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Best of Occupational Therapy (04/15/2020)

This week: living during the pandemic, resiliency, how crawling can change the world, and a quick favor.

Curious What “The BOOT” is?

Here’s the Deal: This is where I bring you the best of the best from the field of OT.

I’ll consume all sorts of wonderful occupational therapy related material, from podcast episodes, to blog posts, YouTube videos, journal articles, social media posts, you name it.  Then I’ll pick a few of my favorites and feature them here for you to enjoy.

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Let’s find out who gets “The BOOT” this week…


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Living and Thriving During the Pandemic

Karen Whalley Hammell, PhD, OT(C), MRCOT shares her view on how we as occupational therapy providers have a unique skillset to address occupational disruption and deprivation and discusses how we need to pull from our training and experience in order to learn to thrive in this current world.

We’re all going through a tough time right now and everyone is processing differently. But one thing we can work towards during this time of crisis is building resiliency. And who better to bring awareness to this topic than Michelle from Incorporate Mindfulness.

Crawling: A Milestone Not To Be Missed

I’ve always known how important crawling is to development, but Kim Lowack goes the extra mile in her Ted Talk about how crawling has the potential to change the world.


I Need Your Help

The past few weeks have been hard for all of us. And I know that we all have been struggling with time management and adjusting to this new routine.

I purposefully kept this week’s boot short this week because I want to ask a favor of you guys. There has been an infinite amount of resources coming out about COVID-19 and teletherapy and other related things, but I want to know what it is that you need from me.

Do you want more resources about COVID-19, mental health, and teletherapy? Or do you need more non-pandemic related content to take your mind off what is going on at the current moment?

I have been trying to sprinkle a little of each into each BOOT post, but really want to hear from you and find out how I can best support you during this time. I feel like we have been inundated recently and I just want to make sure that I continue to provide you with the necessary content and not add to the avalanche that you are facing.

So, keep it real with me. Let me know what you want and need and I will do my best to get it to you each week. Your homework this week is to reach out to me. That can be done through leaving a comment below, through email: sarah@ot4lyfe.com or via social media, you can find me on Instagram @ot.4.lyfe, Facebook @ot4lyfe, and Twitter @ot4lyfe. Even if you don’t need anything, just reach out to me to just say hi. I want to know who is reading and getting value from this.

Sending you good vibes.

– Sarah

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Sarah. Thanks for featuring my TEDx talk this week! I am super passionate about Reflex Integration and prevention of developmental and learning delays. Thanks again for the spotlight!

    like the way you use your language here in your email. It feels organic and I like it. I would love to hear more about how to make Telehealth OT MORE valuable. Ways to communicate the value and also techniques to make a visit valuable to the parent and child. I’m looking specifically at Pediatrics. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Kim. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I was so happy when I came across your talk because I have been a huge advocate for crawling throughout my career and have been actively working to share with my families the importance that crawling has for their children’s development. I always try to share the larger picture with them to convey this and your talk beautifully highlights this.

      I will see what I can find in terms of teletherapy and communicating it’s value. I know there have been quite a few articles come out recently about teletherapy, let me see if any talk about this specifically.

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