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Best of Occupational Therapy (10/07/2020)

This week, the best of occupational therapy includes: my favorite continuing education courses (that I have taken).

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More importantly, let’s find out who gets “The BOOT” this week…


best of occupational therapy

Today, I’m featuring my favorite continuing education courses that I have personally taken and personally approve.

SOS Approach to Feeding

I took this course years ago and use it almost everyday with almost all of my kiddos. It’s a great rundown on feeding from a sensory perspective and specifically for working with picky eaters.

Beckman Oral Motor

If you are looking for more information specifically for working with oral motor skills, then this is the course for you. This combined with the SOS Approach to Feeding (as mentioned above) is my go-to for addressing any feeding and oral motor difficulties.

Hippotherapy Training Courses

I have taken the first level 1 training in hippotherapy and absolutely loved it. If you have an interest in utilizing this as a part of your practice, I would highly suggest you start with the training. And don’t worry, you can take the course even if you have no experience with horses or hippotherapy.

Handwriting Without Tears

If you work at all with handwriting or pre-writing skills, this is a must take course. This revolutionized the way that I work on handwriting and is something that all of my kiddos loved to do in our sessions.

AOTA Conferences

One of my favorite ways to get CEUs is by attending the annual American Occupational Therapy Association conference. I have attended the past 5 conferences, only missing this past year because it was cancelled due to the pandemic. There are so many ways to get CEUs while at the conference, including short courses, research presentation, poster sessions, and a host of other amazing fun and informational meetings. Definitely one of my favorite ways to get the necessary CEUs every year. If you’re not in the USA, then check out your local OT associations for a similar experience.


You Are Making a Difference

On Monday this week I released a monologue episode discussing my reflections from the episode I did with Effie Parks from the Once Upon a Gene podcast. And basically it boils down to the fact that we deal with a lot of hard things as an occupational therapy practitioner. It’s gotten me all up in my own feelings and wanting to make sure that every OT student and practitioner our there knows that they are making a difference.

I have also started providing OT Podcast Consulting services for anyone that is interested in starting an OT podcast or anyone who has an existing podcast and wants to take it to the next level. If you’re interested in setting up a call, contact me here.

Also remember to get your voicemails in for this month’s question of the month. All you gotta do is call in and answer this- What’s your most outside of the box idea when it comes to working with your clients? I will be sharing all the voicemails I get in the next episode of the OT 4 Lyfe podcast dropping on 10/12/2020.

The #steps4lyfe challenge is halfway done and let me just say that everyone has really stepped it up. The goal is 5,000 steps a day totaling 35,000 steps a week. If you wanna join in, post a video on your Instagram story and tag me @ot.4.lyfe so we can hold each other accountable #accountabilOT. Check out my IG stories everyday to see all the steppers in action.

Got resources you want to share? Hit me up because I would love to feature them or have you as a guest blogger for “The BOOT”. Contact me here.

Cheers!

– Sarah

For us, OT is more than just a job!

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