Happy occupational therapy month! April is OT month and every year, I love to recirculate this blog post because it offers so many OT memes and social media graphics for explaining what we do in occupational therapy. This year, we’ve got a few fun free OT PDFs for OT month, too, so if you are working in school based therapy, in clinics, or in homes and want to celebrate the OT profession WHILE building skills, those resources are for you.
OT Month Activities
Below, you’ll find easy ways to celebrate OT month so we can celebrate the profession of occupational therapy and share with others what an amazing thing it is to be an OT professional!
Below, you’ll find ideas for OT month:
- OT Month memes (share them on social media!)
- OT month printable activities. Use the free occupational therapy PDFs in treatment sessions. Grab all of them below.
- If you are a member in The OT Toolbox membership, log in and head to OT Month resources. You’ll love the grab and go activities!
- Collaboration ideas
I’ll update this post each day during the first week of April so you can gather your OT month materials. And, don’t forget to grab some of the memes below to share on your social media (just link back to this page) so you can celebrate occupational therapy along with all of your friends!
OT Month Activities
There are a five fun, EASY ways to celebrate OT month. Pick out these activities for the whole month of April:
But before we get started with the OT month ideas, be sure to check out this Autism acceptance month, during the month of April and all year long.
- Share OT memes on social media! Scroll below for a new graphic explaining what we do in therapy sessions (and why!). There are enough for every day in April. You’ll even find inspirational occupational therapy memes, too. Here are more OT memes to share.
- Get creative with fun and festive OT month activities. Make OT month even better with an April occupational therapy calendar that is a perfect addition to your therapy lesson plans this year. Let’s make occupational therapy month exciting with fresh OT ideas!
- Use some of our OT month worksheets and activities that build skills. Not your typical “worksheet”, these are printable activities that get kids moving and functioning, with an emphasis on FUN. You’ll find 5 new OT month activities that celebrate the profession and use therapy materials for occupational therapy awareness.
- Occupational Therapy Wordsearch– Work on visual perception, handwriting, and more with occupational therapy words
- Occupational Therapy Month Fine Motor Game– This printable game is great for building hand strength and fine motor skills with an OT theme.
- OT Month Match It Game– Much like the visual spatial awareness powerhouse, Spot IT, this OT version builds so many skills.
- Occupational Therapy Coloring Pages– Print and build skills in coloring, eye-hand coordination, strength, and more.
- OT Equipment List Writing Pages– Work on handwriting, copying skills, AND OT awareness with these free printable pages.
- Grab the OT Materials Bundle! During the month of April, it’s only $8 and includes 13 OT month resources using supplies that we use every day during OT sessions. You’ll also find 8 bonus articles on ways to grow as a professional.
- Collaborate with other OT professionals! April is the perfect time to grow as a professional, celebrate others in the field and chat all things OT. In the OT Materials Bundle, you’ll find articles on how to collaborate with others, how to reflect on OT practice, how to find an OT mentor, and ways to network as a busy OT professional.
Occupational Therapy Month Memes
April is Occupational Therapy month! To celebrate, I’ve created a month of images that can be shared on social media. Each image is an underlying area that influences development and includes a therapist quick tip. These are occupational therapy tricks and tips!
It’s my hope that each day in April, you’ll share your creative ways to work on these skills.
Happy Occupational Therapy Month!
DAY 11: Try these olfactory sense scented play ideas.
More OT Month Graphics
Use these OT month graphics to promote occupational therapy. The professional of occupational therapy is an incredible profession. Let’s share all that we love about OT and bring awareness of this amazing profession to others!
A final note on OT month for OT practioners
As we step into occupational therapy month again with another April, let’s remember what it is that makes our profession special. Occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) help patients to participate in every day occupations! We help people do the things that occupy others’ time. We help others do the things that matter most to them It’s all of the most meaningful activities a person desires and needs to participate in for daily life.
For children this may include things like doing cartwheels, riding a bike, getting dressed, writing their name, brushing their hair, or playing with friends.
For us as professionals, the most important thing IS to serve and support others. OT is the most encouraging, enlightening, and inspiring profession there is, and YOU are a part of that light!
YOU make a difference in the world. That difference makes a ripple of impact. Helping one person achieve a small goal effects that person’s family and everyone they are in contact with. Now multiply that wellbeing to your entire caseload.
Occupational therapists are difference makers!
Occupational therapy assistants are difference makers!
We literally do, as occupational therapy professionals, what matters most in this world.
Happy OT month, fellow occupational therapy professionals!
Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.