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Our Picks for Best Occupational Therapy Podcasts

Looking for a list of the best occupational therapy podcasts? Well, you’ve come to the right place! I’m a HUGE fan of podcasts in general, since they’re so easy to listen to while driving, walking the dog, working out, cleaning, and so on.

I also love learning on the go, and listening to quality occupational therapy podcasts is a great way to get some quick info in before or after work, without diving into an hours-long continuing ed course every week.

While there are so many more OT podcasts out there than what’s on this list, the My OT Spot team wanted to showcase our choices that publish episodes regularly, have a large episode library, and focus on high quality content. So without further ado, here are our picks for the best OT podcasts:

Seniors Flourish

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The Seniors Flourish podcast, created by Mandy Chamberlain, was the first OT podcast I started listening to, and is still consistently one of my number one go-to’s when I’m short on time. This podcast is geared towards OT students and OT practitioners working with older adults, and features a great variety of episodes interviewing OT practitioners in a huge array of settings. Shameless plug: You check me out as a guest talking with Mandy about occupation-based interventions here!

Spill the OT

Spill the OT is a unique podcast in that the creator is an anonymous OT podcaster whose mission is to be honest and upfront about everyday issues we all face as therapists and students (by “spilling the tea” as they say these days!). These issues range from salary, settings, loans, and interviews with therapists from a multitude of settings. This podcast isn’t afraid to cover the less than ideal aspects about the therapy world but is still an overall fun and positive listen. 

Occupied

The Occupied Podcast is a podcast created by Brock Cook, an OT from Australia whose mission is to cover all things occupation in this regularly updated podcast. This podcast not only covers occupation but has a huge emphasis on mental health (hooray!) and also has a great variety of interviews with other OTs from around the world.

OT 4 Lyfe

The OT 4 Lyfe podcast was created by Sarah Putt in 2018. Sarah is a pediatric OT and also happens to be the founder and clinical director of her own private practice. She’s created a lot of great podcast epsiodes covering a variety of topics including fieldwork, pediatric occupational therapy, international work, the business side of OT, along with featuring big names in the OT world for informational interviews. 

The OT School House

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The OT School House, created by Jayson Davies, is focused on school-based occupational therapy, which features guests to discuss strategies for OTs working in school systems. This podcast is a must-listen if you’re going to start a clinical in the schools or are working as a school-based OT already. A huge added bonus to this podcast is that you can purchase optional PDUs to earn while listening, which range from 9.99 to 19.99 depending on the PDU amount earned.

Glass Half Full

Glass Half Full: Occupational Therapy Talk was created by Natalie Barnes and Jessica Kersey with each episode with a goal of focusing on “returning to our roots in occupation-based care and activity analysis.” A large array of topics are covered, ranging from Pusher’s syndrome to working in the NICU, as well the 2019 Medicare changes affecting practitioners working in SNFs. An added bonus is that some of the episodes are approved by AOTA to earn CEU credits.

OT Potential

Wishing you could learn about a new OT-related research article every week but don’t always have the time or energy? This is where Sarah Lyon’s OT Potential podcast comes in. Each week, Sarah covers a new journal article in podcast form (a great way to learn on the go!) to help you learn about relevant studies and their outcomes. I love these episodes especially since they range from around 8-20 minutes, so you can get the full scoop on an article on your way to work. 

On the Air

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On the Air was created by Stephanie Lancaster, an OT with over 25 years of experience. Stephanie has been podcasting regularly since 2017 and also works as an OT educator specializing in ed tech and instructional design. This podcast covers a HUGE variety of topics, including alternative career options, international OT, whistleblowing, advocacy, and so much more. No matter what setting you’re in, you’ll be sure to find many applicable and educational episodes with this podcast.

Burnt Out to Lit Up

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Founded in 2018 by OT Erika del Pozo and her husband Michael Frasso, who happens to be a PT, the Burnt Out to Lit Up podcast was created after Erika was facing significant burnout and anxiety after she began practicing. Realizing she certainly isn’t the only clinician facing issues with the all-too-common healthcare burnout, Erika created this podcast to help professionals in all healthcare avenues, not just occupational therapists.

The podcast episodes discuss “wellness, health, personal & professional development, healthcare industry issues & how to affect change, spirituality, and more.” New episodes are released every Friday.

If you’re feeling even the slightest bit burned out in your practice (or schooling!), this podcast is a must-listen. 

How to Listen to These Podcasts

If you’re new to podcasting, you might also be wondering where to get started. Fear not, each one of these podcasts has a variety of ways you can listen. If you have an iPhone, all of these podcasts are available on your Apple iOS podcast app.

If you have an Android or want to listen on your computer, many of these podcasts are also available on Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify. To find out which podcasts are available on those platforms, simply click on the podcast titles and it will link you directly to the other available platforms.

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What are YOUR favorite occupational therapy podcasts? Which ones did we miss? Please share them in the comments below!

And lastly, if you’re also looking for great occupational blogs, be sure to check out our list of top OT blogs here.

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3 comments

  • Spill the OT October 31, 2019   Reply →

    Oh my goodness, I love this! Thank you for the shout out! My friend just sent me this and Iā€™m so flattered to included. Want to come on the podcast?! (No pressure! But if so email me at [email protected] šŸ™‚

  • Laurie November 12, 2019   Reply →

    I would also recommend Lifestyle by Design and OT Uncorked (this one just started around April 2019). Thanks for this great post!

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L November 12, 2019   Reply →

      Thanks for the suggestions, Laurie! I’ll definitely have to check these out as well.

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