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Animals and Aquatics

Gina and Ryan

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Animals and Aquatics is the podcast for occupational therapy providers who are passionate about a career outside the box. It's where we go behind the scenes and take a deep dive into the world of incorporating animals and aquatics into authentic occupational therapy sessions.We are obsessed with helping you elevate your interventions and get one step closer to starting your dream career.We are a husband and wife, mama and dad to three littles, COTA and OT, and business partners. Each episode ...
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, Gina delves into the nuances of prioritizing work and family life in the realm of occupational therapy. With a focus on avoiding burnout, she explores strategies for balancing competing priorities, from client care to personal obligations. Through insightful anecdotes and practical advice, Gina guides listen…
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Send us a Text Message. Looking to turn your passion for animals, aquatics, and nature-based therapy into a thriving side hustle? Join us on "Animals and Aquatics" as we delve into the essential steps for occupational therapy providers (OTPs) looking to incorporate these elements into their practice. From gaining experience and obtaining certificat…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals & Aquatics in Occupational Therapy," our host explores the intricate process of assessing horses for therapy work. From evaluating conformation and movement to gauging temperament and soundness, every aspect is carefully considered to ensure the suitability of the horse for occupational therapy pr…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of Animals and Aquatics, Gina reflects on the mistakes made in their occupational therapy practice. Joined by her husband, they share insights into common pitfalls such as spreading themselves too thin, failing to set clear boundaries, and reinventing systems unnecessarily. They discuss the importance of prio…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals & Aquatics," host Gina wraps up Occupational Therapy Month with reflections on the month's journey and plans for what's next. She delves into strengths-based programming, exploring its impact on both clients and teams, while sharing strategies for effective therapy. Gina also discusses the transit…
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Send us a Text Message. Join host Gina as she delves into the world of occupational therapy education, focusing on the crucial role of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) in student fieldwork experiences. Learn how the OTPF can empower students to navigate the transition from academia to clinical practice with confidence and competen…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to Occupational Therapy Month! This week our podcast episode all about occupational therapy interventions! We'll be discussing practical tips and strategies for success, including how to use the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF-4) in your everyday practice. Join us as we break down complex ideas into eas…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of Animals and Aquatics, Gina delves into the intricacies of utilizing the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) in the evaluation process. She highlights the significance of understanding the OTPF's components and discusses its applicability in various occupational therapy niches, including nature-b…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, Gina celebrates April as Occupational Therapy Month by delving into the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF) and its application in the unique area of hippotherapy. She explores how hippotherapy promotes the development of activities of daily living (ADLs) and discuss the importance of utilizing eq…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals and Aquatics in OT," host Gina explores effective marketing strategies for unique private practices incorporating hippotherapy or aquatics. Reflecting on recent conferences attended and the significance of marketing, Gina discusses the concept of brand storytelling, emphasizing values and mission …
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Send us a Text Message. Join Gina and Ryan, an OT couple, in their podcast "Animals and Aquatics" as they delve into the world of continuing education. From workshops to conferences, they explore the importance of expanding one's horizons and stepping outside of comfort zones. With a mix of personal experiences and professional insights, they discu…
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Send us a Text Message. Swim Skills or Therapy? Understanding the Differences In this episode of "Animals and Aquatic," host Ryan, a certified occupational therapy assistant, delves into the similarities and differences between aquatic occupational therapy (OT) and adaptive swim lessons. Ryan discusses the unique goals, interventions, and documenta…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of the Animals and Aquatics in OT podcast, host Gina delves into the world of professional conferences in occupational therapy. She shares her insights on the importance of attending conferences, strategies for maximizing the conference experience, and tips for balancing conference attendance with other profe…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of the Animals and Aquatics podcast, host Gina delves into the occupation-based phase of occupational therapy (OT) practice in niche areas like animal-assisted and aquatic interventions. With a focus on practical insights and expert advice, Gina discusses the three key priorities during this phase: testing sy…
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Send us a Text Message. Join Gina on Animals and Aquatics as she explores purposeful steps for occupational therapists and assistants interested in animal-assisted and aquatic therapy. From establishing legal foundations to crafting exceptional client experiences, Gina provides practical advice for navigating the unique challenges of these specialt…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of Animals & Aquatics in OT, co-host Gina delves into the theme of "Getting Started" in unique OT niches like hippotherapy, aquatics therapy, or nature-based therapy. She emphasizes the importance of preparation in three key areas: work, business, and legal considerations. Preparatory activities in OT serve a…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to the new season of "Animals and Aquatics in Occupational Therapy" with hosts Gina and Ryan. They own a private practice in New Jersey and are passionate about helping OTs and OTAs incorporate animals or aquatics in their therapy journey. The hosts share their experiences, challenges, and valuable insights to build …
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Send us a Text Message. In this special season finale, we embark on a journey through the depths of our inaugural season, celebrating the "Buoyant Beginnings" of "Animals & Aquatics in OT." Join us as we dive into the highlights, memorable moments, and the incredible guests who have graced our show. We'll take you behind the scenes to explore the c…
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Send us a Text Message. In this special Thanksgiving episode, Gina and Ryan, co-hosts of "Animals and Aquatics in OT," take time to reflect on the year and express their gratitude. They share their journey of starting an aquatic therapy program with a sensory focus and the challenges they faced in finding the right practice location. The hosts also…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we explore the art of session planning for Occupational Therapists working in unique settings such as animals and aquatics. Gina, an experienced OT, shares her journey and progression in session planning, emphasizing the importance of adapting interventions to the specific environment. She introduces the con…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals and Aquatics," your host Gina, a mom, wife, occupational therapist, private practice owner, entrepreneur, and OT educator, delves into the crucial topic of seasonal planning for occupational therapists working with animals and aquatics. She highlights the importance of adapting to the changing sea…
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Send us a Text Message. 🎃 Welcome to 'Animals & Aquatics in OT' Halloween Special! 🎃 Host Gina, your spirited guide, is here to take you on a spine-tingling journey through the world of occupational therapy nightmares, all with a playful Halloween twist. In this eerie episode, we'll uncover the secrets of safety, risk management, and liability insu…
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Send us a Text Message. In this special Halloween-themed episode, join Gina, an experienced OT and host of Animals and Aquatics, as she shares three creative Halloween intervention ideas for occupational therapists. From crafting nature-based Halloween masks to trick-or-treating on horseback in sessions incorporating hippotherapy, and even bobbing …
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals and Aquatics," hosts Ryan and Gina explore the concept of growth in non-traditional occupational therapy (OT) practices. They use the analogy of a tree to illustrate the stages of development from a clinician's roots in traditional OT to branching out into non-traditional settings. The hosts empha…
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This week we feature some community updates:Last of the Herd: Mini Documentary about Howard University Swimming and Diving TeamWater is Our Medicine TrailerWater Safety Festival by SBR4life (more info can be found on IG)National Association of Black Scuba Divers Summit Support the show Thanks for checking in! To support via value 4 valve our lightn…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals and Aquatics in Occupational Therapy," hosts Gina and Ryan discuss the challenges faced by occupational therapists working in non-traditional settings. They address three main stressors: practice location, finding clients and marketing, and managing interventions. Gina and Ryan share their experie…
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Send us a Text Message. In this engaging podcast episode, we delve into the world of Occupational Therapy (OT) and its unique application in the realm of mental health, particularly with horses. Our guest, an experienced OT practitioner, shares valuable insights into her journey, including her dissertation focused on horses and mental health. Disco…
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What's good y'all! This week we celebrate Anthony Nesty being announced the 2024 U.S. Men's Swim Team Head Coach, Simone Manuel's Foundation, and the Grand Opening for Diversified Swimming, Inc. Anthony Nesty Head Coach Article Simone Manuel Foundation Website Support the show Thanks for checking in! To support via value 4 valve our lightning addre…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, Gina explores the fascinating world of occupational therapy partnering with horses and its role in promoting mental health. She introduces the "Horse CARE Protocol," a 10-week program inspired by Dr. Amy Banks' book, "Four Ways to Click," which focuses on strengthening relationships and neural pathways. Gina…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals and Aquatics in Occupational Therapy," co-host Gina delves into the fascinating world of occupational therapy and horses in mental health. She outlines three essential steps that occupational therapists should consider when incorporating horses into their sessions. These steps involve focusing on …
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals and Aquatics in OT," host Gina introduces a new mini-series focused on horses in occupational therapy and mental health. Gina discusses her background in teaching mental health and psychosocial OT practice and mentions that she is currently working with clients and families with mental health diag…
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Send us a Text Message. Join us for an insightful post-interview discussion with Liz, who has just completed her level one fieldwork experience. Liz shares her thoughts on her initial expectations versus the reality of her experience. She reflects on her concerns, excitements, and insights as she ventured into the world of nature-based and aquatic …
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Send us a Text Message. In this heartwarming episode, Gina and Ryan, a husband-and-wife team, open up about their lives as parents of three kids while running a thriving Occupational Therapy practice. They share their insights into the intricate dance of managing their roles as co-founders, Occupational Therapist (OTR), and Occupational Therapy Ass…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to "Animals and Aquatics in OT," hosted by Gina – occupational therapist, mom, business owner, and coach. Join Gina on a captivating journey where she blends occupational therapy with intriguing topics. In this special Off-Topic Tuesday episode, Gina explores connections between the Waldorf educational philosophy and…
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August is Black Business Month. So don't forget to show them some love! Support the show Thanks for checking in! To support via value 4 valve our lightning address is ⚡️ blackinaquatics@fountain.fm Reach out to us: podcast@blackinaquatics.com Website: https://blackinaquatics.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_blackinaquatics/ Twitter: https:…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of the Animals & Aquatics podcast, we explore the world of aquatic therapy and discuss the essential elements that would make up the perfect therapy pool. Our host, Ryan, delves into the importance of lighting, contrasting materials, and high contrast designs to aid children. Discover how the right lighting c…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode of "Animals and Aquatics in OT," host Gina delves into the challenges faced by nature-based occupational therapists (OTs) in private practice and introduces the transformative power of human motivation. Gina provides actionable strategies to overcome obstacles and create a thriving practice. Listeners will ga…
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Send us a Text Message. Join host Gina on "Animals & Aquatics in OT" as she explores the power of the quest log in refining therapy interventions and volunteer programs. Discover how this practical tool can enhance engagement, track progress, and create an innovative approach to your practice. Gain insights into the ENGAGE method, learn real-life e…
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Send us a Text Message. Welcome to an enchanting episode of Animals and Aquatics and OT, where Gina, your cohost and occupational therapist, takes us on a magical journey to discover the perfect practice location. Join us as we embark on the Unicorn Quest to find your dream therapy practice location! Gina, a seasoned therapist and lifelong equestri…
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Send us a Text Message. In this holiday episode, join us as we explore the incredible world of Nature-Based Occupational Therapy, where we harness the power of nature, animals, and water to empower clients in their journey towards independence. Witness heartwarming stories of individuals with autism finding comfort in therapy goats and a father pos…
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Send us a Text Message. In this captivating episode, Ryan Bunting, a certified occupational therapy assistant and Director of Aquatics, unveils his top tools for aquatic therapy. He emphasizes simplicity and creativity as key elements in occupational therapy sessions. From playground balls for bilateral coordination to visual timers for executive f…
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Send us a Text Message. In this captivating episode, we explore the fascinating world of motivational drives in occupational therapy. Discover eight core human drives, and learn how leveraging human motivations can enhance therapeutic interventions, business strategies, coaching techniques, and marketing approaches. We delve into the dynamics of in…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we delve into the importance of helping students grasp the essence of Occupational Therapy (OT) through field work and internship programs. Hear Ryan and Gina emphasize the reciprocal benefits that arise from integrating field work students and interns into your unique practice setting. Join us as we discuss…
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Send us a Text Message. In this podcast, occupational therapist Gina Taylor and Suzanne Kapral from Hillside Farms discuss the benefits of incorporating farm animals and nature-based work into trauma-informed care practices. The program at Hillside Farms brings in a team of professionals, including occupational therapists, trauma counselors, and so…
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Send us a Text Message. Join us in this episode of the Animals and Aquatics podcast as we dive into the personal experiences and insights of a COTA during her transition from student to practitioner. Our guest shares her journey, highlighting the difficulties encountered when entering the field and adjusting to the practical aspects of the professi…
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This week I talk about some community announcements, being a proud big sis, and the release of The Little Mermaid. Support the show Thanks for checking in! To support via value 4 valve our lightning address is ⚡️ blackinaquatics@fountain.fm Reach out to us: podcast@blackinaquatics.com Website: https://blackinaquatics.com Instagram: https://www.inst…
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we explore the topic of alternative treatment spaces for therapy sessions and discuss various environments such as converted barns, outdoor nature settings, and aquatic spaces. We address the challenges and considerations involved in transitioning from traditional clinical settings to these non-traditional o…
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Send us a Text Message. In honor of Mother's Day, this episode of Animals and Aquatics Podcast explores the challenges and opportunities for occupational therapists who are also mothers. Hosted by Gina Taylor, a licensed OT and mother of three, this episode discusses the benefits of nature, support and mentoring for reducing stress, increasing job …
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Send us a Text Message. In this episode, we explore the benefits of mentoring for occupational therapists interested in animal-assisted therapy (AAT). Our host, a occupational therapist and mentor, shares her insights on why mentoring is essential for OTs starting in AAT, and the ways in which mentorship can enhance their professional growth and de…
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