Had my first occupational therapist appointment yesterday. I was referred to see them about my hands by the rheamotologist. It was a really interesting hour long appointment! So many things that I thought were normal really aren't normal! All my fingers hyperextend to a large degree as do my wrists, my left hand is worse than my right and my ring fingers are worse for some reason! The OT made me a splint to wear on my right hand during the night to stop it clawing it. Most mornings my hand would be so stuff and take a few hours to wear off. I used to end up sleeping on my hand twisting backwards or with my wrist flat against my arm! We also did lots of writing as I'm going into my final year of uni so I have a pen grip which should help the top of my fingers not hyperextend information when I write which causes pain. The OT also referred me to the sleep clinic to look into if there's any issues there. Waiting for physiotherapist appointments now too.
OTA is pleased to introduce its new Chief Executive Officer, Samantha Hunter. As a senior leader, Sam has overseen significant strategic growth across membership-based professional services and not-for-profit organisations. Sam is eager to hear from members as she travels across each division, and to promote the value of OT in the community in her first OT Week next month (to share feedback, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Welcome to OTA Sam!
With this activity, we're working on keeping the pencil strokes within the lines of a small circle. Draw a bunch of circles in different colours on a piece of paper. Ask your child to fill in the circle with the matching coloured pencil. A red circle should be filled in with the red coloured pencil. The objective here is to fill in the whole circle without going over the lines.
Without meaning, found out MDF is a nice gateway to practice scroll sawing. Easy to work with which is not a new concept, but its also known to be harsh on the lungs due to its resin content. Protect lungs, ears and eyes at all times when in the shop. Allow proper ventilation too. .
Disclaimer: I did not scroll with one hand in the 3rd picture. Just wanted some action. Also showing that I made sure I cut strategically in order to have room for my hands to manipulate the piece and stay clear from the blade. #scrollsaw#sawdust#woodshop
Aloha, to my new friends and welcome! 😊🤙🏽 My name is Johan, pronounced as “JoAnn,” the H is silent. The purpose of creating this OT IG is to share my journey as an occupational therapy student as well as providing mentorship to those interested in pursuing our ever-changing beautiful field! 😍😊 ⠀
I am currently in my 3rd trimester pursuing my Master’s Degree at West Coast University in LA, CA. Essentially, I am halfway done with OT school! 🙈🙊🙉🎉📚⠀
🌟Fun facts 🌟⠀
1) I’m 5ft! Tiny, but mighty 💪🏽⠀
2) NBA season is my favorite season 🏀⠀
3) I LOVE the Lakers and Kobe Bryant 💜💛. If you were to meet me, I would most likely introduce myself as Kobe’s wifey. 🤷🏽♀️⠀
4) I worked at a pediatrics SI clinic for 3 years as an OT Aide prior to grad school. I absolutely 💙 it!⠀
5) I graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2015 with my Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. 👩🏽🎓⠀
6) 90s r&b/hip hop music is my favorite genre. 🎼⠀
7) Ice cream 🍦 is always worth the 💩 for me.⠀
8) I enjoy long walks at Target. 🎯⠀
9) Traveling is one of my favorite occupations. Every break in between school, I’m usually somewhere traveling. 😊✈️⠀
10) As a first-generation Filipino-American, I am the first family member to receive my Bachelor’s and pursue my Master’s. 🇵🇭 ⠀
Comment below to talk to me or feel free to DM me! 😄
KJCreationsKY *new* item ALERT....hand-painted wood KEYCHAINS! 😍
I will be posting something new every night this week leading up to Girls Day Out THIS SATURDAY from 10a-4p at the Owensboro Convention Center! *Come see me and all the other great vendors on Saturday!*
Oh EARLY mornings how I've missed you......
I said only AFTER I crushed my workout!
It's been at least a couple months since morning workouts were my thing, but I've realized that it's that much HARDER after a long day of work. .
If you let the day get away from you it certainly will! So back to morning workouts I go!
Round ✌ of my lifting program &
SO EXCITED to see what these next 8 weeks will bring!
Do you have a picky eater at home?
Or maybe you are not a big veggie lover yourself.
I have a solution right here…Hide Them!!! Pull out your blender or food processor, blend them up, and add them to your dish!!
I am not a huge veggie fan…don’t get me wrong my list of veggies has grown drastically over the years, but there are several that I still don’t love. Alivia is currently going through the stage where she looks at a veggie and refuses to eat it. Tonight’s recipe called for zucchini as well as red and green peppers. I knew the girls would not touch the peppers if they saw them, so I blended them up and added them to our goulash!! The girls finished their meal with the veggies undetected!! Mom win for sure!! #cookingsecrets#momwin#momtruths#cleaneating#cookingtherapy#momof3#mypostpartumjourney#13weekspostpartum#postpartumfitness#pumpingmom#momlife#occupationaltherapist#boymom#girlmom
⏪Setback? You mean comeback??🏹 ~
Yesterday I had a huge setback in my work life. One of my future jobs that I was going to take on in early October all of a sudden backed out on me.
In my head I was like, why is this happening to me? I don’t understand what I did wrong to the universe to deserve this.🤷🏻♀️ Because I was truly excited about this upcoming journey.
But during these mishaps, we all just have to take a second to thank the universe for putting these new windows of opportunity into our lives.
We have to understand that it’s okay if the domain we live in drags the opportunity from our hands without any explanation as to why it did what it did.
Something new and superior is going to find its way into your life. You just have to trust in the process.🙏
Ready for some fall treatments so we’re kicking it off with SQUIRREL WEEK !! 🐿🐿 What kid doesn’t love a squirrel? 🤷🏻♀️😂 1️⃣First item up is this fun acorn bag fill bubble tong task. I love bubble tongs for my students because it’s a great pre scissor skill, too! A fun twist I have some do is to have them scattered on floor & use scooter board to travel around to collect! This is from tools to grow! https://www.toolstogrowot.com
2️⃣We are using this play doh sheet from https://www.prekinders.com/squirrel-playdough-mats/ (toddler version) to make acorns! Snip/roll/add acorn top!
I found a pack of fake acorns from my local pat catans. Last year I used real but they get maggots after storing them in a container from moisture 🤢🤢 3️⃣Speedy Sam the squirrel fine motor control multi sensory approach with following path with acorns & staying inside the lines with dry erase! From tools to grow!
4️⃣Using the acorns to make shapes using a multi sensory approach & copying!
5️⃣Acorn trace & count from https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fall-Numbers-Trace-and-Count-2067068
6️⃣Upper and lower case acorn trace sheets from https://www.supplyme.com/products/free-printable-fall-themed-uppercase-and-lowercase-alphabet-letter-tracing-worksheets-a775
7️⃣Wouldnt be squirrel week without the sneaky snacky squirrel game!! 8️⃣Squirrel writing paper from http://printables.atozteacherstuff.com/2740/squirrel-writing-practice-page/
9️⃣Acorn writing paper from https://www.enchantedlearning.com/poetry/shapepoems/
Use what you have✨. I try not to overload the house with tons of toys, because that is what my candle collection is for 🕯🙋🏽♀️. A rotation of toys every couple weeks (or months) keeps the element of “freshness” with the little ones.
Puzzles are one of the easiest activities that can be changed by incorporating it into a sensory experience✔️. OT Tip; this is a great activity that can be put together in a flash, you can use any paper or material to hide the puzzle pieces in. It involves coordination with both hands and supports finger strength✔️, eye hand coordination✔️ and planning and organization✔️. For older toddlers you can encourage them to hide the pieces back into the foil...which gives you just enough time to start and finish your (second) cup of coffee ☕️☺️.
I use dominoes as a treatment intervention for pts with a Allen cognitive level 3.0 for social participation, increasing daytime arousal and decrease aggressive behaviors as a PART of a sensory diet! 👍🏼 Dominoes are familiar, provide a smooth tactile input, are visually stimulating and can be graded easily. If you want to learn about ways to use dominoes, you can check out my blog post on this SeniorsFlourish.com/dominosfordementia or link in profile
• Learning to cut with scissors is a very complex task that requires a high level of motor planning.
Cutting skills typically develop in the following progression: ✂️ snipping and making random cuts
✂️forward cutting by combining a small number of snips
✂️forward cutting along a line from one point to another
✂️making a simple change in direction while cutting
✂️cutting out a square
✂️cutting along a curve
✂️cutting out a circle
✂️cutting around complex shapes with straight and curved lines
Preschool children often receive plenty of opportunities to experiment with the early stages of this sequence within early childhood environments. However, often they miss opportunities to practice the middle stages before being moved onto cutting tasks that are too hard for them. Subsequently setting them up for failure and frustration when it comes to cutting!
At Ookami Kids we are all about setting our kids up to succeed and creating the ‘just right’ challenge to promote skill development! Contact us today • #finemotor#cuttingwithscissors#snipping#finemotorskills#earlyeducation#justrightchallenge#success#occupationaltherapy#occupationaltherapist#ookamikids
VARK LEARNING STYLES.
recently I took a step back to make a complex client more simple and when I thought about how I would function in the environment I realised that my learning style wouldn't have been met. Since then I introduced the vark styles to the teacher and the child is now thriving because the curriculum has been changed to work for him and his learning style.
When I reflect even more I can see that even in my work place learning i change situations to benefit me. I need hands on experience to learn and reflection through visuals to succeed.
Can 100%say that by thinking about this changing how I work. Its simple yet very effective.
Okay so I love to write. (I think that may be somewhat obvious.) & I love what my profession represents and entails (although there are times like today when I feel like I failed as a therapist).
Nonetheless I’m blown away by all the positive feedback and the quantity of therapists/ students /PreOTs that want to be involved in my “Settings of OT” blog idea (go to my “settings” highlight reel story). I’m super looking forward to coming up with a list of questions for those that have desired to collaborate and share their insights! Because of the magnitude of info, I was wondering about opinions if I should:
⚫️Option 1 —>keep it as one large ginormous blog post detailing what each setting does along with interviews from current practitioners
⚫️ Option 2 —> break up the post into 4 Parts such as “Part 1:Hospital based OT settings (such as inpatient rehab, ICU....)”...”Part 2: Outpatient OT practice settings” (such as ortho/hands...), “Part 3: Community OT settings” (such as home health, schools...) and “Part 4: Unique OT settings (such as NICU, prisons...). The second option would allow the blog post to be more detailed!
Also to be clear I will post your name and credentials & insta name in the section that you contribute as well as at the end! A bunch of brains and input > infinitely greater than one 🧠
Tell me your thoughts below⤵️
▪️Also not too late to be apart of this🖤, if you’re interested send a DM! 🖤update OPTION 2 it is!!!! Will send out info in October, do my own research as well, and begin posting the articles at end of October into November! UPDATE OPTION 2 it is!