Occupational Therapy

11 Things I’m Thankful For

2018 has been a huge year for me. I decided to really reflect on what I’m thankful for this year. I was going to make it 10 things, but I had trouble narrowing it down and since November is the 11th month, then why not make it 11? Here’s my list:

Thankful

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media · Occupational Therapy · Terapia ocupacional · Uncategorized

Movie Night

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about good books for OT students to read, so I decided it was time to compile a short list of movies that any healthcare students and practitioners can enjoy. The list is compiled of a few movies that have been personally recommended to me and I know there are so many others. Feel free to add any movies you’ve enjoyed! 

The ones I have watched are in pink and I’ve noted the ones available on Netflix or Hulu.   Continue reading “Movie Night”

Applications · Occupational Therapy · OT School

I Applied But Was Rejected…Now What?

“Thank you for your interest in ___________. After careful consideration of your application, I am sorry to inform you…”

“We are sorry to inform you…”

“…you have been placed on the waitlist.”

“There was a competitive pool of applicants this year…”

Opening your email to read these words can be deflating. You’ve spent months getting observation hours, completing pre-requisites, requesting letters of recommendation, navigating through the application system, researching schools…and many of you probably work or go to school on top of all that. I was working full-time as a rehabilitation technician when I applied for OT programs and, let me tell you that when I did not get accepted, or even invited to interview, it caught me off guard and it definitely made me feel defeated.  You can read all about how I processed rejections a few years ago here.

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NBCOT · Occupational Therapy · OT School · Uncategorized

OTS to OTR: Passing the NBCOT

It has been a week since I saw those amazing words across my screen:

Congratulations on passing your exam!

Now that I have let it sink in, I can finally publish this post. I know the NBCOT is a huge step into our careers in the occupational therapy field, which makes it that much more nerve-racking. Basically the period leading up to the exam is stressful, as well as the period leading up to the results being posted…no matter how long you spent studying. In honoring the reasons I began this blog two years ago, which was to be candid about my experiences in my OT journey, I will be discussing the very real feelings of uncertainty I felt throughout studying, as well as the study tactics I used and materials I relied on.  Continue reading “OTS to OTR: Passing the NBCOT”

Fieldwork · OT School

Things to Know for Fieldwork: Abbreviations

During my first ever Level I fieldwork I remember my partner and I reviewing charts and finding the abbreviation “WFL.” I’m laughing now because I remember looking at her and we both say “waffle?” Anyway, we decided to go home that day and actually look up common abbreviations. I highly recommend doing this for any fieldwork setting. It will make it easier when reading other therapists’ notes and allow you to write up your notes a bit faster, too. And trust me, when you start having 5+ patients on your caseload, abbreviations will be extremely handy. Continue reading “Things to Know for Fieldwork: Abbreviations”

AOTA · Awareness · Occupational Therapy

Happy OT Month!

April is officially here! Not only does that mean the 2018 AOTA Conference is right around the corner, but April is Occupational Therapy Month! All over social media you should be seeing different challenges and ways to prom(OT)e occupational therapy. Continue reading “Happy OT Month!”

Activities and Projects · Technology

Apps to Help Improve Brain Function

As part of my in-service project I put together a folder of free or low-cost apps that can help improve brain function. I focused on these apps based on the facility I am currently place in and what I typically see with patients.  Before I list the apps, here are the brain’s cognitive abilities and skills I target more often: Continue reading “Apps to Help Improve Brain Function”