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A Pediatric Perspective

Update on Budget Cuts: Are They Impacting Your Peds Practice?
March 29, 2013 11:12 AM by Cecilia Cruse
Last September I posted a blog about the BCA (Budget Control Act) and the impending cuts that would take effect. Now with the lack of a deal by our politicians, the resulting sequestration which calls for $1.2 trillion across the board budget cuts over Read More...
Eye Gaze Aversion and Autism
March 26, 2013 3:22 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As the good sensory trained therapists that we are, we have long known anecdotally that children with autism often avert eye gaze especially when there is simultaneous input, such as when the child is being given auditory directions and/or is attempting Read More...
Kids are the Best Teachers!
March 24, 2013 3:02 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As a peds OT for over 25 years, I’ve said for a long time now that it’s not what we teach our kids in therapy it’s what they teach us! Here are a few great examples of our ambassadors for special needs: Grace McClelland: Born with a ULD (Upper Limb Difference) Read More...
Pediatric Therapy Mission Trips
March 20, 2013 4:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A few weeks ago I got a note from an OT friend who was headed to Ghana with the group Children Inspiring Hope. This non -profit promotes concepts of a global community and works to connect children cross culturally through art and education service programs. Read More...
Using Assessments in School Based Practice
March 15, 2013 12:22 PM by Cecilia Cruse
One of the most challenging skills, I think, for OTs and PTs who make the transition from a medical to educational service model is understanding and implementing assessments correctly. In an outpatient or rehab setting, for example, we get used to completing Read More...
In Memoriam
March 10, 2013 4:31 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was saddened to learn recently of the death of an icon in the world of OT. Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA passed away peacefully at her home on February 24 th after a long illness. I did not have the privilege of knowing her personally, but she certainly Read More...


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