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Accepting Autism: How to Move Beyond “Awareness”

Accepting Autism: How to Move Beyond “Awareness”

“Autism” is a word that everyone has heard, but how many people understand what it means? Because it isn’t just one thing, and it looks different from one person to the next, many people find it difficult to describe.  In the past, April has been celebrated as Autism Awareness Month....
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How To Use Leisure as a Therapeutic Tool

How To Use Leisure as a Therapeutic Tool

We think of leisure as free time that’s purely for enjoyment. There are no goals involved. But for an Occupational Therapist (OT) like myself, leisure activities have tremendous therapeutic potential. Let me tell you why. Leisure Is An Occupation First, let’s orient ourselves. When you hear the word “occupation” –...
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What I Wish People Knew About Brain Injury

What I Wish People Knew About Brain Injury

As an occupational therapist, I have worked with acquired brain injury (ABI) survivors for almost 10 years now. I have worked with ABIs of varying types and severity and have learned much about gaps in ABI knowledge and support from the public’s perspective. For ABI survivors and their families, learning...
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Black History Month Reminds Me of the Work That Remains

Black History Month Reminds Me of the Work That Remains

For me, Black History Month is a time to wonder what previous generations of Black activists like Martin Luther King Jr., Viola Desmond, Nelson Mandela, and many others would say if they could see the world today. Black people across the globe continue to endure the struggles and challenges caused...
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Mental Health in Times of COVID Craziness

Mental Health in Times of COVID Craziness

Are you a parent in a pandemic still trying to balance work and family life simultaneously? Are you a caregiver or medical professional who’s been burning the candle at both ends since the  Covid outbreak? Are you a human being who is tired of hearing about Covid-19 and the relentless...
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