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August 1, 2014 8:43 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

There seems to be an overwhelming number of children on my birth-to-three caseload who are having trouble sleeping lately. Their parents are saying that they are having a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. The children will either keep getting up and not be able to fall back asleep (and this goes on every couple of hours, every night) or they can't fall asleep to begin with and cry for hours. It's ...

 
July 31, 2014 9:07 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

Every therapist makes contributions to the patients and families they serve, and the colleagues they work alongside.  Some therapists practice, others preach.  A few therapists truly shape and influence the way we practice, and Jane Case Smith, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, BCP was one of those therapists.

She was a professor, a chairperson, a researcher, a lecturer, and an author. Her expertise and knowledge ...


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July 29, 2014 3:56 PM by Jon Bassett of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

There's an occupational therapist in Georgia who's running for a seat in the State Senate.

Bikram Mohanty, OTR/L, who owns Innovative Rehab Solutions, with two outpatient clinics in Waycross and Valdosta, Ga., is the Democratic candidate for Georgia's 8th Senate district, which encompasses six counties in the south central part of the state.

Mohanty ran in the 2012 race for District 8 and captured ...


 

A couple of weeks before her little sister was born, we decided to take A. to a Steampunk Carnivale that was in town. We'd never been to one before, but the event was organized to exhibit art, gadgets, and games related to Steampunk culture, and there were tons of people in costume. A. even dressed up a little with a pair of shoes her grandmother had given her as a Christmas present, and we headed to the event to see ...

 
July 28, 2014 11:52 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Dr. Debra Karplus! Gosh, that has a nice ring to it. Do I plan to pursue a doctorate degree? Being in my sixties, I certainly do not. I earned my Bachelor's Degree at the "normal time", directly after high school; I found the program to be extremely challenging.

I raised a family and worked as an occupational therapist from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s, and then, on a whim, entered a Master's ...


 
July 25, 2014 10:06 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

I still receive emails from people asking about COTA jobs and schools. I had one just recently asking about entering the field into pediatrics. As much as I hated to steer someone away from entering the profession, I had to make them aware of the few opportunities available in peds for a COTA.

With 86% of all COTAs employed in Long Term Care (LTC), that is where most find employment. A few will continue their education ...


 
July 25, 2014 9:56 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

One of the most frustrating parts of my job is being able to get the items the families I work with need when insurance won't cover it or the family can't afford it. Sometimes families need pieces of equipment to help their child be more mobile. Other times it could be something as simple as a knob puzzle or a simple shape sorter to work on fine motor and eye/hand coordination skills. When I can I purchase the ...


 
July 24, 2014 1:05 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I'm constantly amazed and humbled at how easy and natural transformation can be when we simply get out of the way. One of my clients experienced a remarkable shift the other day not only evidenced by himself, but also his psychiatrist who later thanked me for my effort.

The physician said, "He's really had quite the epiphany." I humbly replied, "I'm really glad it worked out; I just gave him some information that ...


 
July 23, 2014 1:41 PM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

Therapists in private practice need safeguards to prevent or manage avoidable risks, and appropriate insurance policies are a major component of any risk-management plan.  Once a year, typically 30-45 days before renewal, it is a good idea to review your policy and make changes during renewal if necessary. As you evaluate your professional risks, consider the strength or extent of your practice policies and ...


 
July 21, 2014 11:38 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

July 26, 1990 marks the date that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was signed into law by President George Bush, legislation that was initially presented to the federal government by Senator Tom Harkin in 1988. I have a vivid recollection of that date in the summer of 1990 and of discussions with non-therapist friends about its implications. At that time, within my social circle, persons not working ...

 
July 18, 2014 9:26 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

As many of you may already know I have decided to return to school and earn my Master's degree. Next Tuesday is my first class. It will be an English class on writing.  I'm actually very excited about it. I love to learn and the fact that my first class is going to be on writing makes it even more exciting. It will just be the one class over the summer and then come October I will start full time with ...

 
July 18, 2014 9:21 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

I'm not sure if anyone has seen the latest reports on fast food chains, but their greed for profits has decreased their overall ratings. One of the largest chains scored in the teens as far as quality of food and customer satisfaction. Some are trying to close smaller and less profitable stores to maintain their presence, but this may only be a short term solution. There have been other businesses try this, only to suffer ...

 
July 17, 2014 2:45 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I stole the headline New You Instantly from infamous Internet marketer Eben Pagan who used it to illustrate the power simple words can play on our minds. When I saw it in my inbox, I found it nearly impossible to resist finding out what he had to say.

The reason I borrowed his example is because as enticing as these few words may be, they also happen to point to a very real possibility. We can in fact become ...


 

On the morning of June 20th, 2014, my amazing daughter A. became a big sister as we welcomed my new daughter, K., into the world. The past two weeks have been a pretty incredible journey, and I've been very proud of how well A. has handled all of the chaos, change, and transition. To be perfectly honest, there have been several things that have surprised and delighted me about watching A. come to terms with being a big ...

 
July 14, 2014 11:30 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

If you have attended any of the annual conventions of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or paid proper attention to the articles in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), then you are certainly aware of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Award. Since 1955, an AOTA member who has creative contributed to the profession of occupational therapy in the areas of research, education and/or clinical ...


 
July 11, 2014 9:25 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

Today the word "benefits" refers to your paid days off, medical coverage, and maybe a 401K. A major benefit of years past was a company pension plan.

A pension plan was typically funded solely by the company. The amounts placed in each account usually depended on how many years you've been employed and the companies yearly profits. I doubt anyone has a pension plan anymore. My father had one when he retired from ...


 
July 11, 2014 9:17 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

We all know that if we ask a young child what their favorite class in school is most wil say "recess!" I can recall how important recess was when I was growing up. It was a time to meet up with friends and share the latest school news or join in a game of kickball or jump rope. We would race one another up the monkey bars (Yes!  We had monkey bars back then) or see who could swing the highest on the swings ...

 
July 10, 2014 2:00 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

 When I first meet with a new client, I always begin by asking the following question:

"What is the most important thing that you'd like to work on right now?"

However, this wasn't always the case. I spent years going right into my "spiel" without really considering my clients' specific wants and needs. In retrospect, I was being selfish talking about "my expertise" instead of taking the ...


 
July 9, 2014 9:14 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

I have been writing blogs, columns and commentary for many years now for print and internet media. I would not be truthful if I didn't mention that I do more than glance at the number of views, comments, and shares I get. It is important for me, not because of self -aggrandizing, but to see what matters to other therapists. These statistics serve as a barometer of how relevant, or timely I am on various topics that concern ...

 
July 7, 2014 9:02 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

A magazine that I read has a cover story about tattoos in its recent issue.  It gives a statistic from the Pew Research Center stating that four in ten Americans between ages twenty-two and thirty-seven have tattoos. Ironically, I had just sent a proposal to write an article on that exact topic specifically to that particular magazine.  But, it's best that another writer got to it before I did, because frankly, ...

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July 4, 2014 11:09 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

For those who work in Long Term Care (LTC) we've all been troubled at one time or another with that nasty word productivity. I still can't believe it's expected to maintain such high numbers when the job entails dealing with people and all the things that occur during a typical day in a nursing home.

The concept of productivity came about back in 1998 after Medicare cutbacks. I remember working my first job right ...


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July 3, 2014 10:16 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

Help can sometimes come from the most unlikely place. I have been working with a child who has a "habit" of rocking back and forth before falling asleep at night. Sometimes the rocking will take 10-15 minutes and other times it may take as long as 45-60 minutes. The rocking is usually done as they are sitting in their bed and they will rock and rock and rock. Mom has even padded the crib railings because they have rocked ...

 
July 3, 2014 9:55 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

In the Tao Te Ching, the author writes, "Simplicity, Compassion, and Patience, these are the greatest virtues." I would agree, yet lately I'm becoming more acutely aware of just how unnatural these virtues are to live in my own experience, and I believe in our culture.

In our overly analytical (i.e. complex), immediate gratification seeking (I.e. impatient) and critical (I.e. judgmental) society, simplicity, ...


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July 2, 2014 8:44 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

I teach my students about the healthcare dollar pie and its 3 pieces:
  • Piece 1 for the patient or consumer
  • Piece 2 for the service/medical provider
  • Piece 3 for the insurer/payor

I always tell them how the size of the pieces shift over time reflecting the cycles within healthcare delivery.  Most of my students were not even born when patients got a big piece of ...


 
July 1, 2014 10:38 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

This upcoming weekend can be a very difficult one for children who have sensory integration challenges.  Some children love the colorful explosions of the fireworks as they burst open in the air and the loud *bang* that, although they knew it is coming, still scares them. For other children the bright colors hurt their eyes and the loud noises their ears.  The crowds that gather to watch the fireworks ...

 

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.