Updated: May 23
Today, nearly 1,000 websites are created every single minute of EVERY single day. With that being said, finding great content can be difficult! High-quality content in the world of Occupational Therapy is extremely important because OT’s tend to be a busy bunch that don’t have time to spare on less-than-spectacular content. We have to keep up with evidenced-based techniques!
Our team spent the last month scouring the world wide web to make you the following list: 2019’s Top 10 Occupational Therapy Websites to Follow
#1 www.marietheot.com MarieTheOT.com’s mission is to sift through the news and latest studies to provide you with a comprehensive mini-update on the latest and greatest in the OT world. Marie and her team make the information digestible and practical so that it’s something you actually want and have the time to read. Of course, my ranking is biased for number 1.
#2 www.drzacharyspedsottips.blogspot.com Anne Zachary, Ph.D. is a mother of 3 children and an Educational Psychologist AND and an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy. Her blog posts revolve around empowering therapists, teachers, caregivers and parents of children with special needs. She has regular posts and she often does giveaways and webinars. She is responsible for many research and magazine articles as well as multiple features on websites like mine. Hopefully in the near future we can get her to guest post!
#3 www.community.advanceweb.com If you are familiar with how amazing Advance magazine is, you’ll love this forum like blog. Their blogs offer posters covering timely questions, advice and opinions about the occupational therapy field. Each blogger has a bio, which helps you find someone that specializes in your setting of interest.
#4 www.kristenjlueck.com/blog/ Success in the blogging field requires the deliverance of real value constantly. Similar to a great magazine, a lauded newspaper or any other types of media outlet, you have to keep the content machine churning if you want to thrive. I love this site because the author breaks down evidenced-based research journal articles and provides sources and her valuable insight. Her articles are long, but worth every minute. She is passionate about brain and spinal cord injuries, CVA’s and disorders of the consciousness.
#5 www.recyclingot.blogspot.com Luckily for my patients, I get bored and love to individualize their sessions. This DIY (do-it-yourself resource motivates me to be creative with FREE items around me. It also keeps reusing, reducing, and recycling! Bonus!
#6 www.otconnections.aota.org This is the AOTA online community. The posts come in the form of a forum, which is great because you get to see what other Occupational Therapist’s are inquiring about. Although they closed in June 2018, their content still exits online and is open to all, even those without a membership. This is a great place for the OT that is political in nature.
#7 www.webpt.com/blog While there are clearly an endless herd of blogs out there being started on a daily basis, most people who start a blog don’t actually follow through with it. Consistency is key. Although WebPT doesn’t post constantly, they do post consistently. They also post on topics that I have found to be relevant and practical tips for Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists.
#8 http://mamaot.com Her claim to fame is that she is not only an Occupational Therapist, but she is also a mother. Her site is dedicated to providing tips and tricks for those that care for children. When you are bored with your activities, whether you work with adults or children, stop by her website to get inspired. This girl can make an activity out of anything!
#9 http://missawesomeness.com/ OT Blogger since 2007, this girl has been doing this since before it was a thing! With that being said, she doesn’t post often, but her old posts are valuable to the new graduate and anyone that is interested in watching her progress from OT student to beginning practitioner to owner/private practice/adjunct faculty member to writer! Her printable worksheets are awesome too!
#10 http://abctherapeutics.blogspot.com Christopher J. Alterio, OTR calls himself “the stirrer of pots”, he owns a private practice in Buffalo, NY and he is just what the OT field needs. He isn’t afraid to tackle the difficult questions and he frequently discusses AOTA’s decisions – for OR against them.