Understanding and Supporting Interoception in Occupational Therapy: Case Studies

Interoception, often referred to as the “eighth sense,” plays a crucial role in how individuals perceive and respond to their internal bodily signals. This sense is essential for self-regulation, emotional awareness, and overall well-being. For occupational therapy practitioners, understanding interoception and its impact on daily functioning is vital for providing effective interventions, particularly in pediatric … Read more

Sensory-Based Occupational Therapy Interventions for At-Home and Schools

Sensory-based interventions are essential tools in supporting the development and well-being of young children, particularly those with sensory processing challenges. However, the effectiveness of these interventions can be significantly enhanced through creativity. By thinking outside the box and personalizing sensory activities, parents, educators, and occupational therapists can create engaging, enjoyable, and therapeutic experiences that resonate … Read more

Tips on Connecting with Ausistic Toddlers in Early Intervention for Occupational Therapy

Establishing meaningful connections with autistic toddlers is a fundamental aspect of early intervention occupational therapy. These connections serve as the foundation upon which therapy is built, facilitating engagement, communication, and growth. Through various strategies and approaches, therapists aim to create a supportive and nurturing environment where toddlers feel understood, valued, and empowered. By fostering trust, … Read more

Push In versus Pull Out in School Occupational Therapy

Introduction In school occupational therapy, the delivery of services can be approached through two primary models: push-in and pull-out services. These models provide different ways of supporting students in achieving their therapy goals within the school environment. By understanding the characteristics and benefits of each model, occupational therapists can tailor their interventions to meet the … Read more

Stereotypy vs. Stimming: Restricted & Repetitive Behaviors in Autism (ASD) | Occupational Therapy Interventions

This article will use identity-first language based on the community’s preference for such language in accordance with the APA’s recommendations. Introduction Restricted and repetitive behaviors (RRBs) are one of the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The other core symptoms of autism include deficits in communication and social interaction. RRBs include stereotyped behaviors such … Read more

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 … 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