Document Type (Journals)

Book Review


The Path to Private Practice: A Roadmap for Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists Considering Private Practice (Castro-Casbon, 2023) invites clinicians to consider the benefits of entrepreneurship. The book discusses concerns in the medical and educational systems that may cause occupational therapists (OTs) and speech and language pathologists (SLPs) to experience burnout. The text encourages the reader to consider entering into part-time private practice. Though the book is authored by a SLP, the concerns and strategies discussed in the book are easily compatible with the OT profession. This review details the content of the individual chapters and offers a critical analysis of the work and of the free supplemental materials. Paid online materials which are frequently mentioned in the text are not included in this review. Private practice and business literacy are hot-button issues within the OT profession including numerous continuing education offerings at national conferences and inspirational articles from national organizations. Educators will benefit from knowing the strengths and gaps in this widely available text so that they can determine if it is appropriate to use in classroom or continuing education instruction.


Mary K. Thelander, MOT, OTR/L, ATP has instructed business subjects at the University of New Mexico, OT graduate program, since 2014. Mary’s maintains a clinical practice in inpatient acute, community based and wheelchair clinic. Mary also has been an entrepreneur as a contractor in various settings.

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