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“At Last... a Simple System to make
Client-Centered Occupation-Based Treatment
Efficient, Enjoyable
and Easy

Efficient-  saves you time, money and resources (reprint rights INCLUDED!)
Enjoyable- clients choose activities that are intrinsically motivating to them
- a simple 2-step system that encourages each client’s
maximum independence from start to finish

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To: Occupational Therapy Professionals
From: Charla Holst, OTR/L
Tuesday 11:06 AM

Dear fellow occupational therapy professionals,

I’m Charla Holst, OTR/L and my friend Debbie Vogt, OTR/L and I created the Empowering Occupational Therapy system out of a need in our own practice.  This is our story…

While doing contract work as an occupational therapist I became very frustrated.  Every place I worked I experienced limited treatment time, lack of staff, more exercise equipment than occupation or activity-related supplies and a lack of financial resources to acquire the supplies needed for my clients.  It was during this time that I decided there had to be a better way.  I was becoming very weary of the profession I once loved.  Occupation is powerful, I knew that from the research and from personal experience, but I didn’t feel like I had the resources or time to practice that way anymore.  It seemed like rote exercise and meaningless activity had become the norm as I experienced this in every setting I practiced.   I realized I had to find a way to get back to occupation or find something else to do. 

That’s when this system was born. 

I remember the day well… I had 4 or 5 clients literally lined up waiting to see me as I was already treating 2 clients and I thought, “It would be great if the people lined up in the hall could have a catalog of activities to browse through while they are waiting.”  This would allow the activity to be naturally client-centered and intrinsically motivating as the client could choose it themselves.  It would save a lot of time and would be inherently more enjoyable for the client and myself allowing for greater compliance and carry over.  As the idea grew, I realized I could encourage the client’s maximum independence and wise use of my time by providing the client with clear easy instructions for each activity.

That's when I compiled a notebook of activities organized by treatment type.  All of the activities I chose encouraged occupation and used supplies that I commonly had available to me in any practice setting or used recyclables that I could supply to the client free of charge.  This worked very well since the client had access to the necessary supplies outside of therapy so they could continue the activity after our treatment time, which they often did because it was an activity that they chose and enjoyed.

I saw compliance and progress go way up! 

It allowed me to use my time more wisely and efficiently as I could focus more on the areas requiring one-on-one treatment during our short times together.  It also allowed the client to be as independent as possible from the very beginning of treatment.  In fact, it worked so well that I further developed the idea by organizing bins of supplies by treatment type so the client could even retrieve their own supplies and clean up the activity as they were able.  This also allowed me to get a clear sense of their abilities and safety as I didn’t have to “hold their hand” through the activity any more than necessary.   How many times had I provided more assistance than my client needed only because the setting was not organized for allowing maximum independence?  I can’t tell you what a difference this has made in my practice.  I love my job again!  I don’t waste my time or my client’s precious treatment minutes trying to cajole them into doing meaningless childish activities.

As I got requests from friends for copies of my notebook, I realized this could be developed into a system to help other occupational therapy professionals.  So I went to see Debbie, my good friend since occupational therapy school, and she and I expanded the notebook to include 100 occupation-based activities organized into treatment categories.  We created a well-organized system for client-centered occupation-based treatment.  We had it professionally illustrated and printed.  We also made sure to write each activity to the client—no medical jargon.  We used large print and kept it under a sixth-grade reading level.  We included the goal for each activity and an accomplishment list so the client would know what they were working on and stay motivated.  We compiled it all into a 3-ring binder and included reprint rights so the activities can be easily photocopied for home programs, caregiver instruction sheets or group treatment. 

Since then we have even developed a digital version available on CD so it can be used on the computer or printed out.  The Empowering Occupational Therapy system has now been chosen by thousands of occupation-minded OT professionals and we would love to share it with you! 

Isn’t it time you loved your job again?


Charla Holst, OTR/L
Co-author of Empowering Occupational Therapy
Co-owner of TheraPower LLC

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Christy S"We just used it last week...it was great for fine motor coordination, creativity, working together in a group...when we don't know what to do with our group, we pull out the book and we find something in it to do"
Christy S.
Center for Head Injury Services
St. Louis, MO.

"At a fingertip you have a whole lot of different, specificGail Metzger activities that are practical like looking up a phone number... when patients get ready to go home, they can use this to practice what it's going to be like to have to do that, which give them confidence.  It also allows us to assess their problem-solving skills. So it's an awesome way to be quick and efficient with the patient."

Gail Metzger
Allentown, PA

Donna Costa"Empowering OT is a great way to get [students] started on ideas. And what I think is great about the book is that not only does it have instructions for activities but also ways that they can use it and some of the learning objectives or treatment objectives that they can start incorporating into their treatment plans.  So I love it, I highly recommend it, and thanks for a great product!"

Donna Costa
Stonybrooke University, NY

Use Empowering Occupational Therapy for...

Client-centered occupation-based therapy

Purposeful home program activities

Caregiver instruction sheets

A quick reference of creative treatment ideas

Quick goal-oriented documentation

Increased motivation and compliance as a client selects an activity that is meaningful

A springboard of ideas to adapt to your unique treatment environment/population needs

Maximizing your treatment time

Discovering creative new ways to use your occupational therapy equipment

Conserving valuable resources by using recycled or inexpensive supplies

This is just a sample of the many ways you will use "Empowering Occupational Therapy".  You will have 100 reproducible purposeful activities, written to your clients, at your fingertips.  You can increase the use of occupation in your practice immediately!  This system makes it fast and easy to use evidence-based practice with nearly any adult or geriatric population in any setting.

Empowering Occupational Therapy is a book that intends to give the practicing clinician ready-made occupation-based activities that can be individualized to a variety of clients."

"How many times have our students complained about the lack of occupation-based practice in the clinic? Despite our efforts to teach them occupation-focused evaluation and intervention, without the proper mentorship in the clinic, they may revert to impairment based, bottom-up approaches. It is important for educators to research techniques that will not only assist our students with maintaining their knowledge, but also those methods of facilitating the practicing therapist with changing their focus to occupation."

Carrie Davis Roberts, MHS, OTR/L
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
College of Allied Health
Department of Rehabilitation Science

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"What is actually contained in
Empowering Occupational Therapy

Just take a look at the actual Table Of Contents from this amazing system.

Instructions for the OT
Preparation Exercises

NOTE: Each treatment category has two graded levels of difficulty, Level A and Level B. Level A activities are easier while the Level B activities are more challenging.

Fine Motor (FM-a)

Fine Motor (FM-b)

  • Typing With Proper Body Positioning
  • Make Indoor Tennis Rackets
  • Make an Origami Frog
  • Make An Inking Stamp
  • Make A Game Of Scoop Ball
  • Pocket Weave An Eyeglasses Case
  • Make A Game Of Darts
  • Crochet A Bookmark Or A Scarf
  • Create A Balloon Sculpture
  • Make Your Own Padded Handles

Gross Motor (GM-a)

Gross Motor (GM-b)

Activities Of Daily Living (ADL-a)
  • Get Ready For An Outing
  • Make A Zipper Pull
  • Practice Tying A Bow
  • Attach A Walker Basket
  • Make A Soap Mitt Or Cleaning Mitt
  • Cleaning A Window Or Table Top
  • Make A Long Handled Duster
  • Fold A Towel
  • Prepare A No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
  • Prepare A Light Lunch

Activities Of Daily Living (ADL-b)

  • Washing Dishes With Proper Body Positioning
  • Get Out Of Bed With Proper Body Positioning
  • Learn To Tie A Shoe With One Hand
  • Button More Independently And Efficiently
  • Put On An Open Front Shirt Using One Hand
  • Put On A Pull-Over Shirt With One Hand
  • Put On Pants Using One Hand And One Leg
  • Set Up A Medication Regimen
  • Bake A Chocolate Cherry Cake
  • Prepare A Lasagna

Psychosocial (PSY-a)

  • Complete A Job Application
  • Prepare For An Interview
  • Addressing A Letter
  • The Art Of Conversation
  • Become The Expert
  • Shoebox Greenhouse
  • Make A Personalized Place Mat
  • Caregrams  
  • Visualization Relaxation Exercise
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Psychosocial (PSY-b)

  • Share Your Memories
  • Start A Prayer Journal
  • Start Some Table Talk
  • Make A Conversation Centerpiece
  • Learn To Eat For Better Health
  • Setting Goals
  • Time Management
  • Create A Support Reference Notebook
  • Write A Resume
  • Repot A Plant

Cognition (COG-a)

  • Make A Day Planner
  • Learn To Make An Emergency Phone Call
  • Use The Phone Book Effectively
  • Make The Memory Game
  • Make A Puzzle
  • How To Play Dominoes
  • Play The Matching Game
  • Make Dough For Sculpting Or Exercising
  • Money Math  

Cognition (COG-b)

Alphabetical Master Supply List
Categorical Master Supply List
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Each activity includes...
  • The therapeutic goal the client is working towards
  • Follow-up activities for the client to continue independently as a home program
  • Precautions to warn of potential hazards
  • A list of all the inexpensive supplies needed so the clients themselves can set up, complete, and clean up an activity as independently as possible
  • Friendly, large print, easy-reading directions written to the client
  • Full illustrations
  • A list of accomplishments for the client to work towards in order to increase success and personal ownership in the OT treatment plan
  • Step-by-step instructions to prepare for the activity including exercises, stretches, and basic positioning

The incredible Empowering Occupational Therapy system is so simple and powerful that you can use occupation even when time and resources are limited.  Make the most of your limited time and resources by ordering now!

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Debbie Vogt, OTR/L, co-author, describes how to use the Empowering Occupational Therapy system at the National Occupational Therapy Conference in Long Beach, CA April 2008 


You're probably worried that Empowering Occupational Therapy will cost you a fortune....but it will actually save you money.  This simple system was developed by two occupational therapists "in the trenches" to save you time and money while allowing you to creatively individualize each treatment. 

This brilliantly simple system is packed full of creative, fun ideas that will increase your productivity and make your job easier and more meaningful.  We believe in the power of this sytem to equip occupational therapy professionals to use occupation every time they treat and that is why we offer this personal guarantee to you. 

In fact, if you are decisive and take action today you are going to get the entire
Empowering Occupational Therapy system in both hardcopy AND digital edition, delivered via USPS mail!

Now doesn't that sound fair?


“Our Personal Guarantee To You..."
If you don't see results from putting this valuable resource to work in your practice, simply contact us for return instructions and we'll issue you a 100% refund.  No hard feelings.

In fact, we'll extend this guarantee for an entire 6 months! That's how much we believe in this system.

That's right, an entire half a year to put this incredible system and information to use.

If at the end of that time, you do not feel Empowering Occupational Therapy has earned a place in your practice, then we insist you ask for (and receive) an immediate refund.

We stand by our product 100%.  There is absolutely no risk, whatsoever on your part. 

Isn't it Time For You To Spend Less Time and Money
 and get Better Functional Outcomes?

Empowering Occupational Therapy is the solution to occupation-based treatment when time and budgets are limited. 

Think about this: starting today you can immediately revitalize your practice!

This is a small sum to pay to easily and efficiently incorporate evidenced-based treatment into your practice with time tested strategies.  The Empowering Occupational Therapy system has been used by thousands of your professional peers for 10 years

Get results and enjoy the process with your clients.  You went to school to make a difference, occupation makes a differnce for your clients and makes us different from the rest.  Set your practice apart and love what you do when you see the results of occupation-based client-centered treatment using the Empowering Occupational Therapy system!

With our Money Back Guarantee you have absolutely nothing to lose and so, so much to gain!

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Hardcopy Edition in a 3-ring binder, featuring 100 reproducible purposeful activities in large print for easy use in clinic
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Your Clients Will Thank You (Ours Have)!

You are minutes away from empowering yourself with 100 creative, inexpensive, efficient occupation-based treatment options.  Occupation-based treatment is evidenced-based treatment, you will see results with your clients!  

Don't you owe it to yourself  and your clients to try
Empowering Occupational Therapy' today?


Debbie Vogt, OTR/L and Charla Holst, OTR/L

Debbie Vogt and Charla Holst

P.S. You will be so glad you can finally retire the pegs, cones and arm bike!  Put the fun back in functional--it is what you are meant to do!

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