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This website is still in “emerging” stages. I’ve been blogging since 2006 when I entered occupational therapy (OT) school. It started out as “OT Students Belong” (student days) then “Days of Our OT Lives” (beginning practitioner) and finally, here you are with “Miss Awesomeness” (school-based OT and then starting of own company and now working on a clinical doctorate!) I’m slowly working on turning it into a website versus blog, but it will take a snail-worthy long time. Look back at 2006-2009 archives for MOT program blog! Also, I’ve been blogging less lately, but hope to get back into it. I often post on Facebook and it shows up in sidebar. CLICK HERE FOR BLOG or click on its tab above!


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25 Mar 2015

Mental Health Energy Conservation

I struggle with depression and anxiety on a all-too-regular basis. I practice mental health energy conservation on a daily basis. Throughout each day, I’m constantly doing an internal MRI-like scan of my body, figuring out how I am doing and what I can handle. I’m constantly self-talking to myself for reassurance (“okay Karen, you’ve checked […]

Category: Clients/Consumers, Occupational Therapy, Therapists | Comments: none

9 Mar 2015

The Amazing Breadth of Occupational Therapy!

As occupational therapists, we are so lucky to have training that allows us to to help any person of any age and with any issue, by addressing the factors that are hindering their ability to participate as fully as possible in their own life! OTs learn to analyze the spectrum of possibility and then help […]

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7 Mar 2015

Let’s hope this man isn’t an OT

I cracked up at the screen shot below. It was a Reddit.com thread about methods to get up in the morning. Redditors are notoriously snarky. I loved the bolded box below. The man’s suggestion was to "place your alarm over a pit of lava filled with lava dwelling snakes who like to jump to get […]

Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none

17 Feb 2015

Health literacy and educational hand-outs

Educational handouts to clients should rarely be above an 8th grade level, and often more like 4th grade. Here is a "before" and "after" of a handout that some of my classmates and I modified in our Education in OT course! Four of us modified it in a small group assignment. We all just got […]

Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: 5

14 Feb 2015

Creativity vs Expectations

I really enjoyed reading the following Facebook post by F.C. on the group page, “Pediatric Occupational Therapists”. (I recommend joining this group, a lot of high-quality information and resources.)I enjoy outside-the-box thinking and creativity, and at times I felt guilty trying to reconcile my work with some of the more rigid academic necessities. I did […]


8 Feb 2015
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Controversy: Patient versus Client versus Consumer?

Patient, Client, or Consumer? In occupational therapy and other healthcare fields, there is a semantic controversy over what us therapists/the public should be calling those who utilize occupational therapy services. Depending on the label used, we get a different feel for the relationship between therapist/person. My friend, a psychologist, told me she likes to use […]


4 Feb 2015

Remembering our patients in a larger context

As an occupational therapist who has worked in physical dysfunction, this picture of a senior woman in a hospital, cuddling a cat, really struck me. It’s a reminder that our patients, often seen in a hospital setting with no external context, are real people, with real stories, and real lives. Never forget. *Picture came off […]

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27 Jan 2015
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The Life Lemonade Resume: An Occupational (Profile) Hazard?

What makes up your occupational identity? What makes you, you? We all have our unique stories, our life of accumulated events that define us. Sometimes it’s hard to look on the bright side when life hands us lemons, especially when Life happens to shop at Costco. I’ve kept a "life resume" for years, and many […]

Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none

27 Jan 2015
Miss OTPF Pageant

They…still…call me Miss OTPF

  The newly updated Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and process, 3rd edition, is an important document provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and all therapists and students should be intimately familiar with it. Figuratively. Only figuratively. I have slept with it though. Literally, in OT school, I fell asleep with the first edition […]

Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: 1

17 Jan 2015
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Weighted Hedgehog: OT Sensory Tool

This weighted hedgehog is so simple to make. A sensory tool you can make extremely quickly and for less than $10. Materials: 1. Car-wash-mitten (often found in CVS $1-4 section or dollar store). 2.  Eyeballs (If the sleeve isn’t black, you can Sharpie them). 3. Beans/rice/whatever weighted item you want, double-zipped in high-quality zip-lock. How […]

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