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OT Corner: Dr. Anne Zachry, “Be a Daydream Believer” – Ted Talk

Editor’s Note:  Dr. Zachry is a terrific Pediatric OT Blogger, a good friend of PediaStaff, and and active part of the therapy community.  Congratulations, Anne on this terrific Ted Talk opportunity!  It is terrific to see our field represented out there in the mainstream media and the internet!

[Source:  Dr. Anne Zachry, OTR/L]

In a day and age where people occupy all their free time with devices and distractions, Dr. Zachry discusses the importance of making yourself daydream.

Dr. Anne Zachry is an assistant professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Dr. Zachry holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist for over 24 years. Her research has been published in national peer-reviewed journals and in her profession’s trade magazines. Dr. Zachry has written for Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Babytalk Magazine,,, and, and USA Today featured Dr. Zachry in an article in 2013. Her blog, Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips, provides therapeutic and educational tips for occupational therapists, as well as the parents of children with developmental disabilities. Dr. Zachry’s book, Retro Baby, earned the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Award, the Gold Medal Award from the Annual Midwest Book Awards, and Honorable Mention by the American Medical Writer’s Association Book Awards. Dr. Zachry is happily married with three ch

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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