Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

  I’m celebrating OT Month. And so is Ryan Gosling. (Thanks for the support, Ry!) I often think OT is the hidden gem of the rehab world. It’s focus is so broad and all-encompassing and patient-specific that at times it is hard to define. Until everyone knows, I educate  one person at a time. And…

Life in the NICU

Somethings on YouTube are just for fun, some are educational, some are ridiculous, and some are life changing. This particular video strikes close to home for me. I work with the littlest of patients. Those who have more wires than they are weeks old. I am surrounded by stories like this everyday. One father made…

Not Your Average Middle School

Middle school. I’ll wait for you to swallow your bile. Those two words can cause a visceral reaction in many people. Middle school is an awkward time. Full of changes, shifting roles and hierarchy — and kids trying to navigate it all. It is the strangest time in school with some kids looking as though…

Mary Poppins

I got a lot of stolen glances on my way into work last Thursday… and not the good kind. People flat out stared, whispered, did double takes, and cocked eye brows. Then the questions started: “Are you the super nanny?” “Are you Canadian?” Or, my personal favorite: “Are you from nutritional services? When will my…

Surprising Manicures

Meet Marla, my coworker and teammate extraordinaire. These are her hands. No, she did not paint her nails while impaired. She allowed one of our patients to paint her nails. We had goals to work on fine motor control and stability exercises for this little girl who loved to have her own nails painted. So…

Friends with Benefits

I just finished my first week in my new job. (Insert obligatory first day of school picture with lunch box here) I was oriented, trained, educated, evaluated, queried, and most of all encouraged. I was encouraged by my trainers that I was picking up things fast,  asking great questions and even offering suggestions for future…

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