66 – Breaking OT Stereotypes in Schools: From Fine Motor OT to Holistic Well-Being OT ft Dr. Deirdre Azzopardi

  • 66 – Breaking OT Stereotypes in Schools: From Fine Motor OT to Holistic Well-Being OT ft Dr. Deirdre Azzopardi 00:00
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Dr. Deirdre Azzopardi is an occupational therapist who refuses to be put in the fine motor box. She doesn’t want to be known as the handwriting teacher. She wants to be known as the therapist who holistically contributes to children’s well-being within the school environment.

In this episode we dive into all things social emotional learning, mindfulness, therapy and supporting kids to thrive from the perspective of a model of well-being. While Deirdre’s area of specialty is working with children, everything that is discussed is applicable and relevant to our adult populations (even ourselves). We dive into what social emotional learning is and practical ways we can use this with our clients. We discuss how to show up fully present as therapists, the importance of the therapeutic relationship and strengthening connections with our clients, (unconventional) goal setting and real thoughts on report writing ….and SO much more!

Dr. Deirdre Azzopardi is an occupational therapist with over 25 years working with children with special needs in both private and public-school settings. She has both a bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree in occupational therapy and a master’s degree in psychology.  She has extensive training in sensory integration and is also a registered yoga teacher for both adults and children as well as a trained mindfulness instructor.

Connect with Dr. Deirdre Azzopardi on-

Instagram: @mindfulschoolot

Website: The Mindful School OT

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