OT and Online Professional & Social Networking

November 18, 2008 at 11:03 pm 36 comments

There has been an ever-growing presence for occupational therapy on the Internet.  Social and professional networking amongst occupational therapy practitioners has been the subject of presentations at conferences, blog posts, articles, and more.  Several months ago, OT Practice had a CEU article on social networking.

In the most recent issue of OT Practice, Karen Dobyns, a student occupational therapist finishing up her fieldwork rotations, wrote an excellent article titled ‘Enhancing Practice through Online Social Networking.’  She writes about how posting stories, questions, or insights about occupational therapy creates a permenant record that can then be seen by others.  Therefore, if someone else has a question that you might have asked, it can be easily found with a search on the Internet.  Collaborating and sharing online also helps one grow professionally and clinically.  I’d like to say thank you to Karen for including my blog in your list of blogs that you shared in OT Practice.

The AOTA has made a strong push into the online world by actively engaging others in most of the social networking medias, such as YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, and Plurk.  Today, the AOTA has launced their own social networking media, called OT Connections.  Similar in layout to MySpace and Facebook, it allows occupational therapists to add friends, post blogs and pictures, and truly collaborate with fellow therapists. It also allows you to have access to the listservs.  What makes it truly great is that you do not have to be an AOTA member to sign up and benefit from the website.  They have made it open to any occupational therapist (or other professional) that would like to join.  I strongly encourage you to join.  On the first day alone, they already have more than 80 members!  Once again, here is the website.

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  • 1. Christine  |  December 8, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I am an OT and have started a professional group for both Physical and Occupational Therapists on linkedin.com. There are forums for each profession separately, but not one that really allows us to collaborate together. This group is a newly developed group designed specifically for therapists to act as an informal resource and help “bridge the gap” in our respective fields. This forum will allow and encourage open communication among therapists from different backgrounds to discuss treatment protocols, exchange ideas and explore hot topics. In addition, the purpose of this group is to also function as an advice column for inquiring therapists faced with challenging patients and clinical problems. The Physical and Occupational Therapy Forum will also be a central location for job postings and professional inquiries. I think it is important that we expand our knowledge and work together toward achieving our common goal of providing the best care possible for our patients.
    I have had inquires for the group, based upon the great article that you shared with us. Thank you!

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    • 2. veronica  |  February 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

      I have a question, where did you get your bachelors degree in ot?

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    • 3. Danielle  |  November 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      This is such a good idea. I think that it is very important to help the two professions work collaboratively together and a social networking site is a wonderful way to help bounce ideas off of eachother. Are there any other sites besides the other ones mentioned, that allow for OT and PTs to interact?

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  • 4. Nausheen Gul  |  January 10, 2009 at 3:54 am

    It is such a great opportunity for the professionlas to help each other grow professionally.
    my query is that if i have question regarding clinical practice, how do i put it on your forum?

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  • 5. Becky  |  June 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    To echo what you said about OT social networking medias, Cirrus Allied Staffing posts a variety of traveling therapist job opportunities in a variety of U.S. cities on their Twitter account (username: TravelTherapist) and Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cirrus-Allied-Staffing/82243859777)

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  • 6. Degrees in Healthcare  |  July 8, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Great posting. I thin social networking is the wave of the future and it is important for medical organizations to become aware of these tools to gain exposure.

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  • 7. Jeff  |  July 21, 2009 at 7:31 am

    Thanks for pointing out OT Conncections I will have to check out. It is interesting to see how patient care can be improved by something that really not long ago was seen as just the domain of teenagers and college students.

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  • 8. Alison odorB  |  September 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    One more social networking site for OT is http://www.ot-advantage.com. You can setup a profile, join/start a group, post a forum, network with other student & clinicians…

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  • 9. Occupational Theraphy University  |  October 1, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I agree with Nausheen that it’s a great opportunity for professionals to help each other. It is also useful for students & volunteer to gain knowledge from professionals and ask their queries related to their profession.

    Great Stuff !

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  • 10. Occupational Therapy Degree  |  November 13, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I think Occupational Therapy is a highly undervalued profession. Perhaps people just are not sure how to enter OT. There are some degree programs you can take online, and even one that is an Occupational Therapy Aide class.

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    • 11. Cindy Barnes  |  August 31, 2010 at 11:00 pm

      Occupational therapy is an amazing and much needed profession. I am currently a certified occupational therapist assistant/ licensed. I have been working as a certified occupational therapy assistant licensed for almost ten years, and I absolutely love the profession. Everyday I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others. The profession is so rewarding that it hardly seems like work. I am currently back in school to become an OTR at Utica College in Utica, New York. The experience is changing my life.

      Have any of you started out as occupational therapy assistance and returned to school to become an OTR?

      DId it turn out like you expected?

      Would you recommend others doing so?

      Thank you for your time,

      Cindy Barnes

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  • 12. Robert Moody  |  November 15, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Has anyone ever heard of OT Advantage? I highly recommend their services in passing your exam the first time around! The online format expressed the material adequately. Also, it allowed the group online discussions to be more in-depth than they might have been in a regular class setting.

    Rob

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  • 13. flower  |  May 16, 2010 at 5:06 am

    flower is beautiful
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  • 14. Scott Newman  |  September 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Very interesting article…a new site that has just been created is therapynection.com. It’s site for all disciplines and is beginning to add features and information. Give it a look.

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  • 15. Kate  |  November 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you for writing about this. As a current OT student, we discuss this in class and I think it is a great idea! As many times as I log on to the AOTA website, I never really go to the OT Connections portion. Part of the reason being that I never really knew too much about it. I’ve looked through the forums but that was the extent of it. Reading the information about what this portion of the site has to offer has really motivated me to take the time to sit down and get on this part of the website. I love the idea from OT Practice about writing about the experiences we have as well as questions and insights to help our fellow OTs and ourselves. It is amazing how technology can help to enhance our profession. I completed my first Level II clinical this summer and learned a lot of great information, had new experiences and had some questions as well. Once I finish school and have more time, I would certainly be interested in starting a blog to keep track of my experiences and questions in the hopes of helping as well as gaining knowledge from other OTs.

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  • 16. Edward Aube  |  November 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I definitely agree that social networking is an amazing resource for others who are in the industry or in school for OT. In this industry you learn something new every day and sharing experiences with others is just another way of helping each other out and in turn, helping the people we all entered this industry for.

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  • 17. Matthew - occupational therapist  |  January 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Hi, great blog and really interesting thread around what is already a key area for the profession now but more increasingly so in the future. The Internet has only been with us for 20 years or so, imagine the changes that will happen in the next 20! We would love to also have your feedback on our new blog: http://www.inclusion.me.uk

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  • 18. Lauren  |  February 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for all the social networking ideas. Does anyone know if there’s going to be a social networking push to celebrate OT Month in April?

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  • 19. Cynthia  |  February 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I am hoping to be a part of an OT social network for the purpose of encouraging other OTs to join me in our organization’s ongoing work in Haiti. i go 2-3 times per year to implement and support education programs there. Our group just returned last week after beginning a sewing training program, gardening training program, and a medical education program which includes a volunteer program at the local hospital. The hospital just received funds to build a rehab center with prosthetic clinic; so they’ll start building soon. Until then, there are SO MANY rehab needs in the community. OTs (and PTs) who come on trips will be helping to meet the needs in the community while providing hands-on training to the students involved in our medical education program. For more information, you can email me cynthia@theahaiti.org

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  • 20. Liv L.  |  March 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Social networking is a great way of connecting, especially in the medical field. I enjoy reading other peoples stories, tips and advice, it has definitely helped me look for traveling occupational therapy jobs.

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  • 21. Occupational Therapy  |  June 9, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Occupational therapy is on rising from few years..nd social networking is playing a huge role in it. OTs can share immense knowledge on web on some personal blogs n threads. it distributes the knowledge directly to other practitioners.

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  • 22. solutionsrehab  |  July 20, 2011 at 7:38 am

    It is really a good idea to open the business online. OT is the best job and is rising day by day. And by the way social networking the best plan to start up with. Great job.

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  • 23. solutionsrehab  |  November 30, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Due to its effectiveness it is all around the world. people mostly prefer occupational therapy. Occupational therapy is a activity that encourages children and modifies them to perform meaningful human action and to have a goal-directed job. OT is defined as an active process of living from the beginning to the end. It is the cognitive process of enjoying life and to be prosperous both socially and economically.

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  • 24. kellylawson (@kellylawson)  |  December 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

    This continues to be a very relevant issue in the OT domain. Thank you for posting this, and kudos for bringing it to light! Where are we at now with creating one single online community for OTs around the globe to interact and share stories/ideas?

    Looking forward to connecting with you on twitter or linked in!

    Kelly Lawson
    http://kellylawson.ca

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  • 25. Matthew Occupational Therapist  |  January 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Are you still out there we ask ourselves?

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  • 26. Luke  |  March 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    I think it’s a great idea to spread occupational therapy theorys and ideas across the internet, it is the type of field where everyone can be constantly learning from eachother.

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  • 27. Occupational therapy in Chennai  |  March 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Thank you, I’ve recently been searching for information about this topic for a while and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered so far

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  • 28. georgia  |  May 17, 2012 at 4:03 am

    i also think this is a great idea, well done

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  • 29. Tommy  |  May 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Interesting post, I think that OT is in some ways so practical and creative that it is ahead of other professions on the web but we need to do more. The website http://www.otstudent.info is an example of a creative and visual expression of the diversity and richness of OT, I think universities need to do more to connect with students and promote OT

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  • 30. phil  |  September 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Check out this cool motion graphics video on how to become a COTA:

    It makes things super clear and fun to watch!

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  • 31. Independent Healthcare Contractor  |  January 7, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    This can help you as an Occupational Therapy Independent Contractor. Be your own boss and charge your own rate like staffing firms do. HCP Search Group, LLC can help. Also check the Occupational Therapy Page for some OT information
    http://www.hcpsearchgroup.com/occupational-therapy-jobs/

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  • 32. Christian Rehab  |  July 19, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I constantly spent my half an hour to read this web site’s
    posts all the time along with a cup of coffee.

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  • 33. 7 Seconds "" 七秒钟  |  October 4, 2014 at 3:22 am

    My experience says there is not enough OTs joining the social networks. 2 years ago I looked everywhere for someone in the same position: OT bachelor degree from Australia, wanting to practice in the US, but missing the syllabi. There was none on FB, linkedin, twitter, SDN, visajourney, expat forums, blogs, indeed. There are a few Aus OTs (not from Sydney Uni) online but they were not active or there was no contact details. It was really frustrating.

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  • 34. Play Matters  |  October 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    List of therapy centers in Pampanga, region 3, provinces and metro manila

    Play Matters Therapy Center is a clinic that offers pediatric care in the line of occupational therapy, speech therapy, special education (sped) program, and reading & tutorial services. It is the first and only therapy center in Mexico, Pampanga, Region 3. It is located at Lagundi, Mexico, Pampanga. The center is a walking distance from SM and Robinsons Pampanga which makes its location highly accesible. It caters clients from neighboring towns of Mexico such as the City of San Fernando, Angeles City, Sta. Ana, Arayat, Candaba, Sto. Tomas, Apalit, Bacolor, etc. Because of its proximity to NLEX Exit (via san fernando exit which is beside SM Pampanga), Play Matters Therapy Center can also cater those coming from Bulacan and Tarlac. Clients also come from Nueva Ecija especially Cabiao because it only takes an hour by bus.
    The center caters to clients with learning difficulties, autism, ADHD, down syndrome, mental retardation, etc.

    http://www.facebook.com/play.matters

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  • 35. Play Matters  |  October 16, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    List of therapy centers in Pampanga, region 3, provinces and metro manila

    Thank you very much

    Play Matters Therapy Center is a clinic that offers pediatric care in the line of occupational therapy, speech therapy, special education (sped) program, and reading & tutorial services. It is the first and only therapy center in Mexico, Pampanga, Region 3. It is located at Lagundi, Mexico, Pampanga. The center is a walking distance from SM and Robinsons Pampanga which makes its location highly accesible. It caters clients from neighboring towns of Mexico such as the City of San Fernando, Angeles City, Sta. Ana, Arayat, Candaba, Sto. Tomas, Apalit, Bacolor, etc. Because of its proximity to NLEX Exit (via san fernando exit which is beside SM Pampanga), Play Matters Therapy Center can also cater those coming from Bulacan and Tarlac. Clients also come from Nueva Ecija especially Cabiao because it only takes an hour by bus.
    The center caters to clients with learning difficulties, autism, ADHD, down syndrome, mental retardation, etc.
    Check FB
    http://www.facebook.com/play.matters

    Reply
  • 36. Lily  |  September 14, 2016 at 6:04 am

    Thanks for Sharing…

    Reply

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