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Written by Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT, Published on September 18, 2018

Day after day, I look forward to meeting one particular OT patient, who consistently gives me words of wisdom in such a way that I always smile and laugh. Being so quick-witted in spite of her circumstances is a fantastic quality of hers and it shows in her entire demeanor. One day, it made me think — I am constantly receiving good pieces of advice and hearing wonderful things from many of my patients, but why should I be the only one who benefits from them? It made me want to share the advice I’ve received with other therapists who may be in need of it.

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Topics:Clinicalcommunicationpatient educationpatientstips for new grads

Written by Devin Diedrich, Published on September 11, 2018

Fieldwork placements come with all sorts of “new”: new setting, new commute, new knowledge, new experiences, new co-workers, new clinical instructors. And as if juggling all this newness isn’t challenging enough, some OT students get the added bonus of dealing with a clinical instructor who is not so inviting and supportive of their learning experience. What do you do when you wind up with a difficult OT fieldwork educator?

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Topics:ClinicalfieldworkGrad SchoolLevel 2 fieldworklevel IItips for occupational therapy students

Written by Taelor Millsap, Published on September 4, 2018

In OT school, you likely learned about physical trauma, from polytraumas sustained from an explosion on the battlefield, or the physical forces behind a traumatic brain injury. However, there are other kinds of trauma, resulting from different types of events than physical traumas. Psychological trauma can have long-lasting harmful effects just like physical trauma, and treating childhood trauma, as a particular form of psychological trauma, requires a specific plan.

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Topics:Clinicalevidence-based practicepediatricstrauma

Written by Jaime Spencer, Published on August 28, 2018

Rock Star Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioners are often on a VERY limited budget. Budget-friendly pediatric OT tools that work on multiple areas are a great investment. And my favorite spot to get them?

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Topics:Clinicalmoneyoccupational therapy settingspediatrics

Written by Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT, Published on August 2, 2018

Occupational therapists understand the need for a good balance between life activities, but can still struggle with practicing it themselves. This can be especially true for occupational therapists who are caregivers. It is not an unusual situation to care for an ill loved one but it certainly is a weight to carry, especially through the trying times of graduate school and/or through your working career. Despite the wealth of knowledge you possess, you may struggle with how you can best promote quality-of-life for an ill loved one, what resources or supports to use first, and how to practice caregiver self-care in a time such as this.

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Topics:burnoutClinicalmultiple sclerosisself-carework-life balance

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

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