Children achieve many developmental milestones in their first five years, such as walking, talking, and developing social skills, but not all children reach milestones as predicted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six kids have some type of disability. Whether a disability involves a physical issue or learning delay, early intervention can make a difference. That’s where occupational therapists come in. [continue reading…]
Working with autistic students in school can be a rewarding yet challenging job for an occupational therapist. Whether you have experience providing therapy to autistic children or are new to working with this population, there is always something you can learn or improve on, such as the following suggestions. [continue reading…]
If you’re an occupational therapist working in a school setting, you know collaboration between teachers, parents, and therapists is vital to the success of the student. It’s important for occupational therapists to remember that it takes a team effort to ensure maximum benefit for each student.
So how is effective collaboration defined? Collaboration may involve different things in different situations. But in general, it means working together for the common goal of helping the student reach their potential academically and socially. [continue reading…]
There are a lot of great opportunities if you are interested in working in an allied health profession – including physical, occupational, and speech therapy. All three careers offer the chance to help people improve their functioning and quality of life. If you are trying to decide what type of therapy career suits you best, learning about each is a good first step. [continue reading…]
Most people pay for medical so they won’t have to pay as much when they need health care. However, some services cost patients almost as much with insurance as without. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are often classified the same by insurance companies as treatment received by a specialist like a cardiologist or oncologist. Because of this, the co-pay is higher for these visits, which are usually more frequent than those required by others in this category. For instance, a stroke victim may need to see a speech therapist and an occupational therapist twice a week. If their co-pay is $32, the average according to The Kaiser Family Foundation, the weekly fee can quickly become out of reach for many patients. [continue reading…]
Sometimes we don’t give a second thought about our ability to complete simple tasks: walking to the mailbox, reading a magazine, organizing our calendars and important files, enjoying social interactions with friends and loved ones, etc. Next thing you know, suddenly things change and the abilities we once took for granted may not be counted on anymore. [continue reading…]
The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, or OJOT, is a brand new concept in the world of professional journals. For those looking for a way to connect with others in their profession or who are interested in becoming published in an academic journal, this journal will be a blessing. The journal is being published through the Western Michigan University Department of Occupational Therapy and will be published quarterly. The inaugural edition will be available in the fall of 2012 and is currently accepting admissions from interested parties. [continue reading…]