Dawn Leprich-Graves

April is Occupational Therapy Month!

April is Occupational Therapy Month!

Brief History of Occupational Therapy “What matters to you?” is the question occupational therapists (OTs) have been asking clients since the profession was formally founded in 1917. Originally, OTs were deemed “reconstruction aides” and helped soldiers that required rehabilitation so they could return to civilian employment. While most worked with soldiers on physical conditions, some …

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool to Manage Your Baditude, Maditude, or Saditude

Gratitude: A Powerful Tool to Manage Your Baditude, Maditude, or Saditude

I am sitting here in my living room/pandemic office surrounded by bottles of hand sanitizer, masks, wipes, and sprays.  My formerly fun and silly social media platforms are now inundated with videos, images, and articles highlighting any number of scenarios that read like possible plot lines in a dystopian novel.  But this is not a …

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Taking care of YOU when life is stressful

Taking care of YOU when life is stressful

There is no denying that 2020 has been quite a year. To top it off, we’re in the thick of an election season that is causing substantial stress and polarization. According to the American Psychological Association1, 68% of Americans identified election-related stress as having a significant impact on their lives. All year long, I’ve been stressing to …

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