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5 Important Duties of a School-Based Physical Therapist

by Howard Gerber on October 11, 2018

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school physical therapist dutiesIf you are new to working as a school-based physical therapist or you have not made the switch yet from a hospital setting, you might not be familiar with all the duties. School-based physical therapists have many responsibilities. They assess students for therapy, develop a treatment plan, and administer therapy. But there are also other duties that are important including the following: [continue reading…]

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back to school therapyAs summer wraps up, it means it is time to start another school year. If you are a school-based occupational, speech or physical therapist, you’ll meet the students on your caseload and start working on IEPs. The start of the school year is a fresh start and a great time to develop new treatment strategies.

In order to start the school year off on the right foot, it’s helpful to keep several things in mind including the following suggestions: [continue reading…]

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speech therapy trachSchool-based speech therapists work with children with a variety of hearing, communication, and language disorders. Some conditions may require the child to undergo a tracheostomy. Therapists need to have a good understanding of the challenges and impact a trach has on speech and language development in children. [continue reading…]

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school OT questionsSchool-based occupational therapists work with children to help them reach their academic potential. Therapists that think they may be a good fit for school-based therapy should consider several factors before making the leap. [continue reading…]

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occupational therapist teamOccupational therapists are often part of a multidisciplinary team to treat patients. Many of the people that receive occupational therapy can also benefit from other services and therapies. In a hospital setting, occupational therapists often work together with doctors, nurses, and discharge planners to treat patients.

A school-based occupational therapist also has a team. Working effectively with your team allows you to provide better services to your students. Your team can also be a source of information and support.

If you are new to school-based therapy, it’s helpful to learn about what each team member does and how you can work together to help your students reach their goals. [continue reading…]

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school speech therapist skillsSpeech therapists need to have certain traits and skills, such as compassion, good communication, and patience, but that’s not all. If you are planning to work as a school-based speech therapist with children, there are also additional skills and traits you need to be successful.

As a therapist, it’s important to take an honest look at the skills you need to work on. Remember most of us, could always improve on something. Below are five skills and traits, school-based therapists should master. [continue reading…]

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oppositional defiant disorder occupational therapistAs a school-based occupational therapist, you may treat children with various conditions including oppositional defiant disorder. Most children occasionally test boundaries. Teens may become a little rebellious. Toddlers might frequently say no to a caregiver and do what they want. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is different.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, it is estimated that one to sixteen percent of school-age children have oppositional defiant disorder. Since not all children are diagnosed, it is difficult to determine an exact percentage.

The cause of oppositional defiant disorder is not fully understood. Children with the disorder often have signs of the condition from an early age. [continue reading…]

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