AOTA Slagle Lecture by @BillWongOT

This chat was hosted by Bill Wong.  He was there in person to hear and record the Eleanor Slagle Lecture at the most recent AOTA conference.  Upon hearing the lecture, he thought it would be a good idea to allow others who weren’t at the conference an opportunity to listen to the lecture and share their reflections and thoughts.

You can view Bill’s entire film of the Slagle lecture in our previous post please see

Below are the following themes emerged from this discussion.

Ways to Promote the OT Profession

@kirstyes I’m afraid I’ve failed and not been able to watch all parts but have enjoyedwhat I saw. Like the 2 business card tip. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:03:30 +0000)
@BillWongOT @kirstyes 1. Promoting our profession is important, especially if we are part of communities such as Alzheimer’s, autism, etc. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:09:44 +0000)
@BillWongOT @kirstyes We need combine our expertise and connections to promote our great profession effectively.#OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:11:13 +0000)
@kirstyes I’ve read some comments (can’t remember where now) that we should just do and not just talk. I think there needs to be a mix maybe. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:16:39 +0000)
@gilliancrossley @BillWongOT @kirstyes #OTalk I think maybe we need some OT reality tv to help us promote ; ) lol
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:23:03 +0000)
@gilliancrossley @BillWongOT @kirstyes I recall learning about the role of firemen, police, nurse etc. maybe we should educate children to our role #otalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:33:39 +0000)
@kirstyes @gilliancrossley @billwongot I’d love to see ‘balanced occupation’ sessions in Personal Health and Social Education sessions. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:35:48 +0000)
@BillWongOT @gilliancrossley @kirstyes I know my ex-classmate of mine suggest high school career fairs. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:40:33 +0000)
@BillWongOT @kirstyes @lisaawicks So, that’s why I thought it maybe good to help organize some community events to educate the public about us. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:47:31 +0000)
@BillWongOT @gilliancrossley I go on an autism support groups to show myself as living ex. of how OT works. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:53:20 +0000)
@otstudentinfo I was promoting OT to the head of BBC Westminster today, she said I was very interesting so hopefully that wasn’t the red wine #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 23:21:48 +0000)

Providing User Friendly Definitions of Occupational Therapy and Why

@BillWongOT @gilliancrossley @kirstyes There are people in these communities who have little or no knowledge of what OT is. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:12:28 +0000)
@BillWongOT @gilliancrossley @kirstyes Through my experiences in support groups in AS, there r consumers & caregivers who don’t know what OT is. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:15:09 +0000)
@BillWongOT @gilliancrossley @kirstyes I have consumers and caregivers asking me what OT stands for. 😦 #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:16:01 +0000)
@gilliancrossley @BillWongOT @kirstyes Right I understand.. I think that happens everywhere here! OT isn’t well known! We need to shout about it more! #otalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:16:31 +0000)
@BillWongOT @kirstyes @gilliancrossley @TheOTClub Nope… but I know Dr. Clark wrote a blog on OTConnections about this, too. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:19:55 +0000)
@BillWongOT @kirstyes @gilliancrossley @TheOTClub This is the blog I talked about. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:22:37 +0000)
@gilliancrossley @kirstyes @BillWongOT @TheOTClub No didn’t see that! I find definition isn’t enough.. need to give some context to the individual #otalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:21:06 +0000)
@LisaAWicks @BillWongOT Only the kiddos with IEPs would know what OT is. Maybe adding OT as part of general health knowledge curriculum? #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:37:33 +0000)
@kirstyes @LisaAWicks @billwongot Yes this is what I was after. Adding it in everything so that when people have need of OT they know about us #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:40:06 +0000)
@BillWongOT @gilliancrossley If you are in practice, try recruit clients who recovered well and use them to promote OT. #Otalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:56:49 +0000)
@BillWongOT @gilliancrossley These communities like to see possible great results. I can say that from a consumer POV.#Otalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:57:25 +0000)
@BillWongOT @gilliancrossley Maybe the social networking gurus should venture out to these online support groups to promote OT. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 20:00:08 +0000)

Promoting Events Such as OTGDS and OT4OT

@BillWongOT @kirstyes 2. I am going to use the fact that I am in OTD program at USC to promote OTGDS for next year.#Otalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:10:31 +0000)
@kirstyes @BillWongOT Though all of my networks and tell OTs I come across about the opportunities they provide for networking. #OTalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:53:14 +0000)
@BillWongOT @kirstyes For me, if I am in academia, I definitely will promote it to my future students (and the general OT student body). #Otalk
(Sat, 26 May 2012 19:55:21 +0000)

Thanks for the people who contributed to this chat- @BillWongOT, @GillianCrossley, @LisaAWicks, and @Kirstyes, @otstudentinfo.

Key links from this chat- (Dr. Clark’s Presidential Blog) (slagle lecture part 1) (slagle lecture part 2) (slagle lecture part 3) (slagle lecture part 4) (slagle lecture part 5) (slagle lecture part 6) (slagle lecture part 7)

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