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Occupational Therapy Chronic Pain Management Techniques: Evidence-Informed Guide

My Pain Story After two years since my lower back injury involving 2 slipped discs in my lower back, I continued to feel the pain. Despite being an occupational therapist myself, I didn’t think to try “OT’ing myself”. I tried medications, antidepressants that helped some with nerve pain, CBD, physical therapy, chiropractic, rest, walking, not […]

Big List of Examples of Heavy Work Activities for Occupational Therapy

Heavy work interventions in occupational therapy can involve activities that provide deep pressure (proprioceptive) stimulation to the body, which can help to regulate the nervous system and improve overall body awareness and sensory processing. The purpose of heavy work interventions in occupational therapy is to provide sensory input to the body and improve overall body […]

Weighted Blanket Precautions Contraindications | Death-Related Product Recall

Introduction Occupational therapists often recommend weighted blankets for their patients. Research is not definitive about the effectiveness of this modality for certain uses such as sleep. Older research reports improvement in anxiety for 63% of study participants in an exit survey for a 30-pound weighted blanket. 76% reported this modality being more effective than no […]

Overview of Social Skills Interventions for Autism in Occupational Therapy

Introduction Social skills interventions are designed to address barriers in social skills for clients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These social skills interventions can be facilitated by the occupational therapist or educator and may involve training peers to interact with those who have ASD to improve their social skills. Furthermore, social skills training may be […]

Which Side to Face Bed, Chair and Place Objects After Stroke for Occupational Therapy

After a stroke, patients may experience decreased awareness of their side, such as the left side of either themself or their environment. One way to increase awareness, which is quite intuitive actually, is to place objects, environment, basically stimuli (this includes sounds, lights, etc.) on the side of their deficit. This is often their left […]

I Asked ChatGPT: How Is Occupational Science Different Than Occupational Therapy?

I have been experimenting with the popular AI called ChatGPT to generate a response to a common question to see if it would be up to the challenge. I had pretty high expectations given that information about these two terms is widely available and defined on the internet. Here’s what I got back. Me: How […]

Sensory-Based Strategies Are Not the Same as Ayres Sensory Integration

Incorrect Use? Sensory strategies are often incorrectly used with sensory integration interventions. One way to distinguish sensory integration methods involve active client participation, whereas sensory strategies involve passive sensations. Sensory integration treatment is based on sensory integration theory which was proposed by Dr. Jean Ayres. The core theory was built on what Ayres new at […]

How Occupational Therapy Can Help People with Autism with Social Skills

People with autism may have difficulty with social skills from childhood all the way through adulthood. In terms of advocacy for those with autism, a better understanding and acceptance of these people is my hope. Still, people with autism can benefit from therapy such as occupational therapy to help them function for everyday tasks in […]

Myth: Is Occupational Therapy Evidence-Based?

Occupational therapy is a health profession that helps individuals achieve their goals and participate in the occupations that are meaningful to them. Occupational therapists (OTs) use a variety of interventions, including exercises, adaptive equipment, and modifications to the environment, to enable individuals to engage in these activities despite any physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges they […]

How do I find a qualified occupational therapist for my child?

Question How do I find a qualified occupational therapist for my child? Finding an OT Ask your pediatrician or other healthcare provider for recommendations. They may have experience working with occupational therapists in your area and can provide you with a list of qualified practitioners. Check with your insurance provider. They may have a list […]

Pros and Cons of Pediatric Telehealth Occupational Therapy for Parents

About Telehealth for Pediatric OT Telehealth, or the use of technology to deliver health care remotely, can be an effective way to provide pediatric occupational therapy services. Research has shown that telehealth can be effective in the delivery of occupational therapy services for children.[1]Önal, G., Güney, G., Gün, F., & Huri, M. (2021). Telehealth in […]

Top 10 Questions to Ask if Considering Working with a Pediatric Occupational Therapist

About Pediatric Occupational Therapy A pediatric occupational therapist can be beneficial for children who are experiencing difficulty with daily activities such as self-care, play, and school work. If your child is having difficulty with fine motor skills (such as handwriting), gross motor skills (playing in the playground), sensory processing (functioning in various environments), or coordination, […]

Visual Activities for Sensory Modulation Regulation Relaxation and Stress Management in Occupational Therapy

The visual system significantly contributes to the ability for occupational therapy clients to see and has a powerful influence on other sensory systems and how they feel. Visual techniques have been used as a method for relaxation in the research.[1]vinash, A. C., & George, S. V. (2018). Effectiveness of different relaxation techniques. International Journal of […]

Sensory Room vs Seclusion Rooms for Occupational Therapy

A sensory room is a specially designed space that is used to provide a variety of sensory experiences to individuals who may benefit from their use. The purpose of a sensory room is to promote relaxation, self-regulation and overall well-being for anyone, not just those who may be agitated or dysregulated. These rooms typically includes […]

Sensory Calming vs Alerting Modulation Techniques in Occupational Therapy

Introduction Sensory calming refers to strategies or techniques that are used in occupational therapy to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety or agitation with clients. These can include things like deep breathing exercises, meditation, aromatherapy, and soft lighting. Sensory alerting refers to strategies or techniques that are used to increase feelings of alertness, attention and focus […]

Occupational Therapy Treatment for High Acuity Agitated Psychosocial Patients

Keep Things Simple Breaking tasks down into smaller, manageable parts. This can make the task less overwhelming and increase the client’s sense of accomplishment. Making modifications to make tasks easier and more efficient. Providing clear and simple instructions for tasks. Using a step-by-step approach to teaching new skills. Encouraging the client to take an active […]

Quick Tips: De-escalation of Situations for Occupational Therapy Mental Health Psychosocial

Remain calm and speak in a calm and soothing tone. Establish verbal contact. Listen actively and acknowledge the person’s feelings and concerns. Use open-ended questions to gain more information and understanding of the situation. Use “I” statements, active listening, and reflective language. Avoid using confrontational or argumentative language. Identify patient’s wants and feelings. Agree or […]

BARS: Easy Tool to Assess for Agitation in Patients for Occupational Therapy

Introduction One way to communicate to other staff a patient’s level of agitation for occupational therapy such as in psychiatric settings like locked units is with an objective scale. A scale like the Behavioral Activity Rating Scale (BARS) can be used to measure agitation and also to help reduce defensive behaviors from staff, which can […]