occupational therapy runs in the family

We had a family function recently and my Great Uncle Joe brought his artwork for everyone to look at. It was such a treat to be able to see his work, and now it has surfaced again on the web.

Please indulge my family photos here - this is my sister Stephanie admiring his artwork. I am so glad that I had this picture - now I don't have to risk copyright infringment by using the one in the paper...

Here is link to a very nice article in the Albany Times-Union about my Great Uncle Joe. Under most circumstances I wouldn't use this forum to link to news articles about relatives, but I admire my Uncle Joe so much that I want to spread this around. I figure he wouldn't mind since it is already out in the public domain.

I don't know if my Uncle knows about occupational therapy and I don't think I have ever discussed it with him. However, this story illustrates the bi-directional power of occupation - in this case both for him as a teacher and for the people who sign up for his art class. A sharp staff member at his residence understands how to engage people and keep them involved in occupations that are important and meaningful. That makes me happy.

I find it very validating to hear about these kinds of stories, especially as they are expressed through non-occupational therapists.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do.


By the way, Sister Steph is starting a COTA program in the Fall! So the title is very true in a number of ways!

Popular posts from this blog

Deconstructing the myth of clothing sensitivity as a 'sensory processing disorder'

When writing gives you the willies: Reconsidering 'tactile defensiveness'

On retained primitive reflexes