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The New Reality of Pediatric Occupational Therapy

The New Reality of Pediatric Occupational Therapy

ATTENTION  to all pediatric therapists!  The time has come my friends, to accept our new reality that telehealth is here to stay!  How does that fact make you feel?

If you’re feeling anxious about telehealth or even a sense of loss if you’ve been laid off,  you’re not alone.  This pandemic has been extremely tough on everyone, and I guarantee that you’ll be faced with some pretty tough decisions ahead of you.

Did you ever read those Choose Your Own Adventure Books as a kid?  There was always a pivotal point in the story when the main character had to make a choice which led to 1.) a fantastic adventure with an awesome ending or  2.) an adventure with an unfortunate ending.

Fiction aside, the reality is, you have three choices when it comes to telehealth.  And the choice you make will not only impact your own career, it will affect the lives of kids who are in great need of your OT services.  It’s the same whether you’re working in school based practice, early intervention or outpatient practice… we all have kids that need our help.

You’ve got 3 choices.  Choose one (wisely) below.

#1.  Perish: You decide to close your practice or stop working.

#2.  Plateau:  Your practice holds steady, but doesn’t experience any growth and eventually is at risk of closing over time through attrition or another surge in the pandemic.

#3.  Pivot, progress and prosper: You’ve chosen to keep an open mind and are ready for a new adventure.

  • You learn all that you can about telehealth and set up systems to run a successful telehealth practice.
  • You become more comfortable and confident in your telehealth skills, and you see this translating to progress and improved outcomes in your clients.
  • Your students, clients and families take notice that teletherapy is truly making a positive difference in their daily lives.
  • Your referral sources are happy to refer you new clients because they’ve taken notice that virtual therapy sessions can be just as effective as in person sessions.

As a pediatric therapist, there is hope that your career can flourish as long as you’re willing to grow.  If you have an open mind and are willing to pivot your practice, telehealth can be the beginning of a renewed and fruitful career for you.

Now is the time to accept this new reality and that the new normal part of your work day includes adding telehealth to your therapy toolbox.

With the right continuing education and training, an open attitude and a little practice, I guarantee you, that your OT practice will not only survive… it can thrive.

Think back to the time that you decided to become a pediatric therapist… who was the child that gave you that inspiration? Whether you’re a new grad or a seasoned occupational therapist, your expertise and talent can extend beyond the walls of your brick and mortar building.

The online OT world is waiting for YOU to make an impact.   With so many practices shut down and schools closed for in person classes, children are isolated from their usual social networks and supports.  In other words, you are needed now more than ever before.

Imagine how many children’s lives you can positively influence by making your services accessible to them through telehealth.

If you have embraced telehealth and have already integrated it into your daily therapy sessions I commend you for being able to continue to serve your kids and families!

If you’re skeptical or scared of what lies ahead on your future career path, now is the time to pivot to telehealth.

Remember that no great adventure is without some obstacles along the way… If you start off well-prepared with the right training and equipment, you can embark on a new telehealth journey that you’ll find more rewarding than you could have ever imagined.

Adventure awaits… let me be your guide!

Click Here to start training for your telehealth adventure


Play It Forward Therapy: AOTA Approved CEU Provider

Play It Forward Therapy: AOTA Approved CEU Provider

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants can receive AOTA approved credits for attending Play It Forward Therapy’s Courses.


Play It Forward Therapy is proud to announce it has recently been named an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc, (AOTA).

Occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants who attend one of Play It Forward Therapy’s courses and complete a quiz and post-webinar feedback survey can receive continuing education units (CEUs).

“My goal is to provide practical, evidence based continuing education in the field of pediatric occupational therapy.” said Jessica McMurdie OTR/L, founder of Play It Forward Therapy and Stepping Stones Therapy Network.   “My hope is to bridge OT best practices and current research, with real world lessons that therapists can immediately apply to their practice.  I’ve been lucky to have some amazing mentors during my professional journey, and now it’s my time to give back and pass along what I’ve learned to others.”

AOTA’s Approved Provider Program (APP) promotes high quality and relevant professional development (PD) activities that support best practice services to consumers.  Once recognized, an AOTA Approved Provider has the ability to award AOTA CEUs for PD activities related to the practice of occupational therapy.  These CEUS satisfy state licensure requirements, which occupational therapy practitioners are required to complete to keep current on their education as well as to enhance their clinical knowledge and expertise.

Play It Forward Therapy’s Early Intervention Series was recognized as one of “Top OT Courses of 2019” with over 5,000 five star ratings from OT providers all over the world on

“We’re looking forward to hosting some new, highly relevant courses on pediatric telehealth.  The course is called T-School or “Telehealth School” for therapists and will be launched in Summer of 2020.”  says McMurdie.  “I’ve been working on perfecting my clinic’s telehealth program since 2016, and I’ve learned what it takes to run a successful virtual visit program, from both the provider’s side and the client’s side of the screen.  I hope to teach other therapists my step-by-step process so they can overcome any telehealth challenges they’re facing.   Right now it seems like the wild west of telemedicine!  However, it’s here to stay and it’s time for OTs to get onto the telehealth wagon!” Click Here for T-School Information.

About the AOTA APP Program

The AOTA APP program was established in 2001 and since then, has grown to more than 250 approved providers within the United States.  Play It Forward Therapy was successful in completing an extensive application program and had to meet AOTA’s established criteria and guidelines.  To learn more about AOTA’s APP program, Click Here.



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