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parent involvement speechAs a school-based speech therapist, the work you do with students not only makes a difference in their academic success but also their overall quality of life as well. Speech therapy can improve social interactions, cognitive skills, and self-esteem. To provide the best care possible, it’s helpful to partner with parents.

Parents can play a vital role in reinforcing therapy. Their involvement can make a difference in how fast your students meet their goals. Parent involvement can also affect student motivation. [continue reading…]

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Lessons Real Nurses Can Learn from Fictional Ones

by Jeremy Winograd on May 5, 2017

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nurses week tv nursesNational Nurses Week affords our nation’s nurses some much-deserved recognition. After all, considering everything nurses do in terms of patient care, administrative work, and generally acting as the gears that make our medical system run, they rarely get the credit they earn day in and day out. On the other hand, fictional movie and TV nurses often successfully capture viewers’ hearts and imaginations, at times shaping public perception of real-life nurses and what they do. So perhaps there are a few things nurses can learn from their large and small screen counterparts that will make their patients and the general population more appreciative of their hard work? To find out which of those lessons might be most relevant, let’s take a look at a random sampling of famous fictional nurses to see what positive attributes you as a non-fictional nurse can absorb from them – and which negative ones you should seek to avoid. [continue reading…]

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Being an Effective Nurse Mentor

by Howard Gerber on May 4, 2017

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nurse mentoringNurses make a difference in the life of their patients every day. But as a nurse, you can also have a big impact on other nurses. Being a mentor is an opportunity to help guide and support a new nurse. Whether you work as a traveler or a have a permanent position, being a mentor can be a fulfilling part of your job. Mentoring a new grad allows you the opportunity to help a rookie nurse increase their skills and build their confidence.

Keep in mind; new nurses often acclimate to their role and the unit with guidance from other staff including their preceptor. But you’re more than a mentor. As a preceptor, you’re a useful resource to help your new teammate take on the challenges that wait.  [continue reading…]

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School-Based Physical Therapy Activities

by Howard Gerber on April 27, 2017

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physical therapy activitiesSchool-based physical therapists work on a variety of skills and goals with their students. PT goals in a school setting often include navigating playground equipment or activities related to physical education classes. Therapy may also focus on helping students move from class to class or maintain balance while sitting at a desk.

Although the goals you work towards help students function better at school, which is beneficial both socially and academically, not all kids are excited to participate in therapy. If you’re working as a school-based physical therapist, you know how important it is to keep your students engaged in therapy. [continue reading…]

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Your Role in Your Patients’ Advance Care Plans

by Jeremy Winograd on April 16, 2017

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advance care planningNational Healthcare Decisions Day (something of a misnomer, since it’s been extended to an entire week this year) serves as a means of initiating often difficult conversations between Americans, their loved ones, and their healthcare providers, about living wills, end-of-life directives, and other types of advance care decisions. It’s understandable why many view such undertakings with trepidation, whether due to fear of death, or simply assuming it would be too much of a hassle. As a result, as many as three quarters of Americans don’t have some form of advance directive, including as many as one quarter of people aged 60 or older, for whom they are most crucial. [continue reading…]

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unmotivated studentLike all students, special needs children have various challenges, strengths, and abilities. Some children may be corporative and fully participate in therapy. The more motivated a student is, the more likely they are to try their best.

Other students may be uninterested and hard to motivate. You can’t force a student to work hard and be engaged in therapy, but you can implement several strategies to encourage them and keep them interested in therapy. [continue reading…]

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nursing focusOne great thing about nursing is all the options you have. There are dozens of nursing specialties to choose from. Whether you are a relatively new nurse deciding what to pursue, or are a seasoned provider looking to make a change, there are a lot of choices. Before you decide what the right specialty for you is, it’s helpful to ask yourself a few questions. [continue reading…]

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