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I started blogging in 2007 when I entered occupational therapy (OT) school. See archives in sidebar. It started out as “OT Students (B)e(lo)n(g),” then “Days of Our OT Lives” (beginning practitioner) and finally, “Miss Awesomeness” (school-based OT, now business owner/private practice/adjunct faculty). I rarely blog anymore, but occasionally post on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter (sidebar). I’ve been neglected this site for years, but am now focusing on the “Books” tab above, as my first book just came out! The Centipede Who Couldn’t Tie His Shoes.


Recent Blog Posts:

10 May 2019

My geriatric fieldwork…so many highlights

Some excerpts from my OT mental health fieldwork (inpatient geriatric psych ward) journal, a decade ago: I did a group called “Transformation” and it had to do with drawing past and present and future, and discussing things to do to help ensure the future as they depicted it. One sharp lady drew an embryo for […]

Category: laughs, reflections | Comments: none

10 May 2019

Lava Paper: Dramatic Game Paper make learning handwriting more fun

Pediatric OTs or parents: If you’re working with a child who is highly intelligent but has poor handwriting and one of the reasons is that they are bored/don’t care about sizing rules….this “lava paper” (game paper) is for you. Lava.paper modified 2019  


9 Aug 2018

The importance of validating feelings

I haven’t posted about OT in a loong time here! But this situation arose the other day and it got me reflecting. My friend and I were leaving a restaurant. A white-haired woman was slowly headed towards the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. She had the panicked look of someone who is scared of […]


28 Jun 2018

My first book is OUT!

My first children’s picture book is finally out on Amazon as of mid-June 2018! The Centipede Who Couldn’t Tie His Shoes.  So far it’s only on Amazon, but hopefully soon you’ll be able to find it in libraries and some local San Diego stores. I’m also aiming to get it in some therapy catalogs and […]

Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none

21 Mar 2018

My first children’s book is coming out…

Wow, I haven’t updated my blog in over a year! Yikes! How horrible is that! The end of 2016 and most of 2017 were pretty challenging but I think I’m ready to start blogging again/cleaning up and updating my website. For now I am just excited to say my first children’s book is coming out […]

Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none

3 Oct 2016

Therapeutic use of self in OT

I am now teaching a mental health/psychosocial course to occupational therapy assistant (OTA) students at a local community college. This week we’ll be looking at the concept of “therapeutic use of self” when working with a client/consumer/patient/your preferred term here. How we can respond to behaviors in various ways, and “therapeutic use of self” is […]

Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none

10 Aug 2016

Easy Ways to Teach Your Child Problem-Solving Skills

Does your child get upset easily over small and easily fixable things, like a ball rolling under a table? It may be because he doesn’t realize he has any power to fix the problem. Luckily, you can teach him to feel more empowered. I introduce to you the PSST Method! Download the PDF of this here: The PSST! Method: […]


20 Jul 2016

Interested in practical adaptive equipment design?

See flyer here: Homemade Customized Adaptive Equipment My lovely friend Beth has been working on practical adaptive equipment – creating it at a fraction of the cost of commercial design. I copied the following text from the flyer: “I want to customize or build adaptive items for children with special needs. My dream is to […]


22 Jun 2016

Poem on retrogenesis

Retrogenesis is the process of people with Alzheimer’s/dementia reverting back to childhood stages..as dementia progresses and more brain cells are ruined, the earlier the stages…I wrote what’s below in 2008. Just stumbled across it again. I’m not a poet, I realize it’s not a masterpiece, but I like some of the concepts…body flowing forward, mind flowing […]

Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: 2

20 Jun 2016

OTs as Detectives: Problem-Solving Dementia-Related Behavioral Triggers

Description: Many people with dementia demonstrate a pattern of behaviors that are perplexing and risky. It turns out there is often a trigger causing the issue. Occupational Therapy (OT) Practitioners are great at investigating the issue, then finding & removing the trigger, therefore extinguishing the behavior. (I am on a Gerontology Listserv for Occupational Therapists […]

Category: Occupational Therapy, Therapists | Comments: none

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