OT 24/7

I'm going to briefly blog about today and remind myself of a few things I want to write about ASAP and then I'm going to bed. It's about 10pm now so hopefully I can do all this in 15 mins. My cat is hogging all the covers. 🙁 

5amish: Up to work on triennial report due.
630am: Get ready for work
7:20am at work, run frantically around getting stuff ready
815 to 1015am: IEP meeting, triennial so lots of evaluations. 
Then I frantically: 1) leave a bunch of sensory items for IEP team to try for another child who is really struggling, 2) Copy, hole punch, and binderize (new word?) some handwriting stuff for a child, and leave 6 die-cut circle “cookies” to be laminated (Details to follow another time on why). Oh, and the speech therapist showed me die cutting today and I was dumbfounded. I had no idea such chicanery existed and I am in awe 🙂 I've heard the term but never knew what it meant.
 Then drove quickly to next school for a lesson on Verbalizations and Visualizations by Linda Mood Bell. An educational specialist gave me the lesson, which was actually an action item in an IEP that I would be shown the basics so I am familiar with the terminology/concepts and can incorporate into the child's treatment. Very cool stuff, again details to follow soon I hope. Then I drove quickly to next school to do observations, check ins, consult, etc. Then I did two inservices (the same one, just repeated) – once for a few first grade teachers, once for a few K teachers (schedule didnt allow them to all be there at same time). Then I did paperwork at that final 3rd school of the day until 6pm. Then I went to Michael's to look for more “monster cheese” (that cheese and mouse toy that I turned evil) that somebody said you could get there but I didn't find it there but it's one of my most popular toys. Then I went to the 99 cent store cuz a mom told me they had styluses there. But alas. None to be found. However, 81 other items were there to be found. I got home at 8:45pm from all that. 
I wanted to do a blog post on all that stuff I got, but first sleep. I'm trying to figure out a way to still feel like a good OT while working less than 12 hour+ days right now. If I only worked 8 hours a day I'd be screwed, lol. Even at 12+ I'm behind. Some of it is truly the job's fault but a lot of it is mine – I'm still figuring out ways to be more efficient and get more done and also there's a lot of research to be done involving iPad stuff for the many of my kids who have access and can really benefit. I feel technologically obsolete and I'm only 29 🙂 I TURN THIRTY IN OCTOBER!!!!!!
I'm trying to figure out my Saturday – I've been invited to some super fun stuff but I am so freaking exhausted that a big part of me wants to stay home, sleep in, then go work the day away at the library or a coffee shop or both. I guess I'll decide in the morning. Wow already 1015pm but I spent part of that time on the phone. I really want to write a few more things down to remind myself and clear it out of my brain so I don't have to remember it so I guess my new goal is 10:30pm. 
This following list may not make sense but it's to jog my memory for tomorrow and/or soon. No particular order.
1. Discuss V&V by LMB
2. Laminated cookies/budget
3. ipad gloves/styluses 
4. dry erase/painters tape
5. Bey blades
6. Phone number/times/questions
7. Products/branding
8. Shelby's Quest on iPad review and give-away
9. Morphology Jr Quest review and give-away
9.5 Magic weighted blanket review and follow up with winner Lesley
10. Dycem and Pen Again reviews, give-away on PenAgain perhaps
11. Easy button/hacks
12. Quantum learning/WBT
13. Golf tee/grip thing, McClumsky
14. Newest pics including body sock pics, body sock actions/language/movements, blue ghost and/or starfish
15. Pages/Typ-O/DD
16. Math and test strategies
17. Cutting strategies
18. Roller coaster height, hats, boots, giants, babies, slides, tents
19. Color overlays, reading vertical, Dys & spacing
20. Dollar store purchases
To do in general beyond what's written down
Computer and paper Log catch up
LEA catch up
MAA catch up
Parent catch up
Ipad catch up /app list/research (check in with OT Apps blog)
Pinterest checks
Eval checklist including FM box
Ocular motor homework
Things in semi-motion:
Children's book rough draft  complete
Other children's book rough draft complete
Other children's book in thought process but need it written out
Product inventions, currently TR, CBP, MT, LWB, PPS
Uh oh its 1027. Time for bed. We'll see what tomorrow brings! 
Just for the record, even though I am currently working way too much, many of my OT children and/or coworkers and/or parents etc make me laugh, smile, or feel awesome, on a daily basis. I love doing what I do and I love the feeling after a good session where I know I really helped nail an academic strategy for a child that will make their life easier!
Blah blah blah. The End. 
Sep 29, 2012 | Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none