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Older Adult Dementia IPad

iPad Assistive Technology for Dementia – Occupational Therapy

Introduction iPads have become a part of our daily lives. They are used by parents to keep their children occupied or for learning, in retail stores to be more efficient, in educational settings, and in the home. Many older adults find the iPad to be a practical and useful device for entertainment, communication, work, leisure, […]

CARE Item Set / Section GG for ARU Inpatient Rehab (vs FIM) Revisited

CARE stands for Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation. Let’s talk about the CARE tool, which can be thought of as the FIM – or functional independence measure replacement in acute rehab or inpatient rehab for occupational therapy. This post will be a general overview of how the CARE tool is different than FIM mainly for […]

Dementia Fall Interventions

Dementia Fall Risk and Prevention Education Occupational Therapy

Introduction An important intervention for patients with dementia and their family is education about fall risks and prevention strategies. Falls are a complex and multifactorial issue that can result in patient injury and morbidity, especially in older adults. People with dementia are 5 times more likely to be institutionalized than people with dementia who do […]

Baby Sitting Activity Analysis

How Do Babies Learn to Sit? Occupational Therapy Activity Analysis

I watched my 6 months old learn to sit for the first time. It was insightful watching them learn without any teaching from an adult. They learned it from trial-and-error and a lot of repetition. Hopefully, I can film or simulate these methods iin a video. There are probably some on YouTube you may be […]

Active vs Passive Memory Book

Active vs. Passive Memory Book – OT/SLP Collaboration

Memory books (not to be confused with Life Storybooks) can be useful tools to help patients with memory difficulties function in their environment. SLP often introduces memory books to patients when they can benefit from them. Memory books are often more successful when the interdisciplinary team is aware of its existence, purpose, location, and priorities […]

Memory & Life Story Books for Dementia

Memory Books and Life Story Books for Dementia – Occupational Therapy

Introduction In my mental health rotation at an outpatient behavioral health setting, one of the previous students created a nostalgia book for one of the social and leisure groups. It was a very creative book that contained photographs and pictures of pop culture, media, products, and historical events aimed for older adults. Although this nostalgia […]

Content Criterion Validity

Content & Criterion Validity – Occupational Therapy Research Methods

Reliability vs Validity First of all, why do we even care about validity? Whenever we question or analyze a measuring tool (no matter what it is) — a ruler, assessment tool, quiz, survey, etc. we look at 1) its reliability and 2) its validity. The more reliable and valid a measure is, the more we […]

Occupational Therapy Salary Database – User-Generated Salaries in Your Area

Why an Occupational Therapy Salary Database? One of the most commonly asked questions on online discussion groups for new grads is how much they are earning in their local area. Before the Internet, this type of local data was difficult to get a hold of. You literally had to ask around. And because salaries vary […]

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Occupational Therapist Guide to Starting an ETSY Shop – Under 15 mins

This guide does not offer a substitute for professional legal or tax advice. If you have questions about your tax liability or concerns about compliance, please consult your qualified legal, tax, or accounting professional.   Should you start an Etsy shop? Statistics Etsy’s annual revenue in 2019: 818.79m USD Etsy’s annual marketplace revenue in 2019: […]

Construct Face Validity

Construct and Face Validity – Occupational Therapy Research Methods

Reliability vs Validity First of all, why do we even care about validity? Whenever we question or analyze a measuring tool (no matter what it is) — a ruler, assessment tool, quiz, survey, etc. we look at 1) its reliability and 2) its validity. The more reliable and valid a measure is, the more we […]

Do You Need General and Professional Liability Occupational Therapy Insurance?

Professional Liability Insurance (Malpractice) Professional liability is a good idea if you provide occupational therapy services and regularly see clients (physically or virtually via telehealth), provide consultations, education, training (e.g., in-service ), fieldwork preceptorship. Although employees may have some form of professional liability insurance, there may be limitations and you may not be fully protected […]

Lab Values in Occupational Therapy Acute Care – Do I Need to Memorize?

A lot of students – myself included ask if we need to memorize the lab values for acute care or even inpatient rehab. If you ask 2 different CIs, one might say yes – memorize them or be very familiar with them, and another might say no because you can reference a cheat sheet or […]

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Finding out Occupational Therapy School’s NBCOT® Exam Pass Rates

When researching occupational therapy schools to apply to, one factor to consider is the NBCOT® Exam pass rates. After students complete an occupational therapy program (Master’s MSOT or Doctorate OTD) they become eligible to sit for the certification exam. *PhD candidates do not need to sit for the board exam. Unlike other countries for entry-level […]

Difference Between MSOT, OTD, and PhD Programs

Q&A Q: What is the difference between an OTD and PhD program? Which degree would be a better fit for me? A: First, let’s go over the OT mandate for entry-level occupational therapists. According to the AOTA, the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE®) has mandated that the entry-level degree requirement for the occupational […]

Becoming HIPAA Compliant on Zoom for Occupational Therapy Telehealth and Meetings

Occupational therapists fall under the covered entity designation for HIPAA when they render services with their clients. As advances in technology continue and occupational therapy moves into the virtual space, it is important to be compliant with the latest laws, such as HIPAA. Covered entities under HIPAA are individuals or entities that transmit protected health […]

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How to Find out If You Passed NBCOT – Pearson Vue Trick for NBCOT® Exam; DCA Trick (2020)

How to Find out If You Passed NBCOT – Before it comes in the mail weeks to months later Unlike other professions such as nursing, which has “tricks” such as the “Pearson Vue Trick“, new grads who took the NBCOT has no such luxury. You may be wondering if you passed or not. NBCOT does […]

PEO-P vs CMOP-E – Similarities & Differences

Many people ask what the similarities differences between PEO-P (Person-Environment-Occupation-Performance Model) and CMOP-E (Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement) are. An easy way to remember and compare them is think of this flow chart: CMOP-E: Person Environment Occupation Fit > Occupational Performance > Occupational Engagement PEO-P: Enablers and Barriers > Occupational Performance > Occupational […]

Should Occupational Therapy School Use Student-Centered Learning?

In a recent student and new grad discussion group, I read an insightful comment about one OT student’s experience in occupational therapy school. They shared their frustration with how faculty made it a point that their role was to be mentors and a support system and less of a “teacher-student” role. The student felt that […]