Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blog Carnival Celebrating World OT Day 2012



Welcome to this year's blog carnival celebrating World OT Day. OT bloggers from all over the world have done posts on the theme of "Exploring Balance."

I think what impressed me the most about reading these posts is all the personal stories. Clearly balance is something we all struggle with. I really enjoyed getting to know a little bit about the people who write the blogs.

Dani, from Munchkin, lets us know that she is not an OT. No wait! That she is not just an OT. She writes about exploring interests other than OT. On A Thoughtful Look at Life, Carolyn shares her experience of a day filled with joy and sorrow, and why she chooses to embrace both.

OT school is a particularly difficult time to keep a life outside of school. These issues are discussed by Luna from Life Lessons from OT, as she reflects on her adjustment to the workload. Charlotte from 100 Days of OT Placement writes about learning about categorizing occupations, and then applies it to her own life.

Gillian, from Comic OT Reflections, provides a visual and written exploration of her occupational balance as a mature OT student with a family in Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 and Post 4.

OT school not only challenges the life balance of its students, but also the teachers. On the University of Salford Occupational Therapy Education Blog, Angela gives us her thoughts on work/life balance, and her concerns about her own balance.


We know life balance is an issue, so what can we do about it? Abby, from Notes from a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, discusses the things she does to try to create balance as she tries to juggle work, family, leisure, and blogging. On my blog, Linda's Daily Living Skills, I discuss my journey of finding balance over the past few years, and I share some of the things I have learned along the way.

I love reading pd2ot's blog because she does such a great job of explaining the perspective of a service user in OT language. She discusses the difficulties she had with time-use analysis as well as how and why she found it valuable.

Chris from ABC Therapeutics examines the impact of parents' busy lives on the children he sees in his practice, and how it affects what we must teach parents of the children we see.

Professions also need balance - a balance of old and new. OTs need to adopt new technologies and practices to ensure the future of the profession. Raviraj, from Let's OT discusses the development of OT in India, and how a changing environment requires the profession to change. Anita from TechnOT by VirtualOT provides a metaphor for understanding how OTs are adopting online technology.

Well, that rounds it up for this year. Happy reading!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks again for hosting this, Linda! I can't wait to read through what everyone has shared. Balance in life is something that definitely ebbs and flows.

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  2. thanks for doing this again, Linda! I skipped out this year because I felt so out of balance but it's been good to see everyone's posts.

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  3. Hi Linda,
    I am the developer of Dexteria, a popular iPad app for OTs. Given that we share the same audience, I thought it would make sense to discuss cross promoting our sites.

    Please contact me if interested.

    Thanks,

    Frank

    fjensen (at) binarylabs (dot) com

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