Best of Occupational Therapy (02/03/2020)

This week: occupational therapy’s role in primary care, how a team of therapists saved a wedding, when less is more in therapy sessions, brewing up abilities and beer, and an OT video from Tallinn, Estonia.

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Throughout the week, 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…

OT in Primary Care

Matt Brandenburg, the host of the The How To OT podcast, interviews Dr. Sherry Muir and explores the important and pivotal role that OT has in primary care.

Not Letting Cancer Get in the Way of a Wedding

A hugely uplifting story of how a team of therapists helped a father walk his daughter down the aisle. Trust me, you might want to grab a kleenex before reading this article.

Therapy is Not Always Linear

This past week, Michelle DeJesus (@Michelled_ot) went ahead and broke the internet with her Instagram post about this very topic. Chime in on the conversation.

Beer for a Cause

Brewability, a brewery in Englewood, CO, is making a point to provide gainful employment to folks with varying abilities. I can’t wait to toast a pint with these guys!

A Fun Video from Estonia

During my most recent trip, I had the honor to meet and talk with several students and faculty at Tallinn Health Care College. As a relatively new profession in Estonia, occupational therapists and students are working hard to make a difference in their country and put together a great video promoting occupational therapy’s role. Great job and keep up the good work Estonian OTs!!

Football and an OT Podcaster Friend

On Saturday, I had an absolute blast hanging out with Miranda from the OT Uncorked podcast. We spent the morning hiking along the cliffs to a lighthouse and the afternoon enjoying a beer at a new brewery in town.

Then yesterday, the San Fransisco Forty Niners battled the Kanas City Chiefs in the biggest football game of the year. While I am ecstatic that my boys from the bay made it to the Super Bowl, the result of game did not work out in my favor. But there is always next year!

Looking ahead, the AOTA 2020 conference is only 7 weeks away. I’ll be there, will you?

I hope you have an amazing week!

Cheers- Sarah

Helping Kids with Autism Learn, Play and Thrive with Meg Proctor

Episode Summary

Many kids with autism have significantly delayed play skills, as well as they have difficulty learning new skills and expanding upon the skills they already have. More often than not therapists find themselves trying to teach children with autism how to play through imitation, but these children often have major difficulty with the imitation of others. Combine that with poor engagement and visual regard for others and learning to play for a child with autism can be daunting task. In this episode, we bring on Meg Proctor MS, OTL/R who is an expert in working with children with autism and who loves teaching therapists strategies to put in their tool belt. Meg and Sarah chat about all things autism and play.

Show Notes

Meg and Sarah discuss:

  • Common misconceptions about autism
  • Looking at the broader picture of children with autism
  • Utilizing the right tools for each individual child
  • Importance of evaluation and re-evaluation
  • Meg’s journey into specializing in autism
  • Finding the right mentor who aligns with your purpose and values
  • Working in early intervention and how that shaped Meg’s current work
  • Common questions from other therapists about autism and play
  • Selecting the right goals for working on play skills with children with autism
  • Identifying play skill goals versus social play goals and when to use them
  • Using simple activities to increase generalization from during therapy to the child’s daily routine
  • Utilizing a balance between using resources within the client’s homes and bringing a therapy bag
  • Use of naturalistic strategies to get them to start imitating
  • Scaffolding up or down to adjust the strategies to teach them skills, especially when they are rigid
  • How to structure you sessions
  • Meg’s company Learn Play Thrive

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