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A Pediatric Perspective

Finding Their Nitch
February 28, 2014 8:44 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I think one of the hardest things about being a parent of a child with special needs is watching them as they struggle to find their footing in the "real world." Many of our kids have challenges that prevent them from being able to participate in the Read More...
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...
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...
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...
Sensory Strategies for At Risk Youth
January 24, 2013 12:50 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I recently had a conversation with a special education coordinator who oversees a large district. Part of her job duties include working with at risk students that have been removed from their home school and placed in a disciplinary education center. Read More...
A Crash Course on Common Core Standards
January 9, 2013 6:00 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This past December I had the opportunity to listen in to the AOTA Pediatric Virtual Chat on Common Core Standards. There has been much buzz about this topic in recent months, but as a busy therapist I just assumed this was related to teachers and curriculum. Read More...
Medicaid Billing in School Based Practice
August 24, 2012 4:47 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Last week I had the great pleasure of giving a guest in-service for a team of school based OTs and PTs as part of a series of meetings during their back to school planning days. The speaker before me gave a review on this school system's Medicaid billing Read More...
Successful Strategies for a Collaborative Team: Part 1
August 13, 2012 2:52 PM by Cecilia Cruse
For many years I taught a seminar entitled " Making the Grade in School Based Therapy ." The course was designed for OT's and PT's transitioning from a hospital or clinic setting to school based services. Understanding the differences between the medical Read More...
A Company Making a Difference!
June 12, 2012 3:29 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Did you know that a recent study indicates that 1 in 3 adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) does not have a paying job and/or has not attended any higher education after high school? Enter Danish entrepreneur Thorkil Sonne who, as a father of a Read More...
Wonderful Websites - School work help
May 15, 2011 1:45 PM by Wendy Hof
My youngest son has several learning disabilities that cause him to struggle with school work and home work. I am always trying to find strategies that will help him become more independent with his school/home work. Recently I attended a really good Read More...
May 5, 2011 11:06 AM by Wendy Hof
Well it's just about that time of the year again. Time for parents, therapists, teachers and school administrators to get involved in the process of assuring all the necessary goals, objectives, therapies, and special accommodations are in place for those Read More...


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