Summer Time Means Leisure Time: Movies, Books, TV Shows for Occupational Therapy Peeps!

By Stephanie Yamkovenko posted 15 days ago


Happy summer, everyone! I wanted to share a few of our favorite posts with books, movies, TV shows, and more that we think occupational therapy practitioners and students will love.

TV or film posters for Mom, Megan Leavey, 9-1-1, Jane the Virgin, and Giants.

Dust off that library card, fire up Netflix, and get ready to take some time to relax and recharge. You deserve it!

The newest list of books we think you'll love was put together with the help of your OT colleagues. Find out their recommendations for 12 novels, memoirs, and nonfiction titles. You'll find everything from the latest Lisa Genova book to classic titles like The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

Want to zone out while watching a movie or TV show? After you finish the newest season of Stranger Things ;) check out these movies and TV shows where Hollywood gets mental health right. The list is made up of winners of the SAMHSA Voice Award, which honor films and TV shows that portray behavioral health and recovery accurately. You'll find everything from comedies that tackle big problems like Mom, One Day at a Time, and Jane the Virgin, to important documentaries like Heroin(e).

Start coloring in your coloring books! For some of us, leisure means gathering up those markers and color pencils and spending time transforming intricate patterns into beautiful works of art. We've got some recommended coloring books here that are perfect for beginners (or seasoned pros!). Be sure to scroll down that post to find a few more books and movies, too.

Three coloring book covers

Fourteen MORE books that you'll love. Yes, I know. This is a lot of books. But this list is one that I personally curated (you're welcome!). Every time I read a book, I'm always thinking of my OT peeps in the back of my mind. So many times I find myself declaring "an OT would love this!" So I put all of those together in a list for you. You'll find gorgeous writing (hello, Ali Smith!), important essays about the children caught up in the U.S. immigration system (Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli), and twelve other books that I hope you'll love as much as I did.

What are you looking forward to reading, watching, or doing during your upcoming leisure time? Tell me about it in the comments!

Fourteen book covers. Umami, Autum, What We Lose, Everything Here is Beautiful, When Breath Becomes Air, H is for Hawk, Patient H.M., Great Alone, Grief is the Thing With Feathers, Goodbye vitamin, The Gene, Unspeakable, Tell Me How It Ends.



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