On November 8th, 2017, The OT Toolbox Community is open for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants to connect, network, share and collaborate to enhance and promote the profession of occupational therapy.
A little more about The OT Toolbox Community:
The OT Toolbox Community is a community network of occupational therapists and is designed as a membership space where OT professionals (including OTs and COTAs) can harness creativity and clinical experience and share a passion for promoting the Occupational Therapy profession. It’s a space to connect with therapists and build on a knowledge base to promote independent self development within the profession.
When you think about a community, what do you think of?
A community is a place to build up one another. A community is a place to encourage one another. A community is a place to support one another. A community is a place to inspire one another.
The OT Toolbox Community is a place to:
Access the knowledge, support, and guidance from therapists all over the world.
Reach out and connect with clinicians who have unique experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.
Learn and develop as a professional from a team of mentors.
Share your ideas and creativity with therapists all over the globe.
The OT Toolbox Community is a place to seek answers
…Perhaps you are struggling with knowing exactly where to find the information you need.
…Maybe you are without local resources in your community and struggle with the time it takes to sift through data and research on the internet.
…It might be that you work in isolation or lack accessibility to other professionals.
Finding research-backed, evidence-based articles can be a real challenge. The internet is such a vast area with and it can be difficult to pinpoint reliable, trustworthy information and reputable sites.
Given the community of therapists passionate about enhancing the profession, the members of The OT Toolbox Community can help! Best of all, The OT Toolbox Community is a free resource.
The Community’s set-up enables users to ask questions and check out answers given responses by the community. Resources such as links, podcasts, uploaded files, and member blogs can be a huge asset to the therapist who is searching for answers.
Looking at the evidence-How The OT Toolbox Community can help
The other two areas (appraisal of the evidence and clinical expertise) are at our fingertips using The OT Toolbox Community. The community and it’s members provide a valuable source for research-backed tools and evidence. Clinical expertise is as vast as the members. Using the tools on the OT Toolbox Community, members can network and collaborate with other therapists, extracting clinical experience from mentors and conversation.
The OT Toolbox Community has more in store, too:
We are very excited for all that The OT Toolbox Community has in store, and it’s growth and development depends on you the members and your needs!
A few facts about The OT Toolbox Community
Share Link Resources
The OT Toolbox Community members can share links from online resources such as blog posts, tools, strategies, research articles, assistive technology information, diagnostic tools, treatment strategies, and more. If all of the occupational therapist members in the community were to pool their favorite online tools, imagine the toolbox of resources there would be! Links can be uploaded anonymously or under your profile. Links can then be voted on and/or commented on by the community, recognizing it as a valuable tool. When uploading a link, users can add a category description that allows for users to search and find related content on The OT Toolbox Community.
Upload File Resources
The OT Toolbox Community members can upload their own files that they wish to share with other occupational therapist professionals. Files can be anything they’ve created and would like to share with others. These might include data collection sheets, lists, activity ideas, screening tools, strategies, and more. Files can be uploaded anonymously or under your profile. Documents can then be voted on and/or commented on by the community, recognizing it as a valuable tool. When uploading a file, users can add a category description that allows for users to search and find related content on The OT Toolbox Community.
Blog Post Resources
The OT Toolbox Community members can author and create their own blog posts. These can be tools, activities, crafts, intervention strategies, recommendations, or suggestions that they wish to share with other occupational therapist professionals. Blog posts can be uploaded anonymously or under your profile as a way to create social influence. Blog posts can then be voted on and/or commented on by the community, recognizing them as a valuable tool. When writing a blog post, users can add a category description that allows for users to search and find related content on The OT Toolbox Community.
Question and Answer Resources