Tag Archives: Therapist Responsibility

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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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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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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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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The Rights and Wrongs of a Parent Observing Therapy

That awkward moment when a therapist goes to grab their next client in the waiting room: The parent hovers in their seat. Are they coming with us? Are they not? Do they want to? Should I ask them to go … 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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