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  • AOTA Annual Conference Coming to Chicago

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has issued a press release announcing that an estimated 10,000 occupational therapy clinicians, educators, and students will gather in Chicago to attend the organization's 96th Annual Conference & Expo from April 7-10. The signature event presents an opportunity for OT professionals to ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on March 11, 2016
  • OT and PT Stand Out in 2016 ‘Best Jobs' Ranking

    Every year, professionals, students and prospective students across the country eagerly await ''The 100 Best Jobs'' ranking published by U.S. News & World Report. The just-released 2016 list offers great reason for occupational and physical therapy professionals to feel proud, and for students to feel optimistic about pursuing ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on February 4, 2016
  • OT and English Learner Students

    Passionate about genealogy, I learned a long time ago that my grandparents and those before them were immigrants -- mainly from Ukraine, Kiev, Pale of Settlement, Poland and Hungary. My ancestors came to America between 1880 and 1921 through Ellis Island and other American and Canadian ports, knowing little to no English. They were ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on January 12, 2016
  • OT Practitioners Are Headed to Capitol Hill

    The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) just issued a press release this week declaring that hundreds of OT clinicians, educators, and students from across the United States will meet with elected officials Sept. 28 on Capitol Hill. They intend to discuss key legislative issues affecting the profession and the current state ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on September 18, 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
  • The Future of COTAs

    Healthcare reform, the economic recession, reduced insurance reimbursements, Medicare and Medicaid cutbacks -- how will this affect the future of the COTA? Some people are quite nervous right now, thinking that Obamacare will eliminate the COTA position. Others are worried that the planned Medicare cuts will decrease salaries. Some have stated ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on October 18, 2013
  • Student Loans

      A bit off my normal topics today, but the recent student loan debates in Congress makes me think where the next class of professionals will come from. If you've read anything about the student loan talks going on, you know that President Obama wants to raise the interest rates on student loans to double the current rate. Today (June 27, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 27, 2013
  • COTA Salaries and Hours

      I see many COTAs who enter the profession for the salary. Some may not know what they are getting into; others have done their research and are aware of what the job entails. I definitely know that I was not fully aware of some of the things I would do over my years as a COTA, but that's another story.   Yes the pay is decent as a ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 19, 2013
  • COTA Schools and Jobs

      As the number of schools increase that teach the OTA program, are the graduates able to find jobs? One source I follow says no, but others say they are finding job offers. The one common thread I am finding though is some COTAs are completing three or more interviews before landing a job.   I do see changes in Medicare happening, ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on June 11, 2013
  • Hygiene in the Clinic

     At work today another staff member cautioned me to wash my hands often, as there seemed to be a bug in the building. Back in school I remember the importance that was stressed with proper hand washing techniques, before and after treatment with each patient, before and after eating, and after any ADL's. As a teacher I remember teaching the ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on March 5, 2013
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