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Poem echoes beliefs in OT

As I read this today, I was struck by how much it reflected many beliefs in OT…that the simple, ordinary things in life are often the most meaningful. Do you agree? “Learn to like what doesn’t cost much. Learn to … Continue reading

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Do you document your consumatory scholarship?

As one who has long been interested in things like electronic portfolios, this article in Academe Today caught my attention. The phrase, consumatory scholarship, is a new one to me but refers to the things we do in preparation for teaching – … Continue reading

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AOTA 2012 – It was an excellent year!

AOTA 12 Opening Ceremony – April 26, 2012 While my mind is still full from AOTA 12, I wanted to capture some of my thoughts and experiences from the conference. 1. The attendance was great!!! I saw some reports that … Continue reading

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OT A to Z: E is for Eleanor Clarke Slagle

Often deemed the “mother” of OT in the United States, Eleanor Clark Slagle is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in the development of the field of occupational therapy. Biographical information about her is relatively scarce but they are some aspects … Continue reading

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OT A to Z: D is for Deprivation

The concept of occupational deprivation is not necessarily new in occupational therapy, but I do think it is one that continues to gain attention as the area of occupational justice continues to develop. Wilcock (2006) defined occupational deprivation as deprivation of occupational choice … Continue reading

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OT A to Z: C is for Conference

In the United States, April is OT Month. It is also the time when the AOTA annual conference is frequently held, as it is this year. I have been fortunate to be able to attend the AOTA conference quite a few times in … Continue reading

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OT A to Z: B is for Beliefs

I love the series, “This I Believe,” which is a public project in which people express their beleifs that serve as their guiding principles. Sometimes the essays are on a specific topic such as love or parenthood, whereas others are … Continue reading

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OT A to Z: A is for Adaptation

Aside from occupation, I am not sure there is a concept that is more inherent to occupational therapy than that of adaptation. While we see the concept of adaptation in other fields (biology, psychology, anthropology), I think the knowledge and … Continue reading

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What do you look for in an applicant to OT school?

Every year during the admissions process, the same question tends to be asked in various ways: What do you look for in a future OT student? What qualities do you think make the strongest OT program candidates? What does the … Continue reading

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OTs as “public intellectuals”

In 2009, I have the tremendous fortune to present at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference. It was an amazing few days devoted entirely to research and discussion related to teaching and learning. Among many … Continue reading

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