Pediatric Occupational Therapy with OT4Lyfe – Sarah Putt
Sarah Putt is the host of the OT4Lyfe Podcast, where she interviews thought leaders in the occupational therapy community. Sarah is discussing early intervention and answering questions about her profession and how it benefits families like ours.
Tell me about why you started your podcast, OT4Lyfe.
Occupational therapy is my life and OT is the “why” of life or “lyfe”. My show is all about occupational therapy and I bring on occupational therapy practitioners, students and other people affiliated with the practice area to discuss anything and everything occupational therapy. I love podcasting to talk about occupational therapy, but also promoting and advocating for the profession because a lot of people don’t know what we do.
What does occupational therapy entail?
It’s a broad field and occupational therapists can work in different practices areas with different focuses. Occupation is defined as how you occupy your time, so anything you do in a day such as self care or leisure activities. We are the experts on occupation, studying what the meaning and purpose of occupation is in people’s lives. We have a very broad lens of who we work with and the type of work we do. Someone coming to us generally has a diagnosis, disability, injury or age-related difficulties that interfere with activities. I work in early intervention with kids from birth to three years old and focus on hitting developmental milestones and the family dynamic of parent education, including sensory integration, sleep, feeding, fine and gross motor skills.
What should a parent do if they don’t think a therapist is the best fit?
What questions do parents and caregivers need ask in order to maximize their child’s care plan?
If parents and caregivers can’t follow through with OT homework, how does that affect the overall therapy goals?
What advice do you have for parents who are new to occupational therapy?
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