Category: Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy and the Future of Diabetes Care

Occupational Therapists play pivotal roles in the education and self-management planning for diabetics. November is American Diabetes Month, a reminder to OT professionals everywhere that their work matters to the 26 million children and adults living with the disease and the approximately 79 million pre-diabetics. By helping set simple, practical and achievable goals, therapists help ….

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Why Family Caregivers Matter

Occupational Therapy for Caregivers: TEDMED2012 recognized the growing crisis in caregiving as the second most important health/medical topic facing the nation today.  This issue will take on greater urgency as a good portion of the estimated 76 million aging Baby Boomers become caregivers or patients … or both.  Studies show that the well-being of caregivers ….

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World Heart Day – Cardiovascular Disease in Women

“A Good Heart Is Better Than All The Heads In The World”- Edward Bulwer-Lytton Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the number one killer of women across the globe, and September 29th has been designated “World Heart Day” to bring awareness to that fact.  It is perhaps no small coincidence that this month is also “Fruit and ….

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Job Opportunity of the Month – Haines City, Florida

Shortly after 1885, the citizens of Clay Cut persuaded the South Florida Railroad to build a station in their sleepy, citrus-growing town, and then renamed it Haines City, in honor of a senior railway official. “The Heart of Florida” has since grown into the third most populous city in Polk County and yet retains a ….

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What Can A Movie Teach Us About Occupational Therapy?

A lovely little French movie is capturing worldwide attention and should be on every therapist’s list of must-sees.  “The Intouchables” is based on the true story of aristocrat Phillippe Pozzo di Borgo, a quadriplegic, and his very unconventional Arab caretaker, Abdel Sellou.  With a few exceptions, mainly the choice of a Sengalese actor, Omar Sy, ….

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Packing Tips for Your Next OT Travel Assignment

An integral, and sometimes stressful, part of modern day travel involves your suitcases and what you pack or don’t pack in them. For travel healthcare professionals this task can be especially daunting, especially if you have multiple assignments in completely different states, completely different climates, with completely different resources. We have collected some tried and ….

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Top Movies Featuring Occupational Therapy

Most of the films about occupational therapy are documentaries or educational videos….tools of the trade.  So it might surprise you to learn that there are a few good comedies and dramas out there that feature pivotal Occupational Therapy roles.  When viewed chronologically, they present a unique perspective on attitudes towards healthcare issues and occupational therapy ….

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Will A Redefinition of Autism Redefine Occupational Therapy?

April is not only Occupational Therapy Month, but also National Autism Awareness Month. After about 17 years, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has undertaken a revision of its authoritative text, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (The D.S.M.) and with it, a tightening of the definition of autism. The current D.S.M. definition requires ….

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How OT’s Are Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Massage, music and exercise as therapeutic methods for treating mental illness can be traced back to the Greeks, but only in the early 20th century was occupational therapy widely accepted as a legitimate healthcare profession.  Modern OT practices can be traced to World War I and treatment of injured combatants, many suffering “shellshock”, what is ….

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2012 Top Occupational Therapy Schools

In a recent article in “US News and World Report”, Nathan Hellman declares occupational therapy to be one of the “Best Jobs of 2012” stating that the profession “should see significant growth over the next decade”.  Occupational Therapists work with patients across the age spectrum, but it is the substantial increase in America’s older population ….

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Occupational Therapy (OT) Month is Here.

April is designated as Occupational Therapy Month. OT students and practitioners are encouraged to organize and participate in a events and educational formats promoting the profession. AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) strongly supports these efforts and offers various tools and educational materials to be used specifically for promotional activities. To show our support, Centra is ….

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Top Online Tools for Occupational Therapists

Whether you are studying for a Master’s in Occupational Therapy or looking for an Occupational Therapy job, it is important to demonstrate a wide skill set. Being knowledgeable on new treatments as well as old is vital to progressing through your career path. To help you on your way, we have gathered some of the ….

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Occupational Therapy: Aquatic Therapy for Children

Aquatic Therapy is used as a water based therapeutic tool for many conditions. Occupational Therapists are increasingly tuning into the benefits of treatment within the water. It is different to Hydrotherapy as Hydrotherapy uses water to maintain and restore health. Hydrotherapy is more physically based and is defined as ” . . . the use ….

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Aging Population: Emerging Job Roles for Occupational Therapy

The demand for Occupational Therapists (OTs) — professionals who help individuals with physical, cognitive or emotional limitations achieve independence in their daily living or working environments — is on the up. The OT job outlook for the next 10 years shows almost a 30% growth. Although job opportunities in hospitals, schools and other traditional settings ….

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Treating Lymphedema: How to Choose Between Leduc and Vodder

To Leduc or Vodder, that is the question? Occupational Therapists have accepted the challenge of being the specialists in the treatment of Lymphedema. Depending on the the categorization of the impairment there are two very different forms of treatment. Lymphedema, which usually appears as swelling of the legs, is a condition that is caused when ….

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Occupational Therapy: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder (formerly known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction) is a disorder in which nervous system messages aren’t organized into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. About 1 in 20 children will be diagnosed with SPD, provided that they are even diagnosed correctly. Unfortunately misdiagnosis occurs often because healthcare professionals are not trained to correctly recognize ….

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Occupational Therapy and Social Networking

The old adage It’s not what you know, it’s who you know couldn’t be farther from the truth in any occupational field today, especially with the ability to exponentially increase contacts using sites like Facebook and Llinkedin.  Occupational Therapists should not only be educated on these types of emerging media, but also understand how to ….

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Early Mobilization: A New Niche for Occupational Therapists.

The term progressive mobility is defined as a series of planned movements in a sequential manner beginning at a patient’s current mobility status with a goal of returning to his/her baseline. Early mobilization of the critically ill may have just opened up a niche for the rehab profession’s sleeper, the Occupational Therapist. Because a Physical ….

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