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Earn your OT CEUs by listening for free to our episodes, then logging into the OT Potential Club to take a quiz and earn a certificate. In each episode, we discuss new OT-related research and invite an expert guest to pull out actionable takeaways. Perfect for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Episodes are released every other week.
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Occupational Therapy Insights

Dr. Frederick B. Covington

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Occupational Therapy Insights is a show for parents, educational professionals, and occupational therapists, that delves into the world of occupational therapy. Here occupational therapy is broken down into its simplest form for all to understand. The show is hosted by Dr. Frederick Covington, an occupational therapy professor, author, award winning inventor, and occupational therapy private practice owner.
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Do you feel burned out, not appreciated, undervalued both financially & professionally? Realized working in the health industry is not all it was promised to be? Are numbers & the bottom line prioritized over your health, job satisfaction, & high quality patient care causing you to dread going into work? You want to make a non-traditional career change but face sunken tuition cost, judgment for wanting to leave a secure career in the health field, & unsure about which alternative career dire ...
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Spill the OT Podcast is a judgement-free zone to spill all of the tea about OT, PT, and SLP. We talk to REAL therapists out in the field to learn about the ups, downs, and everything in between. No topics are off limits! Let's chat salary, medicare, student loans, the good, the bad, all things therapy. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/spilltheot/support
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Audio Up has collaborated with New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, to release a new educational podcast series titled Occupational Therapy. “Jingle” Jared Gutstadt (creator of the hit musical podcast Bear and a Banjo) is the number one jingle writer of all time for film and television (shows like The Voice, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Real Housewives of Atlanta and countless shows about pregnant teenagers for MTV). Jared recently sold his company Jingle Punks and ...
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Home Health Occupational Therapy Explorer (aka Till and Water)

Monika Lukasiewicz, OTR/L, Certified in COPE Program and Skills2care

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A lifestyle podcast for the home health occupational therapist and those interested in exploring it further. Tackling the ridiculousness of home health and healthcare as an OT, and swapping stories, strategies and insights. With simplicity, humor and inspiration, this podcast is here to support and inspire practical solutions for the home health OT. This creative project is hosted by Monika Lukasiewicz, whose passion for life and home health is sure to be contagious and entertaining. [It was ...
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Send us a Text Message. #059 Ever wondered how to successfully transfer your skills as a rehab professional into the MedTech space? Growing up in Central Jersey, Yera was initially drawn to physical therapy. However, struggling with the increasing demands of her job and witnessing issues within the healthcare system during her mother's health crisi…
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If you have not been paying attention to recent statistics on drowning, you need to be. After decades of decline, deaths by drowning are on the rise. Groups already at higher risk have seen the greatest increases in drowning deaths. This includes adults ages 65 years and older of all races and ethnicities, as well as Black people of all ages. But t…
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Send us a Text Message. #058 If you're feeling burned out and disillusioned, our guest, Valerie Levesque, a physical therapist, faced a common problem in her career: a mountain of debt, and a clear-cut income ceiling. The traditional rehab model in competitive environments like Seattle left her nowhere else to turn except to contemplate alternative…
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Functional neurological disorder (FND) has been called a “silent epidemic,” a “crisis” in neurology, and psychiatry’s “blind spot.” And, I have to admit it has been a huge personal blind spot for me. Luckily, others in the OT community have been hard at work standardizing care for these patients. Multidisciplinary treatment, including referral to O…
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Send us a Text Message. #057 Sometimes our chosen career path may not align with our true passion and values. In this case, Lauren discovered her love for art and creativity, which she initially overlooked due to societal expectations and other, family influences. Her leap not only reshaped her professional life but also brought an unexpected harmo…
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The world desperately needs OT leaders. It needs leaders that can think holistically. It needs leaders that understand both individual level change and systems level change. It needs storytellers, collaborators, and compassionate thinkers. And, these are the qualities of an occupational therapy professional. Today, we’ll explore a paper on best pra…
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Send us a Text Message. #056 The struggle to find a fulfilling career path within the constraints of the industry is a problem many of us encounter. The solution lies in recognizing the need to change and explore alternative career paths that align with our passion and values. Listen to what Divya, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, has to share about h…
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Send us a Text Message. #055 In a world where the traditional healthcare system often prioritizes efficiency over patient care, there emerges a narrative that challenges the status quo and shines a light on the potential of healthcare entrepreneurship. This is precisely what Susie Gronski, a urological physical therapist and sex counselor, brings t…
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In a massive 53 page treatment guideline on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), the authors state: “Occupational therapists are the ideal therapeutic leaders in the functional restoration process…” And, go on to devote 2 pages to what this OT care can entail. In this one hour course, we’ll pull out important implications for OT practice from the…
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Send us a Text Message. #054 Are you a coach or rehab professional who is tired of trading time for money? Ray Gorman of Engage Movement transitioned from the familiar realm of outpatient clinics to successfully running a cash practice. He started working with clients virtually in 2016 and then blended the virtual and in-person experience in 2017. …
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In a rapidly changing world, we as OT professionals need collective mobilization like never before. But, it feels like our systems of advocacy are all underfunded and difficult to navigate. Against this backdrop, which can feel discouraging, I think it is critical to shine the light on what I consider one of the greatest OT triumphs of the past dec…
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The idea of AI transforming occupational therapy stirs both hopes and fears. Will it help us revolutionize our broken systems? Will it augment the best of our care? Or will it bolster inequality and threaten our jobs? This is a story we are actively writing—and have the power to shape. In this one hour course, we’ll talk to two leading voices on th…
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Send us a Text Message. #053 Ever felt like you've hit a professional ceiling, especially in a field as challenging as Rehab? Stephen's journey from travel physical therapy to Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a tech startup will inspire you with its raw honesty and innovative thinking. Stephen's story serves as an example of how traditional roles i…
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There is a growing public consciousness around the power (and difficulty) of habit change, especially as the impact of chronic conditions soars. And, as we’ll see in the featured scoping review on OT and habit change/health promotion, we’ve been addressing habits since 1912, it is a core part of our 2020 practice framework, and is increasingly embe…
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Send us a Text Message. #052 Ali Arena is a source of knowledge for anyone navigating neurodiversity, relationships, and the personal challenges that come with ADHD. In this episode, we discuss the challenges and experiences of running a therapy practice. And Ali shares her journey from academia, working at a private practice to being a business ow…
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The number of OT entry-level doctoral (OTD) programs has been expanding rapidly. In 2017 there were 7 programs. As of 2023, there are 95, with an additional 76 in development. The article we'll cover in this course presents early stage research on the doctoral capstone experience and employment opportunities. It backs up what I have now personally …
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Send us a Text Message. #051 Have you ever considered a leap into franchise ownership? That's exactly what Ian Klaes did, transforming from a fresh PT graduate to a vice president of a thriving senior care franchise. Join us as Ian shares how he got to be a franchise owner, offering inspiration and guidance for professionals considering a similar l…
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I’ve been surprised as my own kids enter elementary school to anecdotally find that constipation is a common reason to miss activities. But, this aligns perfectly with the research we look at today, and the growing concern that constipation has become a public health concern. As many as 32% of kids (0-18) experience constipation. And, a growing num…
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Send us a Text Message. #050 Embarking on a career change is not for the faint of heart, and that's exactly why our guest for today is Lindsay Walston, whose leap from physical therapy to real estate is nothing short of inspiring. With the heart of a caretaker and the mind of a savvy investor, Lindsay shares her journey to career happiness. In this…
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It takes an average of 17 years for evidence to make its way into practice. The fields of knowledge translation and implementation science are seeking to change this. And, today we are looking at a scoping review of knowledge translation research in rehab. To be frank, I think the article is pretty convoluted. (Which is funny since it comes from re…
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Send us a Text Message. #049 "You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with". The goal of this episode is for you to have a guide to the relationships, networks, and communities you're cultivating and why these are important to your career and life direction, and to be able to start building these relationships with the in…
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Send us a Text Message. #048 Have you wondered about the delicate balance between your passion for the rehab profession and being able to support yourself economically? Tinita Kearney, a seasoned speech pathologist, shares her transformative journey from working in a school setting to establishing her own private practice. Her emphasis on the power…
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The art and science of digital prosthetics is rapidly advancing. Yet, many people with amputated fingers do not wear a prosthetic. Part of the problem may be our own fault as health providers. We may be stuck in old stereotypes of poor outcomes and limited options related to digital prosthetics. In this one-hour podcast-base course, we’ll look at a…
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Send us a Text Message. #047 Relationships require intentional and continuous effort from all parties involved to grow and develop over time. And this includes the relationship that we have with ourselves. So I have a question for you: When was the last time you took time out of your busy schedule to spend on yourself? This episode is a deep explor…
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Send us a Text Message. #046 Listen to Maggie's journey from physical therapist to tech entrepreneur, a story that will inspire anyone considering a career pivot. As co-founder of Embodia, she unpacks the trials from the stability of a physical clinic to the dynamic world of a digital startup. Starting her own practice was a leap of faith for Maggi…
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In previous courses, we’ve discussed that one of the primary ways we can improve our care, as OT professionals, is to increase the diversity of our workforce—with the ultimate goal of having our workforce’s diversity mirror the diversity of the populations we are seeing. This goal will ensure we have the multiple perspectives needed to respond to t…
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Send us a Text Message. #045 This is the fourth solo episode of the Transition Journey (TJ) series. Do you feel tied down by a career that doesn't resonate with your true self? What is the most valuable thing in your life? In this episode, we will listen to two previous guests who've broken free from traditional roles and found harmonious life alig…
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Send us a Text Message. #044 Learn from our latest guest Erin Gaul, a speech-language pathologist who became a successful business owner. Do you suffer from a heavy workload? Has that made you think about setting up your own private practice? This episode guarantees to give you an in-depth perspective on this career transition as a rehab profession…
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Through OT Potential, we’ve released over 70 episodes all exploring new influential OT research. As we enter 2024, it’s time to reflect on the research and ask: What trends are we seeing in OT? How is new research enriching how we think about our practice? In this 1 hour-episode, we’ll talk about new trends, with a particular focus on what commonal…
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Send us a Text Message. #043 This is the third solo episode of the Transition Journey (TJ) series. How do we find purpose when we've hit rock bottom? Our host can attest to this journey of seeking clarity in life's darkest moments. There's profound wisdom embedded in these trials, and they can be the stepping stones to finding your 'why', a powerfu…
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Send us a Text Message. #042 Transitioning from a traditional career path to an alternative one is not an easy journey, but it can be a rewarding one. Our latest podcast episode features Julia, a Speech Language Pathologist who successfully transitioned to become a travel therapy influencer and online entrepreneur. A desire to travel and a dissatis…
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Since this keynote address from the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Congress was published in 2019, it has been cited so many times that it made our list of the 100 most-cited OT journal articles. It’s easy to see why this has become such a popular read. The article stitches occupational therapy together with global trends, in particular g…
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Send us a Text Message. #041 This is the second solo episode of the Transition Journey (TJ) series. Are you a Rehab Professional who doesn’t stand the workplace anymore? Do you want to get out but don't know what your options are? I will finish sharing the personal story of episode #040, and we will see what I learned from my own passed workplace, …
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Send us a Text Message. #40 This is the first solo episode of the Transition Journey (TJ) series. In this solo episode, I share my experience of working in a stressful environment. Are you in a similar situation or heading towards one? I share my real-life experience dealing with a relentless schedule, demanding paperwork, and the frustrating lack …
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Send us a Text Message. #039 Have you ever wondered what it takes to transition from a secure job to starting a private practice? Buckle up for a captivating ride as we chat with Elizabeth, a seasoned speech therapist who stepped out of an elementary school and went into private practice with no business background. We journey with her through the …
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Send us a Text Message. #038 Are you thinking of leaving a steady job and starting your private practice, especially in a field as unique as Speech-Language Pathology? Meet Stacey Crowley, who took that leap and moved from the bustling city of Chicago to the peaceful hills of Asheville, North Carolina to open Learning Tree Literacy. As we unpack he…
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Dyslexia is the most common form of neurodivergence. It affects around 20% of the population, meaning that people with dyslexia are on almost every occupational therapy professional’s caseload. And yet, not enough OT-specific research and resources have been devoted to how we can help this population. Today, we look at a leading theory of dyslexia …
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Send us a Text Message. #037 Can Physical Therapy be more than just physical healing and blend with mindfulness, breath work, and stress coaching? This is exactly what our guest, Justin Ternes has always been interested in. In this episode, we're walking through Justin's transformative journey, from a traditional physical therapy paradigm to an int…
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For OT professionals working with adults with intellectual disabilities it can feel like there is a lack of resources around best practices for working with this population. Today’s article flips that long-held narrative on its head. The authors set out to find evidence to inform OT for adults with intellectual disability—and to their own surprise …
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Send us a Text Message. #036 Ever wondered how the world of knitting and physical therapy collide? Join me as I chat with Andrea, a physical therapist and the brains behind Knitting PT. We get to hear her journey, from traditional physical therapy to home health and, ultimately, her innovative business. Andrea also introduces us to the fascinating …
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Maternal deaths are on the rise, here in the United States. And, we have a postpartum mental health crisis. In OT 90% of us are women, and many of us have personally experienced the inadequate support given to birthing individuals. But, not enough of us have stepped back to ask: why aren’t we (with our training in mental health & daily participatio…
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Send us a Text Message. #035 In a world where health is often taken for granted, Melissa Erlandson strives to change that narrative through her work as a physical therapist. Listen as she shares her experiences ranging from pediatric to geriatric physical therapy, her foray into pelvic health due to her personal struggles, and candid insights into …
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I once heard a neuroscientist say: Many of our frameworks end up being wrong—because the body is more complicated than we ever imagined. Pain science perfectly illustrates this. We are living in an era where new frameworks are being written—because classical understandings of pain have not only been inadequate, they have led to ineffective and even…
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Send us a Text Message. #034 Ever wondered what it takes to break the mold and start your own business in the healthcare field? Prepare to be inspired by our guest Nora, a pediatric physical therapist (PT) who's stepped out of routine hospital settings to create her own pediatric PT practice. Nora turned her passion for pediatrics into a rewarding …
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The main finding of this important research from JAMA is extremely promising for early intervention OT professionals. In the study, greater early intervention service intensity was associated with better functional gains. But, there’s a problem. Federal spending per child on early intervention services has declined over the past decade. And, in thi…
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Send us a Text Message. #033 Ever dealt with a traumatic experience and wondered how to respond? Join our guest, Rachel Archambault, a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and Program Specialist, as we explore the world of trauma-informed care. Rachel narrates her career transition in therapy and how a life-changing event at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas …
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The number of OT’s providing perinatal care is on the rise. Which is exciting…and necessary. There remain so many gaps in the care of new and expecting moms, among which is treating incontinence. As we’ll see in our featured journal article, a staggering percentage of women experience incontinence postnatally, despite the known effectiveness of pel…
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Send us a Text Message. #032 Kara Infante shares her career journey from military wife and physical therapist to SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) and podcaster. Being a military spouse and starting a family made her want to have flexibility in a job that allows her to still be there for her family. Kara is sharing how the “feast and famine” world of seeing …
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