I don't know about you, but I am always looking for great resources to use in my occupational therapy practice. I have a love for researching and staying up-to-date, so I am always digging around to see what I can find.
So, due to popular request, I thought it would be helpful to make a list of the resources that I have used, loved and found extremely helpful and share them with you. I have used every product I recommend.
*Disclaimer alert 🙂 - I also want you to know that a few of the links provided are affiliate links. If you click on any of the links and make a purchase, it doesn't cost you anything extra and a small portion of the sale helps support this site. I only recommend items that I feel are helpful, useful and I believe in.
Top reasons I ♥ OccupationalTherapy.com:
* It's really affordable: You cannot beat $99 for an entire year of unlimited CEUs.
* The variety of course formats: I love that I can pick the type of course based on what I have time for - I can read a text course while waiting at the airport on my smartphone, videos when I am at home and want to see new techniques, audio for when I am commuting to work and from work or even check out the live webinars!
* Virtual Conferences & Series: They do entire series of courses around a topic of interest so you can get in very depth learning such as their Neuro Series, Assistive Technology Series and Stroke Treatment Across the Care Continuum Virtual Conference. PLUS you can access them at anytime, even after the conference is done.
I think OccupationalTherapy.com is great for CEUs and I think you will love it too!
Occupational Therapy Books
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It is easy to follow, has very practical instruction for interventions and great patient handouts that you can copy and distribute. It is an investment that I never regretted spending money on and used it daily. The OT Toolkit is a MUST HAVE!
[easyazon_image align="left" height="160" identifier="1556429711" locale="US" src="http://www.seniorsflourish.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/41Ht5RBCwxL.SL160-2.jpg" tag="senioflour-20" width="124"] If you are struggling with documentation and are looking for a great resource that gives practical tips and insight, as well as worksheets to practice goal writing and cheat sheets you can use for daily reference, [easyazon_link identifier="1556429711" locale="US" tag="senioflour-20" cart="y"]Documentation Manual for Occupational Therapy: Writing SOAP Notes[/easyazon_link] should be your go-to reference.
My first job out of OT school was working in Home Health. I wished I could have had a resource like Home Health OT Strategies & Insights. It addresses both patient session tips and how to handle your time management specific for home health OT practitioners.
[easyazon_image align="left" cart="n" height="160" identifier="0994946708" locale="US" src="http://www.seniorsflourish.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/61hMIEPQKgL.SL160.jpg" tag="senioflour-20" width="128"] Weeds in Nana's Garden is great when you are trying to educate children about the changes in their grandparents due to dementia. It also has a helpful Q & A section at the end for the hard questions kids as with some great practical responses. I like this book so much, I wrote an article about OT's Role in Helping Grandkids Understand Dementia with the author.
HEP2Go.com: This website has been a life saver for me - plus the basic membership is free! Some of the companies I have worked for do not have exercise software to use and I used this site to create custom home exercise programs (or if I am desperate, I am pretty good at drawing stick figures!).
You can even take your own pictures and upload to create your own exercises and even save your regular routines for future use.
Special Interest Sections (SIS) through AOTA: There are community forums, a quarterly publication and networking
that you can access with your AOTA membership and are a great way to connect with other OT's that practice in your specialty area. I am a part of the Gerontology SIS, Home & Community Health SIS and Physical Disabilities SIS.
Apps for Occupational Therapy: If you are looking for a list of apps to try with your patients check out this extensive list. It is organized by practice area with price, description and where to get the apps. Another site great that reviews apps for OT's in practice is OTswithApps.com
NBCOT Navigator: I was surprised on how many great resources NBCOT provides to it's certificants to progress their professional development including access to articles for evidence based articles, self assessment tools and a blog.
I'd love to hear some resources that you cannot live without - comment below and share the love!