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Working in Schools

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oppositional defiant disorder occupational therapistAs a school-based occupational therapist, you may treat children with various conditions including oppositional defiant disorder. Most children occasionally test boundaries. Teens may become a little rebellious. Toddlers might frequently say no to a caregiver and do what they want. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is different.

According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, it is estimated that one to sixteen percent of school-age children have oppositional defiant disorder. Since not all children are diagnosed, it is difficult to determine an exact percentage.

The cause of oppositional defiant disorder is not fully understood. Children with the disorder often have signs of the condition from an early age. [continue reading…]

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Should You Get a School Nursing Certification?

by Howard Gerber on May 17, 2018

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school nursing certificationSchool nurses are required to have a registered nursing license. Most schools also prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree. But there are also various types of certifications for nurses to enhance their skills and marketability. If you work as a school nurse, you may want to consider earning a school nursing certification. [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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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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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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