Hand Therapy Week is an integrated national program established by ASHT. Throughout the week, members of the hand and upper extremity therapy community sponsor and organize events and celebrations in an effort to raise awareness among various audiences, highlight the benefits of the specialty and educate the public. Hand Therapy Week is held each year during the first full week of June (beginning on a Monday).
Ready to start your Hand Therapy Week plans? Here are some creative ideas for celebrating the specialty.
ASHT Photo Contest
Congratulations to the winners of our 2022 Photo Contest!
First place: Laurie Thurber, OT, CHT (It's all about the U)
Second place: Rosemary Tedesco, OTR/L CHT (Tanisha)
Third place: Donna Goodson, OTR/L, CHT (Three generations of hands)
The top three photos received ASHT prizes, and thanks to our 2022 sponsor, Naked Prosthetics, a wine gift basket (white or red).
Note: This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple images may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Winners are contacted to select gift basket of choice. (If the winner does not want wine, they will receive a gift basket of equal value.) Contest submissions become property of ASHT, and may be used in future marketing materials.
Hand and Upper Extremity Safety Videos
In 2022, ASHT released a new video series on the impact of upper extremity injury on mental health throughout Hand Therapy Week. View them on our YouTube channel. We encourage you to share these videos and the others in our series with your patients, colleagues and social media followers to promote the specialty.
ASHT Hand Safety and Injury Prevention Video Series
- Cell phones & texting
- Telehealth FAQs
- Virtual learning desk setup
- Hand safety while gardening
- Protecting your hands while using portable electronics
- Desk and workstation ergonomics
- Hand safety in the kitchen
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Each year, ASHT sets new daily challenges to make it even easier for you to participate in Hand Therapy Week. Stay tuned for 2023's challenges!
Have an idea for a daily challenge? Let us know!
Choose from three flyers to use in your clinic as educational resources or distribute to your referral sources — all updated with ASHT's new look! The flyers for surgeons and primary care physicians provide space where you can add contact information for your practice via label, sticker, stamp, etc., and can be used all year round.
Patient Education Resources
Utilize our vast library of Patient Education Resources, which provide information on common diagnoses and the role a hand therapist plays in treatment. Based on member requests, we've begun releasing Spanish translations of our most popular resources.
Share Your Story
Hand therapy can change lives, and who better to share the importance and impact of hand therapy than our patients?
During Hand Therapy Week -- and throughout the year -- encourage your outstanding patients to submit a testimonial about the impact hand therapy had on their lives. Visit our Patient Testimonials page, and access the patient and therapist webforms at the bottom of the page to submit your success stories!
Note: You will be asked to upload documentation of your patient’s consent using this form. Your story may be featured on our website or in upcoming campaigns.
Get the Word Out
Write a Press Release
Create effective Hand Therapy Week buzz in your local media by sharing your personal success, patient accomplishments and news with the public through targeted media outreach. ASHT's Marketing Toolbook will help you develop a press release and strategically contact media to announce your organization's plans to celebrate Hand Therapy Week.