Whether you’re a new grad or have been an occupational therapist for a while, you might be considering working as an OT in a school. If you enjoy working with children and long for a schedule where you have holidays and weekends off, working as a school-based occupational therapist can be a great option. However, keep in mind that working as a school occupational therapist is different from other settings, such as hospitals or nursing homes. Before you make your move, there are several things you should consider. [continue reading…]
If you work as a speech therapist, you’re probably already aware of the benefits of working in the profession. Speech therapists play a vital role in helping people overcome various language, speech, and swallowing problems. But if you have only worked in hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes, you might not know about the advantages of working as a school-based speech therapist. There are several great reasons for making the switch and working as a school speech therapist including the following: [continue reading…]
Whether 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…]
Working 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…]
If 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…]
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…]