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Written by Kyla Salisbury, Published on October 16, 2018

Stress is a physical or psychological factor that causes tension in the body. Anxiety is emotions or behaviors produced by perceived threat. Both are all too common symptoms of this fast paced, high expectation society in which we live. Common universal stressors in the United States today include money, family, work, health, traffic . . . the list goes on. Anxiety can be an intermittent feeling of nervousness or worry, or it can be a diagnosable disorder defined by a state of excessive uneasiness and/or apprehension. Historically, stress and anxiety were protective responses to promote survival. Too much stress and anxiety can actually have a negative impact on our health and bodies.

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Topics:anxietyClinicalmindfulnesspatient educationpatientsquality of life

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 Aisling Murphy, Published on June 5, 2018

Communicating with parents in pediatric settings can be a stressful part of the collaborative therapy process, especially for new grads. Here, I'll cover some practical strategies to enable effective communication between the OT and the parent.

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Topics:Careerscommunicationfamilyparentspatient educationpediatric occupational therapy

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

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