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myths about school physical therapyPhysical therapists often start their career working in a hospital or nursing home. Another career option is working as a school-based therapist with children. If you have not worked as a school-based physical therapist, you might not be sure what to expect. Separating the misconceptions from facts can help you decide if school-based therapy is right for you. [continue reading…]

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OT for cerebral palseyAs an occupational therapist in a school setting, you probably work with children with all types of challenges, such as autism, learning disabilities, and muscular dystrophy. It’s also common for school-based OTs to treat students with cerebral palsy. When working with children with CP, it’s important to keep several things in mind. [continue reading…]

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Occupational Therapy Tools for School-Based Therapists

by Howard Gerber on November 30, 2017

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OT toolsSome students don’t mind having occupational therapy sessions. For other kids, therapy is a chore. Either way, providing therapy with the same old tools or activities can get boring. Students who are bored are often unmotivated. Even children who are enthusiastic about therapy, enjoy a change of pace.

Fortunately, school-based occupational therapists have all types of tools and toys to work on certain goals while still making therapy enjoyable.  Some tools are not just useful during therapy sessions. They can be helpful for teachers in the classroom who work with special needs students. Below are five types of occupational therapy tools you may want to consider. [continue reading…]

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Preparing for a Career as a Pediatric Physical Therapist

by Howard Gerber on October 26, 2017

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physical therapy pediatric certificationWhether you already work as a physical therapist or are still in school earning your degree, you might be thinking about specializing. One area of specialization to consider is working as a pediatric physical therapist. Before you take the next steps, do some research and consider these questions.  [continue reading…]

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ot therapy boxIf you’re lucky, you have a therapy room or OT gym where you can work with your students. But not all school-based therapists have it so good. Some therapists have to adapt to their environment even if that means they treat students in empty classrooms, the cafeteria, or part of the library. Even if you have a dedicated therapy room, you may be sharing it with speech therapy and PT. You may not have the storage space to keep all your supplies. [continue reading…]

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school physical therapy interviewYou want to work as a school-based physical therapist and work with students? Working with children as a school physical therapist has many rewards. You’ll have the chance to help children overcome their challenges and reach their potential.

Working as a school PT is a desirable job for many therapists for several reasons. School-based physical therapists usually do not work evenings, weekends, or holidays, which can be a nice change of pace from other settings. Also, school-based physical therapists often have the chance to work with students over several months, which allows you to see the difference you’re making. But before you can develop any treatment plans, you need to land the job. The demand for school-based physical therapists may vary based on what part of the country you live.

One way to give yourself the edge against the competition is to ace your interview. Remember, it’s important always to be yourself, but a little preparation can also be helpful. Consider some of the following interview questions you might get asked as part of your interview prep. [continue reading…]

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6 Back to School Tips for School Occupational Therapists

by Howard Gerber on August 10, 2017

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back to school ot tipsIt’s almost that time of year again. As the long days of summer end, it means it’s time to head back to school. For school-based occupational therapists, that might mean a new caseload and new students to work with. It’s always helpful to get off on the right foot from the start. Consider some of the following suggestions and tips for when you head back to school this year. [continue reading…]

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