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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Thanks to powerful client stories, the videos from our What OT Can Do series show how OT can help people with TBI, autism, mental illness, and many more conditions in a variety of settings.
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Check out how occupational therapy looked at all aspects of this OT client's life and incorporated activities that are meaningful to him after a TBI. Share the video.
Hear from a mother of a child who is deaf and has autism about how occupational therapy has made a huge difference in her daughter's life. Share the video.
Chronic illness and depression won’t stop Christine. Occupational therapy is helping her learn the skills she needs to transition to independent living. Share the video.
After a double amputation, Brandon is appreciative of how occupational therapy helped him return to the activities he wants and needs to do, like driving and playing with his son on the playground. Share the video.
His goal was to go out and do things on his own. Thanks to occupational therapy, Dennis is interacting with his community and not just focusing on his mental illness. Share the video.
With the help of occupational therapy, this client who has COPD learned energy conservation skills and made easy modifications to her house to enable her to continue living at home. Share the video.
What can occupational therapy do for someone who wants to use their hands again after an injury or surgery? Check out how occupational therapy helped Cynthia get back to what's important to her. Share the video.
What can occupational therapy do for you after you've had a stroke? Check out how an OT used a task that was important to her client to help her reach her goals. Share the video.
Jessica and Patrick are Boston Marathon survivors and they share how OT has made such a huge impact on their marriage and lives. Share the video.
Want to display the breadth of the occupational therapy profession? You can share the entire 13-minute video that interweaves these stories and more: www.aota.org/whatOTcando
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