Celtic Maze Blog


The Celtic Maze pattern symbolizes the journey of life and

the path of experience, & learning.  It symbolizes that there are twists, and turns, the challenges and obstacles in life, 

but that there are always open doors.


Kawa Model 


The Kawa model was created in 2006 by a group of occupational therapists from Japan who sought out to create an occupational therapy model of practice that both socially and culturally focused on all aspects of one’s occupations and well-being in their life. This model uses the natural metaphor of a river to understand one’s journey through life. Its versatility makes it a useful model to use for OT clients, groups, families, organizations, or again just for yourself, to understand your own life journey.



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"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "What are you doing for others?"" 

Martin Luther King, Jr.


I recently used my annual yearend blog that reflects on O’Connor OT’s “favorite things” of the year, to reflect on the importance, the value, and the impact of grass roots volunteerism the community where we live.  As I prepare to attend Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day’s Luncheon in Lansing, with the continuous crass and racist words and actions from the sitting U.S. President, I again reflect what should be a call to action. Community service is perhaps more important now than ever, especially in 2017, that has been particularly politically and socially divisive, that I reflect on both the challenges and the opportunities to impact where we live. 


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“Our Favorite Things" 6th Annual Year in Review; 2017 Edition



Each December, in the spirit of Julie Andrews singing “My Favorite Things,” I compose a yearend blog that reflects on O’Connor OT’s “favorite things” of the year, to share some resources that make the world a little safer, a little more accessible, a little better regardless of our ability or disability. 


As I began to draft this blog, I had a few notes that I had made to myself throughout the year of the usual suspects of gadgets and gizmos. But as I reviewed that list, I thought that my favorite things this year mean a little bit more.



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A Bit of Blue by Sue Spencer


“ABC’s” Strategies for Caregivers Managing Stress



Caregiving.  Until you began caring for a spouse or aging parent you probably thought the role of caregiver applied to the role of a parent to a child.  The role of caregiving in relationship with a spouse or aging parent can vary from fairly incidental support for medication set up and assistance with medical appointment management, to 24 hour care for physical assistance with personal care due to progressive illness, or assistance for safety and behavior management due to dementia.





Read more at Caregiver Strategies




untitled, by Sue Spencer



The English language is replete with ways to simply say, “I’m tired," perhaps because fatigue is a nearly universal phenomenon that we have all experienced at one time or another. Whether it is rubbing tired eyes and yawning while trying to pay attention to a long lecture, or finishing an exercise routine and your legs feeling “like jello”, we have all experienced the inconvenience and irritation of feeling fatigued. But for brain injury survivors, fatigue is one of the most common and sometimes most debilitating symptoms during the recovery process, becoming a barrier to doing the things they need and want to do in their day to day lives.



Read more at Strategies to manage Neurofatigue



I Grow... by Nikki Booth

Lessons learned from my Yoga Mat that make me a better OT.  Subtitled: An Old Dog can learn new Tricks



Perhaps the more obvious benefits yoga are related to movement. Yoga poses are excellent exercise to improve range of motion (joint movement), and to increase muscle strength through weight bearing and isometric muscle exercise.  Yoga is excellent “gross motor” exercise which from a neurological standpoint is the foundation to address residual hemi paresis (one sided weakness) and improve fine motor coordination. Yoga poses provide proprioceptive input to increase our proprioceptive sense (awareness of body in space, awareness of arms and legs to body).  Movement and yoga poses provide input to our vestibular sense (balance).


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What does March Madness have to do with Brain Injury Awareness Month?


In twenty-plus of occupational therapy practice, the majority of it serving individuals and families in rehabilitation after a brain injury, I’ve observed some common characteristics of those who seem to cope and adapt more easily or more successfully. Although the list that follows started as a few bullet points, and morphed to loosely look like the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, there is NOT a sequence to these as “steps” to move through as a hierarchy. Rather I have recognized these all as important building blocks in the foundation of rehabilitation and resumption of roles.


Read more at  March Madness / Brain Injury Awareness Month



“Successful Resolutions for the New Year”


"Lose weight" "fitness/ exercise more," and "budget / spend less"are in the top 5 resolutions made and broken in 2015.  I tapped my local friends and colleagues to bring you their suggestions and recommendations as experts in their fields for this presentation and this blog.  Dr. Brooke Van Buren Hay, PhD, JD, psychologist and attorney, provides strategies for helping people make successful behavioral changes to meet resolutions goals.  Carrie Crandall, RD Registered Dietician, offers suggestions for improving nutrition in 2016. Matt Malcangi, Certified Personal Trainer, provides recommendations for improving your fitness level and to maintain a healthy exercise program this year.  And from OT perspective,  I offered advice with money management / budgeting and sorting "wants" from "needs."



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Harvest by Sue Spencer



…One particular evening in the weeks prior to Christmas, David received a Christmas card with a personal note from a family member. After reading the card and the message to him, a woman who was also a resident on the care unit, said something to David to the effect of “Honey, you should put that in your room so you don’t lose it.”  I can still see David and hear his reply. David was a man who through Dementia had experienced many losses, who often did not have enough language to express himself, calmly and profoundly responded “I will keep it in my heart.”


Read more Happy Thanksgiving




Jon (photo courtesty of Michelle)

It Doesn't Matter How Many Times You Get Knocked Down


This is the story of Jon's hard work, determination, and accomplishment. As guest writer, Michelle gives voice to a Pollyanna hope of mine that someday our society will be comfortable speaking about brain injury, cognitive deficits, behavior, depression, and mental illness the same way we talk openly about physical illness and musculoskeletal injuries. Thank you Michelle for your very honest, thoughtful post. Congratulations Jon!


Read more May is Mental Health Month



Mom and Dad. Circa 1964

"Somebody’s Mother" Happy Mother’s Day

My Dad taught me a poem. Not as a child, not by telling me about it. Rather, from the depths of Dad’s dementia before his death. Even on days when his world was full of disorientation and confusion. He would randomly recite a few lines “the woman was old and ragged and gray...”


Read more at Happy Mother's Day





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The Celtic Maze pattern symbolizes the journey of life and the path of experience, & learning.  It symbolizes that there are twists, and turns, the challenges and obstacles in life, but that there are always open doors.

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