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June 2013 - Posts

COTA Thoughts

Student Loans
June 27, 2013 12:42 PM by Tim Banish
A bit off my normal topics today, but the recent student loan debates in Congress makes me think where the next class of professionals will come from. If you've read anything about the student loan talks going on, you know that President Obama wants to Read More...
I Miss…
June 25, 2013 4:38 PM by Tim Banish
The one good thing I can say about retirement is the hours are great. I can show up any time I want without getting into trouble! However, I really miss working with people. Every day as a COTA was something new, a new patient, a big gain with a patient, Read More...
COTA Salaries and Hours
June 19, 2013 1:59 PM by Tim Banish
I see many COTAs who enter the profession for the salary. Some may not know what they are getting into; others have done their research and are aware of what the job entails. I definitely know that I was not fully aware of some of the things I would do Read More...
The Other Side
June 14, 2013 3:47 PM by Tim Banish
Working for so many years as a therapist I always knew my side of the bed. You always wonder about many of your patients though, how did they get here, what have they been through, what do they think and expect being on the other side, in the bed? Over Read More...
COTA Schools and Jobs
June 11, 2013 11:38 AM by Tim Banish
As the number of schools increase that teach the OTA program, are the graduates able to find jobs? One source I follow says no, but others say they are finding job offers. The one common thread I am finding though is some COTAs are completing three or Read More...
Crafts and Activities in OT
June 7, 2013 10:06 AM by Tim Banish
Something that was really missed from my early days in OT is the use of crafts. My schooling included two semesters of Media, which entailed all forms of craft making related to specific diagnoses. These days with tight budgets there are very few craft Read More...
Will Social Security be Enough?
June 4, 2013 12:21 PM by Tim Banish
As a COTA I did enjoy earning a fair wage, however like most people in this economy found it difficult to put a good chunk away for retirement. We have many excuses, but with the financial outlook of Social Security and Medicare it is time to begin taking Read More...