In this episode, Natalie and Jess introduce the Glass Half Full podcast with a discussion of the AOTA Centennial Vision. They explore the distinct value of OT and the specific components of our practice framework that set us apart. Future directions of the podcast are also introduced.
Natalie and Jess talk with Brittany Saviers about the psychosocial impact of childhood obesity. We discuss the physical and mental health implications of obesity in development, as well as ways that we can reduce the psychosocial impact as occupational therapists.
In this episode, Natalie and Jess interview Patty Antcliff about OT's role in implementing a bowel and bladder program following spinal cord injury.
Natalie and Jess interview Kim Persons and Nick Murray about their program for training lifeguards who provide swim lessons for kids with autism and sensory processing disorder.
This week, Jess and Natalie interview Brandon Daveler, who designed the PneuChair, the water-proof, pneumatic wheelchair used at the new accessible water park, Morgan's Inspiration Island. Brandon shares details about the PneuChair, the design process, and future goals. He also shares his experience in working with the water park. See the resources section for a video about the PneuChair and a video about Morgan's Inspiration Island.
This week, we bring back Amy by popular demand! This time she explains nature-based therapy, a form of community-based occupational therapy on which she has based her private practice. She discusses the best populations for this approach, as well as the benefits and challenges of this unique practice area. See our show notes for a link to her website.
In this episode, Natalie and Jess explore private practice options for occupational therapists. Jess and her business partner, Jennifer Weaver, discuss their experiences with starting a new practice from the ground up. We then talk to Carol Just and Amy Harrant about their experience with transitioning an existing practice to new ownership.
Jess and Natalie explore strategies for managing changes in behavior following traumatic brain injury. We talk about some common causes of agitated behavior, how best to quantify behaviors, and strategies to prevent and reduce agitated behaviors.
Natalie and Jess interview Jennie Digrado, who uses hippotherapy as a means of providing occupational therapy services. We explore the challenges of goal setting, documentation, and treatment planning in an unconventional practice setting.
Natalie and Jess explore the role of OT in promoting intimacy, and talk with Danielle Centi on ways to tactfully introduce the topic with a variety of populations.