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  • Blog Post: Happy OT Month! A Post Every Weekday About OT

    Happy OT Month! April is OT Month and to celebrate, I will be writing a post every weekday in April about how occupational therapy helps people of all ages live life to its fullest. That’s right—I’m using one of the top ten tips for promoting occupational therapy online ( tip number...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Occupational Therapy Can Help Save Recess!

    It’s Friday, which means it is a great time to declare just how great recess is. Remember recess? Running around the playground. Telling your friends from other classes all about your morning. Competing in pretty high stakes basketball games with the boys (What? That was just me? In my high top...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Play time is more important than you may think

    Shhh! Don’t tell the kiddos, but that play time they love so much… they are actually learning a lot through play. Yep, it’s an educational experience. I said, shhh! Playing is an important tool in a child’s life—it’s one of the primary goals...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: The Many Ways OT Helps Vets and Service Members

    We have 1.5 million men and women serving in the military and more than 22 million veterans. Returning to civilian life after the military is a transition that can be difficult for service members especially if they have injuries or mental health issues such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—they...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: How OT Helps People With Autism Participate and Live Full Lives

    We talk about it a lot on this blog, but it’s for a good reason. Autism is a hot topic in not only occupational therapy but also in our society (did you see the recent news that the CDC is now reporting that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. have autism?). April is not only OT Month, but also Autism...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Helping Your Child Be More Successful at School

    Success in school is not just about getting A’s in class, it is also about successful social participation. Children are expected to manage the demands of the classroom as well as behave properly at recess, lunch, and throughout the school day. How can a parent ensure that...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Is OT Ready for the Baby Boomers?

    You probably know this, but AOTA is in Indianapolis right now ensuring that the 92nd Annual Conference & Expo goes smoothly for the 4,500+ occupational therapy attendees! Conference attendees get a special treat this afternoon when the director of MIT’s AgeLab , Joseph...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Preventing falls keeps people safe in the home and injury free

    Falling in the home happens to one in every three adults over the age of 65 but half of those who fall never tell a health professional about it. Falling is a prevalent issue that can send people to the emergency room with serious injuries, but falls are preventable. If you (or...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Addressing the “Invisible” Cognitive Impairments

    Sometimes an individual can have a disease or a trauma (such as a brain tumor or a head injury) and the person appears to make a full physical recovery but still has subtle “invisible” cognitive impairments. What happens when that individual returns to work or tries to manage the household...
  • Blog Post: OT Addressing the Physical and Psychological Effects of Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer for women and affects individuals both physically and psychologically. Aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy have physical, cognitive, and emotional implications and can make it difficult for individuals to continue participating in meaningful...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: How Occupational Therapy Helps People With Dementia

    More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to triple by 2050. The U.S. has recognized the importance of planning for this growth by creating a national plan to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a loss of brain function due to damage to the brain...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Wrapping it all up

    It’s here. The last day of April and the last day of the 2012 OT Month. Although I’m sad to see it go, I have to admit that this has been the most social and successful OT Month ever (or at least in the four OT Months I’ve experienced working at AOTA). Thanks to everyone who has read...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Promoting OT Should Be a Year Round Activity!

    I can’t believe that April is almost finished, but if you’ve been following Twitter, Facebook, this blog, OT Connections, etc. you will most certainly know that it has been a very social and successful OT Month! Attendees at AOTA’s Conference won’t want...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: A Full and Meaningful Life for Individuals with Down Syndrome

    More than 400,000 Americans have Down Syndrome and it is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. Occupational therapy plays an important role in the lives of people with Down Syndrome (and their families) throughout the lifespan. Just 30 years ago the life expectancy...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Safe Driving and Community Mobility for Older Adults

    We know that community mobility is an important part of well-being (that’s why we have an entire week devoted to older driver safety ), and when an individual cannot access the community it can lead to depression, isolation, decreased participation in meaningful activities, diminished wellness...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: When The "Mondays" Mean You Need More Sleep

    Have a case of the Mondays today? It happens to the best of us. When those Mondays stem from not getting enough sleep, you will probably notice that it affects how productive you are at work. Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has called sleep...
  • Blog Post: Losing Weight and Getting Healthy With The Help of OT

    We’re going to talk about exercise and wellness today and, with it being Friday and seeing as a (hopefully) beautiful Spring weekend starts in a few hours, maybe this post will inspire you to get up and move. Obesity is a problem that affects our entire society, but did...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Across the Lifespan Means Starting at the Very Beginning

    When we say that occupational therapy helps people live life to its fullest across the lifespan, we really mean it! In fact, occupational therapy plays an important role in the lives of infants and toddlers. From birth to 5 years old, occupational therapy practitioners work with children to promote their...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Going Beyond Stabilization in Acute Care

    When an individual has a critical medical condition like a heart attack or a spinal cord injury they are taken to acute care. The primary goal of acute care is to stabilize the individual’s situation and address threats to life or loss of function. One of the best ways for...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Managing and Preventing Diabetes

    An occupational therapy student in Pittsburgh recently developed a program that provides uninsured Spanish-speaking and English-speaking clients who have diabetes the education and services they need to help manage their disease. Read more about her program here . Diabetes affects...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Helping People Stay Out of the Hospital

    For older adults who are receiving occupational therapy services in their home, a main goal is to keep that person out of the hospital. Home health agencies want to reduce rehospitalization rates and they use occupational therapy practitioners to achieve this. Keeping people...
  • Blog Post: OT Month: Monday Kicks off the 'Appy April Series!

    OT Month starts on Monday (can you believe it's already April?)! In celebration of OT Month, we decided to do something for YOU. Throughout April we will be featuring the favorite smartphone and tablet apps of AOTA members and staff . We’re calling it ‘Appy April. ;) ...
  • Blog Post: April is OT Month & Autism Awareness Month

    I find it appropriate that autism and occupational therapy share awareness months, considering the important role that OT can play in the lives of people with autism. As we prepare for April to begin next week, let’s kick off both OT Month and Autism Awareness Month with some resources to share...
  • Blog Post: What Are You Doing to Celebrate OT Month in April?

    Happy Occupational Therapy Month! April is OT Month! We asked our Facebook friends what they were doing to celebrate OT Month this year, and we had to share some of their great ideas. Nanditta L. is teaching an inservice on maximizing independence Three OTA students in Kentucky are promoting...
  • Blog Post: How to Answer the "What is Occupational Therapy" Question

    With a little more than a week left in April (which is Occupational Therapy month), we wanted to share some resources and videos that you can use when people ask you, “what is occupational therapy?” Of course you know what your profession is , but it helps to have concise and easy talking...