conversations built upon the foundational information already learned. 

No question is too stupid or silly. No question should be too scary to ask.  No question is a poor reflection of you. No question should be expected to be automatically known. 

So go ahead and ask all the questions, regardless of where you are on your OT journey. 

Do you have any questions that you want to ask? Do you remember a question you wished you would have asked previously? Did any of the excuses I shared resonate with you? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you. 

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