Best of Occupational Therapy (1/27/2020)

This week: OT degrees, time and money management, making a difference with early intervention, advocacy, and inclusion.

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.

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…

Are We Defined By Our Degrees?

These days there seems to be tension within our profession with people feeling inferior or superior based on their chosen degree. Taylor Blaine, OTD, OTR/L from @becomingot confronted this issue head on here: Join the discussion.

Do You Wish You Had More Time? Money?

Having a healthy mindset around time and money is helpful for all therapists, not just entrepreneurs. The latest episode of the Mind Your OT Business with Melissa LaPointe discusses this and more here: Episode 18: Melissa LaPointe on Embracing Life as a Digital CEO

OT in Early Intervention Makes a Difference

The New York Times highlights the astounding impact early intervention made in the life of one family. Go EI therapists!

Think Advocacy Doesn’t Matter?

AOTA has made some important changes because people spoke up. Well done AOTA!

What Does LGBTQIA+ Even Mean?

Good thing Devlynn Neu aka The Rainbow OT spelled it out for us. Check out the first post of his series here: What Do the Letters Mean.

A New Week, A New Podcast Episode

It was back to real life this past week with a few evals, tackling my unread emails, and lacing up my workout shoes. It also meant I finally got around to putting out episode 53, make sure to check it out.

Guess what’s 8 weeks away? That’s right, the AOTA 2020 conference. I signed up, have you? Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Thanks to everyone that signed up and made the first BOOT post a huge success!

Early Intervention with an OT Mom with Danielle Delorenzo

Episode Summary

What happens when your clinical world and your personal world collide?

Danielle Delorenzo, OTR/L joins the show today to talk about just that. Danielle is an occupational therapist with over 20 years experience working in early intervention (EI). But this time she was not the one conducting the evaluation. Rather she was the parent bringing in her 2 year old son to be evaluated due to concerns with his development.

Danielle shares her journey from navigating EI as a parent, juggling the roles of being a mom and a pediatric therapist, as well as how having a child in early intervention has impacted her as a therapist. She offers up amazing advice from her own experiences to help occupational therapists provide the best care they possibly can.

Show Notes

Sarah and Danielle discuss:

  • Navigating early intervention assessment as a parent and a therapist
  • A blessing and a curse of being an OT going through this process
  • Roles of being a mom, an OT, getting her doctorate, and now being a therapy mom
  • The importance of having a “village”
  • The defining moment that made her seek out help
  • Developmental trajectories
  • Being the first person as an EI OT to tell parents that something is wrong
  • Caregiver dyad and regulation
  • How having a child in early intervention has impacted her as a therapist
  • Parental guilt
  • Being present in the moment through mindfulness
  • Value of working with the parents and families in early intervention
  • Being an expert means being a life long learner
  • Questions she had from the mom side
  • Dealing with people staring at our kids when we are out in public
  • Using video-taping to facilitate therapy and parental education
  • One piece of advice for therapists?
  • Her blog Mornings with an OT Mom:
  • Her episode on the OT Schoolhouse Podcast:





The Why of OT 4 Lyfe with Sarah Putt

Episode Summary

Welcome to the OT 4 Lyfe podcast.  I launched this podcast back in October 2018 and since then have released 37 episodes. I have brought on some amazing guests and covered a wide range of topics, from pediatric OT practice, to animal assisted therapy, using evidenced in practice, the business side of OT, travel therapy and international volunteer work, the importance of collaborating with physical therapists, inclusion, and I released a fieldwork mini series, as well as the first steps to becoming an OT.

Although I’ve covered a lot of topics, I haven’t really gone into much detail about who I am and what this podcast is all about. So that’s what today will be about. I want to use today’s episode for you to get to know me a little better and also understand my why behind creating OT 4 Lyfe. 

Show Notes

Sarah discusses:

  • Why she started a podcast
  • Advocating for the profession
  • How she got into podcasts
  • The first OT podcasts she found
  • Overcoming her shyness and worries
  • What she has gotten out of podcasting so far
  • Her journey into occupational therapy 
  • Working as an occupational therapist in home based early intervention
  • Starting her private practice
  • Being a fieldwork educator and mentor
  • Her passion for travel and international volunteer work
  • How OT 4 Lyfe got it’s name
  • The vision for the podcast 

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