Category Archives: Occupational Therapy

Strategies for Neurotypical People to Develop Empathy for Autistic People

Historically, there has been much debate about the extent to which autistic individuals experience empathy. I am using the phrase “autistic individuals” rather than “individuals with autism,” per the recommendation from the Autism Self-Advocacy Network. Recent studies indicate that while … Continue reading

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Parenting Without Pain: Dressing and Clothing Life Hacks

I am proud to be a guest blogger with the wonderful patient resource Creaky Joints. I am currently writing a series of posts on the topic of Parenting Without Pain. The posts will tackle how parents with arthritis or other painful joint … Continue reading

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Childhood Memories and Lessons that Influence my Work as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist: Part 1

While working with school-aged children, I often find myself reflecting on how I saw the world and what was important to me as a child. Accessing childhood memories helps me identify with a child’s perspective, even if that child has … Continue reading

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Why and How Do Pediatric Occupational Therapists Play Games?

Pediatric occupational therapists are often asked why we spend time “just” playing games with our clients. In addition to being engaging to children, games are powerful tools through which we work on a variety of skills including fine motor, visual-motor, gross motor, … Continue reading

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Bringing Home Baby Without Breaking Your Body (or, “Shopping With Arthritis: Baby Care Items and Strategies”)

Despite infants’ diminutive size and stature, caring for a new baby is a very physical job! Many new parents and caregivers experience joint or muscle pain after repetitive stress caused by lifting, carrying, diapering, and holding their baby. It’s estimated … Continue reading

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Bringing Home Baby: Tips for Meeting the Caregivers’ Basic Needs

**Please note that I have edited the section towards the bottom titled “Psychological Tip: Be Gentle on Yourself and Find Support” as of fall 2015. Now that Charlie is a toddler, I have additional advice/insight as to what steps can be the most … Continue reading

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Arthritis Gadgets/Approaches that Help During Pregnancy and Pregnancy Gadgets/Approaches that Help for Arthritis

Throughout the last 9 months of my pregnancy, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to note that many of the gadgets and approaches that are recommended for arthritis can also be helpful for pregnant women. Conveniently, many of the strategies and gadgets … Continue reading

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