OT Dude’s Study Group – A Chatroom for the OT Community

One thing that I felt like was missing was a community for our users. In particular, the occupational therapy is very supportive and friendly. Lately,...

An Occupational Therapist Begins to Learn Stenography with Plover

Introduction I went down a deep rabbit hole and am participating in a new occupation. This time it involves virtually no investment but a lot...

Critique about the Use of Sensory Integration for Adults with ASD

Background ASD is the 3rd most frequently provided occupational service for children in the United States. In contrast, in...

Current Trends in Occupational Therapy Practice (2021)

#1 - Telehealth and mHealth 2020 saw a spike in "telehealth" Google search and...

SWOT Analysis for Market Research – Occupational Therapy Private Practice

In the planning stages of starting an occupational therapy private practice or any business really, a SWOT Analysis can help you develop...

Occupation vs Activity – Occupational Therapy Definitions Explained

"Words are time bound." What are the definitions of occupation and activity? What about purposeful activity? What are the similarities and differences between them? Can these words be...

Mirror Therapy for Occupational Therapy Stroke Rehabilitation – Latest Evidence-based Practice

Occupational therapists working in stroke rehabilitation may use mirror therapy (MT) as an intervention for managing their symptoms and promoting function. This post will...

The Best EMRs for Occupational Therapy Practice – My Vulnerability Concerns

What is the best EMR to use for occupational therapy? What are some concerns that you should have in regards to vulnerabilities? EMR Interest and...

Top Ways to Improve Commodes for Toileting

Let's talk about commodes Commodes are a wonderful piece of DME for toileting. They can be quite versatile, e.g, 3-in-1, are portable for use by...

Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) Made Easy for Occupational Therapy – Bonus Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

BONUS: Take the OT Dude GCS Quiz at the end to test your knowledge. Here are some ways I remembered how to to calculate the...

The Irony of NPI Numbers – PSA: Your Private Information is Probably Public on the Internet

I waited months to write this post for my own privacy reasons as I was trying to figure out what was going on and...

SCD Guide for Occupational Therapists – Overview, Uses, Contraindications, Tips, Research on VTE & DVT

Check this SCD out: I have not seen an SCD like this one before. I like how the model is on her phone. It's not...

An Occupational Therapist’s Honest Opinion on the Snoo Bassinet (With Some Research) – Response to Another Occupational Therapist’s Opinion

An unbiased occupational therapist's perspective.  The Snoo: Get it or Not? I like to do deep dives into my topics and always try to include some...

50 Questions for Parents to Ask Occupational Therapists

If your child has been referred to occupational therapy services, here are some questions to ask them. These questions are general and can be...

The Value of the Occupational Therapy Profession and the Risks of mHealth and Amateur Advice

This will be a long post, but offer some valuable insight and lessons I have personally learned as well as from what I am...

Being an Occupational Therapy Practitioner With Mental Illness and Physical Disability

Commonly asked Question: Any OTs out there with a mental or physical disability? Introduction Many people have asked on the Internet if there are any occupational therapy...

My Concerns With the EASI Sensory Integration Assessment Materials and Use of 3D Printed Pieces

Update 7-16-21: Thank you to Dr. Zoe Mailloux for responding to my concerns and clarifying some inaccuracies which had been included in my original blog post....

Top Mistake Made By Occupational Therapy Influencers and Content Creators

The occupational therapy community is awesome. Overall, the community is generous, supportive, and uplifting. I feel very lucky to be a part of this...

The Growing Body of Evidence Against Bottom-Up Approaches – NDT and SI in Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practice

NDT = Neuro-Developmental Treatment, SI = sensory integration. Top-Down vs Bottom-Up Most occupational therapy practitioners are familiar with top-down vs bottom-up approaches for OT theories, models,...

What to Know About ADLs and IADLs – Occupational Therapy

Definition ADL stands for activities of daily living. ADLs are the essential activities that humans need to do every day. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)...