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?
OT’s with Apps and Technology