Category: Occupational Therapy

Innovative Rehab Therapies

  As rehab professionals you are up to speed on the latest and greatest therapeutic trends, technologies and equipment available.  However, trying to keep up with all those advances and integrating them into your patient workload can sometimes be daunting.  It’s good to know that you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel and that ….

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Occupational Therapists Have More Fun

Who says OTs aren’t imaginative and funny?  Not us…and below are the videos to prove it!  So sit back and enjoy these 5 creative endeavors from some current and future colleagues, just in time for Occupational Therapy Month:  OT Rap Style  OT Oops  Revenge Of The MOTs  OT Prof Gets Creative  OT Terms…Say What? Want ….

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Advocate For Occupational Therapy

I saw a T-shirt today that read “Occupational Therapist (It’s okay, no one knows what we do)”… ouch… but is there any truth to it?  Maybe the profession has what can only be described as a branding problem? Surely you have seen some evidence of that. For example, how many times have you personally explained ….

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We ♥ OTs and COTAs!

If it’s April it must be Occupational Therapy Month…36 years and counting!  Centra applauds all the dedicated Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapists working tirelessly to enhance their clients’ quality of life using everyday activities as therapy. You make a significant and lasting difference in people’s lives! Somehow just saying “Thanks” seems so inadequate, ….

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Odds And Ends

April is not only Occupational Therapy Month but also Autism Awareness Month.  If you are an OT with ASD clients, you already know how life changing your practice is!  But it doesn’t hurt to remind you and inform others.  That is what our “Odds and Ends” for this month hopes to do.  We provide links ….

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Five Apps for Cardiac Care OT

Chronic fatigue, cognitive impairment and reduced overall fitness following heart failure can affect a patient’s ability to perform everyday activities and their mindset. The role of occupational therapy in recovery from heart failure, as stipulated by AOTA, is to address: “ strategies to conserve energy and reduce the demands of activities, while integrating appropriate physical ….

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A Pinterest Board of OT/OTA Gift Ideas

Still time to show appreciation for your favorite Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant! Check out our Pinterest board of 34 gift ideas for colleagues or for yourself in celebration of the 34th OT Month! Follow allwrite4u’s board Occupational Therapy on Pinterest.

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Five Occupational Therapy Videos That Will Make You Smile

Occupational Therapy is serious business, but that doesn’t mean rehab professionals lack a sense of humor or creativity.   Here are some of our favorite videos from OTs of the future: 1.  These SLU graduate students prove that professional pride and a great pair of lungs are always inspiring: 2.  Georgia Regent’s University students get their ….

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Top Ten Occupational Therapy Programs

It’s April and Occupational Therapy Month!  In honor of that, we are listing U.S. News and World Report’s top 10 OT graduate schools.  Rankings reflect 156 AOTA certified  programs nationwide and are based on peer assessment surveys collected in 2012 which were sent to deans, administrators and faculty members of those institutions.  As a caveat ….

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Mind Over Matter, Or Matter Over Mind: Pain Management & OT

Could your brain structure determine how you tolerate pain?  A recent study by American and Israeli scientists suggests that the amount of grey matter in certain areas of your brain directly impacts your pain sensitivity.  Specifically they examined the posterior cingulate cortex, cuneus and areas of the posterior parietal cortex involved in daydreaming and attention, ….

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“Show Me the Money!” – OT Salaries By State

The influx of aging Baby Boomers, “Wounded Warriors” and  newly diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pediatric clients into the healthcare system will necessitate an increase in rehabilitative service providers.  Occupational Therapists play a vital, long-term role in any rehab process, focusing on resumption of daily living activities.  Teaching patients to become self-sufficient, directly impacts patient ….

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OTs Sing – Top YouTube Videos

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato.  We know that creativity is almost a prerequisite for an Occupational Therapist, so in honor of OT Month, enjoy these YouTube videos from some of your colleagues promoting the profession by way of song: ….

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Boston:  Why OT Will Matter

The saving graces of the Boston Marathon Tragedy, April 15, 2013 will undoubtedly turn out to be technology and medicine. The former has already yielded significant evidentiary information, while the latter undoubtedly saved many lives that day.  It was particularly striking that so many rushed towards the site of the incident, rather than away from ….

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Top Ten OTA Programs

Are you creative, yet detailed and results oriented?   Are you compassionate with strong interpersonal skills and arms?  Then maybe a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant is in your future.  Not sure which educational institution to choose?  StateUniversity.com has ranked this year’s  “Most Popular Schools for Occupational Therapist Assistant” based on purely statistical criteria including: ….

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New Jersey: Calling All COTAs and OTs!

Mention New Jersey these days, and you’ll probably hear “Jersey Shore” or Hurricane Sandy in the same breath.  But it is much more than a reality TV show or a natural disaster site.  From the pine forests, farmlands and wineries of the South to the mountains,, industrials plants and urban centers of the North, from ….

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OT: What Women Want in A Career

American occupational therapy as a female dominated profession is rooted in the WWI era with its labor shortages, an influx of disabled soldiers, and pressure to include women in the war effort.  Improving the performance of veterans’ daily living activities was seen as the most effective therapy for those mentally and physically injured in battle. ….

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Educational Opportunities During OT Month

April is the month for enhancing your occupational therapy skills and education through webinars and conferences.  Here are a few we think you should consider: April 10:  “Therapeutic Use of the P.L.A.Y Project”,  free webinar on play and language program for ASD children presented by the training director. April 11-13:  “The Young Child with Special ….

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Occupational Therapy and the Adult Autistic

April is appropriately both Occupational Therapy Month and National Autism Awareness Month.  By 2029 almost 400,000 children with ASD will transition into adulthood, straining the already limited resources available. The U.S. ”Individuals with Disabilities Act” (IDEA) mandates special education and related services in public schools until age 21. But after that, families are left to ….

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Glaucoma and the Role of the OT

January is “National Glaucoma Awareness Month”.  The Glaucoma Research Foundation estimates there are about 2.7 million Americans, 40 and older, living with the disease.  This figure is expected to almost double by 2030, with African American and Latino communities affected in disproportionate numbers. Thankfully, due to medical and pharmaceutical advances, glaucoma is no longer synonymous ….

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