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Get Connected: Occupational Therapy Websites, Blogs, and Facebook Groups

In the era of social media and smartphones, occupational therapy websites are abundant!

Connecting with other occupational therapists from a wide variety of practice areas, settings, backgrounds, and cultural contexts has never been easier.

With the touch of a few buttons on your tablet or iPhone, you can travel to a world of excellent information about our occupational therapy profession across a plethora of platforms.

Occupational therapy blogs

Occupational therapy websites and blogs enable readers to see through the OT lens on an array of diverse subject matter. OT bloggers may recount on personal testimonies or may allude to specific memories such as the feeling of securing one’s first job or a narrative post about a touching moment with a previous patient (without violating HIPAA, of course) through their writing.

To keep your blog feed continuous, NGOT recommends following multiple accounts since bloggers generally do not post daily. Additionally, blogs are typically more subjective, providing a more unique perspective than seen in your textbook.

Geriatric websites

Seniors Flourish

Mandy Chamberlain MOTR/L is the creator of Seniors Flourish. She helps other occupational therapy practitioners who work with the geriatric population through education, tips, resources, video podcasts, journal club and her learning lab. Her inspiration to help others achieve practical solutions to life’s problems comes from her late grandfather.

Alexis Joelle

Alexis Joelle OTR/L is an occupational therapist who prides herself on being an OT wellness consultant/client advocate. She has a passion for connecting online with other OT practitioners and students that she calls her #OTTribe. She hosts an online seminar for those preparing for the NBCOT. As she openly admits and posts about her experience of not passing the exam the first time, she’s an excellent go to.

Pediatric websites

Mama OT 

Christie Kiley, MA, OTR/L is a pediatric OT and creator of Mama OT blog. Her blog posts range from experiences about raising her own children to educational and fun posts about the developmental sequence of kiddos and insightful age-appropriate intervention ideas. Mama OT is always referencing and recommending resources for both new grads and seasoned practitioners.

Tools to Grow OT

Founded by Shelley Galvin OTR/L, C/NDT and Patricia Pooler MS, OTR/L, Tools to Grow provides a one-stop shop for valuable resources and tools in a very user-friendly manner to pediatric occupational therapists, special needs therapists, and caregivers in the pediatric settings.

Bonus! Signing up for this website blog gives access to over 2,500 therapy resources.

OT & Grow With Me

Casey Sumner, OTR/L is the face behind this resourceful and encouraging blog. She utilizes longer narrative posts in combination with multiple pictures to give her readers a visual of her pediatrics based frame of mind. Her blog offers various free printables!

Student/life occupation blogs

A Cup OT

Nicolette Spaccavento, OTS is a new blogger expressing her experiences as an occupational therapy student. Her previous posts articulate her definition of our valued profession, promote learning and growing through fieldwork, and describe how she prepped for AOTA’s Centennial Celebration.

mOTivated to DO

Created by me (Shannen) while I was still an occupational therapy student, the idea behind my blog was to increase awareness, promote understanding, and advocate for occupational therapy as well as my fiance’s profession (osteopathic medicine) with the intention to mOTivate all types (since the goals these days is collaborative care) of healthcare professionals and students on their journey.

ISpy Occupational Eye

Jane Ina Fforde, OTS is a student, writer, mom, traveler, and former teacher who reflects on her own occupational balance through the content from her blog. She writes with great passion and has a special interest in advocating for mental health and wellbeing.

Don’t forget to follow the latest and greatest occupational therapists on Twitter and Instagram.

Occupational therapy Facebook groups

OT4OT

This Facebook group is the mother of them all with almost 15,000 members and counting. Within this group are over 25 subgroups that you can join based on your interest area.

Here is a preview subgroup list of what to search for in the Facebook toolbar. If you believe there should be an OT online group and it has not been created you can contact the OT4OT admin to get it started!

OT4OT Subgroups

OT4OT Subgroups

MH4OT
Mindfulness4OT
Military4OT
Research4OT
Humour4OT
Role-emerging4OT
OS4OT
CPD4OT
Intimacy4OT
Neuro4OT
Entrepreneurship4OT
Politics4OT
Dementia4OT
ET4OT
LD4OT
Dyslexia4OT
Students4OT
Pain4OT
AT4OT
Film4OT
Geri4OT
DJ4OT
Pedi4OT
Reablement4OT
Alternativepractice4OT
Apps4OT
Jobs4OT
Creative4OT
Rheumato4OT
VocRehab4OT
Ergo4OT
Play4OT
Pacing4OT
ONC4OT
Ortho4OT
Hands4OT
CCA4OT
Low vision4OT
Yoga4OT
Tech4OT
Books4OT
Women’s Health4OT
New Practitioners4OT
Photos4OT
Promotion4OT

AOTA’s NBCOT Exam Prep Info Center

If you’re currently an OT/OTA student or have recently graduated and your turn to tackle the NBCOT is creeping closer and closer, following this group will be an invaluable asset. This group was created to connect other students and entry-level practitioners in their journey to pass the most important test of our career. Members share tips on passing the exam, motivational quotes, boards study calendars, application and licensure information, discussions about clinical scenarios, and more.

Geriatric OT, PT, and SLP Collaborative Group

Created to unite OT/PT/SLPs together who work with the geriatric population in varied settings (long-term care, skilled nursing, home health, outpatient, hospitals), this group provides intervention ideas, enables entry level therapists in asking seasoned therapists clinical reasoning questions, and promotes working collaboratively with other disciplines to provide the best patient care.

Pediatric Occupational Therapists

With 25,000 members and counting, if you’re a peds OT practitioner or an OT student with aspirations to work with little kiddos this is the Facebook page for you! You will find posts on intervention ideas, pictures of sensory equipment, recommended peds continuing education courses, and much more.

My OT Spot

Sarah Stromsdorfer is an occupational therapist who started this relatively new group to facilitate an online OT community filled with connections, tips, inspiration, answers to questions, and practical advice in addition to tidbits of self-care opportunities such as the ability to share with the group on “Feel Good Friday” for example.

To decrease the daunting task of sifting through multiple resources, we at NewGradOT created a condensed list of occupational therapy websites, blogs, and Facebook groups to increase your ability to quickly access quality sources with pertinent information.

AOTA on Youtube

Let’s face it. You MUST be subscribed to the OT Mothership. What better way to get inspired than by reliving keynote sessions from our centennial conference or listening to a podcast on an up and coming evidence-based OT intervention. Subscribe and don’t be surprised when you find yourself accidentally singing an OT song from one of the videos.

Ask Me OT

Nya Caudell, COTA/L is a certified occupational therapy assistant who uses her youtube channel to discuss everything OT related. From videos demonstrating Manual Muscle Tests to explaining an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to expressing her understanding of the Model of Human Model (MOHO), Nya does a great job to show activities through an OT lens.

 This list is not all-inclusive. Please comment below to refer your NewGradOT family to other resources that contain helpful content!

About Shannen Marie Coley OTR/L

Shannen Marie Coley OTR/L
Shannen Marie Coley graduated from the University of South Alabama in December 2016. She currently works at an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Alabama and enables clients with multiple diagnoses and neurological, orthopedic, and cardiopulmonary conditions to achieve functional independence. She strives to model and help others achieve occupational balance.

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2 comments

  1. Dominic Lloyd-Randolfi

    My personal favorite is the subreddit for OTs. http://www.reddit.com/r/occupationaltherapy. And a great new Youtube account is OT Miri!

  2. Jo Liao

    OT Cafe (http://abbypediatricot.blogspot.com/) is no longer active but I still find the information practical!

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