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The Power of Connections

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What strikes me as I reflect on this past week is the power of collaboration.  How the experience of one and the energy of another can serve as a catalyst. 

As I talked with students this week about a variety of opportunities and connected them to practitioners who could serve as a resource to them or a possible partner on a project, it became increasing obvious about the power of connections.  Experienced professionals in the field enjoy sharing their knowledge and to be a resource to those around them, our incoming generation is dynamic and ready to act with just a little direction and confidence.   

Connections can occur in so many ways; with similar areas of interest, with complimentary interests, between professionals and the greater community at large.  In this era of technology the possibilities to connect are limitless.  As leaders of the profession we must place emphasis on drawing these connections.  In these connections, we create avenues for progress.  I view my role as a leader to be not one that sits at a table but one that is out meeting the professionals and students and making these connections to move occupational therapy forward to achieve the Centennial Vision and more.

  • I absolutely agree.  I think I wouldn't be where I am in OT today without connections.  Of course, same can be said about the OT conference presentations I have been making.  For the earlier, seeing like minded peers succeed made me hungrier for succeed.  For the latter, broadening my perspective about autism is so important, because no two cases are alike.  Also, that will enable me to speak for more people on the autism spectrum!

  • Preach it, Sista'! 100% agree.