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….

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…

current occupation: laundromat sitting

I’m at the laundromat laundering rugs and down comforters which always gives me great joy, but today was especially so. I got here, piled in the first and put in 16 quarters. it only registered 5 of them. So I went to get help and the lady was promptly up to help me, confirm quarters…

::yep yep, that’s where it’s at::

I woke up today, did yoga and drank green tea, drove to school listening to the radio, had a morning of ROM shoulder lab, a presentation by a program chair candidate with lunch, more lab with ROM for the hand, got home to rest for 15 minutes, run along the lake, shower, go to work…

OT Application: TIPS

First week of OT school – check!!   This week we started to: learn the physics side of rehab, building patient strength, and general body kinesiology through levers, pulleys and kinetic forces.  How: We rotated stations in groups and laughed about how unaware we are of some things, and how naturally some others come I…

gOT educated… Day Two

The second day of class and I feel a lot of this learning is working on the self, gaining awareness and figuring how to grow as a person in order to be present/fully functional for the patient. It so differentiates OT from the many activities I’ve done in the past geared toward work, which seems…

Pre-OrienTation

I start orientation on MONDAY! After a year and a half of prerequisites, working at AZA, observing at RIC, Early Intervention and a medical clinic in Michigan, after taking the GRE and getting recommendations and filling out application after application, including the major to-do that was OTCAS…it’s time to start. The funny thing about it…

Unlikely Sabbatical.

Orientation starts three weeks from tomorrow. THREE WEEKS! I can’t believe it. The summer of 2012, I was away in Los Angeles for the month of June then Ohio, Chicago and Mexico before returning to work at the beginning of August. June was filming Ready for Love. It was the most freedom I’ve had in…

clues.

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. If you get the urge to, take the chance. Everything that happens leads you to what you’re supposed to do, and not…

Getting pre-OT ducks in a row: The application process.

Hi! I’m Katie, and I’ll be starting an MS in Occupational Therapy program in Chicago next month. I changed careers to take the OT path, and it is one of the most refreshing decisions I have made. After going through the application process, I might say that the work in applying weeds out anyone who…