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  • AOTA Issues Backpack Safety Tips

    With the start of school approaching, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., issued a press release on July 30 stating, in part: ''Heavy loads carried by more than 79 million students across the U.S. can cause low-back pain that often lasts through adulthood. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on August 5, 2015
  • Breakthrough for OTs to Provide Behavioral Health Services

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, Md., recently issued a press release announcing a major achievement for the profession -- inclusion of occupational therapy in newly established criteria for mental health services. On May 20, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) included licensed occupational ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 1, 2015
  • Confidentiality and Healthcare

    I turned on the television last night, to a channel that exclusively plays reruns of popular old shows. I was delighted to see ''The Bob Newhart Show.'' On air from 1972 to 1978, Bob starred in this sitcom as Dr. Bob Hartley, a psychologist with an endearing assortment of quirky patients who appeared on many of the episodes. I loved that show in ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on March 18, 2015
  • Research Roundup

    Baltimore--At the Baltimore convention center this morning, occupational therapists and occupational therapy students presented on a variety of research topics spanning the gamut of patient ages and conditions. Long the purview of speech-language pathologists, augmentative and alternative communication devices have begun to infiltrate OT's ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • Help Yourself

    In the normal course of business here at Advance, I get a number of email notifications from AOTA and other organizations offering handouts, webinars, funding opportunities, calls for papers, virtual chats and other (usually free) resources for OTs and other healthcare providers. With so many great leads popping up in my inbox almost daily, I ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on March 8, 2013
  • I Am A COTA

      This is a topic I've covered before, but I've always wanted to show the emblem I was given after passing my national exam. It was actually enclosed in the envelope with my passing test results. My certification exam was completed under AOTCB (American Occupational Therapy Certification Board) which used to be a part of AOTA (American ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 9, 2013
  • Dec. 5-9 is Older Driver Safety Week

    Keeping elderly drivers safe on the roads has been a growing area of practice for occupational therapists. To draw even greater attention to the issue, AOTA and AARP have teamed up to create a week-long awareness effort designed to educate the elderly, their caregivers as well as health care providers.The organizations have chosen a ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on December 2, 2011