Occupational Therapy Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Overview of Lymphedema Treatment
An introduction to the gold standard treatment for lymphedema as well as additional management techniques that show promise.

How a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Can Help
An introduction to how a certified occupational therapy assistant can enhance your occupational therapy experience.

What Can an Occupational Therapy Aide Do for You?
Occupational therapy aides can be the backbone of a therapy department's culture. Learn more how they can help you through the therapy process here.

8 Questions to Ask Your Occupational Therapist
8 questions to ask your occupational therapist to get the most out of your OT experience.

How Occupational Therapists Can Improve Your Life with Yoga
An introduction to how occupational therapists can utilize yoga therapy and adaptive yoga to benefit their clients.

Address Hand, Arm and Shoulder Injuries Through Proper Ergonomics
An overview of how proper ergonomics can prevent and alleviate injuries to the hand, arm, and shoulder.

Cognitive Assessment in Occupational Therapy
Cognitive assessment can be one of the most emotional parts of an OT evaluation. Here is an overview of what to expect.

What to Do If Your Loved One Develops a Pressure Sore
If your loved one develops a pressure sore while in the nursing home, here are some steps you can take to advocate for the best care.

Stay Independent With These Assistive Technologies
The use of technologies and equipment can be the difference between staying independent and requiring help with different tasks if you have a disability.

Why Hand Strength Matters More Than You May Think
A quick guide to why the assessment of hand strength matters in your OT evaluation.

Occupational Therapy Degrees and Training
A guide to occupational therapy (OT) degrees, certifications, credentials, and specialty​ training.

How Holistic OT Can Lower Pain, Stress, Anxiety & Prevent Disease
Occupational therapy strives to be a holistic profession, but some OTs are seeking even more in-depth​ training about incorporating holistic techniques into their practices.

Occupational Therapy in a Skilled Nursing Facility
If you or a loved one are receiving occupational therapy in a skilled nursing facility, here is a guide to ways you can advocate for the best care.

How Children's Sensory Systems Impact Participation in Daily Activities
The seven senses play an often underappreciated role in healthy development through enabling participation in daily life. Learn about them here.

Occupational Therapy - How They Can Help You
What is occupational therapy? How can they help you, and where do they work? Here is a simple guide to understanding how OT can help you.

Preparing for Recovery from Hip Replacement Surgery
Tips from an occupational therapist for preparing your home for your recovery before hip replacement surgery.

What Are ADLs and IADLS?
A basic guide to ADLS (Activities of Daily Living) and IADLS (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living).

Dealing With Leaking After Pregnancy
Learn more about when leaking may be normal and when you should seek out a pelvic floor therapist for leaking after pregnancy.

How to Find the Right Occupational Therapist
A patient's guide to finding the right occupational therapist to meet their needs. Learn how to ask for referrals and where you can look on the web.

How Good Design Can Alleviate Disability
An introduction to how occupational therapists utilize inclusive design to create an enabling match between the environment and consumer.

What Is the Recovery Model?
Learn more about how the recovery model, a holistic, person-centered approach, is influencing mental health care.

What to Expect from a Mental Health OT
A guide to the role of occupational therapists (OT) in mental health settings.

Quotes from the Early Years of Occupational Therapy
Soaring rhetoric from the founders of the occupational therapy profession.

Sensory Processing Disorder and Dance – Approaches for Effective OT
An OT and a special education teacher provide some great information about the integration of OT and sensory input within dance classes.

Spirituality and Religion: An Important Reality for Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists strive to take a holistic approach to caring for their patients. For many patients, this includes taking into consideration their religious life when designing a therapy program.

OT and Social Participation for Persons with Autism
A breakdown of the research backing specific occupational therapy interventions for social participation and communication in people with autism.

What to Expect on Your First Visit to a Pediatric Occupational Therapist
An introduction to clinic-based pediatric occupational therapy.

Do’s and Don’ts for Your Child’s In-Home OT Evaluation
Feeling overwhelmed by an upcoming in-home OT evaluation for your baby or toddler? Here are some tips from a pediatric OT about how to prepare.

OT and Primary Care for Individuals with Disabilities
An example of what OT's role in caring for people individuals can look like in a comprehensive care environment.

Occupational Therapy and Trauma-Informed Care
An introduction to the ways occupational therapists are employing trauma-informed care into their practices.

Options for Pressure Relief in a Wheelchair
Once your loved one starts using a wheelchair in the nursing home, it becomes critical that they have a plan for pressure relief.

Occupational Therapy Abbreviations and Jargon
OT notes can be difficult to decipher, but don't let this stop you from being more involved in your care. Here is a guide to abbreviations.

Occupational Therapy and the Recovery Model
An introduction to the interplay between OT and the Recovery Model.

Occupational Therapy and Women’s Health
There as been a grassroots movement of occupational therapists specializing in the treatment of women's health. Learn what to look for in a women's health OT.

Best Practices for Measuring Joint Range of Motion
A common part of OT evaluations is measuring joint range of motion. Here are best practices you can advocate for.

Occupational Therapy's Role in Pressure Sore Management
A look a how can occupational therapists help prevent pressure sores and what kind of treatment they can the offer once one develops.

Insights from a Hospice OT Working in Sweden
An interview with Jens Roved about his work as a hospice occupational therapist in Sweden.

How Home Health Occupational Therapy Can Help
A case-study of how occupational can help guide clients back to a more meaningful and independent lifestyle.

Lauren Brukner on 'How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control'
An interview with occupational therapist and author, Lauren Brukner, on her latest book 'How to Be a Superhero Called Self Control.'

How Our Senses Help Us Combat Stress
An introduction to how your internal senses help your body regulate stress.

7 Inclusive Playground Features to Inspire
7 play features to spark your imagination about how your local park could be more inclusive.

8 Holiday Gifts for that Special OT in Your Life
8 books by occupational therapists that would make a great holiday gift for that special OT in your life!

Early Influencers of Occupational Therapy
Susan Elizabeth Tracy, Herbert J. Hall, M.D., and Adolf Meyer all had a profound influence on the flourishing​ of occupational therapy.

Considerations for Texting Your Occupational Therapist
Texting is not a secure way of communicating with your OT or any health professional. Learn why and how you can protect your privacy.

What to Do About Falls from a Wheelchair in a Nursing Home
If your loved one has fallen from their wheelchair in the nursing home, it is important to take action as soon as possible to prevent another fall. Here are some ideas to get started.

Dance Therapy for Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities
How dance programs like Danceability in Buffalo, NY can therapeutically​ benefit adults and children.

Book Review: The Flat Head Syndrome Fix
A review of Rachel Coley's book, The Flat Head Syndrome Fix: A Parent's Guide to Simple and Surprising Strategies for Preventing Plagiocephaly and Rounding Out Baby's Flat Spots Without a Helmet.

Book Review: Begin with a Blanket
Review of Rachel Coley's book for new parents, Begin with a Blanket.

A Look at the Dexteria VMI Visual-Motor Integration Skills App
An introduction to how the Dexteria VMI app can help children (and adults) refine visual-motor integration skills.

What to Expect at Your Child's In-Home Occupational Therapy Evaluation
Tips for preparing for your child's in-home occupational therapy evaluation.

Advice for Taking Your 1-2 Year Old to the Park
Taking an 18-month-old to the park is equal parts wonderful and nerve-wracking. Here are some tips from two pediatric occupational therapists for navigating that adventure.

An Occupational Therapist Job Description
An example of an occupational therapy job description for those looking to craft their own or simply better understand the work of OTs.

A Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Description
An example of a certified occupational therapy job (COTA) description.

Home health occupational therapy is scheduled to start. Now what?
If you have a home health occupational therapy evaluation scheduled, here's what you can expect.

What Is Retrograde Massage (And Does It Work?)
An overview of retrograde massage, the evidence behind it, and common strategies for making it most effective.

Why You Should Request Access to Your Occupational Therapy Notes
You have the right to view your medical records. Here's why you should exercise that right and request your occupational therapy notes.

What to Expect at Your Child's Initial IEP Meeting
A parent's guide to what to expect at your child's individualized education plan meeting.

Where Do Occupational Therapists Work?
The diversity of settings where OTs work is a great illustration of the broad scope of the occupational therapy profession.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Research Update: Yoga Shows Promise for Anxiety Reduction in Kids
A look at a new review of research on whether yoga is an effective interventionf or kids with anxiety.

OT and Independent Living
Information about how occupational therapy can help with productive aging and independent living.

What Is a Sensory Room?
How a sensory room can benefit a psychiatric unit by providing a place for de-escalation and relaxation.

4 Under-Appreciated Senses
4 senses (The Vestibular Sense, Proprioception, Thermoception, and Nociception) that don't fit into the categories of the 5 widely known senses.

Why You Should Consider Cash-Based Occupational Therapy
Cash-based therapy services are popular among therapists, but how does paying cash benefit OT consumers?

What Is Trauma Informed Care?
An introduction to the good and necessary movement of Trauma Informed Care.

What OT Clients Need to Know About ICD-10
On Oct. 1, 2015 occupational therapy practices will be switching the coding they use to bill patients. Here is what you need to know about the change.

7 Therapy Mom Blogs Focused on Childhood Development
7 mom blogs which focus on childhood development and are written by occupational, speech and physical therapists.

The Founders of Occupational Therapy
These 6 individuals gathered in 1917 to promote a new profession– occupational therapy.

The Benefits of Finding an OT with Life Coach Training
Quality communication is essential to a good therapy experience, so it might be worthwhile to find an OT who has training in conversation.

Where Did Occupational Therapy Get Its Name?
A brief introduction to the origin of occupational therapy and its name.

Why You Should Request a Discharge Summary from Your OT
Information and research supporting the benefit for receiving​ a written summary of progress and recommendations from your OT.

What to Expect from a Hospital OT
What to expect from a hospital OT in terms of evaluation, treatment and assistance​ with discharge.

What to Expect During an OT Evaluation
Introduction to the occupational therapy evaluation process from Sarah Lyon, OTR/L.