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The Weighted Vest Debate
September 26, 2014 1:45 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
A recent discussion arose in the " Pediatric Occupational Therapists " Facebook group about the usefulness of weighted vests. The writer posted that there are numerous studies showing weighted vests are not an effective intervention in the pediatric population. Read More...
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April is Occupational Therapy Month – Celebrate!
April 11, 2014 9:32 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
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 Read More...
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Sleep Time
October 10, 2013 9:37 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
"There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I love this time of the year. The cooler evenings always seem to help me sleep better. There is nothing quite like that feeling of climbing into bed, 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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Beware! Private Practice Scam
January 27, 2013 3:37 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As I live in Florida, this informative blog from SLP Pamela Rowe who has a private practice in the Orlando area caught my attention recently. Seems there has been a couple of email scams circulating that are targeting private practice. One of the scenarios Read More...
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Top 5 Blog Posts for 2012
December 29, 2012 11:08 AM by Cecilia Cruse
As my year as your peds blogger comes to a close, I thought I would give you a rundown of the top 5 most popular posts. 5. Weighing in at the fifth spot was the final update on the DSM-5 due out next May: SPD Excluded from DSM-5 . 4. The AJOT published Read More...
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Tummy Time Revisited
August 6, 2012 5:07 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Tere Bowen Irish wrote a powerful guest editorial for Advance last week on the importance of tummy time that is well worth reading (or re-reading!). Entitled Back to Sleep Tummy to Play (Advance 8/1/12) she recaps some of the sobering statistics of the Read More...
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In the Spirit of the Games
July 27, 2012 1:14 PM by Cecilia Cruse
For the next few weeks many of us will be glued to our televisions (and laptops and tablets!) to view the Summer Olympic Games held in London. In the spirit of the games this innovative idea was too cute to pass up. Check out this SPORTOS clip and I think Read More...
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Contemplating Change: What Would YOU Do?
July 23, 2012 12:24 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Recently I heard from two of my OT friends who each have their own private pediatric practices in two different parts of the country. Both have owned and managed their clinics successfully for many years. One is pondering a possible career change with Read More...
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Some Promising Grants
July 15, 2012 7:25 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I am often asked if I know of any good grant opportunities specific to kids with special needs. My wish would be to have a full time grant researcher/writer at my fingertips as both searching for then applying for funds can be a daunting task. For now, Read More...
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Stepping Up and Speaking Out
July 10, 2012 10:36 AM by Cecilia Cruse
In last month's blog, I reviewed the discussion from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) regarding the news tagline that " Sensory Integration Therapies Lack Evidence ". Basically the AAP put up a caution flag about research on SI therapy being "limited Read More...
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Yay for Yeah Dave!
June 28, 2012 11:05 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I love all things yoga and it seems many others do as well. As yoga practice moves more mainstream it has also been showing up as an effective treatment protocol for many kids with special needs (see Wendy's Pediatric Perspective Blog from last fall: Read More...
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More Ideas for Your Therapy Bag
June 8, 2012 4:49 PM by Cecilia Cruse
A few months back I wrote a blog entitled What Do You Have in Your Therapy Bag? In it, I listed my top 6 favorite things that I always like to have on hand as a clinic and school based therapist. I recently came across Abby's blog and see that she her Read More...
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Sometimes the Imperfect is Perfect
April 10, 2012 4:43 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I love finding motivational stories that inspire children (and adults!) to become their very best despite sometimes impossible odds. Retired pitcher Jim Abbott has recently written a book entitled Imperfect: An Improbable Life. Jim tells of his love of Read More...
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What Do You Have in Your Therapy Bag?
March 15, 2012 11:35 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I travel a good bit with my job these days so am a frequent flyer with the airlines. Typically the in-flight magazines have a feature where they interview some movie star, CEO or savvy world traveler to ask them what they always carry in a flight bag. Read More...
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