Free Magazines for OT Practitioners

 

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Hello again! The holiday season has come and gone, and we have officially entered that time of year when people are pinching pennies, making resolutions to save, and crossing their fingers in hopes that they’ll get a tax refund and not owe anything back!

If any of these scenarios rings true for you, you’ll be excited to learn that you can honor your resolutions and save a few bucks by spending absolutely nothing to access these free magazines with helpful articles, job postings, and information for OT students and practitioners! Below is a selection of six free publications that OT/As can read for treatment ideas, discussion of professional issues, product recommendations, and more!

P.S. (If you’re strapped for cash and looking for a good gift for an OT/A friend or coworker, a free magazine subscription will make them happy while saving you some money!)

Even if you are a dedicated reader of AOTA’s OT Practice magazine, I recommend signing up to receive digital editions of a few more magazines to help you sharpen practice skills, gain new perspectives on the profession, and improve your interactions with clients and families.

Read on to find out what’s free for those who practice OT!

  1. Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners (US)

Target Audience: OT/A practitioners and students

Content: Many articles from all practice areas; treatment methods, developing technologies; client stories

Delivery: Free online access and print copies via online registration

Frequency: Monthly

Benefits: N/A

Pros: Advance is one of my favorite OT magazines. There is always a wide variety of articles on topics from early intervention to geriatrics, and I always enjoy reading about the work being done by practitioners all over the country. For example, the November 2015 issue featured a story about OTs in Hawaii, reporting fraud , and universal design for clients with low vision – truly a great breadth of information on many areas of OT!

Cons: The clunky interface of the online magazine makes reading the digital edition difficult. The online access is a great way to save paper and space, but because the magazine isn’t downloadable as a PDF or usable with common e-reader apps, it can be frustrating to read online.

  1. Rehab Management (US)

Target Audience: Clinicians working with youth or adults in physical rehabilitation settings; Practice owners/entrepreneurs

Content: New rehab treatments and technologies; Rehab research; Product listings

Delivery: Free online access and print copies via online registration

Frequency: 8-10 issues/year

Benefits: Yearly Buyer’s Guide and Product Guide

Pros: Rehab Management offers a good mix of articles with an interdisciplinary focus – the editorial board has more PTs than OTs, but there is still a wealth of information published that is of interest to OT practitioners. It’s great for OT students and practitioners who work closely with PTs or have careers in physical rehabilitation settings like hospitals and outpatient clinics. There are also a TON of ads for equipment like wheelchairs, seats and cushions, adult and pediatric standers and walkers, and electronic medical records (EMR) software that could be very useful for practitioners with these needs.

Cons: Although there are sometimes articles about practice in other environments (schools, communities, etc.), the main focus of this magazine is on…well…managing practice in a traditional rehab setting. I’ve read interesting articles about current research, treatments, and technologies, but if you’re not interested in traditional physical rehab, this magazine may not be of much interest to you.

 

  1. Today in OT (US)

Target Audience: OT/A practitioners

Delivery: Free online access and print subscription via online registration

Benefits: Free CE modules and courses

Unfortunately, because I do not currently have a licensure number that is required to sign up for the Today in OT e-newsletter, I can’t provide a review of their materials. However, this is another free resource any OT/A practitioner can access. (Comment if you have any input on this publication!)

 

  1. Your Therapy Source Magazine (US)

Target Audience: Pediatric OT/A practitioners

Content: Topics in pediatric OT

Delivery: Free online access and PDF download

Frequency: Monthly

Benefits: Links to free downloads and treatment ideas

Pros: Articles are supported by research and offer concrete steps for achieving specific goals. For example, an article about the evidence-based CO-OP method features a brief description of the steps involved in the program, and links to more in-depth publications on the topic. Additionally, the articles are brief (most are 1-2 pages), but they give enough information to allow readers to try the strategies or continue researching them to learn more.

Cons: The magazine’s design and layout is very simplistic, and not the most visually appealing. Additionally, the lack of a table of contents (aside from brief descriptions on the magazine webpage) makes it difficult to know whether a particular issue will have content of interest.

 

  1. Spectrums Magazine (Canada)

Target Audience: OT/A practitioners who work with autistic clients of all ages

Content: Treatment ideas; current research; perspectives from autistic people, family members, and others

Delivery: Free online access and print copies available for purchase

Frequency: Quarterly

Benefits: N/A

Pros: Many articles in the magazine and on the website feature commentary by OTs, so their approach to intervention will resonate with other OT practitioners. The magazine is also beautiful to look at, and I appreciate the diversity of perspectives that are featured – there are stories from autistic people themselves, as well as their siblings, parents, and healthcare professionals. Finally, the discrete sections for Recreation, Education, Health & Wellness, and even Therapy (!) make finding relevant material super easy.

Cons: Because it is a fairly “local” publication (with global online access), the recommendations for specific programs may be limited to practitioners within the publisher’s locale.

 

  1. The OT Magazine (UK)

Target Audience: OT/A practitioners and students in the United Kingdom

Content: Treatment ideas; practitioner perspectives; product recommendations

Delivery: Free online access and print copies available for purchase

Frequency: Quarterly

Benefits: N/A

Pros: The bimonthly publication is crammed with content that can benefit OT students and practitioners at every point in their career. There are articles about self-care and stress management, opinion pieces on professional trends, and stories about OT entrepreneurs, among many others. Additionally, there are many helpful product reviews and recommendations for clinicians in diverse practice areas.

Cons: I honestly did not find anything about The OT Magazine I disliked!


Finally, I will say that although these magazines each offer a little something different, my favorite source of OT-related reading material continues to be OT Practice magazine. It’s not free, but to me it’s worth the membership fee. OT Practice offers several benefits that the resources above do not, including:

  • Information about programs and opportunities for U.S. students and practitioners (Ex. AOTF scholarships, SIS Internship Program, AOTA Residency)
  • Articles by prominent and knowledgeable OT/A researchers, leaders, and bloggers
  • CE articles and course listings in every issue
  • Monthly legislative and political updates
  • Regular recognition of OT/A practitioners, professors, and students
  • Links to social media platforms and posts for increased reader engagement
  • Job postings for new grads, experienced clinicians, and academics
  • Columns featuring OT/A students and practitioners earning awards, taking on new practice challenges, and making a difference in communities across the U.S. and around the world

 

So whether you prefer reading in print or online, about productive aging or pediatrics, one of these magazines will be a great fit for you!


 

Do you read any of these OT-related magazines? What other publications or e-newsletters do you enjoy reading? Share in the comments!

 

Disclosure: I am currently an AOTA SIS Intern and ASD Representative for my program. That said, the opinions above are 100% honest and 100% my own.

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