Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Top posts of 2014

First off, I'd like to express a HUGE thank you to everyone who stops by my little blog and shares in this journey with me. While I'm not always the most consistent blogger, I truly love the blogging community and enjoy all of the experiences and opportunities that this blog has given to me over the past three years.

So, let's get to it! This list is a bit of a "greatest hits of 2014" for my blog. If you are a new reader, this is a great place to start. For my faithful followers, maybe you'll find a post that slipped by you or that you forgot about. Enjoy!

Top Posts Written in 2014:


8.  OT Approved Toy: 7 Etsy Shops for OT Approved Toys | Apparently I'm not the only Etsy lover out there. Yay for shopping small!

7.  OT Student Corner: The Difference between COTA and OTR | I receive a lot of questions from students and prospective students, and this is one that comes up a lot! Based on the number of views, it's a very common question!

6.  Celebrating OT Month: Books Written by OTs | OTs are a creative bunch and I love highlighting their work. I did several roundups to celebrate OT Month in April, including this one on books. 

5.  Favorite Summer Activity: Ice Cube Painting | This was my contribution to a summer blog hop hosted by the Inspired Treehouse. A bit cold for this activity right now, so maybe pin it for next summer.

4.  Workplace Wednesday: Last Minute Cancellations | I didn't really write anything groundbreaking in this post, but this is clearly a problem that lots of OTs are interested in figuring out.

3.  Celebrating OT Month: 8 Awesome OT Blogs | I couldn't do this blogging thing without the awesome community of OT bloggers. I'm so happy that this was a popular post this year.

2.  #OTLifeHack |  In July, AOTA ran a social media campaign to showcase modifications that OTs use, aka OT Life Hacks. I was so excited about this that I dug out photos from my archives and put together a post of my favorite OT Life Hacks.

1.  Celebrating OT Month: Apps Developed by OTs | Like I said earlier, I love celebrating the work of OTs. I also love checking out new apps, so this was a great fit for me. And the readers loved it, too! This was my most popular post of the year!

Top App Reviews:

This year I got around to updating my iPad apps page (which continues to be the most popular page on my blog) and sharing more apps. Here are the top five app reviews of the year. Interestingly, these might also be my five favorite apps that I reviewed this year :)

5.  Visual Attention Therapy
4.  Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame
3.  Awesome Eats
2.  Drawnimal
1.  Rush Hour {+Chocolate Fix} from ThinkFun

Top Toy Posts:

My new toy page was a hit with the readers this holiday season. I really enjoyed sharing some of my favorite OT Approved Toys. Here are the ten most popular toy posts.

10. The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
9.  Spot It
8.  Mr Potato Head
7.  Wooden knob puzzle
6.  Robot Face Race
5.  Musical book
4.  Wooden lacing beads 
3.  Design and Drill Socket to Me
2.  Plastic rings
1.  Pop-up toy

In My Therapy Bag:

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the bloggers who contributed to this series! This was really fun to put together and a hit among my readers. In case you missed any of them, I've got them all for you right here (in no particular order):

Margaret from Your Therapy Source | playground ball
Dr. Anne Zachry | buttons 
Lauren from The Inspired Treehouse | stepping stones
Christie from Mama OT | ping pong balls
Deborah from North Shore Pediatric Therapy | theraputty
Nancy from Miss Mancy | pop tubes
Cindy from Your Kid's OT | Earth paper
Liz from Brightsong | balls
Chanda from Pink Oatmeal | sidewalk chalk
Natalie from Beyond Basic Play | bubbles

Oldies, but Goodies:

Some of my most popular posts are from past years. I'm so happy to see that readers are enjoying digging into my archives (I should probably thank Pinterest for this). Here are some oldies that continue to be popular among readers.

5.  How to make an adapted board book.
4.  Ready to Print App
3.  How to make a slant board
2.  How to make a weighted pencil
1.  Tips for Teaching Shoe Tying 

Thank you again for your support! Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year!!


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