Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupational Therapy & Extreme Home Makeover

I've been quiet on my blog the last couple of months - looking after my mother (who is recovering very well from her total hip replacement and is now back at her retirement job of substitute teaching) and various other projects have kept me busy! But I simply had to blog about Jennifer Silvestri, MS, OTR/L, an occupational therapist at Kennedy Krieger Institute's International Center for Spinal Cord Injury in Baltimore, MD. Jennifer worked with the cast/crew of Extreme Home Makeover to create a great new home for her client, Brian Keefer (Keefer had experienced a high level spinal cord injury in 2008). Given my mother's experience with occupational therapy during rehab, it was so exciting to see how Jennifer was truly engaged and focused on Brian and his occupations. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) interviewed Jennifer in today's 1-Minute Update . The full episode about Brian Keefer and his new home are here (Watch to the very end - Jennifer does a great job discussing and demonstrating how aquatherapy benefits Brian.) The 'behind the scenes' clips of the Extreme Home Makeover crew visiting with Jennifer and the other wonderful team members of Kennedy Krieger's Spinal Cord facility can be found here. What a wonderful opportunity this was for Brian and also for the profession of occupational therapy - kudos to Jennifer on representing such a positive message about the world of occupational therapy! :)

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