If you are transitioning from a clinic or hospital-based physical therapist job to a school-based PT job, you may have an idea about how they are different. After all, you know you will be working with children and teens in an educational environment as opposed to a clinical setting. Although the foundations of your responsibilities as a physical therapist are similar, there are also many differences to be aware of. Consider some of the following questions and answers regarding the differences between clinically-based and school-based PT work. [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…]
If you’re an occupational therapist, speech therapist, or physical therapist trying to move into school-based therapy, there are several things to consider. Although experience as a therapist in a hospital, nursing home, or rehab setting is helpful, working in a school setting is different. But with the right game plan and advanced planning, you can transition into school-based therapy. Consider some of the following suggestions: [continue reading…]
If you have worked as an occupational therapist in a hospital or rehabilitation center, you know how fulfilling the job can be. But switching gears and working in a school setting can bring additional rewards and benefits.
Occupational therapists are needed in public and private schools to work with children from kindergarten through high school and up to age 21. Therapists may also find employment in early intervention programs working with preschool age children.
School-based occupational therapists focus on addressing educational needs to promote students participation and performance in school. This may involve focusing on sensory and functional needs, as well as social skills. If you’re considering working as a school based occupational therapist, consider some following benefits. [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…]
Working as a physician assistant can be an exciting and fulfilling career choice. Although they work under the direction of a doctor, physician assistants have a lot of independence on the job. In many cases, physician assistants perform many of the same tasks as a doctor. For example, physician assistants may perform physical exams, take medical histories, and order and interpret diagnostic tests. [continue reading…]
Michelle Westfall, MS, MT-BC, the first ever musical therapist we hired at Sunbelt Staffing, will be speaking to a global audience of musical therapy professionals at the 2015 Online Conference for Music Therapy (OCMT)! [continue reading…]