Monday, September 12, 2011

A Change of Seasons

The weather has taken a dramatic shift from having summer heat yesterday, to feeling like fall today. I just took my little guy to his first day of Kindergarten this morning. I am also about to walk to the mailbox to send a letter that says I will not be returning to my employment at the end of the leave of absence I am on. It is definitely a time of change.

Last fall, we had some negative experiences, that made me realize that, at least temporarily, I needed to be at home to provide a consistent environment for my kids. My employer was really great about it, and agreed to give me a one-year leave of absence. This year has been so good for my family, and I have seen a big change in my kids. At this point in their lives, having the flexibility to be with my kids whenever they need me seems to be the best option.

I love being an Occupational Therapist, and do not want to stop being one. So, during this year, I published Daily Living Skills Worksheet: Reproducible resources for teaching independent living skills, and I have been connecting with OTs worldwide through the most flexible means available to me: online.

Thank you to everyone for the great response to my worksheets. I have also really enjoyed participating in the online OT community.

My plan is to keep on doing what I have been doing. I will continue to sell my books, and I feel I have at least one more book in me to write. I also hope to have the opportunity to branch out and do some workshops and presentations. I'm excited about having the opportunity to read more research, and hopefully my blogs will start to include more information about evidence-based practice.

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