What is Skilled Occupational Therapy? And What is NOT?

What is skilled occupational therapy? Introduction to Skilled Therapy Occupational therapy is a highly skilled profession and skilled therapy is important for occupational therapy practitioners (occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants) to understand as it affects how they choose the therapy they deliver, provide interventions, and even more importantly document and bill for them. First, … Read more

Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines

One helpful resource for occupational therapy practitioners, both occupational therapists and occupational therapy practitioners is using evidence-informed research for practice. However, OTPs often don’t have the time, knowledge, or energy to research approaches for conditions. Furthermore, staying on top best-practices for multiple conditions can be even more time-consuming. One of the benefits of becoming an … Read more

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 … Read more

Working as an Occupational Therapist Abroad In Another Country

Why Work Internationally Working as an occupational therapist in another country can be a unique opportunity to experience and immerse yourself in another culture. The healthcare system of other countries may also vary in similarity in how clients and patients receive occupational therapy services from birth onwards. Furthermore, if you love to travel, working as an … Read more

Contact Guard Assist vs Standby Assist

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Q: What is the difference and similarity between Contact Guard Assist (CGA) and Standby Assist (SBA) for physical rehab in occupational therapy and physical therapy? Similarities Typically they are used to document transfers and mobility. Both can be used in all ADLs for physical rehab such as dressing and toileting. In both cases, the therapist … Read more

Occupational Therapy One Handed Dressing Techniques (Hemiparesis, Stroke, Amputation)

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Instructions are provided in step-by-step sequential order for clients to participate in dressing with one hand. Adaptive equipment may be used to aid with dressing, however, these steps can be completed without them first. Your occupational therapist can help with these dressing techniques and offer additional tips. Be patient and practice. Try different methods if … Read more

Proper & Safe Transfer Techniques Occupational Therapy

Transferring is the client’s movement from one surface to another. The process involves the pre-transfer, transfer, and post-transfer. As the client has some physical or cognitive limitations, they require the physical assistance, cues, or supervision of the OT, caregiver, or staff. As each client, OT, their strengths/weaknesses, environment, and situation are different, each transfer must … Read more

Balance Grades for Occupational & Physical Therapy (Normal, Good, Fair, Poor Scale)

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Video Explanation, Mneumonic and Demo Balance Grades for Occupational & Physical Therapy (Normal, Good, Fair, Poor Scale) Static Balance Normal : Able to maintain steady balance without support against all challenges Good+ : Maintains balance with limited postural sway against maximal challenges, no external support Good : Maintains balance with limited postural sway against moderate … Read more