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Living Life To Its Fullestâ„¢ Podcasts

AOTA is pleased to announce a podcast series that features occupational therapists and their perspectives on consumer health topics.  Helping people of all ages live life to its fullest—the goal of occupational therapy—is the fundamental purpose of this monthly series.

Each 15-minute podcast will address a different way in which occupational therapy helps people prevent—or live better after—illness, injury, or some form of disability.

Occupational therapy practitioners: We encourage you to download the audio files and share them with your current and potential clients. Additionally, visit OT Connections after each episode to continue the discussion.

  • Episode 26 Health Literacy: Identifying a Role For Occupational Therapy (May 2011)
  • Episode 25 Green Ergonomics (April 2011)
  • Episode 24  Universal Design (March 2011)
  • Episode 23  Using the Brand: "Living Life To Its Fullest" in Your Practice (March 2011)
  • Episode 22 The Impact of Occupational Therapy's 2017 Centennial (December 2010)
  • Episode 21 Obesity (August 2010)
  • Episode 20 Children's Mental Health (May 2010)
  • Episode 19 What Is Occupational Therapy? (April 2010)
  • Episode 18 Yoga (March 2010)
  • Episode 17 Disaster Response & Amputations (February 2010)
  • Episode 16 Disaster Response and Preparedness (January 2010)
  • Episode 15 Older Driver Safety (December 2009)
  • Episode 14 Diabetes (November 2009)
  • Episode 13 Breast Cancer Intervention and the Role of Occupational Therapy (October 2009)
  • Episode 12 Make Your Home Fit You (September 2009)
  • Episode 11 Backpack and General School Ergonomics (August 2009)
  • Episode 10 Community Mobility for Seniors (July 2009)
  • Episode 9 Home Safety (June 2009)
  • Episode 8 Arthritis (May 2009)
  • Episode 7 Autism (April 2009)
  • Episode 4 Falls Prevention (January 2009)
Current Podcast

Episode 26:  Health Literacy: Identifying a Role For Occupational Therapy (May 2011)
 

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Julie Dorsey, assistant professor at Ithaca College and a doctoral student at Boston University, discusses the emerging area of practice called green ergonomics with Dr. Karen Jacobs, clinical professor of occupational therapy at Boston University. They describe how occupational therapy practitioners can contribute to sustainable building design through marketing their expertise in ergonomics to the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system as well as the green school movement. The green school movement is in 19 states with the mission of promoting “greener & healthier learning environments through education and awareness.” Visit the Green Schools Web site for ideas and inspiration. 

Episode 24: Universal Design (March 2011)

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Vanessa Roberts, OTR/L, of VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, WA, and Michele Luther-Krug, COTA/L, SCADCM, CDRS, of Shepherd Center Driving Program in Atlanta, GA discuss Universal Design (UD) and its link with occupational therapy. They’ll touch on accessibility, new research and technology and how OTs can get involved.

Episode 23:  Using the Brand: "Living Life To Its Fullest" in Your Practice (March 2011)
 

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During her lectures, Becky Austill-Clausen, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, often asks people to describe occupational therapy in five words or less. Many students, educators, researchers, and practitioners think of unique and varied descriptions. But Becky feels no five words describe occupational therapy better than "Living Life To Its Fullest." She uses the brand and offers ideas about ways to incorporate the brand.


Episode 22: The Impact of Occupational Therapy's 2017 Centennial (December 2010)


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AOTA President Dr. Florence Clark talks about the impact of Occupational Therapy's 2017 Centennial.

 

Episode 21: Obesity (August 2010)

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Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, chairperson and professor of occupational therapy at Duquesne University and Letha J. Mosley, Phd, OTR/L, FAOTA, assistant professor of occupational therapy at the University of Central Arkansas discuss the role of occupational therapy and obesity.

Episode 20: Children's Mental Health (May 2010)

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AOTA's pediatric coordinator, Sandra Schefkind and Susan Bazyk, professor of occupational therapy at Cleveland State University, discuss the role of occupational therapy in children's mental health.



Episode 19: What Is Occupational Therapy? (April 2010)

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Occupational therapy student Vanessa Roberts interviews practitioners Jo Solet and Sharan Schwartzberg about the definition of occupational therapy.



Episode 18: Yoga (March 2010)

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Sabrina Casaneda, an occupational therapy student at Boston University, and Dr. Karen Jacobs, a clinical professor of occupational therapy at Boston University, discuss yoga and occupational therapy.

 

 



Episode 17: Disaster Response and Amputations (February 2010)

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Dr. Andrea Capachietti, a Humanitarian Aid consultant and university lecturer on refugee resettlement issues, and occupational therapy practitioner Carrie Taguma-Nakamura discuss the role of occupational therapy in disaster response, with a particular focus on amputees.

 

 



Episode 16: Disaster Response and Preparedness (January 2010)

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Occupational therapy experts from around the world discuss how occupational therapists can help prepare clients and the public for emergencies and help them respond.

 

 


Episode 15: Older Driver Safety (December 2009)

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AOTA’s Older Driver Initiative coordinator, Elin Schold-Davis, and AAA’s director of traffic safety policy and research, Jake Nelson, discuss older driver safety tips and the role occupational therapy practitioners play.


Episode 14: Diabetes (November 2009)

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A description of this podcast is pending.


Episode 13: Breast Cancer Intervention and the Role of Occupational Therapy (October 2009)

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Episode 12: Make Your Home Fit You (September 2009)

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Karen C. Smith, OT/L, practice associate at AOTA, and Dr. Debra Lindstrom-Hazel, an occupational therapist and professor in the Occupational Therapy Department at Western Michigan University, discuss AARP’s Home Fit Guide and the role occupational therapy plays in aiding healthy aging.

 


Episode 11: Backpack and General School Ergonomics (August 2009)

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Former AOTA president and board-certified professional ergonomist Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA, and Boston University occupational therapy student Miranda Hellman provide tips for selecting, packing and carrying a backpack, as well as other back-to-school health issues.



Episode 10: Community Mobility for Seniors (July 2009)

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Elin Schold Davis, AOTA's Older Driver Initiative coordinator, and Jennifer Womack, clinical associate professor in the Division of Occupational Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discuss community mobility tips and techniques for the summer months.



Episode 9: Home Safety (June 2009)

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Tori Goldhammer, founder of Living At Home Consultations, and Carla Chase, an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Western Michigan University discuss occupational therapy's role in home safety and home modifications.


Episode 8: Arthritis (May 2009)

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Naomi Gilbert, an occupational therapist in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan, and Carole Dodge, an occupational therapy supervisor and certified hand therapist at the University of Michigan discuss arthritis.


Episode 7: Autism (April 2009)

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Ellen Harrington-Kane, OT, MS, HSM, assistant vice president of autism and medical rehabilitation at Easter Seals, and Janie Scott, MA, OT/L, FAOTA, an occupational therapy and aging-in-place consultant and lecturer at Towson University, discuss the role of occupational therapy in autism intervention.

 


Resources

  • Podcast Archive