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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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What My Son Taught Me About Limits, Parenting and Listening to Experts

My son Cooper is five years old. He is a beautiful, amazing, hilarious bundle of joy. Everything changed for me the moment he was born. There’s nothing else like holding your child for the first time. Nothing else like the feeling that he needed me and his mom more than...
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