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Working in Schools

8 Reasons Working as a School PT is Awesome

by Howard Gerber on March 9, 2017

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school physical therapist perksWorking as a physical therapist is a great career choice. Physical therapists help people improve movement, balance and strength. Knowing this makes working as a therapist in any setting fulfilling. If you’ve ever considered working as a school-based physical therapist, it can offer even more rewards. [continue reading…]

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sensory sensitivity therapyIf you’re working as a school-based occupational, physical, or speech therapist, at some point, you’re likely to work with children with sensory processing disorder. Although it may vary, children on the autism spectrum often have sensory processing disorder. But the condition can also affect kids who are not on the autism spectrum.

Sensory processing disorder involves either hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to sensory stimuli. The disorder can affect any sense including taste, touch, sound, sight, and smell. Some children may have hypersensitivity to one type of stimuli, such as touch. For other children, more than one sense may be involved. Usually, to be diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, the condition must interfere with everyday functioning. [continue reading…]

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Six Myths About Working as a School Nurse

by Howard Gerber on February 9, 2017

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school nurse mythsIf you are considering making a switch and working as a school nurse, you have a lot to consider. Working in a school setting is very different than working in a clinical setting, such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center. While it may be nice to work during school hours and possibly have summers and holidays off, school nursing is not a walk in the park.

There are several misconceptions about what a school nurse does and what working in a school involves. Continue reading to separate myths from the facts. [continue reading…]

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Sensory-Friendly Experiences for Children with Autism

by Jeremy Winograd on January 26, 2017

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sensory friendly facilitiesFor parents and caretakers with autistic kids, simply venturing out the door and into public can sometimes be risky business. The vibrant crowds, bright colors, and noisy hubbub that may delight most kids can quickly trigger autistic children’s hypersensitivity to sights, sounds, and smells. Fortunately, as public acceptance and understanding of autism has increased, so too have the number of companies and other institutions willing to do more to accommodate the peculiarities of the condition that affects so many. Here are just a few of the sensory-friendly experiences that have recently begun to make going out less daunting for tykes with autism. [continue reading…]

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Five Occupational Therapy Apps for School-Based Therapists

by Howard Gerber on January 12, 2017

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OT appsWorking as a school-based therapist is rewarding but can also be a challenge. It’s not always easy to keep students interested. Getting students engaged in therapy is half the battle. That’s where technology and apps may help.

Although you don’t want to rely solely on screen time, certain apps can be useful. Integrating various therapy apps into your treatments sessions can increase participation, interest and make therapy something kids enjoy.  [continue reading…]

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7 Suggestions to be Successful as a School Speech Therapist

by Howard Gerber on December 29, 2016

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school speech therapist tipsWorking as a school-based speech therapist can be rewarding, but it can also be a challenging career. If you are a new therapist, you might not have a lot of confidence and experience to rely on. Even if you are a seasoned speech therapist, working in a school is different than working in a medical setting, such as a nursing home or hospital. Fortunately, there are several things to increase your chances of success: [continue reading…]

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school-therapistSpeech, physical, and occupational therapists are vital to helping children who have certain challenges reach their full potential in school. Working as a therapist in a school setting can be a rewarding and satisfying career path. To be an effective school therapist, it’s helpful to keep several things in mind.  [continue reading…]

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