Saturday, October 26, 2013

Blog Carnival Celebrating World OT Day 2013

Happy World OT Day*! The theme for this year's blog carnival is the "Transitions", although I don't think I did the best job of advertising the theme. I seemed to get submissions on a variety of topics, so it will be an interesting read.

I am excited to share some fabulous posts with you today. Grab yourself a snack and a beverage, and enjoy!

I will discuss all the different blog posts, and provide links on the title of the blog. I will start with the ones that were on the theme of "Transitions", and then progress to the others.

Stephanie from Hand in Hand discusses how Evernote can be helpful to students. It can help transition between school years. Love the use of video on her blog!

I love reading blog posts by Carolyn at A Thoughtful Look at Life. She consistently hits the nail on the head, and has more than once moved me to tears. No tears this time, but a poignant look at what we experience when we have major life transitions, whether they are bad or good.

Back to school can be a rough transition for many kids (and parents). Cara gives tips to make the transition easier at The Pocket Occupational Therapist.

OT Depression gives us a glimpse into what transitions mean for a person with depression, as well as for an Occupational Therapist, and how these two fit together. I love blogs like this that are able to merge the two different perspectives.

For my own contribution to the carnival on Linda's Daily Living Skills, I chose a post from the past. I was kind of venting when I wrote it, so please take it with a grain of salt. In it, I discuss the ways in which inpatient mental health environments can be very different from real community settings and how this can make the transition from being an inpatient to living in the community so difficult. 

OK, now for the submissions that I am not sure how they fit with the theme, but they are a lot of fun (and have some really useful ideas!).

What's more fun than laughing? Alice will leave you laughing in her role as The Laughter Anorak at Olu Woman. She reminds us that we can feel good about laughing because it is so good for us, and it much more pleasant to do than many of the other "good for us" things we should be doing.

Susan tackles the issue of happiness on her blog at LD Made Easy. She talks about how every parent wants their child to be happy, but what does happiness really mean? OT is part of a process leading to happiness, but some sessions may involve a range of feelings as part of that process.

Barbara, from The Recycling Occupational Therapist, draws on her experiences working in hippotherapy (such and interesting field!) to talk about how movement can be so beneficial for children, as well as how it can be used as a reinforcer.

Barbara also shared a post on using weighted objects to work on body awareness. Barbara has a talent for coming up with games and activities for specific therapeutic purposes, using materials you can find around your house. 

Speaking of fun activities, Nicole describes another fun, homemade fishing game and the many ways it can be used on her blog at Gateway Therapies.

I want to finish up with a post by Anne at Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips. I think it is the perfect post to finish up with because she talks about how we as OTs can go out into the world and spread the word about Occupational Therapy. I think we sometimes tend to be too modest and quiet about our profession, and she challenges us to speak up!

That's it for this year. Thank you to all the bloggers who participated. 

I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I did!

* World OT Day was created by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). They are not associated with this Blog Carnival - this is just my way of celebrating World OT Day. 


  1. Great roundup! Sorry I wasn't able to participate this year, but I look forward to reading through all of these posts!

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