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fidgety studentWhether you’re working as an occupational or speech therapist in a school setting, it can be a challenge to work with kids who can’t sit still. Some children with certain conditions, such as Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder, may have sensory processing issues, which results in a decreased attention span.

In some cases, even children who don’t have a diagnosis of either condition can have trouble remaining still long enough to cooperate and get through therapy. In fact, one of the reasons some kids are referred to occupational therapy is because they have trouble sitting still in class.

Before you can develop strategies to help your students sit still, try to identify the reason behind their inability to focus. [continue reading…]

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occupational therapy with autismWorking with autistic students in school can be a rewarding yet challenging job for an occupational therapist. Whether you have experience providing therapy to autistic children or are new to working with this population, there is always something you can learn or improve on, such as the following suggestions. [continue reading…]

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school speech therapistIf you’re considering making the transition from a rehabilitation center or hospital speech therapist to a school-based therapist, there are certain traits and skills that will help you succeed. Although you need a strong desire to help people regardless of the setting you work in, there are additional traits that are helpful to becoming and succeeding as a school-based speech therapist.  Consider the list below. [continue reading…]

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Donate Life

by Howard Gerber on June 1, 2016

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One of our primary focuses at work is our Sunbelt Cares initiative through which we support causes in our communities. This time, it’s a cause that’s right in our work community, for one of our very own. On today’s blog, we’re introducing you to Wayne Bridges, a Sunbelt National Account Executive, who is currently fighting a very tough battle.

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For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Wayne Bridges and I have worked the last 8 ½ years for the greatest company ever, Sunbelt Staffing in Tampa, FL (Shameless plug, I know).  Four years ago, I received a new kidney from my wife after 6 months of being on dialysis.  After 3 years of a healthy lifestyle my body began to reject my new kidney and I’ve been fighting that battle for the last 10 months.  I have recently restarted dialysis and I am going through the process to be approved for another transplant.  I share this story with you because I want to bring awareness to the shortage of donor organs in the U.S. WAYNE

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that nearly 30,000 patients began new lives in 2015 thanks to organ transplants (from 8,500 deceased and 6,000 living donors)
  • About 58% of patients awaiting lifesaving transplants are minorities
  • There are approximately 120,000 people waiting for an organ transplant
  • Another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes
  • Sadly, 8,000 people die each year – 22 people each day – because the organs they need are not donated in time.
  • The average wait time for a kidney transplant is 3-5 years

So what can be done about the shortage?  I’m glad you asked.  I know something like this is a very personal decision but if you feel like this is something you can and want to support, here are a few paths to consider.

I am just one of many people that are in need of a lifesaving transplant.  I have always said and believe there are people around me that are in greater need than myself and that is why I chose to be  a voice for those in need like me. I know from experience that I am not alone and will face whatever comes my way with the love and support of family, friends and my Sunbelt family. I hope you will consider supporting organ donation and anyone that this affects.

Thank you so much for reading this post.

#Determined

WAYNE1

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school physical therapistIf 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…]

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collaboration therapists parentsIf 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…]

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Six Tips to Land a Therapy Job in a School Setting

by Howard Gerber on April 14, 2016

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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…]

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