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What is Occupational Therapy? | Occupational Therapist Explains

What is occupational therapy? If you look online, you’ll get all sorts of definitions, some short, some longer, and more detailed. Put simply, occupational therapy helps people do things that are functional and meaningful to them. You may be wondering, isn’t that what physical therapists do? While there is some overlap, the core and basis […]

Sensory Room at Georgia Aquarium – OT in the Wild

This sensory allows people to take a break from all the sensory stimulation going on at the Georgia Aquarium! This room, as well as select locations throughout the aquarium include: -Sensory bags, equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads. -These bags are available free of charge to all guests […]

What is Functional Play? – Occupational Therapy for Pediatrics

Children engage in learning through play. Occupational therapists consider play to be essential to a child’s growth and development. There are many types of play you may be familiar with already: parallel play, pretend play, and imaginary play. Functional play is play with a purpose, such as using an item for it’s intended purpose. Examples […]

Evidence-Based Occupational Therapy Practice for Cerebral Palsy

Summary of Evidence for CP OT Interventions most supported by EBP Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) Orthotics and Casting (Lower limb casting) Goal-directed training Bimanual training Context-focused therapy Home programs Avoid: NDT, SI[1]Novak, I., Mcintyre, S., Morgan, C., Campbell, L., Dark, L., Morton, N., … & Goldsmith, S. (2013). A systematic review of interventions for children […]

Do I Regret Going into the Occupational Therapy Profession? – Ask OT Dude

This excerpt is from a question that a student who was considering OT and a particular school asked me via e-mail. Do I regret going into occupational therapy? What is the pay like? Burnout? Not at all for healthcare. For OT? To nitpick, maybe a few, but they are not big and like dealbreakers. I […]

Occupational Therapist’s Thoughts on the Rodanda Vaught Criminal Nursing Medicational Error Case

I am deeply disappointed in the legal controversy surrounding the Rodanda Vaught case. That’s the one where a nurse made a medication error that resulted in the death of a patient under her care. She was fired, ultimately had her nursing license revoked, and faced criminal charges for the death of the patient. She is […]

Occupational Therapy Intervention for Children with ADHD with Cog-Fun EBP

Introduction The latest OT research for children with ADHD. Historically, medications were used to treat children with ADHD, but had side effects and were effective in some children. Alternative interventions such as Cog-Fun provide an alternative approach to treatment for children with ADHD so they can lead functional lives in school, home, and other natural […]

Splitting in Mental Health: Split Thinking vs Staff Splitting (Video) – Occupational Therapy

This video introduces the two types of splitting: 1) Split thinking (perception) 2) Staff splitting (behavior).  

Isometric vs Isotonic vs Isokinetic – Occupational Therapy Foundations of Practice

Root word meanings Isometric – same length for muscles. Isotonic – same tension. Isokinetic – same speed throughout the movement. Isometric In isometric exercises, the muscles do not shorten or lengthen. These exercises are often referred to as static. For example, a person may hold a plank position and therefore no muscles shorten or lengthen. Other isometric […]

Motivational Interviewing for Vaccine Hesitancy (COVID-19) – Occupational Therapy EBP

Introduction I have been thinking for a while about how we can help those who are anti-vax or the vaccine-hesitant to change their mind and be more willing, if not ultimately more receptive and take action to become vaccinated. I am not just talking about COVID-19, but for other diseases for which vaccines have a […]

CDC Updated Milestones (2022) for Occupational Therapy Practice

Introduction The CDC has updated and revised the developmental milestone checklist for children on their website. The last update was almost 20 years ago from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The updates are part of the Learn the Signs. Act Early program which was created in 2004 provides a free checklist of […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Occupational Therapy Practice

Introduction Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized by persistent unexplained symptoms of fatigue for more than 6 months in duration. People with CFS may experience disability and decreased participation in occupations. Occupational therapy can play a role in this not-well understood pathology by promoting therapeutic interventions such as exercise, mobilization, awareness, coping strategies for patients […]

Is Occupational Therapy School Worth It? (Video)

Interested in becoming an occupational therapist? This video covers some commonly asked questions about OT school as well as insights into the career from my experience working as an occupational therapist. While only you can decide and answer the question of whether occupational therapy is the career for you, I hope this video provides you […]

Stroke Impact Scale and Impact on Activities – Occupational Therapy

Stroke survivors may have changes in their participation of activities that they usually do and that are meaningful to them. This depends on the extent of the stroke, prior levels of function, other changes after stroke, physical factors, and mental factors. Measures such as the Stroke Impact Scale (SIS) can provide insight into the patient’s […]

Next Generation of Durable Medical Equipment! Graves x CVS Collection – Occupational Therapist’s Initial Impressions

Tired of the same old looking DME: shower chairs, commodes, walkers, etc.? The Michael Graves CVS collection is now available to redesign and reinvent how DME looks for people using it in their homes. While this is not a deep dive review video, I share my initial impressions with some of these products – both […]

Occupational Therapist Imposter Syndrome: Not a Bad Thing

On social media and even in studies of other healthcare workers, imposter syndrome often comes up as a subject. This is common for new grads who are first practicing as occupational therapists, for those who change settings, or even those who may have several years of experience under them. The word imposter has negative connotation […]

Interested in Becoming an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapist’s Role Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays. Work Contexts Face-to-Face Discussions  Contact With Others Physical Proximity Indoors, Environmentally Controlled Electronic Mail Tasks Complete and maintain necessary records. Test […]

Blog/Website vs. Social Media – Paid vs. Free

This post contains affiliate links in which we may get paid for your purchase of third-party services. It Takes Some Time and/or Money Producing content, marketing yourself and your business and its services takes time. Thankfully these-days a lot of these tasks are made easier with templates, automation, and free tutorials. However, it still takes […]