How To Use Pinterest For OT
Although pinning your favorite outfits and recipes is a great way to use Pinterest, you can also use the site for your professional life. Many of your colleagues are already on Pinterest and pinning occupational therapy–related resources. Start following some occupational therapy practitioners for ideas. Another great place to start is with AOTA's boards, including our Children: Developmental Activities board; Active Aging board; and OT in the News board.
If you're a school-based practitioner or work with children and youth, Pinterest is great place to find activities and tips for children. A recent study found that 70% of users on Pinterest are women and half have children1, which means that a lot of moms and parents are posting pins. You could find some treatment ideas and other activities for your clients by looking at the categories DIY and Crafts, Kids, and Education . If you read a Web site or blog with great children and youth resources, pin it to your boards and share with other pinners.
Practitioners working with adults can also use Pinterest to find activity ideas for their clients, links to blogs about therapy (find some on AOTA's OT Blogs board), or just connect with occupational therapy colleagues from around the world.
Other ideas for getting the most out of Pinterest include:
- Use your pin boards as a way to bookmark items you want to read or use later.
- If you have a blog, you can pin your own posts to share with others (but remember that it is considered bad etiquette to pin only your own work).
- Get inspired by looking at pictures and images.
- Discover new blogs and Web sites from other people's pins.