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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Last year we brought you the widely popular top ten gifts for occupational therapy practitioners and students post. This year, we went back to that list and found the most popular gifts and added quite a few new gifts to bring you the 2012 Top Five Gifts for OT!
Gift 1: APPS, APPS, and MORE APPS Ok, apps are huge right now. In addition to being the most popular on the 2011 gift list, throughout 2012 the most popular posts on this blog have been about apps. If you want to give an amazing gift to the OT in your life, buy them a gift card to the Google Play Store (if they have an Android phone or tablet) or an iTunes gift card (if they have an iPhone or iPad). When they open their present, send them to AOTA’s new-in-2012 Apps Database with hundreds of apps for OT separated by practice areas. You will have one happy OT on your hands.
Gift 2: The Gift of Not-Worrying-About-Finishing-Their-2012-CE-Requirements AOTA just launched the brand new AOTA Learn, which is our professional learning portal that gives you instant access to continuing education (CE) online! If the OT in your life still has a few more CE hours to finish before year’s end, they need not worry. This is the one-stop shop to get CE products from AOTA instantly (even on the iPad or tablet) and a certificate is immediately available after passing the exam and completing a survey. Browse AOTA’s store for CE products or, even better, buy your OT a gift certificate to the AOTA store and they can pick their own CE product.
Gift 3: The Gift of a Movie Night Prefer to give your OT some R&R time for the holidays? Check out one of these movies that we think occupational therapy practitioners and students would love!
Gift 4: Occupational Therapy Swag I’m sure you know the question. In fact, at some point, you probably asked it yourself. Every OT practitioner and student has been asked, “what is occupational therapy?” Help the OT in your life answer that question with ease by buying a 25-pack of AOTA’s What Is OT Brochure. This new brochure, developed in 2012, answers the six Q’s about OT—who, what, where, when, why, and how. With those brochures in hand, your OT will always be prepared to answer questions! You can also buy an OT car magnet, and perhaps your OT will get the “What is OT?” question in the grocery store parking lot. (You can show your support too, and put a magnet on your car as well – hint: you also may want a few of those brochures on hand!)
Gift 5: The Two OT Gifts That Keeps Giving (And Giving) The ultimate gifts for your OT? (1) Renewing their American Occupational Therapy Association membership (or, if they aren’t members yet, signing them up!). This gift will show the OT in your life that not only do you want them to grow and develop professionally, but also that you support their profession and want to see it flourish! (2) Registering them for AOTA’s Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego on April 25 to 28. Registration just opened, and your OT can be one of the first to register for the ultimate OT event of the year. This gift keeps giving because the professional development, networking, and excitement will propel them through 2013 and beyond!
Want a few more ideas? Check out our 2011 Top Ten Gifts for Occupational Therapy Practitioners here.
Which of these gifts is top on your list? Tell us in the comments.
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