First and foremost, I am a mom of two amazing little people. My son and daughter are my center of everyday and it has been the most rewarding, yet challenging role I could ever imagine. While I nurture and teach my children, they definitely have given me insights about life and taught me valuable lessons on patience, unconditional love, and so much more. Beyond that, I am an Occupational Therapist with a wide variety of work experience. I have worked in a school for students that demonstrate challenging behaviors (with a variety of developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders), in a skilled nursing facility serving long-term patients as well as rehabilitation patients, in an acute care hospital setting, and just a touch of outpatient experience for adults with traumatic brain injuries.
As a creative person, and having always loved writing (and reading), I thought that starting a blog to share some of my thoughts and ideas was a great next project for myself. I find that I can relate of a lot of the knowledge and theories that are based in OT in my everyday experiences. I believe a lot of that knowledge helps me be a better mom, a great wife, and a helpful friend. My goal with this blog is to share some of the knowledge, research, and fun ideas that can relate to your everyday lives as well. A lot of the information I plan to provide relates to kids, but not all of it, and certainly not to only kids. As you’ll see, and as I’ll explain, many of the activities have some benefits for most of us. I hope that you find the ideas fun and the information and rational behind my ideas useful as well. Perhaps even if you don’t try my ideas, they’ll give you some good ideas of your own.
Throughout this blog, you may also see the reference of Dr. Dad. This happens to be the blog nickname I have given to my husband, who is a physician and an awesome father. As our kids grow and we continue to learn on this journey known as parenthood, we often use humor as one of our many parenting (and coping) tools. I may poke a little fun at him at times, but only because he can take it. With his medical background, he’s helped me understand the nature of health and illness to a greater degree and as an OT I like to teach him the rational behind a lot of the activities I do with our kids. I think we make a pretty great team.
*Disclaimer: The information presented in the blog is intended for information and entertainment purposes only. Please consult your physician with any medical concerns and/or for medical advice. The information presented is not intended to be used in place of individualized therapy services, please contact your health care team for skilled therapy if you think it is necessary. Please supervise your children (or friends, spouses, etc) if you decide to try any of the activities presented as the author or this blog does not claim liability for possible injury or negative consequences related to the activities and ideas presented here.