Supporting Your Child Through Anger, Upset, and Frustration

From the time they are very little, kids begin to experience a wider range of emotion. They are feeling for the first time with the brain capacity they have, making big emotions hard to handle. Your support in these moments is critical. Helping to be there and let them know it’s okay, validate their feelings,…

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…

The 5 Most Valuable Lessons I Learned to Find My Passion

Choosing a profession is a big deal, but choosing life’s passion is bigger. We put so much emphasis on success in this society without really defining what it means for ourselves. The advice is always to find something you love and do that but it seems unobtainable if you aren’t sure how to turn it…

Get out there.

Sometimes, there are moments that let you know this is just what you’re supposed to be doing. Like everything, signs, opportunities, and people cross your path and it might seem coincidental. It isn’t. Take the chance. Everything that happens leads you to what you’re supposed to do, and not taking the chance is what makes…

Fieldwork!

Fieldwork placements came out this morning! If all goes as planned, I’ll have two rehab placements, two pediatric, and a psychiatry placement. I am so happy about them and so looking forward to it. When I first started to observe occupational therapy, fieldwork was that far-off thing I would do just before becoming an actual…

March is for Mindfulness.

This quarter has been busy. With countless group projects, my research project in full swing, clinical practicum, leading groups on an inpatient psych unit, typical didactic coursework, watching neurosurgery, and neuroscience in general, school is consuming most of my thought and time. Last week when leading group, we focused on Morita Therapy. Especially because it…

habits & routines coming alive

Tonight I volunteered at the domestic violence shelter. I’ve been a volunteer with Chicago Cares for over a year now, and am almost to my one-year anniversary with this site. I have gone from weekly volunteer to become a monthly site leader since starting grad school, and recently thought about taking a hiatus because school is…

Explaining Occupational Therapy: An Ever-Growing List

Happy 2015! 2014 was the best year I have had, and not because it wasn’t a breeze or anything monumental happened. It just felt like I did exactly what I want to do, things that are meaningful to me. In OT terms, I’m molding my life to be more and more client-centered…me being the client….