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Upper Extremity Custom Orthotics - Part 1

Vanessa Roberts, MS, OTR/L, CHT, CPAM

August 1, 2017

You said to pad them if they have infections as we cannot wear gloves. How do you adjust the splint later if needed? When it would be appropriate again to use 1/16 thickness material for an orthosis?H...   Read More


Making Sense of Meltdowns: How to Identify and Intervene for Children with Sensory Based Disruptive Behaviors

Nicole Quint, Dr.OT, OTR/L

July 1, 2017

What do you do when a student will not participate in sensory strategies because of oppositional defiant behaviors? What recommendations do you have specifically for homework times when kid is tired?...   Read More


Re-spawn: Optimizing Therapeutic Potential Through the Healing Power of Video Games

Erik Johnson, MS, OT

June 1, 2017

Due to sensory over stimulation do you suggest any timeline on video gaming for someone one with concussive symptoms or headaches? Are they starting to use this type of technology more in skilled nurs...   Read More

  


The Way You Do The Things You Do: Occupational Therapy and Malpractice

Barbara Kornblau, JD, OT/L, FAOTA

May 1, 2017

What if there is something that I am not sure I should be doing? How can I know whether it is something that may cause malpractice or not?   Read More


The Role of OT with Performing Arts Medicine

Rebecca Barton, DHS, OTR, FAOTA

April 1, 2017

Are patients reluctant to change their performing habits or bad habits? For traveling school therapists, what items would you suggest for their toolbox? Are orchestra companies willing to make necessa...   Read More


Mental Health of Adolescents

Bill Lambert, MS, OT

March 20, 2017

How do you start a private practice in mental health OT?   Read More


Falls in the Elderly with Fibromyalgia

Sindhu Narayan, OT/L, RYT200

March 13, 2017

Are the tests you mentioned (Test of Everyday Attention, the MASQ, and the FIQR) available online?   Read More

  


Forging Researcher-Clinician Alliances to Advance Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research

Mary Khetani, Sc.D., OTR, Simone Gill, Ph.D., OTR/L, Leanne Yinusa-Nyahkoon, ScD, OTR/L

March 6, 2017

How do I become engaged in interdisciplinary research?   Read More


A Clinician's Perspective: Occupational Therapy For Persons With Renal Disease

Ann Burkhardt, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

February 27, 2017

Do you have suggestions for starting a program or training staff in this treatment area? Also, do we need to do education on shunt care?   Read More


Activities of Daily Living in Children and Adolescents with Spina Bifida: Developmental Considerations

Rachel Galant, MSNM, OTR/L, Debbie Victor, OTD, OT/L

February 20, 2017

Have you done executive functioning tests to assess struggling adolescents? If so, are there trends with this group? Also, do you run any social groups?   Read More

 


Evaluating a Client's Occupational Performance in Their Home

Kim Furphy, D.HSc., OT, ATP

February 13, 2017

Which standardized tool is used to evaluate a client's occupational performance in their home? What other items would you put in a kit to do an evaluation?   Read More

 


Evaluation of Home Accessibility: The First Step in Ensuring Proper Fit to Improve Function

Kim Furphy, D.HSc., OT, ATP

February 6, 2017

Do you refer contractors for modification, or is it up to the client to find one? What if a person is in a mobile home? Also, what is your favorite low-cost modification?   Read More

 


Yoga For Depression

Catherine McDowell, OTR/L, LMBT, E-RYT200/RYT500

January 30, 2017

Have you gone into skilled nursing facilities and done groups? Also, what about reimbursement? How do you bill for yoga?   Read More


The Impact of Mindfulness-Based Interventions on Pain, Mental Health, and Well-Being

Cindee Quake-Rapp, PhD, OTR/L

January 23, 2017

How would you prepare for an eight week training and what would you do? Also, how do you bill for these mindfulness services?   Read More


Get Paid to Travel: What You Need To Know To Get Started As A Traveling Occupational Therapist

Laura Latimer, MOT

January 16, 2017

Do recruiters need to know that you may be using two agencies? Do they get competitive with each other? Can you ever use two recruiters from the same agency? Also, I have not been working for some tim...   Read More


Sensory Strategies: Sanity Restoration for Family Life - Part 3

Rondalyn V. Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

January 9, 2017

How do you know if it is a sensory or a motor behavior? Also, do o you have a "go to activity" if you only have time for one thing and you are trying to defuse a tantrum with a sensory over...   Read More


Sensory Strategies: Sanity Restoration for Family Life - Part 2

Rondalyn V. Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

January 2, 2017

You mentioned Brain Games. Are you aware of any other apps that will feed the sensory diet?   Read More


Sensory Strategies: Sanity Restoration for Family Life - Part 1

Rondalyn V. Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

December 26, 2016

What is the difference between deep pressure and proprioception?   Read More


Potential Impact of Visual Impairment on Vocational Activities

Elsa Zavoda, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT

December 19, 2016

How can you refer someone for services? What do they need to qualify to be referred?   Read More


Occupational Therapy Program Delivery: Providing Varied, Enriched, and Effective Programs

Anne MacRae, PhD, OTR/L, BCMH, FAOTA

December 12, 2016

When I ran groups it was often hard to motivate clients to attend. I love the idea of the talking stick. Do you ever use any other props to help with groups?   Read More