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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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physical therapy skillsIf you’re working as a school-based physical therapist, you want to do the best job possible to help your students reach their academic potential. But have you reached your full potential as a therapist? Even good school-based therapists can find ways to improve and enhance their skills. Consider some of the following ways you can become an even better physical therapist.  [continue reading…]

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occupational therapy playSchool-based occupational therapists often use various toys, apps, and games during therapy sessions. Incorporating play into therapy sessions can be an effective way to assess students, work towards goals, and keep children engaged in therapy. If you’re stuck on where to start with play therapy, we’ve got you covered! [continue reading…]

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rural travel assignmentPeople become healthcare travelers for a variety of reasons. Some people love the opportunity to work in different facilities every 13 weeks. Others want to see the country.

When you consider where to go for your next assignment, cities like Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles may come to mind. But smaller, rural communities also need healthcare travelers in a variety of disciplines including nursing and physical and occupational therapy. So, how do you choose? Don’t discount one setting over the other until you consider the following factors: [continue reading…]

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home physical therapy activitiesBoth physical and occupational therapists working in a school setting only have so much time with each student. That’s where home therapy exercises can help. A home therapy exercise program is just what it sounds like. It involves parents carrying out specific exercises or activities at home that reinforce what the child is working on with the therapist.

Even motivated students who work hard during therapy sessions can benefit from a home exercise program. Unfortunately, not all students who are given a home therapy program will follow through and stick with it. [continue reading…]

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OT burnoutIf you already work as a school-based occupational therapist, you probably know how rewarding it can be. Therapists help children reach their academic potential, but that’s not all. They also make a difference in a child’s overall wellbeing.

Although working as a school-based OT is fulfilling, it can also be stressful and has many challenges. Unfortunately, some therapists become burnt-out from the stress. Understanding why burnout occurs and what you can do to prevent it can help you stay on the right track. [continue reading…]

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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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