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Written by Diana Varvara, Published on March 30, 2016

Can you combine occupational therapy and animals? Of course!

The bigger question is How? To answer that question, a practitioner needs resources. But in our experience, those resources are scattered and often buried, and if we’re all digging to unearth the same info, that leaves less time to plant seeds. So we’ve collected some resources related to practice, training, and research for occupational therapists who want to work with animals, in the hope that, together, we can nurture and grow this area of OT.

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Topics:AATanimal-assisted activitiesanimalsanimals in occupational therapyanimals in OTCareerscontinuing edResearchresources

Written by Natasha Freutel, Published on March 16, 2016

Skilled nursing brings with it many challenges for a new therapist, including the occasional difficult patient.

If you work in a facility that treats Medicare A patients, you may feel the pressure to acquire a planned number of treatment minutes per day. This task is made more difficult on the days that difficult patients do not want to participate. You may also have one or two challenging patients that never wish to do therapy because they are “too sick and tired.” There is also the patient who feels they don't need therapy because, in their mind, they are completely fine. Try these five creative ways to incorporate important treatment minutes which will benefit both you and the patient, and keep your supervisor happy.

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Topics:Clinicaldifficult patientsSNFtips to treat difficult patients

Written by Karen Tu, Published on March 9, 2016

You’ve passed your classes and completed your clinical affiliations. There's only one thing standing in your way to becoming a full-fledged occupational therapist: the NBCOT!

Just the mention of it sends chills down your spine. When should I take it? How do I pass it? What resources should I study from?

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Topics:NBCOTNew Grad Successresourcesreviewstudystudying for nbcottips for occupational therapy students

Written by Natasha Freutel, Published on March 2, 2016

So you are barely done with school and you are already being approached by recruiters.

Their email starts off something like this, "We have an amazing opportunity for you at a skilled nursing facility! You will love it! We will give you a bonus and relocation money as well!"

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Topics:applying to OT jobsCareerscontinuing educationpatientspros and consSNFtips for new gradstips for occupational therapy students

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