Empowering occupational therapy practitioners with a playbook of functional tasks to use with their geriatric clients



I graduated from USC with an MA in Occupational Therapy in 2010. Since then, I’ve been working as a staff OT and DOR in skilled nursing facilities. I have experience assessing and treating a wide variety of conditions including neurological, orthopedic, and general medical. During my time as an OT, I’ve also taken on teaching roles both as a clinical instructor and an adjunct instructor and I am currently enrolled in the OTD program at the University of Utah.

Over time, I have noticed a significant increase in the amount of work I’m doing around cognition and mental health. While there are journal articles and textbooks which address the theory around assessing and treating cognition and emotional regulation and the effectiveness of interventions, I have been frustrated by the lack of resources available to clinicians to offer ideas about how to incorporate the theory and available evidence into everyday practice.

The goal of this website is three-fold. First, I want to share clinical insights about assessing and developing skills necessary for occupational performance in a way that facilitates clinicians using them regularly in their practice. Second, in keeping with the “playbook” metaphor, I want to provide specific “plays” you can run in your practice to help your clients become more independent. Third, because I have learned over time that narrative is powerful, I want to share my stories (from getting started to my experiences using the assessment and interventions on this website).

The focus of this website initially will be blog posts with practical intervention ideas. I plan to post a new idea each week. I also plan to post links to resources that I have found successful. As this project goals, I plan to develop video resource as well and potentially expand to creating a book or app as a way to more effectively share this resource.

My hope is that you’ll find something of value for you and your clients in this playbook. If there is, please consider sharing this resource with your colleagues and on social media so that others will have the chance to use it as well. If you have ideas, questions, or suggestions, please email them to me at otplaybook@gmail.com and I will l do my best to respond to emails or address topics as blog posts.

Amanda Call Henscheid, MA, OTR/L