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  • Sometimes You Say the Right Thing

    Last week I wrote about my latest conflict at work. The others want to use capital budget to purchase a mechanical lift. I am opposed because mechanical lift transfers aren't functional. The patient is a passive participant. Last Saturday I was teaching a course in Florida. During the section on transfers I talk about mechanical lifts. I make the ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 8, 2014
  • Benefits of PT Student Involvement

    This week I was awarded a grant to attend the National Student Conclave. The grant covers airfare, hotel and registration to the conference. Of course, I was very happy to receive the grant but was also eager to share with my peers the benefits of being involved. The grant was through my university and any student, from any program, wanting to ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on October 8, 2014
  • Believe the Premise

    If someone told us in 1769 there would be horseless carriages (automobiles), we may have laughed and dismissed that person as a lunatic. Would you have believed someone if he told you back in 1969 that linking four universities would eventually lead to the Internet? What about if a Star Trek fan told you 20 years ago that the use of ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on October 2, 2014
  • Anne Frank's House

    One of the great benefits of living in England is that the rest of Europe is very close by. I got to enjoy a mini-break in Amsterdam this weekend while my partner gave a speech for his work. The last time I was in Amsterdam was on Yom Kippur, the one day of the year the Anne Frank house is closed. I was not missing it this time! It was an ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on October 1, 2014
  • Promoting Functional Transfers

    My facility is looking at capital budget for next year. We've all been asked to submit requests for equipment. The process is pretty simple. We submit a list of items we desperately need. Later we're told we can have one or two of them sometime during the next year. Usually I limit my requests to more wheelchairs and wheelchair cushions. This ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 30, 2014
  • Unjustified Clinic Fears

    Last week's blog was about my nervousness going into the first clinic week. I'm happy to report that all of my anxiety was for nothing, I had a great 8 hours in the clinic! The professors did quiz us a lot, but not knowing the answers wasn't a big deal and I identified my weaknesses. More importantly, I learned a ton! I was especially impressed ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on September 29, 2014
  • End-of-Life Therapy

    I recently had a conversation with a small group of close friends and former colleagues who also happen to be PTAs. As we're all kindred spirits at this point, having worked closely together in a SNF setting for years -- we laughed and commiserated over our shared experiences. One of my friends posed the question to us all regarding our opinions ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • The Weighted Vest Debate

    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. Several studies were posted supporting this that I'm listing here: ● Pilot Study of ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • PT Payday

    When I was in high school, I worked at a local camera and photo studio -- it was a really fun job. I learned how to develop film and pick out mats for framing. It was probably where I developed my organizational skills, by following the rules of the shop to keep all the film negatives in order and prepared for customers to pick up. The business ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on September 26, 2014
  • My New Job

    I recently changed from one employer to the next. I still work at the same facility but rather than working for a contract company, I work as an ''in-house'' therapist. There was no real change in the caseload or patients I see, so the transition was relatively flawless in that regard. The other big advantage I wish other employers would do as ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on September 25, 2014
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