Therapy in the Great Outdoors

Therapy in the Great Outdoors

Hosted by: Dr. Laura Park Figueroa

This podcast is about the business & practice of nature-based pediatric therapy of all kinds. If you are an outdoors-loving practitioner in the field of occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language...

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41: Hiring to Grow Your Nature-Based Practice - Live Business Coaching Call with Kristin Park, MS SLP

In this Nature-Based Business Coaching Call episode of the TGO Podcast, speech therapist Kristin Park, owner of the Magic Speech Bus (and previous guest on episode 40!) joins me to get clarity on the best next steps...
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40: The Magic Speech Bus: Mobile Nature-Based Speech Therapy with Kristin Park, MS, SLP

🚌 Kristin Park, MS, SLP is here to share all about the creation of her business, the Magic Speech Bus! In this episode, you’ll learn: [03:39] How Kristin got started [09:00] How much it costs to build out a van to use...
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39: Ask-Me-Anything about Nature-Based Practice: A Reverse Interview with Alexa Ambrosino, OTDS

Alexa Ambrosino is an occupational therapy doctorate student at Duquesne University. As part of her capstone project, she requested an interview with me to discuss nature-based practice and advocacy…and I agreed on...
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38: Favorite Nature-Based Activities for Fall Season

In this episode, you’ll learn 4 activities to do with kids outdoors in nature-based therapy sessions during the fall season, plus hear some of my reflections on WHY these activities are engaging for children. Thank...
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37: Using Knives & Whittling in Nature-Based Therapy Sessions with Children

Today we’re discussing using KNIVES in nature-based therapy sessions! You’ll learn: • Age-ranges for starting knife use in therapy sessions. • Types of wood that work well for whittling • My go-to simple treatment...
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36: Writing Great Goals in Nature-Based Therapy

In this episode, I answer a listener's question about goal writing in nature-based practice. You’ll learn: 📝 The standardized format my nature-based practice uses for writing specific goals. ✅ The 4 step goal-writing...
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35: Help Kids Achieve Their Own Goals By Asking The Right Questions (A Real-Life Story from Nature-Based Practice)

This week's TGO Podcast is an honest share of my attempt to implement an evidence-based method directly within a nature-based therapy session. The CO-OP approach is a simple system for helping children to achieve...
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34: Diving into Surf Therapy with Naomi Matanick, OTR/L

🏄🏽‍♀️ Naomi Matanick, OTR/L started a nature-based therapy practice utilizing SURFING as her therapeutic modality! 🌊 Tune in to learn: 00:01:57 How Naomi discovered surf therapy. 00:06:43 The challenges Naomi...
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33: The Ecology of Change in Outdoor Therapy (ECO-Therapy) Model: A Theory to Explain How Nature-Based Pediatric Therapy May Change Lives

In this episode, I share the findings from my PhD research and introduce the Ecology of Change in Outdoor Therapy (ECO-Therapy) Model developed from my research. The ECO-Therapy Model is a grounded theory to explain...
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32: Fail-Learns and Wins from the First Year Inside the Business Hive

In today’s episode, I’m sharing the “fail-learns” and wins from my first year inside the Business Hive. In addition to my reflections on how the program went, I offer you takeaways that you can apply to your...
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31: How to Respond to Challenging Behaviors in Nature-Based Therapy Sessions with Jillian Blount, OT

In today’s episode, I’m joined by Jillian Blount, OT, owner of WildFree Kids OT in Alaska. Jillian has a lot of experience working with children who display challenging behaviors during nature-based therapy sessions...
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30: The Start-Up Phase of Nature-Based Practice: A Live Coaching Call with Jenna Miller, OT

Today’s episode is a live business coaching call for Jenna Miller, OT, owner of Well and Wild Child OT. Jenna is deep into the start-up phase of her nature-based practice in New York. If you’re thinking about...
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