Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. My name is Stephanie Yamkovenko, and thanks for reading the blog.
Here you will find news about occupational therapy, current health news, and more. I regularly blog about apps that clinicians can use in practice, autism issues, managing chronic conditions, wounded warriors, and more.
The blog title and idea came about from a popular section of our e-newsletter the 1-Minute Update entitled "The Pulse." AOTA members get the 1-Minute Update in their inbox and “The Pulse” is often the most-clicked link. In that section we alert members to an interesting article, topic, or conversation.
With it being so popular, we decided to expand "The Pulse" into the Checking the Pulse blog where we could share even more relevant and interesting news, videos, blogs, and more.
I read hundreds of articles about health, wellness, and policy every week to find the most engaging and enlightening content for you. Blog readers can stay in the know, go beyond the news, and find out how the latest health news affect occupational therapy.
Found a story worth sharing? Send it to us today! Or send me a tweet @AOTAInc.
Sometimes I think I have the best job in the world…well, not the best, because I’m not an occupational therapy practitioner, but let’s say the second best. ;)
Case and point—I get to pin for work.
I realize that you either get what I’m talking about or are completely confused. The Pinterest craze has reached new heights in recent weeks with millions of active users pinning images, resources, and articles to virtual pin boards.
Want to learn more about Pinterest? Read our how to article for more information about the site and how to get started.
AOTA is on Pinterest (follow us here!) and we’ve been populating our pin boards with a variety of resources for occupational therapy. The more time we’ve spent pinning (for work!) the more we realize the great possibilities for occupational therapy practitioners. Read some ideas we have for OT here.
A few of our most popular boards are geared toward information for consumers or clients such as our developmental activities for children board and our active aging board. Take our idea and create your own client-oriented boards. You can repin things you find on Pinterest or you can search the Web for new resources to pin. Even better? Create your own content to pin! You can take some pictures of OT activities or tips and pin it to your boards. Write a good pin description so users will learn more about the profession. If you do this, let us know in the comments (or @ mention us in the pin) so we can like or repin it!
So are you on Pinterest? Have you found some great ways for OTs to use the site? Tell me in the comments. To comment, please log in to OT Connections (it's free to join!).
pinterest.com/funkist/ot-ideas has a ton of pins for fine motor ideas I have accumulated and often give to parents :)