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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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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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