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April 18, 2014 11:29 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

I have been working in Early Intervention for the past 10 years but I'm still surprised how many families have never heard that there is assistance for families whose children are experiencing developmental delays before they reach preschool. For those who may not know early Intervention is a part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). 

 
April 18, 2014 10:11 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

OK, I'm a bit miffed yet again with how the OT license bureaus operate. As much as I submitted my retirement from the profession to both my state organization and NBCOT (National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy) I've received renewal notices from both.

Sometimes I wonder if anyone in these offices actually does anything, or if there is any inter-office communication. After three emails back and forth ...


 
April 17, 2014 2:12 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

I really don't feel like writing this week's blog.  It's been a long week and I'm just not feeling very inspired at the moment, but here I am doing it anyway. I simply refuse to embrace the negative thoughts running through my mind no matter how convincing they sound.

The thoughts include...

"Why bother writing, no one is going to read it anyway."

"You're always saying the same thing ...


 
April 16, 2014 10:11 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

Terri LaManno was a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife and an occupational therapist.  She was gunned down last week by a man with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi organizations.

I did not know Terri personally, but because she is an OT, I feel like I know her.  I know she went to Shalom Village, an assisted living facility in Kansas City to visit her mother, which apparently she did every Sunday. ...


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A little over a week ago, I could hear A. talking in her room. She was sitting in front of the computer, but it seemed like she was having a conversation with someone.

Being the nosy mother that I am, I poked my head into her bedroom to investigate.

"Who are you chatting with?" I asked her.

"Hold on a sec," she said, and then pushed her microphone up above her mouth. "A friend from Deviant Art," ...


 
April 14, 2014 11:09 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

The first time I ever saw a wheelchair may have been Raymond Burr (post Perry Mason) as the paraplegic Chief of Detectives in the TV show "Ironside" in the late 1960s. It wasn't until I was in occupational therapy school that I was really exposed to wheelchairs, both in my dormitory, as part of my curriculum, and later, with real patients.

One of my first jobs after graduating in 1974 was selling mobility scooters ...


 
April 11, 2014 9:36 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

This month marks my first year of retirement, and of course another birthday. As I continue to adapt to that change I got to thinking about some of the first things I did as a COTA. Some were fun, some were not. There were even a few things that made me quite nervous, for a while anyway.

As a male one of the issues that often came up was ADLs with a female. I can understand, and always respected, a female who did ...


 
April 11, 2014 9:32 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

I never set out to be part of the occupational therapy world. I started out in travel but as much as I loved traveling and helping others with their travel needs there was just something missing. The local community college offered a "Healthcare Career Awareness" night and since I knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare field I attended to see what careers were out there. It was on that night that ...

 
April 10, 2014 1:28 PM by Dan Eisner of Energizing Healthcare

Years ago my friend and fellow coach Dave introduced me to the idea that emotions aren't good or bad, they are just information. While this is simple concept on the surface, the truth behind this wisdom runs incredibly deep.

Part of our human condition is to resist what feels bad and to cling what feels good. We seek immediate relief from any negativity by using what Tara Brach calls "false refuges."

False ...


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April 9, 2014 9:00 AM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Every year since 1955, an occupational therapy leader has been honored to give the Eleanor Clark Slagle lecture at the AOTA annual conference and expo. Slagle was a pioneering occupational therapist, co-founding the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy in 1910, and a dedicated social activist, working with Jane Addams at Chicago's famed Hull House.

This year the honor went to Maryalynne D. ...


 
April 8, 2014 12:05 PM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

"I am honored and to stand before you as the 29th president of the AOTA." So said Virginia "Ginny" Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA to a crowd at the 2014 AOTA Annual Conference and Expo on Friday, April 3rd.  Her presidential address was called, "Attitude, Authenticity and Action: Building Capacity."

"There is no question about the power of attitude," she said. For occupational therapy clients, ...


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A.'s sleeping patterns have really changed over the past year. For as long as I could remember, A. has always been an early bird. Even when she would have the opportunity to stay up really late (especially when visiting relatives) she would still generally wake up around 7 or 8 in the morning. She's always liked waking up early I think it gives her some quiet time to orient herself to her day. And of course, when she ...

 
April 7, 2014 10:57 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

When I was born, Harry Truman was finishing his term as US President .  Before Truman came one of America's most popular presidents, Franklin Roosevelt.  FDR served from 1933 until his death from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945, having been elected four terms, leading to a presidency longer than anyone before or since.  FDR was widely respected for the legislation that rescued our country during the post-Depression ...

 
April 7, 2014 10:50 AM by Iris Kimberg of Taking Care of Rehab Business

This week's question actually comes from the parent of a child who received an OT evaluation. The question brings to light an issue relevant to all OTs in private practice.

Recently my daughter had an Occupational Therapy Evaluation. I requested that the OT discuss the results of the evaluation with me, which she did. A week later, I received a bill for one hour of her time, the time it took to discuss the ...


 
April 7, 2014 9:35 AM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Baltimore, April 4, 2014-You may have seen a commercial featuring a bunch of guys playing wheelchair basketball.  At the end of their game--which featured all the good-natured trash-talking typical of the scene--all but one of the guys gets out the wheelchairs. As this is a commercial for Guinness, the next scene shows the group at their local pub, sharing a laugh, a pint, and most of all a common bond. Although ...

 
April 4, 2014 3:27 PM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Baltimore--Today's session "Centennial Vision Progress and Issues Facing the Profession," followed a town hall format as  AOTA leaders Virginia C. Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA, Amy Lamb, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Frederick B. Somers answered audience questions. The following are some of the thought-provoking questions and equally thought-provoking answers.

Q: How is  the AOTA going to help people ...


 
April 4, 2014 9:32 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in full force I did some research on how it has affected Occupational Therapy (OT). What I'm seeing is confusing because in some areas OTs are not finding jobs, but in other areas there doesn't seem to be enough OTs.

One new grad from the D.C. area is having a difficult time finding any job, while news from California report many open positions. However across most areas ...


 
April 4, 2014 8:57 AM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Baltimore--On Thursday, two OTs from Ohio State tackled an area where occupational therapy is under-utilized--transition planning. In "Job Matching for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities," Andrew Persch, MS, OTR/L and Dennis Cleary, OTD, MS, OTR/L talked about how to best prepare people with disabilities so they are prepared for when they reach age 21 and age out of the public school system. ...


 
April 3, 2014 1:44 PM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Baltimore-- A panel discussion this afternoon at the AOTA annual conference focused on how occupational therapists can help children with disabilities and their parents transition between different parts of their academic lives.

The opening part focused on the transition from early intervention to preschool. One of the major changes is the transition from the family-centered practice of EI, where the family's ...


 
April 3, 2014 10:33 AM by Danielle Bullen of ADVANCE Outlook: OT

Baltimore--At the Baltimore convention center this morning, occupational therapists and occupational therapy students presented on a variety of research topics spanning the gamut of patient ages and conditions.

Long the purview of speech-language pathologists, augmentative and alternative communication devices have begun to infiltrate OT's practice. Maura Regan, BS, OTS of the University of Scranton looked at ...


 
April 3, 2014 9:23 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

As I had mentioned a couple posts ago, I am going to share some of the feeding strategies I learned at the Feeding Seminar I attended a couple weekends ago. Although I was a little put off by some of the things that the SLP said, especially when it related to Sensory Processing, I did ...

 

Last week was A.'s Spring Break. On the one hand, she was really excited and enjoyed having an entire week off where she didn't have to worry about going to school. On the other hand, she was a little disappointed that she really didn't get to do anything super fun or exciting. Thomas and I both had to work, and I've been working late nights myself for the past several weeks, so she had to deal with hanging around the ...

 
March 31, 2014 9:41 AM by Debra Karplus of When OTs Wore White Shoes

Reminiscing on four decades of occupational therapy work reminds me of some lessons I've learned from people who received my services. As an OT student I was sometimes ambivalent about my course of study; family and friends weren't particularly supportive of my pursuit. They had no clue what occupational therapy was!  Growing up, a career in the business arena had been in the master plan; most of the ...


 
March 28, 2014 9:03 AM by Tim Banish of COTA Thoughts

As much as anyone, I believe that healthcare should be available to anyone and everyone.  That is the basis of the Affordable Care Act; however it seems to have its negative side as well. In this case taking the good with the bad is costing Americans a lot of money.

Since the number of people enrolling has not met expectations the deadline to register has been extended. With a simple click of a button ...


 
March 28, 2014 9:00 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof of A Pediatric Perspective

I know last week I had mentioned that I would be sharing with you some tips I learned at the feeding seminar I attended a couple weekends ago but I'm afraid I will have to share those at the beginning of next week with you.

One of the hazards of working in pediatrics - especially when you go from house to house - is that you often will catch a cold or, in my case last week, the flu. Even though we ask our families ...


 

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.