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About aspiringot

I am all I know how to be. Advocate of love (all kinds and lots of it), life, self worth, growth, good food, tiny humans, social justice, lgbt rights, art history, disability awareness, multiculturalism. Aspiring Occupational Therapy (OT) Graduate Student.

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Mama OT

MamaOT is proud to introduce its newest guest blogger, Abby Brayton-Chung. Abby is a pediatric occupational therapist who works in early intervention (0-3 years) and school-based settings. She’s excited to share a school OT’s perspective on what you can do with your kids this summer to make sure they enjoy themselves, develop some new skills, and come back to school ready to learn!

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With the end of the school year and the official start of summer behind us, parents are now facing long summer days with the kids at home. What to do with all of that unstructured time? While your child may not receive occupational therapy services at school, here are five recommendations from a school OT to keep all children active and ready to learn this summer.

1. Get moving.
We're getting wet! Kids need physical activity to grow and learn. With the rise in childhood…

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GRE in 3 days!

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June has been quite a busy month for me! I can’t believe how fast everything is going so far. I have been picking up a few more hours at the rehab clinic, and I have been spending an amount of time trying to fit some studying in every day, everywhere I go.

I know I have just started this blog and still working on the direction I want to go with this, but as of right now, I am really looking forward to life after the GRE soon. I hope to be updating more frequently while I finish applications, continue learning, and spending time with friends for the summer!

I just came across a video I wanted to share that includes awesome examples of occupations that people want to engage in and how OT can help support in all aspects of daily life (With the help of Dr. Seuss!) Enjoy!

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stonecoldsunshine

I am an OT.  Occupational Therapist.  To be more specific, I have been a pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 16 years.  And no, I don’t help kids find jobs.

The American Occupational Therapy Association describes the role of an Occupational Therapist as someone who “helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).”  That means we OTs use activities to help people achieve their goals and participate in the activities that are important to their lives.  In contrast, Physical Therapists largely use exercises to help people improve skills to achieve goals.

Because I work with children, the activites that are most important in their lives relate to learning to become independent, playing, and requirements at school.  And children inherently learn through play.  So my job is to “play” with children all day!  At least that’s what it…

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The Beginning of Another Journey

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This blog is going to be about my learning process: my current journey of trying to get into occupational therapy (OT) graduate school as a second time applicant, life, and everything in between.

The views expressed in this blog are mine and are no way endorsed by my employers, dog, or university I attended. I hope to use this as a space for my own self reflection to keep inspiring myself and other future OT students like me, everywhere!

I graduated in May 2011 with a BS in Community Health; concentrations in Rehabilitation/Disability Studies and Health Education and  Promotion. I first discovered OT in high school when my grandmother had a stroke. Through getting to know her OT and seeing the power of therapy, I knew that this was the path for me. Since then, I have immersed myself into the field. My path to becoming an OT continually shapes me into the person I am today.

In college, I became more involved in volunteering and working with people with disabilities. I have also observed OT in the school, clinic, and hospital settings. I currently work as a rehab aide, play group instructor, and special needs babysitter. The people I work with inspire and teach me every day. Everything I have experienced so far will help me become the best therapist I can be.

I want to assure people that they are not alone in this. If I have been able to share my story with just one person, I have truly succeeded. I hope to continually update the aspiring OT student community out there with my own experiences as well as my reapplication process of getting into graduate school and ultimately becoming a licensed OT.