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!

Being Well and Finding Balance in Life with Brynne Terry

Episode Summary

As occupational therapists, we are faced with many responsibilities in life, including both professional and personal ones, and sometimes maintaining a balance can be quite a struggle. This is something that we help our clients and educate others with, but often times we find ourselves as therapists also struggling to maintain a healthy balance within life. In today’s episode, Brynne Terry, MA, OTL/R from Be Well Balance joins us to share some strategies on how we can live well and have a balance between our responsibilities and our occupations.

Show Notes

Sarah and Brynne discuss:

  • Her current role as a OTD student
  • Stressful time periods for students and practitioners
  • How to define wellness
  • How stress impacts a person’s life
  • Implementing strategies before getting stressed to maximize effectiveness
  • Engaging in occupations to alleviate stress i.e. painting with watercolors, walks, being in nature
  • Picking one thing to focus on, rather than a bunch of different tasks that add to your to-do list
  • Keystone habits
  • Strategies to manage stress
  • Mindful meditation
  • Finding pockets to implement strategies
  • “You can do anything, but not everything”
  • The power of saying no
  • Removing sorry for your vocabulary and asserting your communication
  • Tips for staying organized
  • Time Tracker:
  • How the time of day impacts productivity/ motivation
  • Prioritizing yourself

Contact Brynne:




Double Timing Documentation with Jason Gonzales

Episode Summary

Documentation. It is something that all therapists are faced with and unfortunately, it is something that tends to take up a lot of our time. While some of it is very important stuff that we need to include, there are other parts of documentation that are just time sucks. It is commonplace that most reports take between 2-3 hours (or more) to write and that is outside of completing the necessary observations, interviews, standardized tests, scoring and interpreting results, etc. Jason Gonzales OTR/L, the Co-Founder and CEO of Double Time Docs comes on the show today to share how his experience within a variety of school districts, led him to creating a product to help therapist write reports efficiently and easily.

Show Notes

Jason and Sarah discuss:

  • Concepts such as efficiency, time management, prioritization, and redundancy
  • Learning in different ways
  • Lack of consistency in school-based reports
  • Common problems and complaints when writing reports
  • His personal experience and OT journey
  • How he identifies problems and then does something about it
  • What led him to develop Double Tim Docs and what it is
  • Tips for therapists to improve their own documentation process

You can find out more about Double Time Docs here:

You can contact Jason here: