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Written by Lauren Elitzak, OTR/L, PT, DPT, Published on May 31, 2018

While some kids arrive at therapy with a full tank of gas, rearing for the green light signal so they can fly off the starting block, some kids will arrive quite the opposite. You have a list of parent concerns and goals to address, but your kiddo is practically a little puddle on the ground. The energy level almost can’t get any lower . . .

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Topics:Clinicalpediatric occupational therapysensorysensory integrationsensory systems

Written by Lauren Elitzak, OTR/L, PT, DPT, Published on May 29, 2018

Some of my kids have such a wide focus that they can’t focus on what I’m trying to ask them to do. Picture the amount of space I’m working with when addressing fine motor skills . . . it’s likely a small space, right?

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Topics:Clinicalover-responsivepediatric occupational therapysensory dietsensory strategies

Written by Beth Kramer, Published on May 22, 2018

So, you’ve decided you want to become an occupational therapist, and have begun applying for programs. But somewhere between typing your transcript into OTCAS and crafting that perfect personal statement, you’ve stumbled upon the phrase “observation hours.” If you’ve come across those words and found yourself stuck there, I have written a guide based on my own experiences as a future occupational therapist hard at work on accumulating her own observation hours.

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Topics:applying to OT schoolGrad Schoolobservation hourspre-OT

Written by Dominic Lloyd-Randolfi, Published on May 15, 2018

Substance abuse and occupational therapy may seem like a non-traditional role.

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Topics:Clinicalevidence-based practiceReviewssubstance abusetextbooks

Written by Kyla Salisbury, Published on May 8, 2018

In the therapy clinic, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be a challenging and difficult chronic disease with a wide range of variable symptoms to treat. Within American Occupational Therapy Association’s Practice Framework, MS can impact several occupations including activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, work, leisure, sleep, and social participation depending on impairments.

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Topics:Clinicalearly interventionmultiple sclerosispatient educationquality of life

Written by Dominic Lloyd-Randolfi, Published on May 3, 2018

[box type="shadow" align="" class="" width=""]I was a Junior in high school when I found occupational therapy through volunteer work at a local hospital. The OT room had a positive vibe and the therapists showed great caring for each patient. It drew me in and I never looked back! My early career focused on adult rehabilitation. I started in acute care and eventually moved to hand therapy. However, it was the birth of my own two boys that changed everything.

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Topics:Careershand therapyinterviewnon-clinical careerspediatricstechnology

Written by Kate Washa Boyd, Published on May 1, 2018

The search

When we’re fresh out of school, many of us are interested in different areas: everything from pediatrics to geriatrics, hospitals to home health. How do you decide which direction to go in? I live in a rural area where OTs are rare, and there were several random options within a 50-mile radius.

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Topics:applying to OT jobsFinanceinterviewsNew gradNew Grad Successoccupational therapy interviewsalarysalary negotiation

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