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.
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In the last issue of the 1-Minute Update, we asked readers whether they used social media to promote OT, and 60% of them said that they do (ranging from occasionally to often).
Social media is an easy and free way to spread the word about your profession. The topic was a big part of this year’s Slagle lecture at Conference given by Karen Jacobs. She told attendees that a simple and quick posting on Facebook or Twitter can spark a worldwide discussion. Jacobs believes that social media plays an important role in promoting the profession. Read more about her lecture here.
Although the majority of readers said they use social media to promote the profession, only a quarter said they do it often. Are you looking for some tips and ideas on how to promote occupational therapy on social media? Read our top ten list for ideas that don’t take a lot of time to do and use a variety of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more.
Some of our 1MU readers said they use social media, but only for personal reasons. That’s understandable, as many people want to keep their personal and professional lives separate. For some ideas and tips on how to jump start a professional social media presence, head over to the Media Relations blog on OT Connections.
Are you using social media to promote occupational therapy? Do you have any tips or advice for other occupational therapy practitioners? Share your success stories and ideas in the comments.
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