occupational therapy weblog

this blog is vaguely about occupational therapy, occupational science, & about surviving your first job as an occupational therapist while still being an awkward twenty something.

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question, advice, studying_live_blog, grad_school, growing_up, resource, cute, personal_post, occupational therapy, job hunt

Person Factors

anatomy, mental health, schizophrenia, mental illness, abi, disability, neuro, gender, paediatrics, geriatrics, dementia

Environment Factors

adaptive aids, racism, ableism, sdoh, healthcare, cultural competence, homelessness, prosthetics, hand therapy, splinting,

Occupation Factors

occupational science, occupational justice, self care, leisure, productivity, ergonomics

2014 Monthly Topics

January, February


#post college life summed up with a bonus awkward smile

Reminder that it can take a few months to find work

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The DBT Skills Handbook is probably the best dbt skills resource available - and it is free by following this link: DBT Skills Handbook

Graduating from OT school and entering the work field realness. You get so close to your classmates, spending 40 hour weeks with the same 80 people in the same one room, you can barely imagine life beyond … Then you get your first job and it’s all BOW DOWN BITCHES. Haha then like a week later you realize you don’t know what you’re doing so you go back to ask your classmates for help, but that’s not like queen bey so we’ll just stop the metaphor there

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DBT Self-Help Resources: Emotions List

Using an Emotions List to help Label an Emotion

Some people are more adept at labelling their emotions than others. Some people just can’t seem to name what they are currently feeling. They might say that they felt bad or upset, but pinning down what that actually means for them is more challenging. Many people walk around in this kind of emotional fog.

Unfortunately, if you don’t know what you are feeling, you can’t do much to change it. People who can name their emotions are more capable of managing them, so it is important to become more familiar with your emotions and learn to identify them.

Once you are more capable of naming your emotions, you’ll have more choices in terms of what to do with an emotion if it makes you feel uncomfortable and you would prefer to at least reduce its intensify. Many people with emotion dysregulation grow up without learning this important information, so for some people it takes a lot of time to get the hang of naming their emotions. Be patient. If you get frustrated, reframe this process as if you are learning a new language. In fact, that’s exactly what is happening: you are learning the language of emotion.

Anytime you are unable to identify the emotion you are experiencing refer to the Emotions List. Reading through it, you should be able to find a word that closely describes the emotion that you are experiencing.


when people ask you personal questions


I’m the worst at deflecting personal questions from clients

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It’s so cynical but, real talk, this is sometimes what it feels like being a healthcare worker in a long term setting. I will be working with my clients indefinitely, years, maybe a life time.

And don’t get me wrong here I definitely do care about my clients.

But that’s not necessarily a healthy, therapeutic, or sustainable relationship, for either party, you know what I mean? That’s why I kinda put out the vibe of this card. People care about you. Not me, but someone.

This might not be relateable lol just me…? but that’s why this is my blog…

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My OT student placement essentials


These are from a wonderful book called The Art Of Comforting. Check it out and learn how to be better at supporting people going through difficult things.


Cultural Anthropology – Kim Hopper, Homelessness, and the Mentally Ill in New York City


Since a few of you have asked about my disability, I decided to do a short video about it. For those of you who don’t know, I have cerebral palsy and I use a wheelchair. As you can tell by the horrendous thumbnail, I have no editing skills whatsoever, so this is kind of a stream of consciousness mess. Let me know if you have any questions :-) also hi, this is the first time most of you are hearing my voice but let’s just ignore that 


what happened to your monthly topics?

U caught me. I got lazy. Any suggestions for what August should be?

I saw your posts about OT school and difficulty and such and I just wanted to say to anyone who is worried about failing or the stress that yes it will be hard but also the professors do have your back. It has been my experience that as long as they can see your passion they're on your side. We had curves on our tests because they wanted them to be HARD to push us and figure out what areas we were weak in but at the same time they always said don't stress about the grade just get the knowledge.


Accepting your illness as a part of you is not giving up; it is merely learning to love the hardest part of yourself to love, and that is true strength.

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How I feel during summer

Real talk tho

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hey i just read what you posted about my ask (the one nursing etc) I hope im not bothering you but if you dont mind what does the dietitian do where you work? I have seen this up close and personal; most people dont take dietary advice & the dietitian cant really be too interactive with kids compared to other professions. I know that they have to do an internship before doing their licensing exam, and its hard for those internships to come by unless u live in a populated state & it costs money

I never experienced dietitian in paeds. I can see where you’re coming from in terms of dieticians maybe not spending as much time with the patient or client. However, I really still strongly disagree with them not making a significant difference. They’re involved in patient food while in hospital, diabetes education, heart and stroke healthy lifestyle recommendations… I consulted with them for cooking groups, for people who couldn’t swallow solids making sure they’re getting enough nutrition…

Like, I see what you mean about dietitian not interacting as much with patients but their impact is significant, no question about it. And I guess what I’m really trying to say broadly is that health care is provided in teams and it’s like disrespectful to think some professions have more or less of an impact on client care. In the end, that profession might not be for you, but they’re an important part of the team. :)

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