Category Archives: Therapy Process

Don’t Miss the “Little Wins” of Therapy

This job is hard. I realize pediatric therapy is the sort of career that prompts people to say, “Oh wow, that’s amazing,” or, “How wonderful that you help these children!” I want to say, “Yes, but it’s HARD.” So many … Continue reading

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Therapy Students in the Clinic: A Realistic Look

As students are finishing up their final rotations of graduate school and preparing to take their national board exams (AKA a scary, intimidating test that determines if they can actually do what they went to school for…), I thought it … 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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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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