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Occupational Therapy for Toddlers

by Howard Gerber on October 4, 2010

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When mentioning in passing the need for occupational therapy for toddlers I often hear a variation of the joke that children don’t need occupational therapy – they don’t have an occupation! While this may at first seem slightly humorous, in fact toddlers do have an occupation. They are working to learn the rules of our adult society every day. They are trying to learn fine motor skills so they can hold a pen to write up a report one day. They are trying to learn visual perceptual skills so they are able to take unspoken cues from friends and future coworkers. These skills, and others, are essential for a child to lean on if they are going to be successful adults. This is the occupation of a toddler, learning to be a grown up. [continue reading…]

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US Physical and Occupational Therapy Employment Trends

by Howard Gerber on September 20, 2010

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Think there’s no future in healthcare? Notice it’s getting harder to find staff and healthcare professionals?

If you were to glance at a list of the country’s hottest jobs, you may get a surprise. Healthcare practitioners such as chiropractors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists now make up 42% of jobs within the industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They also say healthcare-related jobs make up 10 of the country’s 20 fastest growing jobs[i]. [continue reading…]

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Looking at Physical Therapy Work Environments

by Howard Gerber on August 16, 2010

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As a physical therapist, you have a variety of work environments from which to choose. If you want a traditional office setting, that is certainly one possibility, as about 60 percent of all physical therapist jobs are located in either the offices of a health practitioner or within a hospital. However, if you would rather work with a specific demographic or if you want to work outside of the box, that is also possible. [continue reading…]

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When Generic Drugs Matter

by Angela Stevens on May 26, 2010

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I have often been given conflicting advice about brand versus generic medications. My great aunt, who is now in her nineties, refuses to take any type of generic medication because her pharmacist once told her they are not identical to the generic versions and it was best to stick with the original. This has cost her thousands upon thousands of dollars over the years.

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Of course, I do not rely only on advice from my great aunt. There have also been numerous investigative reports that indicate that generic guidelines are not as rigorously controlled as those followed by the original patent holder. However, in all fairness, the primary differences are not in the active ingredients, but rather in the fillers and the time release mechanisms. In fact, the FDA requires that generics be the bioequivalent of the original medication, but they are not allowed to look like the original, which means the generic drugs are supposed to look different. So when do those two things really matter? To find out, I spoke with two of my doctors and my pharmacist regarding a few of my own specific questions. [continue reading…]

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COTA: Role of a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

by Angela Stevens on April 27, 2010

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A certified occupational therapy assistant, more easily referred to as a COTA, plays an essential role in the field of occupational therapy. The COTA works directly with an occupational therapist in any number of settings including hospitals, clinics, schools, and treatment centers. Usually the COTA helps provide rehabilitation for patients who are suffering from a variety of medical problems. These problems may be physical, emotional, mental, or developmental depending on the type of facility the COTA is serving.

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To become an occupational therapist assistant, you must receive and associate degree or certification from a special training program. While this is helpful and necessary, most training will occur on the job, as techniques and preferences vary depending on the occupational therapist the COTA will be working with. [continue reading…]

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5 Environments for a Physical Therapist

by Angela Stevens on March 9, 2010

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I am affectionately referred to by my friends and family as “coordination deficient.” My mom has even joked that my middle name should be “Grace,” just to be ironic. I have broken a finger, several toes, a wrist, and an ankle. Between car accidents, falls, and a variety of most improbable accidents, I have sprained just about everything that can be sprained. Because of this, I have come to know and love, or loathe, depending on how they are treating me, a variety of physical therapists. I think it is interesting that there are so many places this profession can thrive. I suppose I never really thought about where I was sent for my physical therapy until the time I was sent to a nursing home. Which brings me to five of the places a physical therapist can find a home.

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What Does a Physical Therapist Assistant Do?

by Angela Stevens on February 8, 2010

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I am what some might call slightly-to-moderately accident prone. Okay, I admit it. I have had to go through numerous bouts of physical therapy for various accidents. It is not like I’m reckless, far from it actually. I am safety girl. I wear my seatbelt, look both ways when I cross the street… heck, I don’t even speed. But I swear I’m an accident magnet.

Physical therapy assistant helps works with patient's knee.

Which brings me back to physical therapy. I’ve never been to the same clinic twice, but I have noticed there are always physical therapy assistants floating around – often helping me, because I obviously need the help. At first I was a bit miffed that I wasn’t always getting the top dog physical therapist, but I eventually realized that a physical therapy assistant was pretty darn useful, too. So, what does a physical therapy assistant do? [continue reading…]

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