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Back to School
May 27, 2014 9:38 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
As some of you may recall back in my January 24 blog I was wondering if I should pursue my Master's Degree in O.T. After a good deal of weighing the pros and cons I have decided to go for it. I signed up for my summer class yesterday which will start Read More...
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A Grateful Farewell
July 21, 2013 11:08 AM by Cecilia Cruse
This will be my last post as your blogger for A Pediatric Perspective . It has been my great privilege and pleasure to be a part of the advance team of professionals and hopefully share relevant content with my peers. My goal was to inform, inspire, share Read More...
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Some Thoughts on Vestibular Input
July 9, 2013 1:45 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Lately all things vestibular have been showing up in my world. A colleague has been having issues with vertigo (your world shrinks fast when you feel dizzy all of the time!). It reminded me to be thankful that my own system is intact for now despite my Read More...
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A Collaborative Approach to RtI
June 26, 2013 4:37 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was inspired by the story posted in Advance this week from OT Mary Primarti. Entitled Response to Intervention: A Success Story ( ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners July 2013 p. 12 ) Mary outlines a practical approach between OT and a Pre-K Read More...
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A Must Have Early Intervention Resource!
June 19, 2013 1:21 PM by Cecilia Cruse
If you work in EI in any capacity, check out this new video from the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Entitled Bringing The Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders into Focus , it is the work of Rebecca Landa, Ph.D, CCC-SLP the Director of the Center for Autism Read More...
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Weighted Blankets: What Do We Know?
May 28, 2013 6:12 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As a peds therapist and on staff expert for an equipment company for special needs, I do get asked periodically for more resources on weighted blankets. There have been some well-known published studies on weighted vests including Fertel-Daly et all on Read More...
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Golf & Gangs
May 10, 2013 11:30 AM by Cecilia Cruse
This title from a recent Advance Article caught my attention. As a golf enthusiast (where my score does not yet reflect my passion for the game!) and with May being Mental Health Awareness Month I found the topic timely and fascinating. Basically a group Read More...
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Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
May 7, 2013 1:30 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I was glad to see this pop up on my radar. This Thursday May 9th is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day . With our 24/7 news and social media feed these days it just seems as if there is a barrage of attention lately focused on escalating Read More...
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AOTA Conference Recap Part 2
May 2, 2013 4:23 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I sat in on a great short course for Children and Youth last week at the AOTA conference. Entitled Finding Our Niche in RtI , instructors Joyce Salis, OTD, OTR/L and Janet Bucey, OTR/L did a super job of explaining OT’s role in the RtI process at each Read More...
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AOTA Conference Recap
April 30, 2013 11:13 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I was thrilled to be at the AOTA conference last week in San Diego. This is the first time in many years that I have gone just as an attendee/participant and it was both insightful and delightful to sit in on courses, go to poster sessions and network Read More...
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Recess Resources
April 23, 2013 4:16 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Continuing on our Earth Day adventures with the theme of getting outside one of my fellow colleagues who is a former PE instructor sent me a great blog from peds OT Loren Shlaes. Entitled Why Kids Need Recess and PE for Academic Success it is an open Read More...
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Telehealth Update
April 17, 2013 5:26 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This concept is popping up in my world again so just thought I would give an update on my blog from earlier this year on Telehealth . My sister is a clinical nurse specialist who works for a busy pediatric cardiology center. Her team is discussing how Read More...
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COTAs in School Based Practice
April 12, 2013 4:51 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I read Jennifer’s recent blog entitled Defending COTAs a few weeks ago and it got me thinking about this from a pediatric perspective. As an OTR I have worked with some wonderful COTAs in a hospital setting, but not in school based practice so I thought Read More...
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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...
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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...
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