“How are you coping during this time?” This has been one of the most common questions asked in 2020. When the pandemic struck and our world was suddenly put on pause, everyone was trying to find ways to cope with the stressors COVID-19. One particular outlet which has shown to have a positive impact is […]

My name is Esther Dark; I am a UK-based Occupational Therapist currently performing in community mental health care. In the UK, there has been a shift in the way we treat mental health illness from institutionalised care, to a greater emphasis of working with patients in their local communities (NHS Long Term Plan, 2019) through […]

A typical work day for me begins at 7:30am in an inpatient rehabilitation department. The Occupational Therapy department I work in includes four Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, one Occupational Therapist and one Occupational Therapy Technician. We provide services to up to twenty-two patients at the rehabilitation unit and each patient receives ninety minutes of therapy […]

A diary of an Occupational Therapist in home health… I am an Occupational Therapist (OT), working for a small home health agency in America. 8:10am- I sit down at my computer and clock in.  I usually look through my e-mails.  I will then proceed to do the chart review for any patients that I might have to […]

I’m an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Professional, working in New York City.  I work for Independence Care System’s On A Roll programme, a freestanding specialty clinic providing comprehensive and specialised mobility evaluations.  We provide complex rehab technology solutions for people with physical disabilities as we believe a well fitted wheelchair promotes health and independence. We have two purpose […]

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On the 10th October, we celebrated World Mental Health Day!  There has been a growing movement to recognise that our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and both should be treated and recognised with parity of esteem.  How can we take care of our mental health?  Our solution may be found […]

I’m Emily, an American-based OT, and right after graduating with my Master of Occupational Therapy degree I worked in a residential treatment center for pre-teens with complex developmental trauma for just over two years. Our students came from all over the county and each had a unique story that had led them to us.  OT’s […]

If you wanted to buy a gift for a friend, visit a bookstore, go to a movie, grab a coffee, or meet friends for a physically-distanced patio dinner, where could you go? If you’re currently able-bodied, the world is your oyster and these things are relatively simple to arrange. And that’s part of the privilege […]

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Occupational Therapists (OTs) in outpatient paediatrics work to restore and improve the participation of children and young people in basic activities of daily living (ADLs) primarily within home and community spheres. Many children also have services within the school setting and so, in outpatient, OTs focus on ADLs such as dressing, showering, and participation in […]

In July and August, I was given the opportunity to host a student for their final placement – however with COVID-19, there was a new way of doing that we needed to adapt to: Alice*, the student, would be participating in the placement 100% virtually. For context: I’m an Occupational Therapist who works in community-based […]

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