Monday, December 6, 2010

FAQs--OT books

So, I received a question (a really long time ago, haha) asking for suggestions on good books on occupational therapy.

Shamefully, because I'm always studying textbooks I only have two suggestions on leisure reading:

1. Treebarking by Nesta Rovina. I read this book sometime ago but it is basically a compilation of an occupational therapists experiences. I found this book incredibly interesting and I highly recommend it. It was one of the first books I could find on occupational therapy so I picked it up and read it. I thought it was a great read. I couldn't put it down.
2. Look Up for Yes by Julia Tavalaro. This is another excellent read. Ms. Tavalaro suffered several strokes that left her unable to walk or move or do anything. Everyone thought her mind was mush when in fact she was very much cognitively aware of everything that was going on around her. She was treated terribly by medical staff and professionals (emphasis on TERRIBLE) until an occupational therapist, physical therapist and speech pathologist came along and helped her. I highly recommend this book.

I'm going on another one of my international trips soon (more on that as the time approaches) and I will have more time to read so I can recommend more books then. I've found very few books specifically on occupational therapy. Rather, many books are narratives on the experience of sickness, injury or some other setback. I think books of this nature are good to read because they provide insight into the medical profession and occupational therapy.

So, thank you, Sara, for asking that question and I hope others begin to read more books in this genre!


  1. Thanks for suggesting these! Can't wait to dive in and start reading :)


  2. The Healing Heart by John Carlova with Ora Ruggles is an excellent book. It is out of print and hard to find but well worth the effort.

    Here is a digital copy but it is tedious to read:;page=root;view=image;size=100;seq=7;num=3

    This site can help you find it at an academic location near you.