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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 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 Kyla Salisbury, Published on April 3, 2018

In the clinic and school-based setting, each patient and child we see is different.

Individuals come to occupational therapy with a different set of experiences, perspectives, and even sensory systems functioning when compared to others. This is why I like occupational therapy.

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Topics:Clinicalpediatric occupational therapypediatricssensory systemstips for new grads

Written by Lauren Elitzak, OTR/L, PT, DPT, Published on February 27, 2018

Dear Parents,

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Topics:Clinicalopen letterspediatric occupational therapy

Written by Lauren Elitzak, OTR/L, PT, DPT, Published on June 13, 2017

Why don’t we use sensory corners to create a space that is safe, comfortable, and conducive to learning?

Being able to get you kids regulated enough (whether it's calming down or revving up) to return to class, therapy, or playtime is crucial to occupational performance. Everyone wants to feel at home and comfortable in their own skin, right?

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Topics:Clinicalcornerspediatric occupational therapysensorysensory integrationzones

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