Occupational Therapy Toolkit Review

If I had to pick one and only one textbook or resource to use as both a student and as a new occupational therapy practitioner, I would hands-down 100% pick the Occupational Therapy Toolkit (currently 6th edition, which is the one I have). It is written and illustrated by occupational therapist and real-life wonder-woman Cheryl Hall.

Occupational Therapy Toolkit Review

I use this resource so much and emphatically recommend to anyone who hasn’t heard of it or who doesn’t yet own it. I believe in this book and want to share my honest, unbiased review. My intent is to help you as a fellow OT to understand if it’s worth spending your hard-earned money on.

At the time of this review, the book is selling for $129 including shipping on Amazon.

Why I think this book is so great…

1. 630 Pages of Current Research

This bad boy is 630 pages of current research that includes sections on specific interventions for Apraxia, Balance, Cognition, Fall Risk Assessment and Prevention, Home Safety and Modification, Therapeutic Exercise, and Visual Perception.

2. Perfect for Entry-Level

If you work in the adult rehab, physical disabilities, or older adults settings it covers everything entry-level that you need to know.

3. Comprehensive ADLs/IADLs

Occupational Therapy Toolkit contains all of the general conditions and diseases along with ADLs/IADLs sections. This includes every ADL you can think of – from dressing and bathing techniques to managing finances and handwriting.

4. Patient and Family Education

It is jam-packed with 283 full-page patient education handouts that are written specifically for your patients and caregivers that include simple instructions and illustrations, including hemi-dressing techniques, bathing/showering tips and adaptive equipment, managing medication and MD appointments, home exercise programs, and so much more. Basically, almost any concern/topic of education you may have for your patient and their caregivers is included in these patient handouts.

5. Extremely Helpful Visuals

The illustrations are a massive help for someone like me that often has a hard time interpreting written text into body mechanics. And Cheryl Hall did all these illustrations herself!



A Couple of Downsides

If you purchase the textbook version (like I did, as I prefer hard copies), copying the handouts from a copier to give to your patients doesn’t really work since the book is so thick and cuts the page in half.

What I end up doing is taking a picture of the handout page on a scanner app, email it to myself, and then I can finally print it.

Kind of annoying, so I do wish that if you purchase the hard copy you could get PDF’s as well to save you all the steps of printing out the handouts for your patients.


All in all, I give the Occupational Therapy Toolkit a solid 9/10 due to the massive amount of useful content for both new and seasoned practitioners.

I really love that all of the info you need is in one easy-to-find book, and that it isn’t extremely dense and hard to follow like my textbooks from school.

If your school requires this book for your curriculum (as mine did), I would definitely say it’s one of the absolutely necessary textbooks to purchase. This is in my honest penny-pinching opinion.

You should definitely get this one since you will actually (shocking!) have a use for it after school and fieldwork are over.

You can purchase the OT Toolkit from Amazon, and by doing so from one of the links on this page you’ll help to support My OT Spot at no additional cost to you.

You can also purchase directly from Amazon without the affiliate link, in which I won’t get my feelings hurt either way since I want you to have this book regardless :).

Thanks, friends, and happy learning!

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  • Cheryl Hall September 6, 2016   Reply →

    Thanks for the awesome review and feedback!

    We have considered the binder idea, but try to keep our costs as low as possible! Another option is to go to a copy center like Staples and have the binding cut off, have the pages 3 hole punched and then insert into your own binder. We have had a lot of customers tell us that this worked for them.

    We also sell a digital version so that you can print the handouts that you want. So glad you enjoy the book! I hope these suggestions help make it more functional for you.

    Sincerely, Cheryl Hall, Author and Illustrator, OT Toolkit

    • Sarah Stromsdorfer, OTR/L September 6, 2016   Reply →

      Cheryl, thank you so much for your reply! We’re such big fans of yours here at My OT Spot and are very excited to hear from you personally! I will be stopping by my local Office Depot ASAP to get my personal copy of the OT Toolkit hole-punched for the binder format. Thanks so much for the great tip!

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