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I’m typically a very busy guy. Between my family, therapy job, 2 churches, blog, podcast, and youtube channel I have a lot of irons in the fire. So, when they announced schools would be closed back on March 15th, my first thought was “I can get so much done!”. My mind immediately went to all the side projects and hobbies I could get caught up with. But something interested happened. All those things that have kept me so “busy” for years suddenly weren’t priorities. With COVID-19 getting closer and closer to my doorstep, those “irons in the fire” didn’t seem…


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The past few weeks have been weird, right? With the growing COVID-19 pandemic, families across the world are being told to “stay home”. As we try to stay inside with our loved ones and limit our errands running, I can’t help but reflect on a similar situation. When I was in college, a snowstorm blanketed the city of Conway and classes were canceled for the remainder of the week. At the time, I lived alone in a 400sq foot apartment. And for nearly 9 days, that’s where I stayed for the most part. I read, I watched TV, I rummaged…


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A Written Sermon for the COVID-19 Pandemic

My friends, something incredible is happening. As the world fights against the global pandemic that is COVID-19, people are coming together. My heart is lifted as businesses put people over profit, teachers volunteer their time to help students at home, restaurants offer free food to families, and churches send out care packages. The world might seem like it’s falling apart, but there’s hope if you know where to look.

It is during this nation-wide “social distancing” that I reflect on the life of the Apostle Paul. Throughout his letters to other followers, he discusses the source of his strength during…


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What is normal? We could list cliches like “normal is just a setting on the washing machine” and “what is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly”.

But essentially, normal is a construct that humanity has developed to categorize and label things within our environment. I spend my workdays in public schools. Majority of that time being in elementary schools, watching kids in the cafeteria, eating lunch, or outside playing. If you ask me what a normal kid looked like, I couldn’t tell you. Each kid is so different from the next that even those who look alike…


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“With LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all…”

This final line of the Pledge of Allegiance should serve as a reminder of what we, as Americans, are fighting for. And as we talk about liberty, justice, and equal rights, we often think in terms of race and gender. And yet, society often misses one of the biggest pieces in regards to civil rights. And that’s individuals with disabilities.

Even today, in 2019, state-of-the-art buildings with budgets of upwards of $40 million are being built that are not fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. Even worse, when most people think about “accessibility” they…


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So, you’ve passed all your classes, walked across the stage, and received your degree. You’ve studied diligently for the NBCOT and have passed that final exam. You have called up your state licensure board and are now a licensed practitioner in occupational therapy. But now what?

As occupational therapy becomes more popular, so too does the field. The job market is becoming increasingly competitive as more OT and OTA programs open across the country. When I graduated years ago, all I had to do was move back home. There were plenty of offers and positions available for an OT willing…


If your child has a disability, special need, or other impairment and attends a public school, you will inevitably go to an IEP meeting. An IEP is an individualized education plan specifically crafted around your child’s strengths and weaknesses. An IEP meeting is when everyone who works with your child (teachers, therapists, administrators, counselors, etc.) gathers together to discuss your child’s progress and any changes that might need to be made to the plan. As a school OT, I have attended hundreds of IEP meetings, across multiple school districts. I have seen great meetings and terrible ones. This whole process…


The past year has been rough on everyone. And our kids have possibly taken it the hardest. Many have gone without in-person education, large gatherings of friends, or a lot of outside play. But hopefully, that all is about to change as vaccinations roll out and states begin lifting restrictions.

Summer is a great time to introduce your children to new activities, sports, hobbies, and interests. It has so much room for the freedom of exploration and engagement. But don’t get too busy with camps and vacations that you forget to allow them to explore who they are themselves. The…


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As a school occupational therapist, I spend a lot of time in elementary schools. My average workweek takes me to six school districts in five different counties. I serve approximately 17 different public school campuses. At the end of the week, I might spend only 2 hours in the company of another male co-worker. I made this realization a few weeks ago. Aside from the occasional male teacher, I am surrounded by women. And that’s par for the course for pediatric therapists. It should go without saying that when it comes to childhood services, it’s a very female-dominated field. In…


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Something interesting has happened over the last several years. What was once “nerd culture” is now “pop culture.” The success of the superhero hero and sci-fi genres in both movies and television has brought the nerdiest of past-times front and center. Obscure comic characters like “Groot” and “Rocket Raccoon” are now household names. It is a great time to be a geek in America. I should know; I have been an avid comic book reader since my teens.

But something else has risen from the depths of “nerdom” to the attention of the masses, tabletop role-laying games—specifically Dungeons and Dragons…

William Hatridge

William Hatridge is a father, school-based occupational therapist, and pastor of 2 churches. He is also a certified specialist in autism and handwriting.

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