Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
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.
AOTA members receive the biweekly OT Practice Pulse e-newsletter where we share resources and news from AOTA and other sources that directly affect occupational therapy practice—curated just for members! Here on the Checking the Pulse blog, I will 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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Mealtime is an important routine we do every day. Read on for resources to share with your clients and for ideas to advance your practice in this area.
If your clients and their families are looking for help with mealtime and feeding, the links below can help answer their questions.
AOTA’s mealtime routines tip sheet provides ideas and tips for families trying to establish a routine that is not just about food consumption, but also about being social with your family and developing healthy habits and manners.
A group of occupational therapy bloggers recently shared a series of posts on the topic of meal times. Check them out:
If you’re looking to advance your practice in the area of mealtime and feeding, check out these OT Practice articles on that topic (all require an AOTA member login).
Picky eaters? Create a positive relationship with food with a strengths-based perspective like the one featured in this article. You’ll also find five interventions to help with food refusal.
Sharing a family meal at a restaurant can be difficult for families who have children with special needs. Read about an OT collaboration with a local restaurant to provide a sensory-friendly dining atmosphere.
When a child is transitioning from a g-tube to oral eating, you can try these 8 strategies to address the sensory sensitivities that might be a barrier to the transition.
Children in inpatient rehabilitation often find themselves eating lonely meals in front of a TV and treats become standbys to help control a stressful time. But healthy eating should be a priority, and this program seeks to deliver comprehensive, client-centered care with meal prep groups, active living initiatives, and environmental interventions.
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