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April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month — Let's Celebrate!

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Throughout April, Pitt OT will celebrate #OTMonth with a variety of virtual activities and events.

We invite you to join us as we promote the distinct value of occupational therapy!

 

What is OT Month?

OT Month began in 1980 to recognize the vitally important work of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Each April, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) celebrates OT Month and the more than 213,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students who work nationwide to create fuller lives for clients and their families.

OT student with youth clients

Helping People Live Life to the Fullest

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan. 

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science. (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2021)

 

Celebrate the Profession with Pitt OT

In lieu of our traditional Alumni and Friends Reception at the AOTA Annual Conference, we have created an exciting lineup of weekly activities to reconnect, recharge and inspire YOU – our Pitt OT community. We hope that you will join us as we celebrate this very special month!

Here’s what we have planned:

Week 1 (April 5 – 9): What Inspires You? Share Your OT Story!

We want to hear what you love about OT and how the profession inspires you! Post your favorite OT fact, share a treasured OT photo, or upload a brief video about your experience as an OT to our OT Month Kudoboard. Anything goes, so long as it is OT-related!

This board will be available for the entire month of April, so be sure to check back often for updated posts!

To participate, please complete a brief survey: Pitt OT Kudoboard Access

Participants who post to the Kudoboard before Thursday, April 8 at 11:59 PM ET will be entered in a prize drawing to win a Pitt OT swag bag! The winner of this prize drawing will be notified via email and announced in the following week’s message.

By sharing a photograph/video to this board, you represent and warrant that it is your own original work, is not copied, and does not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use. You further warrant and represent that your photograph/video is not obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations. There will be no payment for posting. Your name will be published alongside your photograph/video and we may remove your photograph/video at any time.

Week 2 (April 12 – 16): Trivia Week – Test Your OT Knowledge!

Did you know that the profession of occupational therapy was founded by a team of three men and three women in Chicago, three years before women were allowed to vote? This week, we invite you to test your OT knowledge by completing our OT Month trivia quiz!

Complete the quiz and show us what you know: OT Month Trivia Challenge

Participants who complete the trivia quiz by Thursday, April 15 at 11:59 PM ET will be entered in a prize drawing to win a Pitt OT swag bag! The winner of this prize drawing will be notified via email and announced in the following week’s message.

Week 3 (April 19 – 23): The Celebration Continues!

OT Month 2021 may be coming to a close, but there is still time to share your OT story! Don’t forget to check out our OT Month Kudoboard where you can post your favorite OT fact, share a treasured OT photo, or upload a brief video about your experience as an OT. Anything goes, so long as it is OT-related!

To participate, please complete a brief surveyPitt OT Kudoboard Access

Participants who post to the Kudoboard before Friday, April 23 at 11:59 PM ET will be entered in a prize drawing to win a Pitt OT swag bag! The winner of this prize drawing will be notified via email and announced in the following week’s message.

By sharing a photograph/video to this board, you represent and warrant that it is your own original work, is not copied, and does not contain any third-party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use. You further warrant and represent that your photograph/video is not obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations. There will be no payment for posting. Your name will be published alongside your photograph/video and we may remove your photograph/video at any time.

 

Looking for a light-hearted way to celebrate OT Month? Check out these entertaining videos created by our students:

Video 1: What Your Favorite Adaptive Equipment Says About You
Submitted by OTD '21 Students
: Elissa Lichtman and Missy Toth
Description: This comical TikTok video features an array of adaptive equipment and alludes to what your favorite adaptive equipment may say about you.
Linkpitt.box.com/s/qcoxhrq9jr313azcfug5qnfor6rkgazn

Video 2: The Move
Submitted by OTD '21 Students: Shelby Cartwright, Lina Huynh and Missy Toth
Description: This good-humored TikTok video highlights a student perspective on the move from Forbes Tower to Bridgeside Point I.
Linkpitt.box.com/s/qomxqxuaghgulwq0kev4x159pgh5uvbq

Week 4 (April 26 – 30): Continuing Education – Pitt OT Colloquium

As OT Month comes to a close, we will conclude our activities with the 4th Annual Pitt OT Colloquium on April 27 where we will discuss current issues and the newest OT research, education and theory to create the best OT practice for the future. This event is open to OT students, alumni, fieldwork supervisors, educators, practitioners, community partners and friends of Pitt OT. In lieu of a prize drawing, practitioners can earn a maximum of 2.5 continuing education/professional development contact hours for attending the event in its entirety. For additional information about the Pitt OT Colloquium, please visit www.shrs.pitt.edu/otd/about/ot-colloquium.

 

Congratulations to our weekly winners!

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Christie Cyktor

Incoming Student
OTD Class of 2024

Cara (Poli) Kane

Alumna
MOT Class of 2015

Amber Shojaie

Current Student
OTD Class of 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Get Social

Join the conversation on our social channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) all month long by using #OTMonth and #PittOT.

Looking for additional ways to promote the profession? Check out www.aota.org/Conference-Events/OTMonth.aspx.