Take-Aways From Day 1 at the AOTA National Conference

AOTA national conferece

It doesn't get much more energizing than thousands of individuals gathered to learn and share about providing the best care possible.

Yes, it was a great first day at the 2015 AOTA National Conference in Nashville. 

Whether or not you were able to attend this is a great time to leverage the conversations about what is working in our practices and what needs to be revamped. 

I hope that you will share in the comments or on social media what some of your takeaways from conference have been. What was one quote that will stick with you? Were you introduced to a new product or site? What have you been inspired to change in your practice? If you weren't at conference, you can still participate in the knowledge exchange by sharing what has made a difference in your practice. 

Here are some of my own take-aways from the day. 

New Blogs to Follow

I attended sessions on blogging and OT entrepreneurs. I learned of some new blogs and am excited about new content on the way from well established veterans. I got an inside scoop about some of the exciting content coming out soon from fellow bloggers! If you are interested give them a follow! 

  • Gotta Be OT- Lauren speaks to the OT student experience, including a recent post on the ASD

  • CanDo Kiddo- Rachel focuses on helping parents understand baby development

  • Miss Jamie OT - Jamie shares her insights from her busy school based practice

  • OT in Motion- I can't find a link to this! Can someone help?? I was excited about it!

NBCOT is Crushing It

I've been conditioned to think that innovation comes from small start-ups, but it is good to be reminded that sometimes our well established institutions are the trailblazers. I was able to have lunch with NBCOT and I have a whole new appreciation for the role they play in protecting the public by being trailblazers in continuing competency. I will have more about this soon. For the time being, make sure you are following them on Twitter and Facebook, as they will be rolling out some exciting new projects in the next month (Think: Serious Gaming.) 

#OTweeps Love Tweets

It was an epic day for #AOTA15 on Twitter. If you are looking to create or revamp your Twitter account, you can check out my guide to occupational therapy and Twitter.

Giving Voice to OT's Distinct Value

The theme of the conference was definitely timely. Several OTs I met talked about the struggle of communicating the value of their OT practices. Here are two of the favorite tag lines that I gleaned from speakers. 

OT: Therapy by doing
OT: Occupation as the solution