OT vs the Business World: 4 differences from my experience

Enjoying a long warm weekend in Chicago before my next 4-day work week. The schedule of rehab is pretty wonderful – when I leave, I leave, and I wouldn’t take work home if I weren’t obsessed with researching/treatment planning in my downtime. Inpatient is a job that you don’t need to take home, which was…

OT and Sensory Processing Disorder

The more I learn about sensory integration, the more I realize that is everything. As Jean Ayers said, the brain is a sensory processing machine. Everything we do relies on the nervous system, which relies on sensory input and motor output to coordinate movement, regulate emotion, and so much more of what makes us human. When I first heard about…

Pre-Handwriting Activities

Today I worked with a girl, J, with autism who has difficulty isolating the pointer finger to point at pictures, imitate lines, or any other activity requiring this skill. If the child cannot isolate fingers as in typical development, they will have difficulty with daily functional activities such as tying shoes, writing with a pencil, playing…

Level I-A and Living OT

I am excited, exhausted, and I can’t wait to be an OT. Today was my first day of Level I fieldwork, a two week full-time rotation at an outpatient pediatric clinic, and it was a full day of observing, interacting, learning, and treating kids. I saw kids with various diagnoses – arthrogryposis, cerebral palsy, spina…

Morita Therapy

We learned about Morita Therapy in school this last quarter. It is a therapy that encourages the individual to stop controlling fears, thoughts, or emotions and focus on taking steps to get where they want to be. As humans, Morita says we will always have a range of emotion. When happy things happen, we are…