Category Archives: Insider Information

Is Occupational Therapy Really a “Top Job of 2014”?

Careercast.com recently came out with its top jobs of 2014. (See the article here.) This year “occupational therapist” is ranked #9. So, we’re awesome, right? Hey, it’s hard not to pat yourself on the back for your career choice when … Continue reading

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What’s a “Co-treat” All About?

It’s a habit we are all guilty of as therapists. We throw around these words that parents don’t always understand, and then barely have the time to accurately explain ourselves. A disconnect can emerge in this process, with opportunities missed … Continue reading

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The OTR/COTA Relationship

When your child receives occupational therapy, their therapist could either be an Occupational Therapist (OTR) or an Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). First, I would direct you to review my post: “A Who’s Who of Occupational Therapy” so that you get … Continue reading

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Waiting Room Chaos in Pediatric Therapy

Ah yes, the waiting room: The very bane of my existence. Parents? Kids? Therapists? Are we all in agreement here? It’s just the worst. The concept itself is crazy- Here kids, sit in this chair, be quiet, and wait patiently … Continue reading

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Testing Your Child’s Therapist

When I was handed that diploma in my cap and gown I figured I was done with tests forever. Boy was I was wrong. All too often parents come to me under pretenses that I’m not aware of. Perhaps they … Continue reading

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Therapist Burnout

“Why isn’t he making any progress?” “He has completely regressed this week.” “I tried that… it didn’t work.” Burnout. It can happen to anyone – therapists, parents, teachers, caregivers, students, clients, stars in the solar system… People get tired as … Continue reading

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Pencil Grip 101

{If you aren’t familiar with pencil grasps or the anatomy of the hand, you might want to check out my post, “When to Fix a Pencil Grasp” as an introduction.} Suppose you have a child that can’t hold a pencil correctly… what … Continue reading

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