Blogs can provide invaluable personal or professional information in short and casual bursts, which is part of the reason why they’ve risen in popularity over the years. This has become particularly true for healthcare practitioners, and particularly OTs, who want to continue expanding their knowledge, stay up-to-date on the latest industry news and trends, or just find some like-minded voices to commiserate with. To help you find the cream of the crop, we scoured the internet and put together a list of the best OT blogs out there. The websites that made it onto our list are ones that are constantly being updated with posts that cover a whole range of topics that we know are near and dear to your heart. Take a look and make sure to check some of these out today!
The Best Pediatric Occupational Therapy Blogs
- Author: Heather Greutman, OTA
- Why You’ll Love It: This is a fun, informative website that covers developmental milestones, sensory processing, handwriting skills, and hands-on activities for children. Greutman uses a variety of tools, including video and printable e-books, to bring specific information to the public about improving a child’s motor skills in the classroom or at home.
- Author: Colleen Beck, OTR/L
- Why You’ll Love It: The OT Toolbox focuses on fine motor, sensory, vision, handwriting, and executive function in kids. Beck originally started this blog to help create a community of OT professionals and parents who wish to learn more hands-on approaches to working with children in a therapeutic setting. Specifically, the OT Toolbox emphasizes mindfulness techniques to improve wellbeing for the "whole child.” The blog provides a number of tools and fresh, inspiring ideas -- especially around coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety-produced motor skills issues.
The Best Blogs for Growing Your Career in Occupational Therapy
3. My OT Spot
- Author: Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L
- Why You’ll Love It: My OT Spot answers every question that a beginner OT might have when it comes to starting or transitioning into a career in occupational therapy. There are four sections of this blog: discovering OT; going to school; transitioning to practice; and lastly, practicing OT/COTA -- everything an aspiring or freshly baked OT needs to know about their chosen field and what to do once they start their career. Those interested in licensing requirements and setting up an OT practice will also find that information on a state-by-state basis.
- Author: Scott Harmon, OT
- Why You’ll Love It: If you’re hoping to eventually start your own private practice, this is the blog for you. Harmon started two OT practices with his wife, and began blogging as a way to provide other OTs with the support and confidence he didn’t get while he was building his businesses. True to his word, Harmon’s blog provides you with all the information you need to know about how to build a private practice, as well as tips for how to grow your business and connect to clients. OTs and potential OTs can identify with Harmon’s bravery in addressing common issues that plague any entrepreneur, such as fear of starting a business, establishing goals or specialties, and the dreaded imposter syndrome.
The Best Geriatric Occupational Therapy Blogs
- Author: Multiple Contributors
- Why You’ll Love It: The Caring Times blog promotes discussion about many health and wellness topics connected to geriatric occupational health. It’s a very down-to-earth and uplifting blog that touches on day-to-day activities and health issues that geriatric patients tend to struggle with, such as self-care tasks (e.g., washing hair), glaucoma, and memory loss.
- Author: My Family Home Health Care Staff
- Why You’ll Love It: This is another solid resource for OTs who work with aging clients, as well as for the clients’ loved ones. The sheer variety of information on this blog is impressive in and of itself: it covers everything from setting up a home for a senior who’s struggling with day-to-day activities to what’s covered by Medicare; from explaining how to work with clients with dementia to breaking down the differences between a home health aide and an in-home caregiver.
- Author: Mandy Chamberlain, MOTR
- Why You’ll Love It: Seniors Flourish is a full-scale occupational therapy website with many resources, including community support for therapists, paid courses, and a free newsletter. The blog itself covers everything from Alzheimer’s and stroke therapy to tips for choosing a wheelchair for clients and ways to curb burnout. The Seniors Flourish blog has a really friendly and informal tone, and it encourages readers to post their own experiences and examples of how they dealt with different challenges, whether in their personal or professional lives. For example, one OT shared a post describing how she crafted a makeshift fishing pole with magnets to help a client who wanted to master his favorite hobby again.
- Author: Multiple Contributors
- Why You’ll Love It: This blog features helpful tips and tricks for redesigning a patient’s living space for better mobility and care. When OTs and clients log on to this site, they’ll be pleasantly surprised by the larger font, the one-page-at-a-time blog format and the conversational humor of this blog. Honestly, installing a grab bar has never been funnier.
Best Blogs for Occupational Therapy Industry News
- Author: Multiple Contributors
- Why You’ll Love It: Though it has PT in the name, the WebPT blog produces a significant amount of content that any OT will find highly relevant and useful in their day-to-day life. The information can be a little technical at times, but it’s laid out in a very straightforward, basic way with lots of bullet points and lists. This blog is a great resource for OTs to keep up-to-date on all the latest news and trends going on in the rehab therapy space, as well as for job hunting.
- Author: Chris Alterio
- Why You’ll Love It: The ABC Therapeutics blog is geared toward students and established OTs who need to stay current with the latest news and trends going on in the occupational therapy industry. It’s worth noting that it isn’t as “wonky” and technical as the WebPT blog; in fact, The ABC Therapeutics blog uses a more casual and approachable tone, while providing readers with pertinent information to help them further their careers. The blog even provides links to conference memos, including real presentation slides for those who aren’t able to attend certain industry conferences.