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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 ...


 
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 ...


 

This year, A. turns fifteen, and she begins her first year of 9th grade. Just like that, High School is a Thing that we do.

It's hard to believe that we're here already. It's hard to believe it's been ten years since we moved to this city, since A. started Kindergarten, since we began our journey into the public school system. And it's amazing how far we've come, even in just the last few years.

A. has become ...


 
September 8, 2014 11:29 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

I frequently find myself in social situations where I'm meeting new people.  It always humors me when people say, "So, what do you do?"  typically respond by saying, "Well, I do many things, but I'm an occupational therapist by profession."

Recently, I searched online via aota.org and a few other reputable websites seeking a history of the definition. I couldn't find any sort of timeline, but it looks ...


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September 8, 2014 11:21 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

 Last week got away from me before I knew it.  I'm not sure if it was because it had a Monday holiday in it or if it was because it was an exceptionally busy work week combined with my second research paper being due for my summer college English course.  Speaking of which, I can't believe I'm already more than half way through the class.  Time has flown.  I will start my full course load in ...

 
September 5, 2014 8:59 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

 A question every worker asks sometimes as early as Wednesday, maybe earlier depending on how the week has gone. Even in my last few years working as a COTA, only working part time, I asked that question more than a few times.

Were you aware that in the past Medicare recognized holidays and week-ends? Therapy was a Monday to Friday thing, the only time weekend therapy was done was to make up a missed treatment ...


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September 4, 2014 9:04 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Last week my friend introduced me to the idea of intermittent fasting. I'd never heard of it before, but considering the fact that I recently made the decision to get in better shape, I immediately read the article and was blown away by the health benefits.

Literally, without ANY hesitation, I said "I'm doing it" and I started this week. While there are many different ways to intermittently fast, I am practicing ...


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September 3, 2014 11:05 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

More and more, corporate America is working with the institutions of higher education to make sure school curriculums and courses of study meet the needs of the job/employment markets of 2014 and the future. Less and less, certain sectors of the healthcare industry, the public service models of delivery, and the governing bodies of OT and PT are doing the same. There is almost a total disconnect between what is happening ...


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September 2, 2014 9:15 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

 At a dinner party last week, my friend Nancy shared details of her recent vacation to Colorado vacation, a state where marijuana, both medical and recreational, is now legal.  Nancy has had a long history of chronic pain.  She bought some weed legally at a shop that sells only marijuana, and ingested the small amount that she purchased.  She claims that within a short amount of time, she felt better ...

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August 29, 2014 11:45 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

Today's blog is about resources for children and their families. When working in pediatrics, especially Birth-to-Three, you find that many families are struggling to make ends meet due to the additional costs it takes to raise a child with special needs. I'd like to offer you some resources you can share that may come in handy in different areas of need. 


 
August 29, 2014 11:39 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

At one time or another you probably had to answer this question if you attended school to become an Occupational Therapist. I'm still not sure if there is an easy answer to this question as there are so many areas where OTs work. The real confusing part is much of the information found via an internet search. I've found some of that information to be misleading, and only a few places where the subject matter is close ...

 
August 28, 2014 3:31 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I've recently been introduced to an amazing book called The Gene Keys. It's not an ordinary book, but rather profound practical guide that we can continuously explore to gain amazing insight into the nature of human behavior.

While the book is "out there," its also very much rooted in science and it illustrates how human behavior is genetically wired ...

 

It hasn't always been easy to get A. to watch new movies. Even now, she still doesn't like going to the theater, and whenever anyone makes a suggestion of a movie for her to watch, she'll still watch several scenes from the film on YouTube before she will sit down and take in the whole movie in order to be better prepared. However, she is much more willing to watch movies I suggest. I guess we've had so much success ...

 
August 25, 2014 3:17 PM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Guest post written by Rachel Wynn, MS, CCC-SLP

Let's start with a story that takes place in a SNF where I worked. The tight quarters of a small therapy gym and rehab wing, allowed for easy co-treating and observation of my fellow therapists' treatment, which I found incredibly valuable as a new graduate. I noticed when a very gentle occupational therapist worked with patient (with memory and cognitive ...


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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.