Saturday, August 27, 2016

Foundations of Pediatric Practice for the OTA 2nd Ed. Is now published! :)

So thrilled to announce that the book, Foundations of Pediatric Practice for the Occupational Therapy Assistant 2nd Ed., that I was privileged to co-edit with Amy Wagenfeld and Jennifer Kaldenberg is now available via Slack, Inc.

We are so very appreciative of our many chapter authors sharing their expertise and time to write new or update chapters to the latest evidence and best practice principles. :)We are so very appreciative of our many chapter authors sharing their expertise and time to write new or update chapters to the latest evidence and best practice principles. :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Help Create a New Pediatric Assessment App!

I'm so excited to announce that a new pediatric assessment called KidLife® Apps is being developed!  The process in developing KidLife® Apps has several steps and soon I'll be asking folks to serve as a participant in an inter-rater reliability study in early 2016 and then a norming study in late 2016. 
One of the most exciting aspects of both studies is that rather than do this data collection by traditional paper and pencil methods, I'll be asking you to use a free app called KidNorms™ which will be available for iOS and Android smartphones and devices (iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets).  The participants who can help in this study are:
  • occupational therapists
  • occupational therapy assistants
  • physical therapist therapists
  • physical therapy assistants
  • speech language pathologists/therapists
  • speech language pathology assistants
  • psychologists
  • school psychologists
  • diagnosticians
  • certified teachers
Stay tuned for information on both studies or feel free to email me at if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

In the meantime, have a lovely holiday season!

Monday, August 24, 2015

My CrossCountry Workshops

I'm excited to announce that I have a new workshop series called "Let's Play! Strategies to Facilitate Self-Regulation in Children" debuting with Cross Country Education this fall.  I'll be in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio in October.  This is one of my most favorite workshops to give...the topics and objectives that we'll be covering include:

  • Distinguishing sensory-based behaviors from other disruptive behaviors
  • Distinguishing the three levels of self-regulation and how to effectively intervene for each level.
  • Determining and assessing the child's developmental play skills and linking those skills to participation with family and peers and intervention approaches.
  • Determining the best assessment tool to determine sensory processing and sensory regulation issues affecting participation with family and peers, and performance at school, at home and in the community.
  • Correlating assessment results with behaviors and functional performance at school, in the community, and at home
  • Discovering how play-based sensory strategies facilitate academic performance and social participation
  • Describing research and best practice approaches that support sensory-based intervention techniques and activities
  • Developing measurable draft objectives to address curriculum or behavioral expectations that are affected by the child's difficulties with self-regulation
  • Designing an effective sensory-based intervention plan for at least three children on your caseload (this is our fun lab activity portions of the workshop so bring your favorite intervention supplies (e.g., therapy balls, obstacle course items, scooter boards, puzzles, jump ropes, balloons, etc.)!
I hope to meet some of y'all at one of the sessions in Grand Rapids (Sept 30), Lansing (Oct 1), Sterling Heights near Detroit (Oct 2), Ft Wayne (Oct 21), Toledo (Oct 22) or Farmington Hills near Detroit (Oct 23).  :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Best Practice & Evidence-Based Practice

I recently met a lovely OT who took some time out to raise her little ones and is now looking to work as a pediatric occupational therapist outside the home again.  In truth, while my friend may have been a stay-at-home mom, I seriously doubt any of us really stop being OTs - aren't we constantly doing activity analysis about how to manage behaviors, car pools, play dates, family matters, home matters, etc.?  Truly I think OTs (OTAs included here) have activity analysis hard-wired into us by the time we're done with our educational programs and fieldworks!  ;)

At any rate, my friend was feeling insecure about re-entering the job market.  When I asked "Why?", she said she didn't know much about evidence-based practice (EBP) and thought she should learn about this before venturing into the job market.  I laughed and said: "It isn't about what you know but how you problem solve/analyze using what you know, or what you can find out, and combining that with what you know about your client."  

I know that folks are sometimes intimidated by research and using the evidence from research to help their clients/patients/students but in my opinion, there are 2 critical points to know:

1. AOTA (the American Occupational Therapy Association) has an excellent resource in which members have analyzed the various studies/articles and based on that analysis, they form recommendations as to how the evidence informs occupational therapy practice/practitioners.  The Evidence-Based Practice and Research section is an excellent resource for evidence for the practice settings of:
  • Children & Youth
  • Health & Wellness
  • Mental Health
  • Productive Aging
  • Rehabilitation & Disability
  • Work & Industry

Click on the link above and then click on the right side of the page to see specific critically appraised papers and topics for each practice area/setting. 

2. Despite #1, we still have relatively little evidence - many published research studies:
  • have small numbers of participants, which limits the applicability of that study's findings to clients/patients who are not exactly like those participants
  • use measures or assessment tools that do not effectively measure the outcomes; as a profession, we are limited in our measures and assessment tools, 
  • are poorly designed research studies; this was more true of older research studies but has greatly improved over the last 10 years.
As a result of these two critical issues, we need to rely on Best Practice, which is simply using the evidence we have but more importantly using the problem-solving/activity analysis skills we OTs are so good at, to best help our clients/patients.  Like I said to my friend: said: "It isn't about what you know but how you problem solve/analyze using what you know, or what you can find out, and combining that with what you know about your client."  :)

(c) 2014  DeLana Honaker, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Friday, March 28, 2014

Download My New DeLana App!

It's such an exciting time with technology - smart phones/devices and their apps are keeping us all in touch in ways we never even thought of even 2-3 years ago.  Almost everyone is using apps and apps take many forms - games, stores, utilities and productivity to name just a few types and now some folks (like me) are creating personal apps so that folks have ready access to my apps, most popular blog posts, workshops, webinars and research.

Much of my work as a therapist, researcher, educator and app developer has focused on issues related to children of all abilities. I have authored multiple articles and two books (see About DeLana for a synopsis of my education, scholarship and honors).  I’m currently working on a new pediatric assessment app called 
KidLife® and we are about to norm this test via an app called KidNorms (if you are interested in collecting data for us - and entering to win an iPad Mini - be sure and visit the MyApps tab on the DeLana App and stay tuned to this blog).  

Now more about the DeLana app - it's available for Apple and Android devices and has information on the following:

App development has been a wonderful venue to further my skills and knowledge and it's one of the most challenging (in a good way!) aspects of one of my occupational roles these days.  You'll find all my latest apps in the MyApps tab.

My most popular blog posts over the years - find out about the evidence on weighted vests, sensory-based assessments and what occupational therapists do!  Comment on them, print them, or share them with others!  :)

Check out my upcoming workshops and webinars in the My Workshops and My Webinars tabs - I hope to see you at one of them soon!  If you would like me to give a workshop for your organization, please email me for availability and a list of my abstracts/learning objectives.

I'll have some my workshop handouts available in this tab - feel free to print and share them!  :)

I'm new at Twitter but be sure and follow me on Twitter (@delanaot) or Facebook/delanaot to stay tuned on news about MyApps, Workshops & Webinars.

Any arbitrary turning along the way and I would be elsewhere…I would be different.  Unthinkably good things can happen even late in the game.  It’s such a surprise.  :) (Under the Tuscan Sun)
(c) 2014 DeLana Honaker PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Monday, December 10, 2012

HowToDoIt Therapy is now in the AppStore! Register for the iPad Mini Giveaway!

HowToDoIt Therapy is now in the AppStore!  Register for the iPad Mini Giveaway!
Download the HowToDoIt Therapy App here

It's been a long time coming and there was a bit of drama but I'm so happy to tell y'all that my HowToDoIt Therapy App is finally in the AppStore!  If you received my prior email about HowToDoIt, you'll note that this app is a bit different than originally conceptualized.  In truth the original concept was 8 apps in one...which was hard to program effectively (that was part of the drama bit) so I have created the first of what I hope will be several HowToDoIt apps: HowToDoIt Therapy.  :)

  • Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, trainers, coaches, teachers and so many other professionals can quickly and easily create personalized therapeutic exercise programs for your clients or students.  
  • Simply take pictures of your client completing the steps of an exercise program, type in the instructions (including repetitions, frequency, and duration) and then print, email or upload the tutorial to a website, for your client to access.  
  • Here's a quick tutorial on how HowToDoIt Therapy app works.  
  • And here's the first tutorial made with HowToDoIt Therapy created for a child on my caseload: Mary's Oral Motor Exercises
  • By the way, the first 2 exercise program tutorials you create are free...for more tutorials, simply buy 2 for 99 cents or 10 for $3.99 (you get 2 tutorials free).  
Simply tap or click on the HowToDoIt Therapy logo above or any picture in this email and download HowToDoIt Therapy - it works for both iPhones and iPads.  (If you do a search on iTunes Appstore - just enter HowToDoIt and you'll see the logo pop up.)
Now about the iPad Mini Giveaway! 
One of the ways you have 'arrived' in the AppStore is to get over 3000 downloads of your app in one to that end, I want you to download HowToDoIt Therapy app to your iPhone or iPad by DECEMBER 15th AND tell all your friends to do that too!  Here's how to enter the contest:
Open the app and you'll be prompted to create an account (don't worry, I can't access any of your info there so it's a secure account that won't be used for any nefarious scams or email spams).
Then tap on the settings button (lower left corner).
Then tap on the Help - Send Us an Email button.  

Send an email that says "I want to win!"

That's are entered in the drawing for a free iPad Mini!

The drawing will be on December 16, 2012.  The winner will be notified by email and announced on Facebook.  :)
Want another chance to win?  
Use the app and then Rate it!

Go to settings, then tap on Rate Us! and tell us honestly wnat you think of HowToDoIt Therapy.

Sign it with the first part of your email address that used for the "Help - Send Us an Email" entry.  If I sent an email from my email address, I'd just sign my rating with delana. 

That's it and hopefully you will win!  :)
Remember, the way to get noticed in the AppStore is to get over 3000 downloads of the app in one week.  I want to be the first Occupational Therapist who gets 'noticed' in the AppStore so please forward this email to everyone you know and ask them to send it to their friends and family too.  :)

Thank you so much for your support and I hope you love HowToDoIt Therapy as much as I do!  :)
DeLana Honaker, OTR, PhD
Copyright © 2012, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Awesome Apps for Pediatric Therapists!

I'm in the midst of collecting some of the best apps for school-based, early intervention and pediatric OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs and SLPAs.  Attached is the first half - I'll have more in a few days!  :)
Awesome Apps for Pediatric Therapists Part I