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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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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29: Life & Business Updates from Laura

Today’s episode is a bit different from what you’re used to hearing from me, but I thought this was a great time to give you my life and business updates.I have a trip and a speaking engagement to share with you, plus...
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28: Research on Nature-Based Therapy with Hannah K. Burke, MS, OTR/L

Today’s guest, Hannah Burke, is a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University who recently, along with her co-authors, had an article published about nature-based pediatric occupational therapy. It was a scoping...
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27: Nature-Based Speech Therapy for Children with Carolyn Parker M.A. CCC-SLP

I’m really excited because today’s guest is the first one who isn’t in the field of occupational therapy. Carolyn Parker is a speech therapist from the Mount Pleasant, Michigan area who grew up loving the outdoors,...
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26: Feedback Wanted for My Upcoming Book on Nature-Based Pediatric Therapy!

Today’s episode is a little bit different! I’m writing a book on nature-based pediatric therapy and after reviewing the outline, I realized I’d love to know what YOU would like to see in this book. What are the things...
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25: Taking Action for Accessibility in National Parks with Ashlyn Southard, OTS

Today’s guest is an occupational therapy masters student who has already made waves by applying her OT lens in a unique way. Inspired by a life full of nature and travel with her family as well as her siblings who...
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