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OT Teletherapy Ideas
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021

OT Teletherapy Ideas

OT Teletherapy ideas will be covered in this blog. Occupational therapy can be distinct from other telehealth professions in that it often requires clients to have some sort of materials on their end. Planning ahead of time and communicating with the parent or caregiver is often necessary but takes time for the therapist. Leveraging digital technology, having flexible activities handy, and using very common household items are strategies that can help the therapist and the client get the most out of their sessions (all while reducing therapist prep time!) Here are OT teletherapy ideas that can be easily utilized by occupational therapists....


Teletherapy activities
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Teletherapy activities

This blog will review teletherapy activities therapists can use on video conferencing platform. Teletherapy does not need to be limited to face-to-face video conferencing. Let’s talk about all the ways technology can assist you in getting the most out of a teletherapy (telehealth session) and help you plan engaging teletherapy activities. ...


Therapy Activities and Icebreakers
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Therapy Activities and Icebreakers

This blog will review therapy activities and icebreakers for new pediatric clients in one on one or group sessions. Whether in person or via telehealth, an initial meeting with a new client can make you feel a certain type of anxious. Though there may be some guilt around “wasting” time getting to know the client and building rapport prior to getting to the meat of the therapy, the research actually says that taking the time to build a strong relationship with your client is likely more important than any specific therapy task. Here are 10 fun therapy activities....


Anxiety Counseling Techniques during COVID- 19
  • Friday, September 4, 2020

Anxiety Counseling Techniques during COVID- 19

This blog will review anxiety counseling techniques that counselors and therapists can apply when treating individuals during the current coronavirus pandemic.The coronavirus has obvious physical health implications but it has also brought along with it significant anxiety problems. Not only are people afraid of catching COVID-19 but the resulting restrictions have led to worries about finances, education, and the future. For mental health professionals, the challenge is to help people cope effectively with their anxiety issues. Here are suggestions on what counseling techniques can be considered to assist the anxious client. ...


Tips and Activities for Social Skills Group and Language Group via Telepractice (teletherapy)
  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Tips and Activities for Social Skills Group and Language Group via Telepractice (teletherapy)

Social Skills Group or Language Group is a great way to help children learn and practice both their social and language skills with their peers but how is it done via telepractice (teletherapy)? What social skills group activities can be utilized when seeing clients online? Not only will this blog answer those questions, but it will also provide you with a repeatable session plan and activities that can be used for small group language or social skills therapy via telepractice and a list of 20 Youtube videos to utilize as a basis for those lessons. ...


Online Speech Therapy Games
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Online Speech Therapy Games

Online speech therapy games are great for home practice and teletherapy (aka telehealth) and add another mode of learning. This blog will review 12 fun online speech therapy games and resources that therapists can utilize with children either during office or telehealth visits....


Preparing Parents for Teletherapy (Telehealth)
  • Monday, July 13, 2020

Preparing Parents for Teletherapy (Telehealth)

Teletherapy (telehealth therapy) may be a completely new experience for many of your clients and parents and this blog will review how to prepare parents for teletherapy. Technology, environment, parent involvement and child’s behavior will be addressed to help you prepare your new clients and families for their first teletherapy session....


Your Private Therapy Practice during COVID 19:  What You Need To Know Going Forward
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Your Private Therapy Practice during COVID 19: What You Need To Know Going Forward

Your private therapy practice during COVID 19 is not the same and the therapy world was quite different just a few short months ago. What do you need to know going forward? This blog will review safety of your practice and patients; new policies and procedure that practice owners may consider and alternative approaches to in- person therapy....


Online Teletherapy Resources
  • Monday, June 22, 2020

Online Teletherapy Resources

These teletherapy resources are free, open ended and adaptable by any therapist or counselor and require almost zero preparation. Short animated films are a total hidden gem in the pediatric teletherapy world. These videos usually do not have dialogue, so they allow for open-ended conversation. This blog will review how to use short films in teletherapy and a list of our top YouTube videos....


Tips for Early Intervention Telepractice
  • Sunday, June 7, 2020

Tips for Early Intervention Telepractice

This blog provides practical tips for early intervention telepractice (teletherapy), using a weekly parent interview. If you’re a therapist working with the 0-3 population via telepractice for the first time, you may be worried about filling up the whole session time. Well first off; you’re not alone. That’s one of the top reported reasons therapists are worried that telepractice won’t be a good fit for their youngest clients. ...


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  • Occupational Therapy Goals

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

    Occupational therapy goals and how to create excellent occupational therapy goals; SMART goals; examples of goals with all of the necessary components; and do’s and don’ts for writing OT goals will be covered in this blog post. You have already conducted a full evaluation on your client. Now it is time to come up with occupational therapy goals for their treatment plan. The next step is to take the data you collected and translate it into meaningful goals to pursue in occupational therapy. If you practice in pediatrics, the goal should be also be important to the parent or caregiver. Information about goals comes from the occupational profile, standardized testing, reason for referral, and your analysis of the evaluation. The data you collected in the evaluation serves as baseline data. This will help you track progress for your client, inform intervention choices, and ultimately give your client a foundation for success.

  • Occupational Therapy SOAP Note

    Monday, March 29, 2021

    Occupational therapy SOAP notes, an overview of SOAP notes; questions to ask when writing each section; the do’s and don’ts of writing soap notes; the benefits of using SOAP notes in occupational therapy; and an example of an occupational therapy SOAP note will be covered in this post. The SOAP note method of documentation can be an excellent fit for the occupational therapy profession. Why does it work well for OTs? We are always looking at the big picture. SOAP is an acronym that stands for subjective; objective; assessment; plan. These are all important components of occupational therapy intervention and should be appropriately documented. Using a SOAP note format will help ensure that no essential element of therapy is left undocumented.

  • Goals counseling

    Monday, March 29, 2021

    Goals in counseling and psychotherapy; what makes an effective counseling treatment plan; tips for writing counseling goals and examples of counseling and psychotherapy goals in common treatment areas such as substance abuse, anger management and depression will be covered in this blog. Setting counseling goals is something almost all therapists do with their clients. But why do we do it? Is it because it looks good? Because it structures therapy? To get insurance off our backs? Although there are many different considerations, it is generally understood that making goals is associated with positive treatment outcomes. At least when you do it correctly.