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October 24, 2014 1:43 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

I can't believe how quickly time is flying by. I know when I was younger my parents would comment on how time seems to go faster when you are older but couldn't understand how that could happen. Now, as an adult working full time, going to school full time, with a family - boy, can I totally, not just understand how that happens, but relate to it all too well.

I'm in my 3rd week of a 10 week quarter at ...


 
October 23, 2014 12:52 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

A new physician in our department quickly became curious as to why his patients' looked so much better after just one session with me. I'm not telling you this to toot my own horn, but rather to illustrate just how powerful this information can be when delivered with the right type of energy.

As I've learned from Dr. Joe, science is the contemporary language of mysticism, which gives many analytical people ...


 
October 20, 2014 9:30 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

In the mid-1980s, I started doing nursing home occupational therapy consulting. Jobs came to me via word-of-mouth and I ultimately built up a comfortable number of clients to provide service to. Some of my clients were in town; others were in neighboring counties. The nature of my work was to visit the facility approximately once a month for a few hours few visit, meet with specific staff members, screen, assess ...

 
October 16, 2014 3:19 PM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

As many of you may remember, Jane Case Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, BCP passed away over the summer. Every therapist makes contributions to the patients and families they serve, and the colleagues they work alongside.  There are not many clinicians in our field whose extensive reach simultaneously touches the lives of patients, families, students and colleagues. She touched so many of us, some literally, others figuratively ...

 
October 16, 2014 10:55 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 Yesterday, the Baltimore Orioles were eliminated from the post-season after a great season that ended in a very disappointing way. I think we can all agree that even just watching our favorite teams compete can be an emotional roller coaster ride.

This year I spent more time considering the question, "Why do we care so much about something that really does not affect our lives personally?"

My friend ...


 

I've been really terrible about writing over the past couple of months. Mostly, it's because I haven't managed to sculpt out a new daily routine that allows for the time I need to devote to the art. Caring for an infant is time-consuming and often very unpredictable, and I just haven't managed to "get back into the groove" of doing much more than spending time with my family and getting basic chores accomplished. This ...

 
October 14, 2014 1:27 PM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Editor's Note: This post, written by Darlida Ospina, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD, originally appeared in ADVANCE for Speech and Hearing.

For this blog, I consulted an Occupational Therapist (OT) with 21 years of experience in the field. I consulted Mrs. Vargas for her professional expertise on working with children that have Sensory ...


 
October 13, 2014 3:53 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

 The legislation of the mid-1970s that mainstreamed students with special needs into general education classroom in public schools brought with it the little yellow school bus.  Is there any child older than about third grade that isn't aware of the mini-bus?  It arrives and leaves school at a different time than the regular busses, and often loads and unloads at a separate location; the kids who ride ...

 
October 9, 2014 10:25 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 I worked with a guy earlier this week that made a remarkable shift.  It wasn't some Pollyanna "now everything is my life is great" but rather a deep understanding that he no longer has to be controlled by his thoughts. He recognized that he (like all of us), has a lot of work ahead of him, but he also understood that he doesn't have to keep living the same way.

When I followed up with him today and asked ...


 
October 7, 2014 4:27 PM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

We all know that the hallmark of a great OT is one who is creative, a problem solver and someone who can think outside of the box.  It comes as no surprise that it a great OT might butt heads with a giant bureaucracy, in this case the NYC Department of Education. As told by Jim Dwyer in an Oct 3rd New York Times

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October 6, 2014 9:47 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

 When I was in second grade in the 1950s, Timmy was a boy in class who received much attention for consistently being out of his seat in class.  Mrs. Goldberg frequently scolded him and demanded that he stay seated.  He often vomited in class so pupils laughed at; he seemed to have few friends.  Was Timmy simply a product of lax parenting and consequently bad behavior?  Or was this possibly my ...

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October 3, 2014 11:39 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 I'll be honest; I just don't feel like writing this blog right now. I really don't, but I'm doing it anyway because I made a commitment to myself that I'd post once a week. I also understand that I typically don't feel very good about myself when I let the way I feel dictate the choices I make in life.

I believe the notion of "I'll do it when _____________" is so engrained in our culture that we don't appreciate ...


 
October 1, 2014 11:25 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

Many of us remember the merger mania in healthcare that occurred in the 1990's, and how the push toward consolidation that started with hospitals trickled down to the private practice  therapy sector. If we fast forward to 2014, it is readily apparent that the "urge to merge" is back.  We see local hospitals in a merger frenzy, and local MDs leaving private practice to become hospital employees. I have more ...


 
September 29, 2014 8:00 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

It seems that a week does not go by without receiving a phone call from a recruiting company offering me a full time position "in my area".  Many of these jobs are with companies that also employ travelling therapists.  Some of the opportunities that have come my way have been for a travelling OT.

Being a travelling OT sounds like a dream job for a therapist who has some flexibility and mobility.  ...


 
September 26, 2014 1:45 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

A recent discussion arose in the "Pediatric Occupational Therapists" Facebook group about the usefulness of weighted vests. The writer posted that there are numerous studies showing weighted vests are not an effective intervention in the pediatric population. Several studies were posted supporting ...


 
September 25, 2014 12:36 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I woke up this morning not really having any idea what I was going to write about today only to be inspired by this incredibly powerful little video a friend posted on Facebook.

Since we now understand that we are literally made of 99.999999999% empty Space or Energy, it seems to me that "medicine" that does not include a component of Energy, is really ...


 
September 22, 2014 9:55 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

I was doing some cleaning and organizing and stumbled upon a few of my old college textbooks.  I started thinking about some of my occupational therapy classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the mid-1970s, and about my professors there.  I clearly remember Miss Beatrice Wade, the Grande Dame of the program.  She seemed at least ...

 
September 22, 2014 9:49 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

Yesterday morning on the way to work I was listening to WWYZ, the local country music station.  The two guys on the morning show (Broadway and Don Juan) were talking about a woman who had just called in.  She was upset that she had been at the grocery store and saw a mom with her young child on a leash.  She felt ...

 
September 18, 2014 1:07 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Whenever I finish a session with a client, I always ask the following question...

"What was the most valuable thing you've learned?"

Last week one of my clients responded in the best possible way stating...

"I am not my thoughts, I am not my body; I am Energy."

It's difficult if not nearly impossible to articulate the value of her revelation because we've become so identified ...


 
September 17, 2014 8:35 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

 Orchestrating the sale of your practice is not unlike the process of starting or growing your practice. It requires intense focus on your end goal, coordination among many professionals working on your behalf, and a firm belief in your ability to navigate the course as it unfolds. Since the sale will impact your professional and private life after the sale, you must structure it to meet your end goal.

Fifteen ...


 

Now that I have a two month old at home, I've been thinking a lot about motherhood, lately. It's interesting, because I think when you are new to motherhood, you spend a lot of time thinking about what kind of mother you are going to be - what sort of parenting style you're going to use, how your identity will change because you are now the center of a child's universe. When your second child is born, your identity isn't ...

 
September 15, 2014 12:44 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Cleaning out a closet here at home the other day, I stumbled upon a couple of lab coats, lurking in the back of the closet.  One is jacket length, the other is three-quarter length.  I can't remember the last time I wore either of these.  But supposedly, wearing one of these white garments, made me look "professional", at least that was what I must have believed at the time.  I can't imagine I ...


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September 12, 2014 9:24 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

I'm sure you've heard by now about the recent study done by researchers at the University of California regarding Autism and early intervention. Their study, called the "Infant Start" study, is showing that infants who are showing early signs of Autism had little to no developmental delays by the time they reached their 3rd ...

 
September 11, 2014 11:40 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I live in Baltimore, the home of the Ravens and the even now more infamous Ray Rice. People all over the country are all up in arms about Ray, domestic violence, the Ravens Organization, and the NFL, having countless debates over every aspect of social media.

But, no one is really talking about the REAL ISSUE.

It's NOT about Ray.

It's NOT about Domestic Violence.

It's NOT about the ...


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September 10, 2014 11:25 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

It is not a new concept to any health professional that we all spend some time coordinating the care of our patients, whether it is directly or indirectly related to the service we are providing. It is part of our job, part of treating and caring for the whole patient. What is a "new" concept is that we may start getting paid for our efforts!

The Obama administration announced recently that beginning in January ...


 

ABOUT OUR BLOGS

The ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners editorial staff will discuss issues in the occupational therapy profession, current events in healthcare and offer their personal views and tips for your enjoyment.

The Pediatric Perspective blog is a place to come to learn of new and existing strategies for anyone working in Pediatrics or anyone who has a young loved one with occupational therapy needs.  Join Wendy as she shares these strategies along with the struggles and triumphs of being a mom and therapist navigating the Special Education world with her son.

The mother of an autistic girl shares her story about her daughter's sensory issues, the various treatments she has received, and how "living on the spectrum" affects everyday life for her family.

Read along as a group in various stages of their OT careers share their stories.

Tim Banish, Sr., COTA, Retired will share his thoughts on important issues such as COTA salaries, productivity requirements, and the current changes in healthcare. My main focus will be issues older Americans are facing and long term care.

Dan Eisner is a psychiatric OT in the department of psychiatry at the University of MD Medical Center and a private certified coach at http://www.keyinsightcoaching.com/ with over 15 years experience. Dan has been inspiring thousands of people with his unique blend of services which includes a basic understanding of mind-body science, emotional intelligence, and practical spirituality.

Iris Kimberg MS PT, OTR,  CEO of NYTherapyGuide, will keep therapists current on issues, trends and opportunities in the private sector.

Occupational therapy has changed a lot over the past four decades, and it continues to evolve. Follow Debra L. Karplus, MS, OTR/L as she shares the wisdom that comes with being a seasoned occupational therapist.