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Educating Your Patients About Energy Conservation Techniques

Energy conservation techniques (ECTs) are also referred to as work simplification techniques, and both terms are very much within the realm of occupational therapy practice. In order to clear up a common misconception, let’s state right off the bat that promoting ECTs is not synonymous with promoting the “art of laziness.” Rather, energy conservation techniques […]

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How to Score a Career as an International Occupational Therapist

As occupational therapists, we are instructed to constantly think outside of the box when coordinating and designing therapy intervention. We come to better understand our patients/clients if we strongly acknowledge our patient’s goals and lifestyle needs within their environment. However, we are unable to fully comprehend individuals’ lifestyles and cultural influences by sitting in one […]

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Must-Know Tips For Working With Aphasia As An Occupational Therapist

Brain damage has devastating consequences on an individual’s daily function and quality of life. Movement restrictions, emotional changes, behavioral problems, and communication deficits differ in severity but drastically reshape a person’s life as well as those of their close family and friends. In this post, you’ll learn about one of the most frustrating disorders that […]

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Occupational Therapy in the ICU: An Interview with an ICU OT

I’m excited to showcase My OT Spot’s first interview with an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Occupational Therapist, Abby Lefkove, OTR/L. Occupational therapy in the ICU is a subset of acute care that entails working with medically fragile patients and their families while in the ICU. In this interview, Abby tells us about what a typical occupational […]

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Grading Occupational Therapy Interventions

Our OT brains are all about task analysis, the ability to completely break down an activity and view the minute details that others don’t see. It is a thought process that is ingrained into our brains starting day one of occupational therapy school. Downgrading and upgrading interventions in a simulated scenario are much easier than […]

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Early Mobilization in Acute Care

Every year in the U.S., millions of people are admitted to the hospital in the acute care setting. In 2015 alone, there were over 35 million hospital admissions. With each admission, many complications can present themselves. Patients may be at higher risk for hospital acquired infections, pressure ulcers, joint contractures, and complications related to decreased […]

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Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: An Overview of 6 Typical Settings

Unless you have a background in addressing mental illness, occupational therapists find the mental health field to be an intimidating realm of treatment. Those with a lack of familiarity with the subject tend to immediately concentrate only on the abnormally aggressive behaviors, while ignoring the wider range of dysfunction that plagues a large portion of […]

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Sexuality: The Most Overlooked ADL

As occupational therapists, addressing activities of daily living, or ADLs, is often our bread and butter. It’s easy to see that things like being able to take a shower, getting dressed in the morning, or even just feeding yourself are integral to living a fulfilling life. Anyone who has experienced difficulty in these areas knows […]

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