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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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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 […]

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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

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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17 Jan 2015

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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17 Jan 2015

OT Invention Munchy Balls: Fine Motor/Sensory Motor Play

Occupational Therapist Tonya of invented this awesome toy. You can check it out here and buy it in her online store.She has quite a few posts with ideas on how to use it, including messy sensory play and kinetic sand. I also included a few pictures of it being naughty. I’ve played with it […]

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16 Jan 2015

OT Lifehack: No more hook marks on your softer clothes

I dislike how softer fabrics get pinched marks in their clothes if left on a hook. I drape my sweaters over instead, but it takes up a lot of space. I realized that my little pediatric “tennis ball head” for kids, with the slit in it for a mouth, could help me out! Check out […]

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11 Jan 2015

Hyperchange Curriculum for Occupational Therapy Students

In an Utopian OT world, there would be a weekly 3-hour course that spanned the duration of an occupational therapy student’s career in their master or doctorate OT program. It would primarily consist of guest speakers from other disciplines or expert OTs. Many would require real-world assignments. The curriculum would be extraordinarily interdisciplinary, cutting edge, relevant, […]

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