Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blog Carnival 2011 - Celebrating World OT Day

Happy World OT Day*! The theme for this year's blog carnival is the "Celebrating our Global Identity". We have had a great turnout from some of the best OT bloggers from around the world, truly making this a global event. Grab yourself a snack and a beverage, and enjoy the celebration!

I will discuss all the different blog posts, and provide links on the title of the blog post.

Because this is a celebration, I will start with a few posts that are about that - celebrating OT:

I was so impressed with the German bloggers who submitted. Markus at handlungs:plan wrote a post called World Occupational Therapy Day 2011. In it, he discusses World OT Day celebrations in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland; OT24Vx, and provides a long list of related links. He posted in both English and German. After you click on the link, scroll down if you want to see the English version.

Your Therapy Source has a blog entitled, Artist Trading Card Challenge, that is a submission to the challenge being hosted by Kirsty at Kirstyles, called Crafty Charity Calendar Challenge to Celebrate World OT Day. Kirsty has asked people to come up with Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that represent Occupational Therapy. She hopes to compile photos of them to create a calendar to sell for charity.

Also in a mood of celebration, I wrote a fun post here at Linda's Daily Living Skills called 10 Things I Love About Being an OT.

OT4OT Party Time :) is the title of the post by Karen from (B)e(L)(O)n(G) OT, where she talks about our global identity, and her experiences with OTs from around the world.

Paloma from Terapia Ocupacional en el Dano Cerebral Adquirido celebrates her blog turning one year old in her post The Blog Turns One Year. Although her original post is in Spanish, you can use the google translate gadget to change it to whatever language you want. Her posts are related to working with people with acquired brain injury.

There were a few posts related to specific roles that OTs have:

Loren at PediatricOT discusses The Role of the Sensory Integration Therapist. What we are trying to accomplish as OTs is not always immediately visible to our clients and family members. She explains the goals and reasoning that a Sensory Integration therapist uses.

Marnie from Enabling Access reflects on her experiences of not being able to stop being an OT, even when she is not at work. In Fixing Ergonomic Hazards in Non-typical Work Settings she describes how she has turned this around to benefit her practice (and the people she meets).

Abby at Pediatric Occupational Therapy provides an account what Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention is about, including describing a typical day at work.

Ohers talked more generally about the role of OTs:

Anne at Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips wrote a post that talks about what she enjoys about her job and the profession, called World Occupational Therapy Day.

Kirsty at Kirstyles examines what we mean by occupation, engagement, and occupational science as they relate to our profession in her post called O is for... (#atozchallenge).

Silke from ergo im netz. Das Weblog fur Ergotherapeuten wrote a post entitled Occupational Therapy: No Limits. It has a German version with an English version written below it. She provides an insightful commentary on what OT is, including the diversity in our profession and what unites us.

For a closer look at our identity and promoting OT, check out these posts:

Quest for a Professional Identity by Lottie at Occupational Therapy Matters raises the question of whether or not we have a shared identity. She suggest that we do not yet, and provides her reasoning.

Cheryl at Occupational Therapy Notes provides an in-depth look at how we need to recognize our identity and promote it to others, based on a two AOTA sessions from the 2011 Conference. Her post is entitled Our OT Identity.

Jess at SteelCityOT encourages us to start marketing ourselves and gives us some ideas of how to do that in her World Occupational Therapy Day 2011 post.

We get a glimpse at the person behind the blog in these posts:

Anita from TechnOT by VirtualOT reflects on her journey from being a teen in Melbourne, Australia volunteering at a camp, to becoming VirtualOT in Alberta, Canada and becoming part of OT4OT, in a post entitled My OT Path. has a new therapist (new to private practice but not new to OT) who is keeping a Diary of an Occupational Therapist Starting Out in Private Practice Work Through Inclusion.Me Ltd. to record her experiences.

We learn a little more about Angela from Salford University Occupational Therapy Education Blog in her post "Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?" (A Chorus Line) where she takes a close look at her online identity.

An important part of our identity is our online presence:

Angela also is the author of Time Flies When You're Having Fun, a post on the OT4OT Blog that describes how last year's Virtual Exchange for OT Day came into being.

Bridgett from OT Connections wrote a post on Connecting in the Global World of OT, and talks about how rewarding it has been to connect with the OT online community.

Other bloggers touched on our historical and present use of activity:

Raviraj is the author of Indian Occupations Captured: A tribute to Dr. William Rush Dunton, on Let's OT. This post provides photographic images to accompany excerpts from a book written by one of OT's key historical figures.

Barbara from The Recycling Occupational Therapist, demonstrates how to recycle an old plastic container to make a craft to work on pincer grasp in her post, Pincer Grasp Craft. Barbara was our only blogger to include a video in her post - hmmm - maybe something we could work on next year?
Tonya from Therapy Fun Zone is known for her creative and fun activity ideas. This post is called Practice Buttoning with Felt Sandwich.

An interesting post that did not seem to fit the other categories:

Ebby has recently started a blog called Occupational Therapy: Journal of a travel award to document her experiences in an upcoming adventure. She has received an award to travel from the UK to the US to study an approach that could be used to improve the hospital/home interface for older people. Here's What the study visit is about.

Well, that's it - 24 OT blog posts! I hope you have enjoyed reading the posts as much as I have. It is great to feel part of a global OT community. Thank you to all the contributers to this year's carnival - hope to see you next year!

BTW, if you have not been there yet, be sure to check out the 24-hour Virtual Exchange being hosted by OT4OT.

* World OT Day was created by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). They are also the ones who supplied the very nice logo above. They are not associated with this Blog Carnival - this is just my way of celebrating World OT Day.


  1. Linda, thank you so much for organizing this and for the wonderful post about all of the different blogs and bloggers! I'm really looking forward to reading everyone's submissions.

  2. Thanks Loren! We really had a great turnout.

  3. I am really looking forward to reading through all these blog posts. Thank you so much Linda!

  4. Thanks for pulling these together Linda - I've just managed to catch up now.
    What an eclectic bunch.
    Really interested in following a number of these bloggers now.
    I couldn't find anywhere to comment on the buttoning a felt sandwich post but I loved it, what fun ideas.

  5. Paloma is doing such a great job. As a brain injury attorney los angeles, I know firsthand that these people need and deserve all the help they can get.



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