I’ve been fascinated by the website “Teachers Pay Teachers.” It seems to contain a glimmer of an answer to the questions: Is there a way to leverage all of the work that individuals are doing to collectively boost the quality of our work? Why are we all coming up with treatment plans, marketing materials, policies, etc. from scratch?
Therapy Hot Spot is built on the concept of therapists helping therapists and also provides a similar glimmer into the future. The basic service is that, for a monthly fee, two therapists will research treatment ideas for you and ship you a box with the necessary items.
The owners, Wendy & Kristy, seem to have have stumbled onto an important truth of the liking/pinning/posting age— ideas are cheap. Most of the time we need an extra push to bring these ideas to fruition. Plus, we need to trust the person delivering the information. Therapy Hot Spot has the potential to do both.
For this article, I contacted them about receiving sample OT student box. In the box, I received multiple items that I remembered purchasing during school.
I also received multiple handouts and cheat sheets, that I imagine would have been very helpful for studying or to have on my clipboard during fieldworks.
Students typically receive a jump-drive with resources customized to your practice area. All in all, I would say a box is great deal and the service will only improve as they develop a steady fan base.
I contacted the owners for this post, and they agreed to answer a few quetstions about the service.
A Q&A With Therapy Hot Spot
Can you give an example of what might be included in...
..a pediatric OT box? THS: These are based on age group and setting but mainly include sensory activities, crafts, feeding ideas/products, gross motor ideas, fine motor games and cognitive fun.
..a geriatric OT box? Cognitive based activities, gross motor tasks, fine motor games, exercise hand outs, caregiver education handouts, games, ideas, resources and featured products related to older adults.
..an OT student box? Student boxes prior to graduation include: a gait belt, goniometer, measuring tape, feeding products, cognitive resources, activity ideas, therapy band and therapy putty and more.
What is your most popular OT box?
The Early Intervention boxes are a huge hit because these therapist mainly have to spend their own money and time creating activities.
How do you customize each box?
Once someone subscribes we email back and forth to create the most individualized box based on the age group, diagnosis and setting the therapist works in.
Can I try the subscription out for a few months or am I committed for a year?
It is a month to month subscription that you can cancel at anytime --it auto renews but you can email to cancel.
How do you incorporate evidence into the activities you recommend?
We research and keep up to date on evidence based practice such as; feeding interventions and food aversions so our products and treatment ideas are based in experience and evidence.
Our goal is for each subscriber to open the box each month and say "wow she nailed it."
This is NOT a sponsored post. Opinions are my own. This post is part of a series about some of my favorite OT resources, so stay tuned!