OT-PT Collaboration in Early Intervention with Jennifer Ogawa, PT


Episode Summary

Occupational and Physical Therapists often work together on clients to achieve similar goals through different lenses. Jennifer and Sarah discuss how they approach early intervention from each of their view points and the benefits of collaborating between disciplines.

Show Notes

Physical therapy in early intervention has a very distinct view. Collaborating with occupational therapists allows each practitioner the ability to see the same therapy intervention from a fresh set of eyes. Jennifer Ogawa joins to discuss collaborating in early intervention.

Sarah and Jennifer discuss:

  • The benefits of collaborating between disciplines
  • How to beat traffic in Los Angeles
  • The advantages of home based therapy
  • Their favorite toys to use in therapy
  • The joys of working in early intervention
  • The benefits of being a well rounded therapist
  • The craziest thing they have experienced in a client’s home
  • How to get into early intervention and what is required

You can find Jennifer on Instagram here: @cookinlovinmomma

OT Round Table: The Best Parts, The Hardest Parts and What We Wish Others Understood About OT


Episode Summary

This is the first edition of the OT Round Table, a casual discussion with OT practitioners from different background about the best and worst parts as well as what we wish others understood about our profession.

Show Notes

As occupational therapy clinicians, our jobs drastically shape our values and perspective on life. We share a unique outlook and approach to meaningful engagement in all of life’s occupations. Today is the first round table session in which Brock and Erika, a few OTs from different practice areas, come together to discuss topics within the field.

Guest Panelists:

  • Brock Cook, BA OccThy – Lecturer – James Cook University – Mental Health
  • Erika Downs, COTA/L, MSG – Geriatrics

We discuss the following topics:

  • The beach
  • Apps & social media: MySpace, Facebook, Marco Polo
  • Structure of our jobs in per diem, home health, mental health, and academia
  • Hardest parts of current jobs
  • Limitations on our jobs as a therapist imposed from our healthcare systems
  • Dealing with tough cases and death of a client
  • What we wish more people knew about occupational therapy
  • Why people do not know what occupational therapy is
  • Our favorite/ last watched TV show
  • Mental health as a practice area in the United States and Australia
  • Our paths to the field of occupational therapy
  • Importance of gaining exposure in numerous practice areas
  • Best parts of being an occupational therapist

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series – Part 6 of 6 – Week 13: Reflections on the Experience


Episode Summary

The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 6 of a 6 part mini-series.

Show Notes

The student’s first Level 2 fieldwork is over:

  • Feelings during the last couple of weeks
  • Level of growth and now possessing a new prospective
  • Structure of Level 2 fieldworks: back to back or having more schooling in between
  • AOTA Final Evaluation and the Student Evaluation of the Fieldwork Experience
  • Reflections on their perceived strengths and weaknesses from first episode
  • Recognizing their continued challenges and their biggest positive takeaways
  • Balancing self-care with demands of fieldwork
  • Overall feelings throughout their experience
  • Considerations of recording their experience

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series – Part 5 of 6 – Week 9: Struggling to Balance Fieldwork with Life


Episode Summary

The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 5 of a 6 part mini-series.

Show Notes

It’s week 9 of Level II fieldwork and Rachelle and Maya are here to discuss their current state’s as they head into the last few weeks of their clinical rotation:

  • Current expectations at the end of their fieldwork
  • How to handle schedule changes
  • Strategies for documentation and report writing
  • The benefits of having a support system outside of OT
  • Work-life balance
  • Importance of working with the family in pediatrics
  • Coping strategies for dealing with the mental, physical, and emotional stress of fieldwork.

The Very First Steps in Becoming an OT with Rachel Moore


Episode Summary

Rachel is an OT volunteer with Sarah’s private practice who is gaining volunteer hours for her application to OT school.

Show Notes

Every occupational therapists journey begins with OT school. And before school, comes pre-requisites, the GRE, volunteer hours, and applications. Being right in the middle of this process, Rachel Moore discusses how she is managing all the requirements and preparing to being applying to OT programs. She shares some great insight into resources she has found helpful and tips for what to expect as a volunteer.

Steps to take for the OT application

  • OTCAS: Occupational Therapy Centralized Application Service
  • GRE: Graduate Record Exam
  • Advice for pre OT students and volunteers

Occupational Therapy resources:

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series – Part 4 of 6 – Week 6: Halfway Through Fieldwork and Experiencing the Midterm Review


Episode Summary

The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 4 of a 6 part mini-series.

Show Notes

It’s Midterm and Rachelle and Maya have completed 6 of their 12 weeks of fieldwork. Sarah reconnects with Rachelle and Maya to discuss details regarding the AOTA midterm evaluation and to get updates in regards to their current fieldwork experience. We’ll hear information about:

  • AOTA midterm evaluation
  • Communication with supervisors
  • Pros and cons of videotaping students during treatment sessions as a learning tool
  • Student’s progress towards becoming an entry-level practitioner
  • Challenge of incorporating occupation-based treatments
  • Documentation challenges and strategies to address them
  • Exposure to non-clinical roles as an occupational therapist
  • Advice for other students as they embark on Level II fieldwork experience
  • Effect of fieldwork experience on Rachelle and Maya’s future aspirations as occupational therapists

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/

Or follow her on:

Instagram: @deedeelevinetherapeutics

Facebook: DeedeeLevineTherapeutics

A Special Episode Full of Thanks


Episode Summary

Sarah takes the time on a special holiday to reflect on all the things she’s thankful for. From the families that allow her to have impact on their lives to the people that have helped her get the podcast off the ground.

Show Notes

It’s Thanksgiving in the US and that means it’s time to sit down and reflect on all the things in your life that you are thankful for. Sarah sits down to contemplate all the things and people she is thankful for in her life, including:

  • The ability to impact the lives of her clients
  • Being a fieldwork educator and impacting the next generation of OT’s
  • Opportunities for volunteering abroad and the ability to travel
  • Elaine at CRECER
  • Olga at Háskólinn á Akureyri
  • Pushing through the limiting beliefs to get the Podcast live
  • The guests that took a chance to record before the podcast went live
  • The Level II Fieldwork students that recorded the mini-series.
  • Mastermind Mind groups with Leo, Debra and Alexis, Jayson & Abby
  • Alex and Kiara for putting together show notes and helping fine tune ideas.
  • Brock Cook at the Occupied Podcast – www.brockcook.com
  • Sarah’s husband Ray for setting up all the background, promoting and editing.
  • The listeners and community that is building around this podcast

A giveaway – snap a picture of a review in your favorite podcast player and email it to sarah@ot4lyfe.com

Thanks again everyone!

Making A Difference Around The Globe With Lauren Stanley-Alpert


Episode Summary

Lauren Stanley-Alpert, MS, OTR/L created Therapists Without Borders to connect occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists with communities across the globe that have a significant need for therapy services while making sure that the services provided has a long lasting positive effect on the population.

Show Notes

Having a love for travel and pediatric occupational therapy, Lauren Stanley-Alpert, MS, OTR/L, C/NDT felt the drive to combine her two passions. After struggling to find reliable organizations to volunteer with, she decided to create her own organization to provide a more affordable, responsible, and sustainable volunteer experience for other therapists. Therapists Without Borders aims to connect occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech language pathologists to individuals and communities across the globe that have a significant need for therapy services while making sure that the services provided has a long lasting positive effect on the population.

They discuss:

  • Attending the 2018 World Federation of Occupational Therapists conference
  • Issues with current international volunteer opportunities
  • Sustainability of carry over of services for people with special needs
  • Importance of researching volunteering opportunities
  • What to expect when volunteering
  • Dealing with difficult experiences and differences abroad
  • Why people should be interested in volunteering in less fortunate areas

Website: http://twbinc.org

Instagram: @properjetiquette

Level 2 Fieldwork Mini Series – Part 3 of 6 – Week 5: Bridging the Gap Between Student and OT Practitioner


Episode Summary

The fieldwork rotation is a vital part of becoming an OT. Follow 2 students as they transition into occupational therapy practitioners. This is episode 3 of a 6 part mini-series.

Show Notes

After 5 weeks of their Level 2 fieldwork, Rachelle and Maya are back to debrief about their experiences so far. They are just about halfway done and being expected to do more and more every week. Their caseloads are increasing and the demands are becoming more challenging as they bridge the gap between student and practitioner. They discuss:

  • Daily and weekly responsibilities
  • Adjusting to the high demands of fieldwork
  • Tough conversations with parents
  • Importance of seeing things in context
  • Interactions with supervisors, students, and other professionals
  • Importance of taking initiative and advocating for yourself
  • Benefits of reaching out to school faculty for guidance during fieldwork
  • Favorite experiences from fieldwork thus far