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Goal Writing for School-Based Occupational Therapists

by Howard Gerber on February 15, 2018

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occupational therapy goalsIf you work as a school-based occupational therapist, you are probably no stranger to writing reports. One of the most important reports you create is the student’s individualized educational program (IEP). The IEP goals guide the school-based team and are critical to the work you do with your students. Good goal writing helps you stay focused and may help your students reach their potential. [continue reading…]

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7 Things to Avoid as a School-Based Physical Therapist

by Howard Gerber on January 25, 2018

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things to avoid in physical therapyDuring physical therapy school, you learned a lot. You know all about anatomy, human development, and therapeutic modalities. You probably also learned the importance of motivating your students, working well with teachers, and juggling the responsibilities of the job.

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School Nursing Legal Questions and Answers

by Howard Gerber on January 11, 2018

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school nurse legal questionsWorking as a school nurse is a lot different than other settings, such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center. If you’re new to school nursing, you may have some questions about liability and other legal concerns. Below are some common questions and answers regarding school nursing. [continue reading…]

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myths about school physical therapyPhysical therapists often start their career working in a hospital or nursing home. Another career option is working as a school-based therapist with children. If you have not worked as a school-based physical therapist, you might not be sure what to expect. Separating the misconceptions from facts can help you decide if school-based therapy is right for you. [continue reading…]

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OT for cerebral palseyAs an occupational therapist in a school setting, you probably work with children with all types of challenges, such as autism, learning disabilities, and muscular dystrophy. It’s also common for school-based OTs to treat students with cerebral palsy. When working with children with CP, it’s important to keep several things in mind. [continue reading…]

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Occupational Therapy Tools for School-Based Therapists

by Howard Gerber on November 30, 2017

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OT toolsSome students don’t mind having occupational therapy sessions. For other kids, therapy is a chore. Either way, providing therapy with the same old tools or activities can get boring. Students who are bored are often unmotivated. Even children who are enthusiastic about therapy, enjoy a change of pace.

Fortunately, school-based occupational therapists have all types of tools and toys to work on certain goals while still making therapy enjoyable.  Some tools are not just useful during therapy sessions. They can be helpful for teachers in the classroom who work with special needs students. Below are five types of occupational therapy tools you may want to consider. [continue reading…]

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8 Strategies for Less Stress as a School Nurse

by Howard Gerber on November 9, 2017

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school nurse stress managementNursing can be a stressful job at times. If you work as a school nurse, there are also added challenges. In a hospital setting, nurses have the support of other medical staff. In a school, nurses usually are the only medical professionals onsite, which means they have to work well independently.

Fortunately, there are several things a school nurse can do to ease stress including the following: [continue reading…]

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