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May 23, 2016 1:30 PM by Katherine Bortz of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

A key component for any child's development is play. For some, play can be difficult due to disability. That's why Dr. Cole Galloway, a professor at the University of Delaware created GoBabyGo!, a fun and inventive way to get kids moving.

"I have lots of kids who aren't invited to birthday parties ever," Galloway said on the GoBabyGo! ...


 
May 9, 2016 12:26 PM by Jon Bassett of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Some would say it was a matter of inevitability. Others will hail its arrival as a much-needed shift away from pay-per-procedure and toward pay-for-quality.

On April 1, 2016, CMS began the testing phase of its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, a new payment structure for episodes of care related to total knee and total hip replacements under Medicare.

According to CMS, Medicare beneficiaries ...


 
April 13, 2016 8:39 AM by Katherine Bortz of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

"The Impact of Yoga on Activity Patterns of Individuals with Sedentary Occupations" was presented by Erin Phillips, OTD, OTR/L, CYT, and Calista Crouthamel MOTS, RYT, on Saturday morning. The short course was designed to help occupational therapists understand the role of yoga and mindfulness in the ...


 
April 12, 2016 1:33 PM by Katherine Bortz of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

A new addition to the 2016 Annual AOTA Conference and Expo is the inclusion of scientific panels. In these sessions, research papers are presented on the multiple areas of expertise that OTs cover. Sarah Schoen, associate director of Research the STAR Institute, was one of many researchers who presented at this year's ...


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April 11, 2016 1:53 PM by Dillon Stickle of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

This blog post was written by Kate Bortz, editorial assistant at ADVANCE and the on-site correspondent for AOTA 2016. 

The AOTA Annual Conference and Expo officially kicked of on Thursday night with a welcome address from AOTA President Ginny Stoffel. This address, which consisted of updates from AOTA, achievements earned by practitioners and students as well as occupational therapy's prominence ...


 
April 9, 2016 11:17 AM by Katherine Bortz of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

CHICAGO -- Virginia (Ginny) Stoffel gave her Farewell Presidential Address on Friday afternoon at the 2016 Annual AOTA Conference and Expo. The theme of her address, "Coming Home to Family: Now is the Time!," focused on how occupational therapy practitioners are a family and how AOTA is their home. She stressed how connected occupational therapists feel with each other ...


 
April 8, 2016 11:51 AM by Dillon Stickle of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

This blog was written by Kate Bortz, editorial assistant at ADVANCE and the on-site correspondent for AOTA 2016.

CHICAGO -- While occupational therapists deal with the many day-to-day functions of their patients, Kathryn Ellis, MOT, and Michelle Nordstrom, MOT, from the Walter Reed National Medical Center noted an area that hadn't been fully addressed. Ellis, alongside Caitlin Dennison, MOT, published ...


 
March 23, 2016 7:40 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

A client recently took my advice and watched The Shadow Effect. It would be an understatement to say it impacted her. ­­­­­

She said, "It blew my mind. This might sound strange, but I felt a shift in energy."

It maes perfect sense, and here is why: the documentary includes many empowering metaphors, but my favorite is the Beach Ball Effect. What happens when we try to hold ...


 
March 11, 2016 11:26 AM by Brian Ferrie of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has issued a press release announcing that an estimated 10,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students will gather in Chicago to attend the organization's 96th Annual Conference & Expo from April 7-10. ...


 
March 3, 2016 2:45 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

On more than one occasion, I have been driving around town on a Saturday morning doing miscellaneous errands and felt compelled to stop to check out some local health and wellness fair. There are several of these fairs each year around here; it seems that various different groups sponsor the fairs, such as the Disability Expo that is held annually for the past decade each fall at a mall or some other venue. These ...


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February 22, 2016 1:56 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Growing up in Chicago and its north suburban areas in the 1950s and 60s, I have absolutely no recollection of ever seeing anyone in person, in television, or in movies who had a disability. In a way, it's ironic that I ended up choosing a career as an occupational therapist which involved helping people who have disabilities, both visible and not.

The first real person I ever saw in a wheelchair was at dinner ...


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In case you haven't noticed, I've been lagging behind in the blog, lately. Most of this has to do with personal issues - with my mother's ongoing battle with cancer, and my grandmother's failing health, I haven't had very much in the way of "free time" to focus on writing. As such, I still have a lot of stories to tell - about past holidays and fun adventures - but today I want to focus on this week, and A.'s most recent ...

 
February 17, 2016 1:52 PM by Jon Bassett of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Rehab robotics is all over the news these days. In just the past few months, research labs across the globe have announced major engineering breakthroughs designed to assist those with movement impairments to recapture their independence.

Scientists at the University of Melbourne in Australia announced the development of a matchstick-sized brain implant that, when inserted next to the motor cortex, can allow ...


 
February 17, 2016 12:16 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

One of my relatives, who is in his eighties, shared with me that though he is in excellent health, he was recently diagnosed with spinal stenosis. He now uses a walker at times to keep him steady on his feet, but he does have a sense of relief that at least now he has a medical explanation for the frequent pain in his lower back, hip and leg. He feels unsteady sometimes and is very fearful of falling, as he should ...


 
February 8, 2016 9:03 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Though more of a lark than a night owl, and seldom staying awake late enough to enjoy late night television, I remember in the early 1990s people were talking about one of the comical characters on NBC's popular show Saturday Night Live, Mr. Short Term Memory. On some online lists, Mr. Short Term Memory was considered one of the show's most memorable characters. I believe a very young Tom Hanks played ...

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February 4, 2016 1:16 PM by Brian Ferrie of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Every year, professionals, students and prospective students across the country eagerly await "The 100 Best Jobs" ranking published by U.S. News & World Report. The just-released 2016 list offers great reason for occupational and physical therapy professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel ...


 
February 1, 2016 10:47 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

I've written a couple of other blogs here about yoga; one was a general article about the benefits of yoga for our patients and for ourselves, and the other blog was about my experience trying laughter yoga at a local park district event.

My personal interest in yoga comes from the fact that I sometimes attend a variety of different kinds of yoga classes offered by various places here in my hometown. I ...


 
January 26, 2016 3:02 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

A friend of mine had a successful career as a dental hygienist but ultimately needed to "retire" much sooner than she would have wanted to due to carpal tunnel syndrome and other problems in her wrists and hands which she attributes to the required body position necessary to perform the tasks of a dental hygienist. She pursued a completely different career as a librarian, which she insists has been far easier on her ...

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January 18, 2016 9:24 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

The other day I drove by the local Bloodmobile parked in front of a large downtown bank near my house. It brought to mind an old fantasy that I had entertained for years, but never actually acted on it. 

During most of my years working as an occupational therapist, my market niche was rural Central Illinois. My clients were basically facilities and agencies that were unable to find an occupational therapist ...


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A. only got two days off for Fall Break this year, but I made an executive decision to allow her to "play hooky" for the remainder of the week so that the entire family could take a trip to Fort Walton Beach, Florida in the middle of October. (And by "play hooky," I mean keep A. out of school while letting all her teachers know where she was and how long she was going to be out of class. Because I'm a sucker and play ...


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January 12, 2016 2:43 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Passionate about genealogy, I learned a long time ago that my grandparents and those before them were immigrants -- mainly from Ukraine, Kiev, Pale of Settlement, Poland and Hungary. My ancestors came to America between 1880 and 1921 through Ellis Island and other American and Canadian ports, knowing little to no English. They were part of the "melting pot" that assimilated into American life, learning ...


 
January 8, 2016 12:03 PM by Dillon Stickle of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

In her latest big move toward winning the primary elections, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced in Iowa this week her agenda to improve the lives of Americans with Autism. So far, no other presidential candidate has forthrightly spoken about the need for improvements to Autism services and research. "We need more services; we need more support; we need to make sure that the families dealing with autism ...

 
January 8, 2016 11:23 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Working in psychiatry, I'm constantly meeting people desperately in need of something to make them feel better. I'm not suggesting seeking "things" is bad or wrong, but the reality is that improved moods caused by "things" (e.g., coffee, food, $, TV, etc.) are quite fleeting. You've probably noticed that, most of the time, it's not very long before we are in pursuit of the next "thing" to make us feel better.  ...

 
December 23, 2015 4:55 PM by Brian Ferrie of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., has issued a press release revealing that on Dec. 8, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the


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October 16, 2015 1:09 PM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

In the 1960s and '70s, a good number of baby boomers, post-war people born between the years 1946 and 1964, were rolling, lighting up, and passing around marijuana joints. (Just for the record, that activity was never part of my repertoire!) Now, forty or so years later, those same people are concerned about a different sort of joint, namely, their knees and hip joints. 

Many of my baby boomer peers ...


 

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.

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.