Category Archives: Lessons Learned

In Appreciation of Home Health Therapists

Clinics. Hospitals. Schools. People’s homes. One of these things is most definitely not like the others. As therapists, many of us have treated in one or maybe even all of these locations. But the special ones, the ones that I … Continue reading

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Beware the Putty Stains

I sat in therapy putty three times in the last month. THREE TIMES. Did I notice right away, when an emergency extraction could have been completed? Or much later, while folding a pile of supposedly clean clothes on a Sunday … Continue reading

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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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How “Evidence-Based” is Your Therapy?

Therapy lives, breathes, and dies by one simple phrase: “evidence based practice.” Those three words encompass all therapeutic disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics. In the simplest of terms, it means that the decisions we make as clinicians must be founded … 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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Therapy Carryover in the Home: Issues and Barriers

The copies run through the machine, one after another, using paper, toner, and a few spare moments I found before my first client. I’m printing out handwriting practice sheets as homework, but can’t help wondering… am I wasting my time? … 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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