Wednesday, September 5, 2018

5 OT Handwriting Activities for Children

As COTA we know that OT activities for handwriting are important. Sometimes we struggle to come up with fresh ideas and repeating the same handwriting activities can become monotonous. Today we will share 5 simple but fun OT activities for handwriting improvement with children that aren’t boring. Hopefully these fresh ideas will help you mix […]

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Can You Complete Your OTA Associates Degree Before Graduating High School?

In order to become a certified occupational therapist assistant, one must complete their associates degree in occupational therapy assisting. This generally takes two years and is completed after the student completes high school OR obtains their GED. Today we wanted to share a motivational story about a high school student who enrolled in a 2 […]

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Roundup for Occupational Therapist Assistants, May 25 2018

Happy Friday! 🙂 Today we will keep it short and sweet since we know you are all getting ready to wind down from a challenging and rewarding week in healthcare! Below are a few recent content pieces shared in the occupational therapy community recently. We hope you find these articles and stories eductional and inspirational. Occupational […]

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Monday, March 12, 2018

What Are Occupational Therapy Assistant Duties?

Quite frequently we get asked, what does an occupational therapist assistant do on a daily basis? Great question! The answer isn’t that they help people find jobs! If that is what you thought then don’t worry, we have created this complete list of Occupational Therapy Assistant Job Duties to help answer your question. Complete List […]

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

News Updates in Occupational Therapy #2

Welcome back to our 2nd edition of News Updates in Occupational Therapy. This update brings long awaited news on healthcare reform along with diabetes and pediatric OT research that you won’t want to miss. So, let’s get right to it. Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say Technology has evolved […]

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

OTA Programs Online: What to Consider for Your COTA Education

Nowadays studying online is an option for many degree programs. Even in healthcare, you can complete a good portion of your degree plan online. A number of online OTA programs are offered to help students preparing to become a COTA achieve their necessary associate degree in occupational therapy assisting. If you are thinking about getting […]

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Introduction to Occupational Therapy and Aging

If you are concerned about your health as you age then keep reading because today I am going to share advice to maintain and improve your health as you grow older.

I will also introduce Occupational Therapy as a solution for senior citizens needing assistance as they age.

Let's get started by introducing occupational therapy, then I'll share some tips for healthy aging, and finally I'll share conditions OTs work with and how they help seniors :)

Ever Heard Of Occupational Therapy?

Have you been aware of OT? I ask because I feel that the specialized profession for seniors (and more) is underrated, in the sense of attention and knowledge.

Most individuals are acquainted with physical therapy, a good example of a traditional therapy practice.

  • Most athletes that get injured engage in physical therapy.
  • Often times victims of motor vehicle collisions use physical therapy to heal pain and recover from injury.
  • After a patient has surgery, they almost always go through physical therapy following their operation.

I'm sure you get the point I'm trying to make, everybody knows about the popular procedure called physical therapy. Unlike Occupational Therapy, the somewhat similar but also quite different and far less recognized practice.

What is Occupational Therapy?

OT is a type of therapy, for subjects with both physical and psychological conditions, that assists and rehabilitates subjects within their day-to-day lives in an effort to improve their abilities and sometimes independence.

It is prevalent for OTs help surgery patients in hospitals and other types of medical clinics. There are also pediatric OTs who operate in pre-schools as well as other grade schools. The other popular location for OTs is in assisted living homes with dementia patients.

And you guessed it, Occupational Therapists help seniors as they age and grow older losing some of their daily functions along the way.

For example, Occupational Therapists help seniors maintain and improve their balance through therapeutic exercises like you can see in this video:

So, now that you know what OT is, let's talk about some tips for aging well. Then we can switch gears again and talk more about OT and specifically OT for seniors.

Aging: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

No one gets a manual that tells them how to handle growing old. This section will show you how you too can age with grace and style. It also presents some valuable information that will help you slow down the aging process as well as ways to help prevent some symptoms of aging.

Aging is not a bad thing. With more years comes knowledge. You know the old saying "older but wiser" and that's true. Think of all the life experiences you've had compared to those that are young, and make sure to enjoy the naivety of those that you were once like.

It is never too late to quit smoking for in order to slow aging. Smoking not only increases the risk of lung cancer and emphysema, it is associated with a number of other cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a decreased resistance to illness.

It should be noted that OTs have therapy and activities specifically designed to help people quit smoking.

Of course, smoking also has a terrible effect on skin. By quitting smoking, the aging process can be more comfortable and you can extend your life expectancy.

While you are aging, be sure to maintain a balanced diet. Thinking about a balanced diet isn't just for your younger years. In fact, it is more important as you age. Make sure your body is getting the proper amount of fiber, vegetables, fruits, cholesterol's and fats. Being proactive on this will help you keep up your health for a long time.

OTs also can help seniors balance their diets and help teach them how to prepare healthy meals.

As we age, our body decreases in hormone production, such as testosterone and estrogen. Your doctor may prescribe hormone replacement therapy drugs. These drugs can cause harmful side effects, so they should be taken under physician's supervision only.

The majority of people out there do not realize that a lot of their habits and activities contribute to aging. Using the above tips, you can unlock the secret to aging well. Then, you can put the tips to use to put the brakes on some of the worst aspects of aging and get an overall better handle on the aging process itself.

You can also hire an OT to help you age more gracefully. Let's talk more about OTs and which conditions they can assist with.

Who do Occupational Therapists assist?

OTs help people of all ages experiencing distinct conditions. OTs help children with autism, sensory overload, fine motor skill development, cerebal palsy, down syndrome, dyspraxia, hand-writing trouble, and much more.

When adults have operation or go through a injury such as for instance a car accident leaving them paralyzed they will frequently make use of an OT for assistance inside their everyday lives and help regaining their motor skills and procedures.

Elderly folks with dementia, or alzheimers, depend on OTs to aid them to in their day-to-day regimens. As you should view, both physically and mentally ill, youngsters as well as elderly, need occupational therapy.

As you age and lose the ability to take care of your health, it is wise to consider assistance from an OT who can help you maintain your functionality longer.

Why make use of an OT?

OT is used for many reasons. Some people need short-term services immediately after surgery or while recovering from some type of injury. subjects All OT patients are involved with therapy to get assistance with their disabilities from their conditions.

Seniors use OTs on a daily basis to assist them with all of their activities. Things like getting dressed, preparing food and eating, as well as entertainment activities that improve cognitive and other abilities.

For seniors, OTs can help them maintain their abilities longer and enjoy more independence as well as enjoyment of more activities.

Promoting OT

The occupational therapy profession needs more awareness for a couple of causes. For one, OTs assist their patients while helping them also live much better lives. In reutrn this is very rewarding and fulfilling for the OT.

Secondly, the need for OTs is increasing drastically. Simply because the baby boomer demographic is aging and quickly producing more referrals to OT programs.

Due to the rewarding nature and increasing demand, there is a great opportunity for everybody interested in employment as an OT or Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant. (Learn more about COTA careers and education here:

I hope this is a good intro to OT and how it can assist with aging. Now I encourage readers to continue investigating the field. Checkout a few of my other articles and resources on occupational therapy. And you can always leave us feedback if you have any questions :)