Category: evidence-based practice

Helping with time mangement

time management and OT

Time management is a problem for many university students – and occupational therapists can help! Check out this blog to see how.

Screens and academics: The evidence

screens and academics and OT

Using written text and hand writing notes are the best way to improve understanding of material, but sometimes digital products are the only thing available.

What does nutrition have to do with school?

nutrition and occupational therapy

Nutrition in university students The American College Health Association reports that only 9% of US college students are eating the recommended 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies per day.1 College student nutrition can influence energy levels and may ultimately impact academic performance.2,3  In addition, body image related to weight in college students may influence the

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Students and leisure – it’s good for all of us!

leisure and OT with students

Adolph Meyer wrote that leisure is “[one of] the big four – work and play and rest and sleep, which our organism must be able to balance even under difficulty”.1 And, recent research suggests that leisure may be an important part of identity formation – since leisure allows exploration of who one wants to be

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Physical activity and students

physical activity and OT

Physical activity helps with time use and can make students more efficient with their time – while helping with their long term health!

Sleep and students

sleep and university students

Sleep is important for academic success! Check out this blog that looks at sleep and university students and provides both assessment and intervention ideas for occupational therapists working with students.

Habits for student success

OT and habits

This blog discusses habits, routines, and rituals and makes the case for OTs working with post-secondary students to address habits as they relate to health, well-being, and student success.

Sleep in acute care

sleep and occupational therapy

Occupational therapy intervention and sleep in acute care  Sleep is considered an occupation according to the OT Practice Framework (3rd Ed.)(AOTA, 2014).  In a previous blog, I discussed sleep in general and how/why OTs should be addressing sleep – check it out here. In this particular blog, I discuss sleep as it relates to clients in

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Monitoring your clients in acute care

OT and acute care

Another post in my series for OTs working in acute care… Cheat sheet for OTs: Monitoring medical status There are many tools available to an OT who works in a medical setting. These tools can help make clinical decisions about intervention.  Here are the most accessible ones… HEART RATE How fast is the heart beating?

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Theraputty? Does it work?

theraputty and OT

Theraputty.  Are you wondering if it works, too? I was pleasantly surprised to find at least a few studies about it,  since  theraputty seems to be a part of most therapy department’s supply cabinet! The evidence: A study (1) with clients who have osteoarthritis used the Theraband® Hand Exerciser (not theraputty, but I thought the

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