National Occupational Therapy Month – OT Resources for Mental Health

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Thank you to Carol Conway, MS OTR/L, for her comment sharing a favorite OT website Every Moment Counts, developed by Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA.

Every Moment Counts provides resources for the mental health of children. The website shares her promotion of mental health of children and youth to succeed  at home, school and in the community. Information on Positive Mental Health, school interventions and other online resources for children and youth are provided. A great resource and model for therapy programming ideas. An app listing, provided at the AOTA Convention 2015 presentation on Every Moment Counts is available : iPhone/iPad Apps to Promote Positive Mental Health in Children & Youth.

Here are a few other great mental health resources created by and for occupational therapists:

Zones of Regulations: Previously discussed in this blog, Zones of Regulations is an OT developed curriculum. It uniquely combines concepts of Cari Dunton’s 5 Point Scale, Your Engine and Michelle Garcia Winner’s social skill development programs such as Social Mapping. Developed for K-2nd grade, this program can be used for older students with social skill delays. An app, Zones of Regulation App (4.99) reinforces the concepts in a game app format. The curriculum provides easy to employ visual that can easily be printed for use.

The Alert Program – How does your Engine Run? – by Williams & Shellberger has been available since 1991. This program was an early self regulation program that remains an effective method of creating awareness and programming for individual students and classrooms.

All the Possibilities – the website of Tere Bowen – Iris, OTR/L. Her resources focus on interventions for health and wellness for children.

OT-Innovations – This is a fabulous website with information about the Sensory Modulation Program by Tina Champagne MEd, OTR/L. She programs extensive information on sensory processing, specifically geared to adolescents and adults.

Vital Links – Therapeutic Listening program for treatment of sensory processing, attention, listening and communication. Therapeutic listening can have a positive impact on quality of life for all ages.

AOTA Mental Health Resources  and Tip Sheets provides general information for mental health for occupational therapists as well as separate resources for consumers.

Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners Mental Health Center has a wide variety of articles, interventions and resource links specific to mental health.

Certainly this is not an exhaustive list. What is your favorite mental health resource for adults or children?

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About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, ATP, CATIS

OTR/L with more than 35 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 20 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary, post secondary students and work environments for adult clients. A RESNA Assistive Technology Practitioner with ACVREP CATIS credentials, AOTA Specialty Certification in Low Vision, USC Davis Executive Certificate in Home Modifications, servicing adults and students with disabilities in employment, education, and home environments. A 2020 graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham Low Vision Certification Program.
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4 Responses to National Occupational Therapy Month – OT Resources for Mental Health

  1. Amy Mooney says:

    Do you have recommendations for apps that help children work through pain?

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Amy mooney says:

    Do you have apps or website recommendations for children and pain management?

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