Occupational Therapy Blogs

This page provides a place for those interested in finding blogs created and maintained by occupational therapists – either students, or practicing OT’s. The creation of this page was prompted by a comment left by OTstoryteller in one of my postings. In her posting, this OT said….. “I would love to join your collaborative efforts on getting more OTs involved in technology! (especially here in the US, where we seem to be a bit behind your curve; or else, I’m just not looking in the right places!)” . It made me realise that finding blogs written by our profession can be tricky…. so I thought I might aim to keep a list of blogs here. I’ll try to organise them logically, and please – if your blog isn’t here then let me know and I’ll add it in!

Blogs by Occupational Therapy Academics

Aside from my own… which you’ve already found…. here are some more which are organised under country the author lives in…. I start with Aotearoa/New Zealand as we seem to have some very active bloggers!!

Aotearoa/New Zealand

Jackie works at the same school as I do and has been an active blogger since February 2007. She is currently enrolled in a elearning communities course – so her blog has taken a slightly different focus – but do check out her postings at Occupational Therapy Otago

Linda also works at the same school as Jackie as I and has started at least one other blog before settling on this one (its a learning experience). Check Linda’s out – she writes so well I think and you can find her at On the run

British Blogs

The first academics I found who were looking at how to use tools such as blogging in teaching were the academics at University of Salford. This is a joint blog with a few of the staff contributing to it – although Sarah and Angela are probably the most productive – so read on to see their reflections Salford Occupational Therapy Blog

US Blogs

Academics in America are starting to explore and create blogs. I’m sure this list will change as people develop more confidence and develop their skills.

A new blog by Lynn (actually she has two!)… Lynn raises interesting issues about what skills students need and why do we turn to others for the answers rather than to the literature – please check it out!

OT Storyteller’s weblog

Cathy describes her experiences of being exposed to a range of online tools

Cathy’s compilations

 

 

 

Blogs by Occupational Therapists

This group are perhaps less active, but lets hope that as occupational therapists see more written by students and academics they will feel encouraged to put fingers to keyboard!

Lets start with the locals first

Aotearoa/New Zealand:

This is the first blog entry I’ve found for a clinician in New Zealand who has started up independent of the project I did – well done Bronwyn! A registered occupational therapist and psychologist, Bronwyn has heaps to offer in Pain Management… please check out her blog at:

Health Skills Weblog

The following list are the blogs started by a group of therapists who were involved in a project I ran which focused on developing occupational therapist’s skills in using a number of Web 2.0 tools including blogs. Some are more active than others but who knows what will happen now the project has finished..

These two are probably the most productive so I feature them first, and then the rest of the group..

These are the less active blogs..

Not everyone in the group found blogs to be a helpful tool – so it’s not surprising that some are more active than others – I’ll start with the most active and then leave the least active there for the interest of others.

The title of the first one is catchy – and often people jumped from this blog to mine… thanks Jane! Her reflections on grappling with technology are interesting…

Occupational Therapy for You

Others which don’t have recent entries, but do have some interesting postings are:

Occupational Therapy Dunedin

Occupational Therapy Educational Practice

Reflections of an Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapy Issues and Reflections

Occupational Therapy Educational Practice

Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Reflections

An Occupational Therapy Blog Experiment

 

Egyptian Blog

Occupational Therapy in Egypt

This is a great blog for gaining insight into practices in non-Western countries – thanks Laura and your team for taking the time to share your experiences with the world!

British blogs

Will must be one of the first original bloggers.. he has a range of resources on his site – this posting is a great one… but do take the time to explore his site!

Meta-OT

US Blogs

Another detailed blog by Chris Alterio.. who raises very thought provoking issues that deserve more comments. Work in children and young people services – you definitely should check out this blog!

ABC Therapeutics Occupational Therapy Weblog

Another with great promise is that of Natan – a relatively new graduate – the posting I’ve selected to link here from his blog has already generated much debate – see what you think:

Occupational Therapy – A blog about OT

The authors of this blog – Lynda and Beth have been blogging for nearly three years – they seem to have gone quiet recently – but hope to see some more postings as they have a great range of activities – for working with children in schools

Thriving in School

Another one with few postings but also interesting to peruse..

School OT thoughts

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Sometimes its not clear where the blogowner is from… Theresa’s is an example

Mancuso Muse
Occupational Therapy Student Blogs

My alltime favourite has to be Karen’s – a busy blogger, Karen is a great role model for other students:

Occupational Therapy Students (B)e(LO)n(g)

A new addition to the student blogs and one that should be interesting to follow is one by one of our own occupational therapy students. Jess is a fourth year hons student and she is at the prompting of her supervisors), using a blog to organise her thoughts. She also has started posting about her experiences in the programme – so it may well be of interest to other occupational therapy students considering a hons year! (and hey you can come from other schools to our programme!)… anyway… the link is:

My Research Reflections 

Patti has only just started OT, but her blog records the year of getting into OT, and more recently her first experiences of OT School as she has just started OT school:

If you can’t fix it with duct tape…

Mamachill is another OT student at about the same point as Patti… will continue to watch this one with interest:

Mamchill

Another from a Masters student (Nivea) waiting to start OT School in the fall – or as we know it Autumn!

The rest is still unwritten

The UK students are active as well

Again new blogs, so I’m hoping these 2 keep up their blogs as their experiences of studying in the UK could be quite different than the US students experiences.

First up is Sarah’s who is studying at the OT school in Edinburgh

Life as a student OT

Singapore

I think I’ve come across this one before, but never stopped to link it in.. so here you go .. this is from Suhaila Usuludin, a final year occupational therapy student in Singapore.

Occupational therapy: Random reviews and reflections

47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karen
    Oct 06, 2007 @ 14:02:22

    Ooooh!!! I love how you separated us up into academics, OTs, students…UK, NZ, US…etc. Very nice. I appreciate you doing the time to do this. I also appreciate you sending me the email headsup, since I have you on my Google Reader (RSS) now, and this kind of thing wont show up there.

    I’ll link this post soon! For now I have to go get ready to volunteer!! You are great!!

    PS: I might have to break Patti’s legs. She is a really amazing writer and I am concerned she may become the best OT in the entire US. I gotta slow her down a little 😉

    Thanks Karen – It’ll take me a little while to get them all in and sorted! your blogroll was helpful and if you know of any others that you haven’t linked in yet then let me know. I have a very loose criteria – I’m wanting to list the blogs where people are talking about OT.. who are OT’s…. there are some I’ve found who have OT in their profile, but then use their blog as a personal journal – so for the moment I’m not including those!

    Reply

  2. Laura
    Oct 12, 2007 @ 12:01:11

    Love the page on blogs…it made me take a few minutes and check out some other blogs that I haven’t looked at in a while.

    Keep me posted on new additions….I changed things around in my OT Egypt Blog and now also list some favorite OT blogs in the sidebar of my blog.

    Laura

    Reply

  3. Pip
    Feb 08, 2008 @ 11:39:06

    Hi Merrolee
    I found your blog through the OT in Egypt blog. Isn’t the world a small place? I live in Cairo and have just started working in a hospital here. OT is really in its beginning stages in Egypt but it’s exciting being part of its development!
    Pip

    Reply

  4. Suhaila Usuludin
    Feb 08, 2008 @ 14:19:08

    Hi Merrolee,

    I found this page through Karen’s blog. I’m so delighted to find more Ot blogs through your compilations of Ot blogs.

    Thanks and great effort!

    Suhaila 🙂

    Reply

  5. Bridget
    Mar 07, 2008 @ 20:46:33

    Hi,
    I am a OT student from bournemouth. We are studying IT as an occupational intervention and we are looking at using blogs. This is the first time I have ever looked at anything like this and its a bit confusing. Using IT for intervention is a good idea and I am sure it will encourage people to interact on the web. I am still a beginner at all this but I eventually hope to go over to Australia for a placement. I am interested in working with the blind and the use of IT could be a good tool to use. I am amazed at what is available in IT!!!

    good to talk,
    Bridget

    Reply

  6. andre nunes
    Mar 09, 2008 @ 00:41:35

    Good!
    Its very great see others OTs writing and doing his occupation of knowledge at blogsphera.
    I’m a OT from Brazil, and here i´ve been doing a diferent construction of my work-in-process, my ideas, experiences, cheap literature, interface art-health, and anothers things is a blog suport.
    My english is not good, but i really try, so I am interesting abaot 2.0web moviment.
    Well, good to see more OTs works at the world.
    thanks
    andré

    Reply

  7. Merrolee
    Mar 09, 2008 @ 09:41:11

    Well its great to see that people are enjoying this part of my site. It’s been a while since I’ve updated it, so I plan to do that soon – add in the new blogs that are emerging, and update those that are less active! I also want to do a posting where I showcase the topics on recent blogs – so check that one out when I’ve finished it (may take a week or so!).

    Reply

  8. jorge
    Jun 01, 2008 @ 15:43:52

    hello: I live in Argentina – Santa Fe. I am also occupational therapist.
    could send some information about claudia allen and the frame of reference of disability cognitva? Unfortunately these books are not sent to the argentina and therefore what can I download from websites
    could help?
    valverdijorge@yahoo.com.ar

    Reply

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  10. Anita
    Jun 19, 2008 @ 23:02:20

    Hi Merrolee, how did that comment from my new blog make it’s way here? Sometimes I wonder if Web 2.0 has started thinking for itself!!! Aghh!

    Reply

  11. Angela Yates
    Jul 27, 2008 @ 11:20:01

    What a great website!

    I will be applying to graduate school for my masters in OT in a few months.

    I am in Spain at the moment, but will soon be returning to Texas. I have been searching, with little luck to find and OT in Spain. Do you have a directory of OTs in Spain? Or know anyway I can find one. I even tried emailing an International Association of OTs with an office in Spain, but no luck. I would very much like to meet and observe one or two while I am here.

    Thank you very much.

    Sincerely,
    Angela Yates

    Reply

    • Linda Clark
      Sep 14, 2009 @ 23:43:54

      I need to interview an OT is Sapin for an OT assignment. Can you help me.

      Reply

  12. joan
    Aug 29, 2008 @ 18:14:13

    I’m a MscOT student in Canada. I’ve just posted my OT blog aggregator at http://www.otblogs.org for my classmates and others to find blogs relating to occupational therapy. I’ve also organized the blogs by country of origin under the categories tab (i see you have organized in a similar way).

    If for any reason you would not to be on this site please let me know. I will simply mark your blog as private and then only i can see it.

    The idea behind this is to share my work so others can become blog enthusiasts. They can link directly to your blog and subscribe to your feed if they want to individualize blogs of interest.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at joan.guetschow@ualberta.ca.

    Thanks for the great posts!

    Reply

  13. barbara smith
    Jul 05, 2009 @ 16:05:26

    Please check out my blogs at:
    HorseOT.blogspot.com
    RecyclingOT.blogspot.com
    I would love to add ideas to my blogs from other therapists.
    Barbara Smith oTR/L

    Reply

  14. Robert
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 16:46:15

    Hi there
    I’m an OT student in south Brazil and i’m the president of our Academic Centert and we are making one questionary to met the OT in other countries.
    This questionary will be published in our Blog(http://catoverbalize.blogspot.com/)and it will be put in the pin board of our university.
    Help us to met the OT!
    Thank you very much for answering,
    Robert from Brasil

    Reply

  15. Richard Hemby
    Oct 28, 2009 @ 20:07:10

    Hello!

    I couldn’t locate your email so I am leaving a comment for you. Given the ever growing need for Occupational Therapists, I put together an article with a list of financial aid options for those hoping to enter the field. If you wouldn’t mind, could you share my article with your readers?

    Here’s the post:

    http://blog.onlinecollegeguru.com/health-care/financial-aid-for-occupational-therapists/

    Many thanks!
    Richard

    Reply

  16. Louise
    Dec 06, 2009 @ 21:07:26

    Hi,

    I am hoping to start studying OT next year and have started my own blog http://occupationaltherapydiary.wordpress.com/

    Hopefully I will get into university next year and can contribute another regularly updated blog to the OT world!

    Reply

  17. Berenice Prado
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 15:16:58

    I am an OT in the USA working independently. I am also a Yoga instructor, and use a holistic approach in my interventions. Visit my linkedin page at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/therapyoga
    to find the link to my website, and blog.

    Reply

  18. Curtis Maybin
    Jan 03, 2010 @ 07:34:47

    Great stuff on autism looking forward to more.

    Thanks
    Curtis Maybin

    Reply

  19. Lauren
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 00:03:19

    Love this blog! Just found it today & can’t wait to check out all the blog’s listed. I just started my own OT blog today & am eager to see where it takes me.
    Here’s the link: http://abcot.blogspot.com/

    Happy Blogging,
    Lauren in Virginia

    Reply

  20. jessica
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 18:53:14

    I am the only OT at the outpatient clinic I work for. The facility wants to get rid of the small whirlpool – I frequently use on hand injuries. The director of my facility was told by a health inspector that whirlpools were dinosaurs in the therapy world. I am pleading with my clinic to keep ours. Does anyone out there utilize the whirlpool routinely or does anyone out their concur with the health inspector?

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  21. stimr
    Oct 29, 2010 @ 15:33:35

    Hi! I just started a blog that will be targeting parents & professionals working with people that have long term developmental disabilities… Please check it out and let me know what you think. I would love to join the list of OT blogs you have going. It has been helpful for me to sort through sites as I have been creating the blog. Come visit!
    http://www.stimr.com

    Reply

  22. fern swedlove
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 18:41:59

    I write an “Internet Cafe” column for Canadian occupational therapists. I have recommended your blog in my column. Thanks for compiling all of this very interesting and useful information in one location.

    Reply

  23. Robert
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 19:06:00

    Hey guys!
    Nice to see the interesting informations you are publishing around here
    I would like to know you there’s anyone from Quebec?
    I’m looking though informations about this canadian province and how’s is OT on it.
    Thank you very much,
    Robert

    Reply

  24. Tommy
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 16:40:42

    Hi,
    My site isn’t strictly a blog but is an information resource for creative and visual learners, check it out.

    Reply

  25. Michael
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 19:24:06

    Hi my name is MIcahel Maynes I have a large need for Occupational Therapist throughtout the nation if you are a traveler or looking for another type of opportunity I have inpatient and outpatient opportunities with large and small hospitals and clinics. Let me know what your needs are and we can meet them within a week. If you are ready to move into another position call or email me ASAP!!!
    720-266-4008 or mmaynes@synergystaffing.org

    Reply

  26. jd785
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 13:30:04

    Love sharing ideas with other OT’s. I work in the school system and am always looking for new ideas for my students and hopefully other OT’s can get some ideas from mine.
    Please check out my blog
    http://groupbygroup.wordpress.com

    Reply

  27. Barb and Chelsea
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 18:47:07

    Hi, we are two pediatric OTs in the US who just started a blog regarding pediatric concerns. Check us out. Would love to hear from other professionals/ parents and share ideas.

    Reply

  28. Barb and Chelsea
    Apr 16, 2012 @ 18:48:34

    Our blog is http://therapyfun4kids.blogspot.com
    Barb and Chelsea

    Reply

  29. Jim Tignor
    May 21, 2012 @ 15:09:31

    Please take a look at my blog http://shinobijimbo.blogspot.com/. I am an Occupational Therapist and a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional. My blog specfically considers technology in the school systems.

    Thanks, and I’ve enjoyed perusing this tremendous resource!

    Jim

    Reply

  30. Em
    May 22, 2012 @ 01:47:29

    Hi this page has been very helpful for me. As an OT student one of our courses require us to find some OT related blogs to discuss on our own blogs. Thanks to you I have been able to access and gain incite into the OT profession all over the world

    Reply

  31. Dora
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 12:15:03

    Hi, I’m a UK-based OT who has started a blog on OT and Hoarding, is is possible to add me to the list?
    please read and contribute
    http://occupationaltherapyandhoarding.blogspot.com
    thanks

    Dora

    Reply

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    Dec 16, 2013 @ 22:29:54

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  35. Cindy
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 02:46:50

    I’ve recently begun a blog called Your Kids OT found at http://www.yourkidsot.com

    I’m a paediatric OT from Sydney, Australia.

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    Mar 31, 2014 @ 04:22:40

    Hey! I realized that you don’t have a representative from Canada yet. I just started blogging today. My hopes are to create a blog to track my process of moving from Canada to Hong Kong for my practice in OT… I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of challenges that will come up because of the cultural difference and it’ll be great to hear what you all think!

    -Audrie

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    Play Matters Therapy Center is a clinic that offers pediatric care in the line of occupational therapy, speech therapy, special education (sped) program, and reading & tutorial services. It is the first and only therapy center in Mexico, Pampanga, Region 3. It is located at Lagundi, Mexico, Pampanga. The center is a walking distance from SM and Robinsons Pampanga which makes its location highly accesible. It caters clients from neighboring towns of Mexico such as the City of San Fernando, Angeles City, Sta. Ana, Arayat, Candaba, Sto. Tomas, Apalit, Bacolor, etc. Because of its proximity to NLEX Exit (via san fernando exit which is beside SM Pampanga), Play Matters Therapy Center can also cater those coming from Bulacan and Tarlac. Clients also come from Nueva Ecija especially Cabiao because it only takes an hour by bus.
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