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Occupational Therapy Alum Continues to Help Kids During COVID-19

By Nicole Carrera

Published on April 21, 2020

Daniel DubinskyDaniel Dubinsky MOT’13 is a pediatric Occupational Therapist working at various schools in New York and New Jersey with kids in all age groups from preschool through high school. He also provides telehealth to a virtual school in California. His passion for helping students extends beyond the online classroom and during Coronavirus (COVID-19) has inspired him to find a creative solution to connect with students and parents through YouTube.

His YouTube channel called Dan the OT Man features daily live streams and videos for kids of various ages and skill levels, including many videos which are American Sign Language (ASL) friendly for those who are hearing impaired. Dubinsky’s “OT with Dan” series on the channel is a 30-day course that will act as an opportunity for parents to create a self-regulation resource at home with their children.

“I’m seeing so many questions from parents and since this is a time that’s new for all of us, it’s hard to know what to do and how to act, especially if we have children with their own individual needs that we try to balance with our own,” he said. “I’m hoping the videos, activities and information can act as a resource to support families.”

Dubinsky shares that the daily course will allow parents to develop their own resource book full of exercises in the appropriate skill level for their child. In addition to the skills challenge and exercise videos, the channel also features guest appearances that benefit both kids and parents as a source of information while the world adjusts to the new normal amidst COVID-19.

Dubinsky credits USciences for helping him find his path in life. Specifically, he shares that the Occupational Therapy Department prepared him not only through books, but also through the knowledge and guidance from faculty. He names Dr. Paula Kramer as a personal mentor and inspiration, and features an interview with her on his channel where they discuss how parents can support their children’s needs at home during this time of social distancing.

“I owe a majority of who I am as a person and an OT to (Dr. Kramer),” Dubinsky said. “If not for her, I would not be in this position and with these opportunities.”

While making videos at first was new territory for him, Dubinsky says that messages from those following along really inspired him to keep going with this project and his career.

“That has made a tremendous difference in my life and how I am, and want to strive to be, as a healthcare provider,” he said.

Dubinsky live streams to YouTube daily Monday through Friday beginning at 9 a.m. EST for the 30-day “OT with Dan” course, and plans to continue adding challenges and activities after the 30 days. You can see all of Dan the OT Man’s videos on Youtube.

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