I am Katie O'Day, the creator of the Visual Activity Sort. I have been an occupational therapist for over 10 years serving clients in schools, outpatient pediatrics & neuro as well as acute care. Everyday it is my goal to connect with my clients and to maximize their therapy outcomes. I utilize a strengths-based, trauma-informed and neuro-diversity affirming approach. I strive to help therapists use this strategy in their practices.
-Preliminary research is underway @ Rutgers for reliability & validity of the VAS
-Poster Presenter at American Occupational Therapy Association's Children's and Youth Specialty Conference in December 2021
-Poster Presenter at American Public Health Association Conference in 2021
-OT Online Side Hustle & Beyond Presenter in September, 2021
-Exhibitor at the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado's Conference in 2021
-Presenter @ Iowa Occupational Therapy Association's Conference in 2021
-Presenter @ Florida Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference in 2021
-Presenter @ Mountain West Occupational Therapy Association Conference in 2021
-Launched for sale at the American Occupational Therapy Association's Inspire conference in 2021
-The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Independent Living and Community Participation at Temple University is currently using the VAS with clients who struggle with mental illness to improve their outcomes.
-The VAS is currently being used by researchers at Penn State University. The grant funded research studies participation among individuals with autism living in rural parts of the state.
-The VAS is now being reviewed by 12 groups of experts who are using it and providing feedback. These professionals work at Temple University, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, University of Nebraska, Oregon State University and Pacific University.