By Elena Barker
Whether you’re just starting in your OT career or you’re a veteran, you need the right tools and resources to stay at the top of your professional game. Fortunately, there are many amazing blogs out in the social media universe to help you do just that. So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are five must-read blogs for school occupational therapists:
The Playful Otter is all about learning through play. Naturally, the blog is packed with simple games you can play with your students to help them develop their motor, visual, and cognitive skills. Kathy Hanson, the occupational therapist behind the blog, has been working with children and youth for over a decade. According to her About page, she’s always looking for new games, so send her a line if you have any suggestions!
The Pocket OT’s Cara Koscinski is a pediatric occupational therapist and a mother to two sons with autism. Cara’s passion for education and advocacy shines through the stellar content on her blog — just read her post on “Five Facts About Interoception.” She also offers tons of great resources for parents, teachers, and therapists alike.
Written and managed by Australian-based pediatric OT Cindy Chuan, Your Kids OT offers creative storytelling and tips to help you support your student’s learning and development. The site’s shop is also worth a visit. You can find tons of free printables, for-sale worksheets, and activity guides there.
We’ve featured this blog before — and for good reason! It’s full of clever ideas, crafts, and activities to help make learning fun. Creators Claire Heffron and Lauren Drobnjak also team up to give you their tips, tricks, and best practices in the OT and PT fields.
This blog’s name may have started as a joke, but it stuck and quickly took on a life of its own. Karen Dobyns, also known as Miss Awesomeness, started blogging as an OT student in 2007. Today, she is now a successful OT professional with a doctoral degree, business owner, blogger, and children’s book author. Since Karen has been blogging throughout her career, you’re sure to find content on her blog that can help you grow as an OT professional.
What other OT blogs do you like to read? Let us know in the comments below!