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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 ...


 
August 25, 2014 10:38 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

In occupational therapy school, I remember spending one class session learning about the Manual Muscle Test. Like many of the lessons learned in OT school, I didn't have a sense of their impact in an actual clinical setting. So, I did not really take very seriously the MMT or its uses and implications.

Recently, a few aches and pains caused me to visit a specialist at the recommendation of my general ...


 
August 22, 2014 2:30 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

I can't believe how fast this summer has flown by. I can remember when I was a kid and it felt like the summer went on forever. So slow that by the end of it I was ready to go back to school, if you can believe that!

My oldest started his junior year of college this past Wednesday and my youngest starts his sophomore year of high school next Wednesday. I was in the car with my youngest this morning and I mentioned ...


 
August 22, 2014 10:08 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

One of the most important things to understand about Love is that it's not an emotion, but rather a frequency of energy.  As a matter of fact, it's happens to be the highest frequency of energy that exists, and it has everything to do with simply being immersed in the present moment.

This is not some Pollyanna "woo woo" claim; we are talking about a very real science. However, we don't really even need the ...


 
August 20, 2014 1:44 PM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

A milestone is defined as an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development. Dealing with our patients as a COTA we often see their progress in small increments, but when they were able to finally achieve one of their long term goals I always liked to call it a milestone.

Well today my blog has hit a milestone. This is the 100th blog I have written since returning back to COTA Thoughts. One ...


 

I know it sounds crazy, but before K. was born, I was actually a little worried about the love I would have for both of my daughters. When A. was first born, I was absolutely overwhelmed by just how much I loved her I could have never imagined I would love someone so fully, completely, and unconditionally. Before K. was born, I was a little nervous what if I didn't have that same overwhelming feeling of love? What if ...

 
August 20, 2014 11:18 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

There is no denying that the ice bucket challenge continues to be an unqualified success, despite the naysayers who have negated and criticized it from many angles - waste of water, and more of an exercise in raising awareness of one's own craziness, altruism, "slacktivism" and/or attractiveness in a wet T-shirt.

Here's why I am so happy it has taken off.  Back in the day (30 plus years ago), I was one of the ...


 
August 18, 2014 9:01 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

The other day I was out my garden trying to locate the ripe tomatoes so that I could pick them. Admittedly, this year, for no particular reason, I had planted the little tomato plants way to close to each other. So now, at harvesting time, I have had to perform "acrobatics" in the garden to get to the red ones. It has been a challenge, but a rather fun one. It's a good thing that my eye-hand coordination ...

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August 15, 2014 9:13 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

I'm sure most of you know I'm not a big supporter of AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) ever since the changes back in 1998. And as much as I'm not a member, never signed up for any emails or communication from them, an email arrived yesterday that surprised me.

I think one of the biggest issues in Occupational Therapy currently is the productivity standards. Too many therapists are being coerced ...


 
August 15, 2014 9:00 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

When I heard that Robin Williams had passed away my heart broke.  When I learned that he had been suffering from severe depression and committed suicide my heart shattered. 

Depression - an often misunderstood disease.  A disease that is not easy for those who are suffering from it or for those who love someone suffering from it.  It's not just an adult disease either.  Did you know that ...


 
August 14, 2014 2:00 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I was very fortunate to connect with a new friend named Lynn McCallum (www.thelivinguniverse.net) at Dr. Joe's last workshop. Lynn is an extraordinarily conscious woman who has helped me to deepen my understanding of everything I love to write and talk about on a regular basis.

One of the most profound things that Lynn shared with me is our tendency to "lower ourselves" to emotionally bond with others. Even though ...


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Last summer, I enrolled A. in an acting class at a local community college, and she absolutely had a blast.

In fact, I would even hypothesize that the experience was part of the reason she became so interested in acting during the 8th grade, which of course led to her taking so much interest in the school's production of Wizard of Oz. Since she seemed to be honing her inner theatre geek, I thought I would continue ...


 
August 13, 2014 10:30 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

As more and more practitioners embrace electronic medical records, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has made it known that they will begin to scrutinize how these records are completed. Healthcare fraud can be as easy as hitting Control-C, control-V although your intentions may just be to improve documentation efficiency. Federal officials say the cut-and-paste features common ...

 
August 11, 2014 10:39 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

I have a confession to make, that many of my friends do not even know about me; though many people perceive me as being "tough," I am really easily "grossed out." Snakes do not bother me; and spiders frighten me only because my last encounter with an eight-legged "friend" landed me in the hospital emergency room. But, if a screening or test for squeamishness had been part of getting into occupational therapy ...

 
August 8, 2014 10:08 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

One thing anyone working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to deal with is people passing away. During my years as a COTA I had several people I was currently working with die. It was never easy to deal with, but it's a fact of life.

Since most people in a nursing home have already had some sort of illness or injury they are already compromised medically. Most are in their later years as well, making death ...


 
August 8, 2014 10:02 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

We all know the importance of what a good night's sleep means to a child.  It allows their body to heal and repair itself.  It gives the brain time to grow and develop. A good night's sleep will also result in better behavior during the day and better ability to concentrate during school. Yet some children are not getting as much sleep as they should to stay healthy and be open to learning.

Your ...


 
August 7, 2014 9:54 AM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I recently attended Dr. Joe Dispenza's workshop that revolved around his new book entitled "You are the Placebo." Even though we all know on some level that what we think directly affects our physical and mental health, I believe most of us don't appreciate just how powerful we really are in this respect.

Dr. Joe uses science along with countless stories that clearly illustrate how we literally create health or ...


 

My mother made a very accurate observation about A. recently. She said, if we ever did have the misfortune of experiencing a zombie apocalypse, A. would have a very very difficult time. I'm certain it goes without saying that everyone would have a very difficult time during a zombie apocalypse, and also that a zombie apocalypse is extremely unlikely, but there have been a couple of recent ...

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August 4, 2014 9:21 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

A friend with a newly acquired disability was waiting for me to pick him up. In his hand was a handicapped parking tag to hang on my car's inside mirror so that we could park in a handicapped parking spot. It hadn't occurred to me that I was allowed to legally use a handicapped spot if my passenger had a disability. I hadn't given much thought to handicapped parking spots other than to avoid using one.

The ...


 
August 4, 2014 9:13 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

Yes, it's kind of a strange title this week. What I'm referring to is working with people who are nearing the end of their days on this earth. That's something every COTA working in Long Term Care (LTC) will have to face sooner or later.

I remember one patient who liked his brandy every night before bed. After his hospitalization and entering the nursing home he hadn't had any in several weeks. Of course the ...


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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 ...


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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 ...

 

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.