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  • Back in the Pool

    For about twenty five years, I swam laps in an indoor pool near my house once or twice a day almost daily. My form was never great, and my swim lasted only about twenty minutes. After my swim I'd sometimes stay for use of the steam room or the whirlpool. When I was finished, I came out feeling clean and relaxed, like a blob of spaghetti, yet ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on August 26, 2015
  • PTs Learning from OTs

    While there are many important differences between the physical and occupational therapy fields, it is more often than not found that each profession can learn a lot from the other. Back in July I went to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors ...
  • Why Nothing Will Change at the APTA

    In my last blog, I described my concerns that nothing will change with the APTA, expensive consultant group or not. I expect them to continue with the same message but repackage with new words. I see subtlety in their future. The reason I don't expect change is simple. The same people will still be in charge. No one is stepping down from a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 19, 2015
  • 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
  • Is the APTA Repackaging an Old Message?

    I've spent more time thinking about the ''new'' APTA. This could be a golden opportunity for the APTA to reinvent itself and address the needs of its current non-members. By asking questions and actually listening to the answers, its membership might grow and it could become a true association of the profession. Alas, I just don't think so. I ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 29, 2015
  • Taking the Emotion Out of the Emotion

    I've been working with a nurse with severe anxiety and symptoms of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). I introduced her to Open Focus attention and many other ideas that I intuitively felt would be helpful to her. She looked quite different when I saw her the next day, appearing less anxious and generally brighter. I asked if she implemented ...
    Posted to Energizing Healthcare (Weblog) on July 28, 2015
  • The Neurocognitive Engagement Therapy (NET) Program

    I recently took a trip to Allentown, Pa. to visit Phoebe Ministries, a non-profit, multi-facility organization specializing in health care, housing, and support services for seniors, and learn about a breakthrough program that will pave a more sufficient path for patients with Dementia and other cognitive impairments. The Neurocognitive ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on July 24, 2015
  • A Glimmer of Hope for the PT Profession

    Last weekend I attended a Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) meeting. The purpose was to rethink our strategy for the next few years. It seems the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has been researching why its message isn't being received. Thousands of dollars were spent on consultants to tell them why this has been ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 22, 2015
  • Texas Is Getting Another PT School

    I recently learned Houston is getting another PT school. It's still in the planning stages. They are looking for individuals to develop and open the school. I'm not sure how long that takes but I would guess it will be a few years before the first class is accepted. I find this unbelievable. Texas has more PT schools than almost any other state. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 15, 2015
  • When your Friend has ALS

    What do you say when your friend tells you that her brother, whom you know, and a man in his mid-fifties who is in the prime of his life, has just been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS), the disease that the general public knows as Lou Gehrig's disease? It's tough to come up with words of comfort for a friend or relative who has ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on July 13, 2015
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