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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There’s one couple who we know are very thankful for occupational therapy.
Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky were keynote speakers at our 2016 Annual Conference and shared about the many ways occupational therapy helped them after they both lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Jess and Patrick are a part of a new HBO documentary called Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing. The film follows the lives of several survivors and the challenges they face as they recover emotionally and physically.
You can watch the documentary on HBO Now (tip: if you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up for a free month). If you’re a subscriber you can watch it on HBO Go and it’s available on demand.
Check out a trailer for the documentary:
Have you watched the documentary? One of your colleagues, Stacy Turke, tweeted about watching the film in tears.
If you missed Conference or you want to re-live it, you can watch Jess’s and Patrick’s full keynote address.
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