“At Last... a
Simple System to make
Client-Centered Occupation-Based Treatment
Efficient, Enjoyable and
Efficient- saves you time,
money and resources (reprint rights INCLUDED!) Enjoyable-
clients choose activities that are intrinsically motivating to them
simple 2-step system that encourages each client’s
maximum independence from start to finish
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
occupational therapy school, and she and I expanded the notebook to
include 100 occupation-based
activities organized into treatment categories. We created
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
Co-owner of TheraPower LLC
just used it last week...it was great for fine
coordination, creativity, working together in a group...when we
know what to do with our group, we pull out the book and we find
something in it to do"
St. Louis, MO.
"At a fingertip
you have a whole lot of
different, specific 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
skills. So it's an awesome
way to be quick and efficient with
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
Stonybrooke University, NY
Use Empowering Occupational Therapy
Purposeful home program activities
A quick reference of creative treatment ideas
Increased motivation and compliance as a
client selects an activity that is meaningful
A springboard of ideas to adapt to
your unique treatment
Maximizing your treatment time
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.
Therapy is a book that intends to give the
clinician ready-made occupation-based
activities that can be
individualized to a variety of clients."
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
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
Davis Roberts, MHS, OTR/L Clinical
Assistant Professor University of
Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of
Allied Health Department of
Alphabetical Master Supply List
Categorical Master Supply List
The therapeutic goal the client is working
Follow-up activities for the
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
Friendly, large print,
written to the client
A list of accomplishments
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
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
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.
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
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
and get Better Functional Outcomes?
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
Therapy system has been used by thousands of your
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
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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!
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!