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OT and Online Professional & Social Networking

There has been an ever-growing presence for occupational therapy on the Internet.  Social and professional networking amongst occupational therapy practitioners has been the subject of presentations at conferences, blog posts, articles, and more.  Several months ago, OT Practice had a CEU article on social networking.

In the most recent issue of OT Practice, Karen Dobyns, a student occupational therapist finishing up her fieldwork rotations, wrote an excellent article titled ‘Enhancing Practice through Online Social Networking.’  She writes about how posting stories, questions, or insights about occupational therapy creates a permenant record that can then be seen by others.  Therefore, if someone else has a question that you might have asked, it can be easily found with a search on the Internet.  Collaborating and sharing online also helps one grow professionally and clinically.  I’d like to say thank you to Karen for including my blog in your list of blogs that you shared in OT Practice.

The AOTA has made a strong push into the online world by actively engaging others in most of the social networking medias, such as YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, and Plurk.  Today, the AOTA has launced their own social networking media, called OT Connections.  Similar in layout to MySpace and Facebook, it allows occupational therapists to add friends, post blogs and pictures, and truly collaborate with fellow therapists. It also allows you to have access to the listservs.  What makes it truly great is that you do not have to be an AOTA member to sign up and benefit from the website.  They have made it open to any occupational therapist (or other professional) that would like to join.  I strongly encourage you to join.  On the first day alone, they already have more than 80 members!  Once again, here is the website.

November 18, 2008 at 11:03 pm 36 comments

National Backpack Awareness Day

Today, Wednesday, September 19, 2007 is National School Backpack Awareness Day, and the AOTA has published ten tips for kids (this can apply to adults in college too!) to follow to avoid back pain directly associated with backpacks:

Backpacks

1. Never let a child carry more than 15% of his or her body weight. This
means a child who weighs 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a backpack heavier
than 15 pounds.
2. Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arrange books and
materials to prevent them from sliding.
3. Always wear both shoulder straps. Wearing only one strap can cause a
child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or
discomfort.
4. Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Too much pressure on
shoulders and necks can cause pain and tingling.
5. Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly to the child’s
back. The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower
back, never more than four inches below the child’s waistline.
6. Wear the waist belt, if the backpack has one, to help distribute the
pack’s weight more evenly.
7. Check what your child carries to school and brings home to make sure
the items are necessary to the day’s activities.
8. If the backpack is too heavy, consider using a book bag on wheels if
your child’s school allows it.
9. Choose the right size pack for your child’s back as well as one with
enough room for necessary school items.
10. If a student is experiencing back pain or neck soreness, consult your
doctor or occupational therapist.

September 19, 2007 at 7:56 am 2 comments

Helpful Guide for Planning OT Treatments

Jenna from OTplan.com sent me the link to her website yesterday, and after having a quick look through the website, it looks like it can be a very useful source for treatment ideas. The site is obviously geared towards working with the pediatric population, so if anyone is in that field, you should definitely check it out.

The way the site works is you choose a skill you want a child to work on (i.e. tripod grasp, sequencing, cutting, intrinsic muscle development, etc.) followed by selecting what materials you have available in your clinic, house, or treatment setting. After selecting the materials, a list of activities (treatments) show up, and you can click each one for easy and understandable directions. The entire site is very straightforward, which I like a lot.

So check it out!

June 28, 2007 at 2:33 pm 13 comments


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