20+ Blogs To Grow Your Occupational Therapy Career

Best OT Blogs

Connecting with bloggers from the occupational therapy world and related industries can be a great way to breathe new life into your  OT practice. 

Over the years, I’ve gotten to know many of these bloggers and can testify to the hard work and passion that goes into each of these platforms. Thank you to all of the bloggers who are working so hard to share quality OT information online! 

(Once you find the best OT blogs for you, I recommend signing up for mailing lists. I know I am far more likely to read something that comes into my email.) 

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

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OT Blogs by Practice Area

OT Students

1. Gotta Be OT

Lauren writes in-depth posts about her current experiences as an OT Student. She also has a great blog series for people contemplating applying to OT school

2. OT in Motion

Joy just began posting regularly and I am excited to watch her blog develop. Her pieces are thoughtful and reflective. OT is her second career and she brings a rich background to the student experience. 

Evidence

3. Kristen Lueck

Kristen’s blog stands out for her commitment to exploring evidence based practice. Her background is in working with adults and she has worked in: intergenerational care, orthopedics, inpatient mental health, neurosugical intensive care, and inpatient rehabilitation. Whatever your practice area, I’m sure you will find some EBP inspiration on this blog! 

Therapy Business

4. WebPT

WebPT is my go-to source for easy to understand articles about changing legislation and documentation requirements. I especially pay attention when the posts are from Veda Collmer a licensed OT and attorney.

Pediatrics

5. CanDo Kiddo

Rachel is a pediatric OT writing to mamas of newborns. She encourages creative play ideas to keep the youngsters active and healthy. 

6. Mama OT

Christie is a well established OT blogger with posts targeted at educating and empowering those who care for children. Her posts cover the span from infancy to elementary age. She also just penned an ebook (with Abby of OT Cafe!) for those considering OT as a career. 

7. Pediatric OT Therapy Tips

Ann Zachary has a wealth of information to share from her 24 years of experience as a pediatric OT. She has also written for multiple parenting publications and authored her own book. Her content ranges from sensory processing to therapy on a shoestring budget. 

8. Miss Awesomeness

Karen is the winner of the most long-standing OT blog! She started writing in 2006 and her readers have been able to follow her since OT school. She is now enrolled in a doctoral program and regularly offers musing on this new venture. 

9. Therapy Fun Zone

Therapy Fun Zone’s is loaded with ideas for pediatric OT activities. Tonya is highly collaborative and offers opportunities to submit activities to her blog. She also facilitates our Therapy Bloggers Facebook group

10. OT Cafe

Abby has a background in pediatrics, but her posts lately have taken on an even broader appeal. She just wrapped up A Day in the Life series featuring practitioners from different settings. 

11. The Inspired Tree House

Lauren and Claire are a PT & OT team who have worked together for 7 years now. On the blog they share activities that they are using in the clinic and at home with their own children. 

12. Your Therapy Source 

Your therapy source is a site for special education and pediatric OT & PT. They are consistently adding new items to their pool of resources. Following their blog helps you stay appraised of new products. 

13. The Playful Otter

First of all, check out the fun play on words… OTR.…Otter? Best blog title goes to Kathy! This is a fun site to check out for game reviews. Kathy has reviewed more games than I have ever played. 

14. Your Kid’s OT

Cindy is an OT blogger hailing from Sydney Australia. She is an advocate for incidental learning and finding opportunities to teach kids in everyday life. Her site is full of ideas for elementary aged kids. 

15. The Recycling OT

Barbara has been blogging for awhile now, but she continues to regularly come up with pediatric activity ideas using recycled items. I woman after OTs hearts. She also utilizes video on her blog to demonstrate activities.

16.  Group by Group

This is a new blog for me! The four writers of this blog, an OT, SLP and two special education teachers all work at a center based school serving students who have significant intellectual disabilities. They provide activity ideas with amazing photos of their students enjoying the activities.

17. Handwriting Is Fun!

This blog is a forum for sharing a diverse array of handwriting resources.  Katherine Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, and her guest authors write about handwriting development skills, suggestions for easy-to-use remedial strategies, and information related to school-based occupational therapy.  The blog serves as a resource bank for therapists, parents, and educators. 

18. OT Mom Learning Activities

Blog author, Tracy le Roux, designed this blog empower parents to work on their children’s skills in order to lay a good foundation for learning. Lots of photographed activities and helpful information will enable parents to help kids who may be struggling with skills, or just to provide age-appropriate developmental activities. 

Adult Rehab

19. OT Notes

I’m putting Cheryl here to fill my adult rehab section, even though she also blogs about pediatrics and professional issues. Cheryl is another long time blogger with very good things to say- a highly recommended blog. 

Professional Issues

20. ABC Therapeutics

If you have a fire in your belly about policy, big picture ideas and the direction OT is headed, this is the blog for you. Chris is always up for spirited debate! 

Holistic Practice

21. Holistic OT

I am a regular reader of the Holistic OT Blog but somehow neglected to include it in the original list. Emmy is the primary writer on the blog and she regularly shares insights and research about integrating mind, body, spirit medicine, prevention, and wellness into OT Practice. A great resource to round out our list! 

Geriatrics

22. Seniors Flourish

Seniors Flourish is run by Mandy Chamberlain and helps geriatric occupational therapists and caregivers keep older adults independent through education, tips, recommendations, patient handouts, and videos. To debut in 2016 is the Seniors Flourish “OT Learning Lab” – a membership site just for geriatric OTs to make your job working with older adults easier!

23. My OT Spot

My OT Spot is a new resource for anyone interested in the occupational therapy career path, OT students, and new OTs working with adult and geriatric populations. The purpose behind My OT Spot is to inspire and educate the occupational therapy community. Sarah aims to give OTs actionable, evidence-based interventions with a focus on function and occupation.

OT Blogs from Around the World!

Bonus Blogs

The blogs above were highlighted for the frequency at which the authors are posting (usually several times per month) and because of how established they are (active for a year or more).

The following blogs also have great content but tend to post less frequently or are just getting started. 

There you have it! I hope you enjoy following some of these blogs as much as I do! If you have a favorite OT blog that I missed, please include it in the comments! 

This post was edited 5/5/15, 5/16/15, 2/1/16, 1/16/17 and 1/18/19.

54 replies on “20+ Blogs To Grow Your Occupational Therapy Career”

Thank you, Sarah, for keeping your eyes and ears open to great OTs sharing and supporting one another via blogs! Please also visit the HolisticOT.org website and blog that has great information on integrating Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine, Prevention & Wellness into OT practice (what has commonly been referred to as CAM – Complementary/Alternative Medicine) at http://holisticot.org/blog
Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L

Hi Emmy! I can’t believe I forgot to include the holistic OT blog. I will include it now as a bonus read! I love that you blogged everyday during OT month- what a great personal challenge as a blogger and a great way to provide resources and raise awareness during April.

Thank you for sharing this! As the Social Media Coordinator and an OT at Sensational Achievements LLC, I am always looking for great blogs to follow and share with! Great work! Cassandra Andrade, MS, OTR/L

This is great list! We just re-developed our website and hope to contribute to the online community. We are a network of Hispanic OT’s–www.todosinusa.org. Please connect! Gracias 🙂

Hi Leo! Great work on the website! It looks like an awesome resource with an amazing mission. I just liked TODOs on Facebook! I would love to feature your work in a guest post sometime. Email me at sarah@otpotential.com, if that is something that would be of interest to you.

I just loved this list! Thanks for this amazing source of information. I was knowing about OT connections only. Happy to get these all !

Thank you so much for sharing, Sarah! I’m an OT in Mental Health working with adolescents and young adults (TAY – 18 to 25 y.o.) and would love to see if you know of resources for those in the behavioral health field. Thanks again!!

Hi Maria! Sorry for the slow reply! I took some time off from the blog while my family was in the middle of a move. I really want to create a whole post about this topic some day soon. I’ve worked in behavioral health and resources are definitely more difficult to find.

Tina Champagne was definitely my top resource for promoting evidenced backed interventions to my facility. Here is her website- http://www.ot-innovations.com

Tina also moderates a great facebook group- https://www.facebook.com/groups/253712334753788

Are you looking for curriculum ideas as well? After a quick search, I cannot find the book I was using as a guide, but if it would be helpful, I can keep digging.

Hi Julia! Thank you so much for introducing me to your site! I will add you to the list on the blog. There are not many bloggers who focus on the UE which seems to be your specialty! If you have a moment at some point I would love to hear about your hopes and dreams for your blog!

This is looking great Jeanette! I’m excited to follow you. I think you will enjoy the east coast! I also moved out there for OT school and loved it! I’m jealous that you are attending conference this year. I am taking the year off 🙁

I recently started an OT blog about being an OT student! It is called acupot.com. I would love for you to check it out and let me know what you think 🙂 Hopefully its your cup of tea!

Thanks!
Nicolette

Hello–

I publish blogs about keeping OT real in these challenging times in health care. My website is <authenticot.com>, and I am on FaceBook at Authentic Occupational Therapy. I also write for Today in OT. I invite anyone who feels that occupational therapy is much more than a job to give me a read and join in the conversations.

–Debora Davidson, PhD, OTR/L

I love this blog not because of it relevant for my mother but also for the way you(Sarah Lyon) provide information. What amazing is there is certainly many people wants to make career in this field. You can also check this from my job page at : https://www.facebook.com/MorganAllJobs/
Here you can also find many jobs according to your skills. Do have a visit at this.

TopOT is based on Occupational Therapy Schools blog. In it we will be able to find all the information regarding Occupational Therapy Schools such as Online Programs, Requirements, Salary and Job Outlook.

Hi Julia!

My main piece of advice would be find a small project to trial whether you enjoy content creation. Maybe try writing a blog post for your fieldwork location’s website or creating a handout? Content creation is it’s own beast and it takes several dedicated years typically to get a blog/website up and running. So it’s worth experimenting with whether you enjoy it and what your strengths are.

That being said my friend, Chanda, just published a blog post for therapists on starting a website. It might be helpful to look through!

https://www.pinkoatmeal.com/how-to-start-a-blog-as-a-rehabilitation-professional/

Hey Sarah, great list! It showed me a couple new blogs that I’m looking forward to reading. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Also, next time you update this post, it would be awesome if you included our blog for COTA. I noticed you didn’t have any blogs dedicated to OT Assistants, like ours is.

Our site is called "OTA Guide" you can check us out here: https://occupational-therapy-assistant.org/

Hey Sarah, first of all, I would like to thank you for a great list. This list is very useful for inspiration. I would like to offer my blog. I’m OT too. My site is in Lithuanian language, so my blog can be first of international blogs on your list 😉 my blog: https://ergoterapeutas.lt

WHY isn’t the OT Toolbox on my list? This is an over sight! I will be sure to add you guys next time I do an update!

Hey Sarah, great list! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
we (Payal & Deepam) both are occupational therapists and have a blog about OT. If you haven’t visited our site, please visit us at https://occupationaltherapyot.com
Also, whenever you will update this post, kindly add our blog in your list. It will be an honor to see our blog name on your top blog list.

Hello Im actually here because I have a career project for one of my college classes and I need to interview a OTA and I don’t know any so I just came here.I was wondering if any of yall have the time if you can please email me my project is due on Monday my email is briannavalerie24@gmail.com

Check out devotedot.com! A blog for emerging occupational therapists, written by a clinician in the pediatric OT field. Therefore, the content will have a pediatric OT perspective, but is for all OT’s. The content will begin to focus on pediatric OT ideas and materials as well

If you’re an OT looking to develop your career and participate in continuing education courses that teach the latest research and techniques, visit Education Resources, Inc.’s blog. With the information on the latest techniques, posts by industry-leading therapists, and updates on continuing education courses around the county, ERI’s blog allows you to connect and share ideas that improve patient outcomes and advances your careers.

Hey, Sarah
You have created the great list of OT Blogs, Actually I also started the Blog Related to Occupational Therapy Schools in USA blog where I post about the best Occupational Therapy Schools in the USA, and Schools Requirements, Prerequisites works and much more. If you like it consider adding it to the list.
URL : bestoccupationaltherapyschools.com

This page is awesome and helps so much. During these crazy times, I’ve had to be at home and still help kids… a device I found super useful is Write Right Stylus… helps my kids hold a writing device so well!

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