Who is Mama OT?

Well hello there! My name is Christie. I’m a California-based mom and occupational therapist with a background in gymnastics, psychology, and education, and I’m so glad you’ve taken a moment to check out this blog!

I became a mama in 2011 and then, three months later, I began my career as a pediatric occupational therapist (OT). Thus, the origins of MamaOT! I have found myself in the unique position of learning how to be both a mom and an OT simultaneously, and the really amazing thing is that each role teaches me how to do a better job in the other.

Being a new mom has given me a very unique perspective as I work with families to further their children’s development, especially when it comes to working with very young ones (as young as 5 months old so far). I can really empathize and connect with the parents of my clients when they ask me about things like sleep deprivation, teething, feeding, or baby toys because I am going through it right along with them!

Conversely, being a part of the OT world has given me such a great pool of knowledge and hands-on experience from which to pull as I interact with and care for my own child. What a blessing! Every time I learn something new as an OT, I think to myself, I wish everyone who worked with kids knew about that!

Hence, this blog, which was started in April 2012.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I am learning first-hand that that is absolutely true! No one of us can do this by ourselves. We need other people to support us as we invest ourselves into caring for children of all ages. So whether you are a parent, foster parent, family member, babysitter, nanny, or a friend who’s just helping out, my hope is that I can be a part of your “village”. I will do my best to supply you with helpful tips, tricks, ideas, and resources that will boost your ability to care for the kids in your life.

Although many topics I address on this blog will be the direct result of something I’ve experienced while raising my own children (thus often reflecting ideas beneficial for other children of their similar ages), I will aim to cover topics that can be applied to older and younger children as well. Please take a moment to check out the categories covered on this blog by clicking on the “Home” tab at the top of this page and then reading through the list on the right side of the page. My vision is that this blog will be a lighthearted space filled with helpful ideas and information, rather than something to make you feel insecure about how your child is developing relative to generic lists of what kids “should” be doing at various ages. If you are interested in reading about issues related to a particular stage of life or skill level that has not yet been covered, let me know by sending an email to mamaotblog [at] gmail [dot] com and I will do my best to put together a post that will help you out (though I can’t guarantee it).

Although I am a registered and licensed occupational therapist, this is not a place for skilled therapeutic intervention. The ideas presented on this blog are for informational purposes only and are not medical advice. A kid-oriented website, no matter how useful it may be, can never replace an individualized treatment plan developed as the result of assessment, clinical observation, and collaboration between therapist, caregiver, and (if applicable) child. If you are concerned about the development or functional abilities of a particular child in your life, then that child’s parent should talk with the pediatrician or seek out the services of a developmental pediatrician or a local occupational therapist/therapy clinic.

Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of your “village”. I hope this blog will be a helpful resource to you and I look forward to the journey that lies ahead!

25 thoughts on “Who is Mama OT?

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    • Thanks, Amy! Glad you like the blog and thanks again for that wonderful post on toddler chores…my little one will be there soon enough!

  2. Love this blog! I became a mom and an OT in the same year too so I am in the same boat as you…navigating a new career and motherhood at the same time. Keep the posts coming!

  3. Hello MamaOT, I am an OT too (been an OT for 10 years) and just became a “mama” myself. I, too, just started a blog and will be checking in on yours now that I stumbled upon it. My background is in neuro rehab and acute care, a far cry from pediatrics. Congratulations and if you get a chance, I am at http://othealthandwellness.blogspot.com. Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi! I am a pediatric OT (mainly ages 3-5 EI in the outpatient setting) who has been practicing for about 2 years. I am getting married this year and hope to be a mommy in the next couple of years. I stumbled upon your blog from pinterest and love it! ! I share your same passion for OT and am constantly finding ways to find handy tips for the parents of my kids. Not being a mommy yet, I have a harder time identifying what is “typical” behavior at a certain age (particularly 2 years olds!) any tips would help! Anyway, thank you for the blog! I am really enjoying it!

    • Yes, it can be hard when you don’t have a non-therapy population for reference. In my experience, it’s helpful to be involved in other community programs like teaching/coaching kids’ sports (for me it was gymnastics) or volunteering in a setting like Sunday school. Being around family members or friends with little ones is helpful too. Best of luck to you!

  5. I see i am in good company……as i am ALSO an OT. :) Have been for 15 yrs with the last 6 being strickly PRN only since becoming a mom in 2006…then again in 2009…& once again in 2011!

  6. Just found your blog, and I am really enjoying it! My daughter was born at 24 weeks, and has mild spastic cerebral palsy, so many of the things you talk about are things we are or were doing in therapy. It’s neat to see some other ideas! Love the sensory bags, something we will have to try for sure!

    • Michelle, so glad you stopped by! Feel free to email me at mamaotblog [at] gmail [dot] com and we can further discuss guest posting. Thanks!

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  8. Iam a new mom with an OT & psychology background from Iran …
    I shared your play Gym article on my facebook & linkedin too
    I also have 2 full option & musical play Gym that my 4-month-old little girl can develope her skills with, she can play a little piano with her foot ;-)
    Thanks for writting

  9. Hi. I am an ot of 10 years working in the uk and a dad of 3, aged 5 months to 4 years. Happened across your blog by accident and think its great! Always fab to see how creative we are as ot’s in using and sharing our skills and sharing the value of our unique profession.

    Anthony

  10. Hi! I’m an OT and just became a new mom myself about 2 weeks ago! I work with adults doing acute rehab. I love your blog and plan to follow you as I freshen up on my pediatric skills :)

  11. Hi! I’m a mom to two little ones, a little girl aged 4 and a little boy aged 2. My little girl has Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety. My little boy has motor and speech delays. They both receive OT services. They are also VERY bright, curious, and social. :) I just came across your blog. I’m thrilled to read about all the wonderful activities for little ones! I can’t wait to try many of these at home; my kiddos are going to be so excited! Thank you for a wonderful resource.

  12. Hi there! Thank you for your blog!! I am currently an OT student and just happened upon your blog through Pinterest. I hope to be a pediatric OT after finishing school! Your blog is so encouraging and insightful, as well as full of such creative ideas. I will be following it regularly! Thank you!

  13. As a pediatric OT and clinic owner I find this site to very helpful. I find most therapists are female and they tend to have babies eventually which makes this site relevant.

    If you know of any therapists who are in private practice and would like to be a guest on my podcast at StartaTherapyPractice.com I would love for you to let me know.

    Thanks,
    Scott

  14. Hi,
    I am a mom of 4 beautiful boys, stayed home for a few years and now plan to return to OT in pediatrics. What a great site you have – so much information beautifully organized in one place! Last couple of years,I have given talks about designing playgrounds for inclusive play and play for all generations, explaining sensory processing and importance of sensory development in a child’s development. As well am working at MGill University in marketing of online OT programs (driving and chronic pain) – as someone wrote above, we do have a variety of skills! Thank you for continued OT inspiration…
    Monica

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