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Working in Schools

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ot therapy boxIf you’re lucky, you have a therapy room or OT gym where you can work with your students. But not all school-based therapists have it so good. Some therapists have to adapt to their environment even if that means they treat students in empty classrooms, the cafeteria, or part of the library. Even if you have a dedicated therapy room, you may be sharing it with speech therapy and PT. You may not have the storage space to keep all your supplies. [continue reading…]

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Balancing Objectivity and Compassion as a School Nurse

by Howard Gerber on September 28, 2017

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compassion objectivity school nurseIf you’re working as a school nurse, you should maintain a balance between compassion and objectivity. If you become too emotionally involved with the children you care for, it can cloud your judgment. But you also don’t want to lose your compassion. For school nurses, a caring and empathetic attitude must be balanced with clinical skills. [continue reading…]

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school physical therapy interviewYou want to work as a school-based physical therapist and work with students? Working with children as a school physical therapist has many rewards. You’ll have the chance to help children overcome their challenges and reach their potential.

Working as a school PT is a desirable job for many therapists for several reasons. School-based physical therapists usually do not work evenings, weekends, or holidays, which can be a nice change of pace from other settings. Also, school-based physical therapists often have the chance to work with students over several months, which allows you to see the difference you’re making. But before you can develop any treatment plans, you need to land the job. The demand for school-based physical therapists may vary based on what part of the country you live.

One way to give yourself the edge against the competition is to ace your interview. Remember, it’s important always to be yourself, but a little preparation can also be helpful. Consider some of the following interview questions you might get asked as part of your interview prep. [continue reading…]

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school nurse medical recordsSchool nurses know how important it is to keep an accurate health file on each student. Health information that is easily available, up to date and accurate can be lifesaving. Whether your school maintains electronic medical records or paper files, it’s essential to make sure your student files are organized.

As with all health records, maintaining confidentiality is also critical. Be sure that you are following school policies and federal laws when sharing any medical information. There may be instances where you need to share pertinent health information with other staff, but that does not mean a staff member, such as a teacher, should have access to the student’s entire health record. [continue reading…]

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6 Back to School Tips for School Occupational Therapists

by Howard Gerber on August 10, 2017

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back to school ot tipsIt’s almost that time of year again. As the long days of summer end, it means it’s time to head back to school. For school-based occupational therapists, that might mean a new caseload and new students to work with. It’s always helpful to get off on the right foot from the start. Consider some of the following suggestions and tips for when you head back to school this year. [continue reading…]

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physical therapy skillsIf you’re working as a school-based physical therapist, you want to do the best job possible to help your students reach their academic potential. But have you reached your full potential as a therapist? Even good school-based therapists can find ways to improve and enhance their skills. Consider some of the following ways you can become an even better physical therapist.  [continue reading…]

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occupational therapy playSchool-based occupational therapists often use various toys, apps, and games during therapy sessions. Incorporating play into therapy sessions can be an effective way to assess students, work towards goals, and keep children engaged in therapy. If you’re stuck on where to start with play therapy, we’ve got you covered! [continue reading…]

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