Quintessential Occupational Therapy: A Guide to Areas of Practice

Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L
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Offering a glimpse into the daily schedule, caseload, and roles of clinicians in more than 15 areas of practice, Quintessential Occupational Therapy: A Guide to Areas of Practice is an essential resource for recent graduates and occupational therapists looking to enter a new area of practice.
Each chapter focuses on a different area of practice—from outpatient rehabilitation to home care—and is authored by a team of seasoned clinicians who offer advice, work samples, and tips for those entering that area of practice. Quintessential Occupational Therapy also features experts across states and settings to provide the reader with a holistic view and understanding of the practice area they seek to enter.
What’s included in Quintessential Occupational Therapy:
  • Sample forms and documents used in a variety of practice settings
  • Common treatment plans and information on clinical diagnoses in each area of practice
  • Guides for testing and relevant clinical information for each setting

Quintessential Occupational Therapy: A Guide to Areas of Practice will equip readers with the knowledge and understanding of a variety of practice settings in occupational therapy and is perfect for recent graduates and practicing clinicians alike.


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Contributing Authors
Section I: Established Practice Areas
Chapter 1      Hospital-Based Rehabilitation
Miriam Ringel, OTR/L; Aviva Blaustein, MS, OTR/L, CAPS;
Dana Fried, MOT, OTR/L; and Taylor Skoller, MS, OTR/L
                      Acute Care
           Miriam Ringel, OTR/L and Aviva Blaustein, MS, OTR/L, CAPS
                      Outpatient Rehabilitation
           Dana Fried, MOT, OTR/L and Taylor Skoller, MS, OTR/L
Chapter 2      Pediatric Sensory Gym
Esty Spitzer, OTD, OTR/L
Chapter 3      Hand Therapy
James Battaglia, EdD, OTR/L, CHT and April O'Connell, OT/L, CHT, ACSM
Chapter 4      Skilled Nursing Facilities
Nicole A. Fidanza, OTD, OTR/L and Melanie C. Frank-Hirsch, OTR
Chapter 5      Early Intervention
Rachelle Lydell, MSOT, OTR/L; LoriBeth Kimmel, MS, OTR;
Dale A. Coffin, EdD, OTR/L; Catherine J. Leslie, PhD, OTR/L, MOT, CEIS; and Heather Page, OTD, OTR/L
Chapter 6      School-Based Practice
Melissa K. Gerber, OTD, OTR/L and
Teresa (Tee) Stock, OTD, MSOT, MBA, OTR/L
Chapter 7      Home Health
Brett Herman, MS, OTR/L, BCG, LSVT; Kelsey Swope, MOT, OTR/L, BCG; Jacqueline Ndwaru McGlamery, OTD, OT/L, CCM, ECHM;
Clarice Grote, MS, OTR/L; and Nicola Grun, MOTR/L
Chapter 8      Mental Health
Kristy Gulotta, MS, OTR/L, BCMH, CGCP; Henry Hanif, MA, OTR/L;
Heather Gilbert, MS, OTR/L; and Michelle M. Rampulla, MS, OTR/L, CPRP
Chapter 9      Outpatient Low Vision
Yu-Pin Hsu, EdD, OTR/L; Inna Babaeva, PhD, OTR/L; and
AnneMarie O’Hearn, MEd, MPA
Chapter 10    Assistive Technology
Rachelle Lydell, MSOT, OTR/L and
Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, ATP, CYT, FAOTA
Chapter 11    Academic Education
Ivelisse Lazzarini, EdD, OTD, OTR/L and Gioia J. Ciani, MS, OTD, OTR/L
Section II: Emerging Practice Areas
Chapter 12    Primary Care
Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L; Teresa (Tee) Stock, OTD, MSOT, MBA, OTR/L; and Miriam Wachspress, MS, OTR/L
Chapter 13    Community Settings
Lee Westover, MS, OTR/L
Chapter 14    Literacy Across the Lifespan
Mindy Garfinkel, OTD, OTR/L, ATP
Chapter 15    Holistic Occupational Therapy
Anna Wold, OTR/L and Miriam Wachspress, MS, OTR/L
Chapter 16    Telehealth
Shelli Dry, OTD, OTR/L, MEd
Chapter 17    Private Practice and Product Development
Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L and
Teresa (Tee) Stock, OTD, MSOT, MBA, OTR/L
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About the Editors

About the Editor
Robin Akselrud, OTD, OTR/L, received her Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree from Touro College and her Post-Professional Doctorate from Quinnipiac University in 2017. She is the program director and an assistant professor at Long Island University−Brooklyn in the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Occupational Therapy program. Dr. Akselrud was an assistant professor and academic fieldwork coordinator at Hofstra University from 2017 to 2020 and was an adjunct professor at Long Island University−Brooklyn, Touro College, and York College from 2012 to 2018. Dr. Akselrud is a Certified Early Intervention provider. In 2010, she established an outpatient occupational therapy private practice, Forward Occupational Therapy PLLC. In 2021, she published a self-development planner for students and practitioners, The My OT Journey Planner. Dr. Akselrud has also developed the "My OT Journey" podcast, a student-run podcast platform to facilitate unity, communication, and leadership skills amongst occupational therapy students. Dr. Akselrud is currently in her second term as the leadership and management coordinator for the American Occupational Therapy Association Home and Community Health Special Interest Section and a member of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions Leadership Committee. Dr. Akselrud’s research is focused on interprofessional collaboration and working with mothers to support their own physical and mental health and their children’s development.