Category Archives: Therapy Process

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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Ethical Dilemmas in OT Practice: What Would You Do?

Alright, therapists – let’s play a little game I like to call: “Is it ethical?” Occupational therapists are good people. I think I can rightfully make that statement, don’t you? Hopefully a therapist can’t make it through school, fieldwork, and … Continue reading

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Interpreting an Occupational Therapy Evaluation

I spend far too long writing up an evaluation, thankful for the moment it is off of my desk and into a parent’s hands. I’ve analyzed, interpreted, and poured my little OT heart into page after page. However, many times … Continue reading

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When Does a Therapist Have the “Right” Amount of Experience?

Therapist #1: An occupational therapist (OTR) with 3 months of experience and a master’s degree. Therapist #2:  An occupational therapy assistant (COTA) with 4 years of experience and an associate’s degree. Who do you want working with your child? (Remember, … Continue reading

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Evaluating a Child’s Handwriting: An Inside Look

When I ask a parent to describe their concerns regarding their child’s handwriting, I usually hear one of the following responses: “It’s messy.” “You can’t really read it.” “It doesn’t look as good as his peers.” While that’s all well … Continue reading

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Getting Dad (or any other skeptic) on Board With OT

I watched one day as a mother handed over stacks of dollar bills to the receptionist at my clinic. Paying a high bill with ones and fives seemed a little strange. That is until I discovered her reasoning behind this … Continue reading

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Is Sensory Processing Disorder Real?

Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD, is quite the hot topic in the pediatric world these days. Since occupational therapists are the ones that these children are referred to for therapy, I often get a lot of questions on the subject. … Continue reading

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