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School-based Occupational Therapy For Children

by Howard Gerber on October 4, 2019

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teens occupational therapyOccupational therapy is beneficial at any age, especially during the childhood years. The ability for a child to experience and play is what drives cognitive, social and physical growth. An OT is able to evaluate a child’s current skills to determine if they should require additional support. Occupational therapy can help children learn ways to deal with academic and social challenges that they may face due to their disability. [continue reading…]

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Speech Therapy After Traumatic Brain Injury

by Howard Gerber on August 16, 2019

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speech therapy traumatic brain injurySchool-based speech therapists work with children with various types of conditions, such as down syndrome, autism, and cleft-palates. Although it might not be as common, school speech therapists also treat children who have had traumatic brain injuries (TBI). According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, about 18% of speech therapists who work in a school setting treat children with traumatic brain injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries in children may result from car accidents, falls, and sports-related injuries. Non-accidental brain injuries from abuse can also occur in children. Depending on the extent of the injury, children may have cognitive, physical, and speech impairments. [continue reading…]

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School-Based Physical Therapy Role FAQs

by Howard Gerber on July 24, 2019

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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 Physical 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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School Occupational Therapy Goals to Consider

by Howard Gerber on July 8, 2019

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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 education 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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Top 6 Free Resources for School Nurses

by Howard Gerber on July 2, 2019

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school nurse resourcesWorking as a school nurse often means you are the only medical professional onsite. School nurses should be comfortable working independently and trusting their own judgment. Even if you are used to working alone, it’s nice to have resources that provide information and support. Nurses are the heart of healthcare and providing free resources in order for them to continue to thrive in their career is essential. Self-learning is beneficial to career development, as it is motivated based on one’s desire to learn more about a specific area and presents the opportunity for one to learn at their own pace. By pursuing additional resources, nurses are able to discover an abundance of information including how to handle unexpected situations. Several resources may be beneficial for school nurses, including those listed below. [continue reading…]

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A Full Guide to Occupational Therapy Shadowing

by Howard Gerber on June 27, 2019

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For students considering a career as an occupational therapist, shadowing is one of the best ways to get an idea of what an OT does. Occupational therapists focus is on developing fine motor skills, visual-perception skills, cognitive skills and sensory-processing deficits. They help patients to fully engage with daily activities such as eating and driving. Along with shadowing in settings, such as a hospital or clinic, it’s also beneficial to see OTs at work in other areas. Shadowing a school-based occupational therapist is one option to consider. By doing so, participants are not only able to understand the functions of an OT but can experience how the job is performed.   [continue reading…]

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School Psychologist vs. School Counselor

by Howard Gerber on June 10, 2019

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Today’s children are more frequently diagnosed with anxiety than in the past, and are more likely to experience bullying in school. Problems like these can have negative effects on children’s mental health as well as their academic performance—and as a result, school support personnel such as school psychologists and school counselors are increasingly important for school-aged children, as well as parents, teachers and others who work with kids.

Both school psychologists and school counselors both play critical roles in the lives of students. While their roles are frequently confused, these professions are distinctly different.

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