Welcome to the 'Do What You Love' Blog! Here you will find stories, reflections, ideas, knowledge sharing, and evidence-based general education about ways that we can adapt to our daily activities, practice compassion, have hope and be with ourselves when it's hard and we're heading into the unknown, and discuss current issues and the actions we can take to grow occupational justice so more people can choose to do what we love beyond COVID. 

As I walk into work, I quickly scroll through my phone to fill out the online screening tool that is required of me since this pandemic arose. (I probably should wake up earlier to complete this, but what can I say? I’m not a morning person). I reach the office at 8 am. Nobody likes […]

I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant and I have been working in early childhood intervention services for over a year and a half. I provide occupational therapy services to children from birth to 3 years of age. My roles involve assisting children in meeting their developmental milestones and their sensory needs, while also educating […]

I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) and I currently work in the neurology department of a hospital in Houston, Texas, and I love my job.  During the pandemic, I have alternated shifts with a fellow COTA – about biweekly – in the areas designated for patients with COVID-19. On a normal “neuro” day […]

Statistics indicate that within three to six months, most people recover from a concussion. So what happens if you don’t? What happens if, after 3 months or a year or several years, you continue to experience ongoing symptoms that have an impact on your day-to-day doings? The DSM-IV defines post-concussion syndrome as three or more […]

I’m Anna and I’m a community Occupational Therapist working in private practice in British Columbia, Canada.   Where do I work:  In the community. This means that I usually meet people in their homes, in parks, coffee shops, neighborhoods, at their workplaces, or in our clinic.  Since the pandemic began, I have also broadened my practice […]

Hello! My name is Amanda and I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) practicing in New Mexico, USA. I work in an early intervention setting which provides services for children from birth to three years of age. COVID-19 has greatly impacted my ability to practice as previously. Early intervention services are typically conducted in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I work within skilled nursing. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) provide medical care for variable periods of time, from relatively short to permanent. In SNFs, Occupational Therapists address a patient’s self-care skills, training in the use of adaptive equipment, compensatory techniques, and environmental modifications, as well as behavioral and mental health issues. I typically begin my […]

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