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The Difference Between Occupational and Physical Therapy | Blog for Lower Keys Medical Center

The Difference Between Occupational and Physical Therapy | Blog for Lower Keys Medical Center | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
Occupational and physical therapy have some distinct differences. For people who sustain an injury or have some kind of disability, both occupational and physical therapy can provide relief and make life easier.
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I like this article because it explains how occupational therapy and physical therapy are different. So many people think they are the same thing and so ones who need occupational therapy assume they can go to physical therapy and get the help that they need.  After reading this, people can now know the difference and decide if they need occupational therapy or if they can go to physical therapy.

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Malls Now Offer 'Quiet' Santa Visits For Kids With Autism

Malls Now Offer 'Quiet' Santa Visits For Kids With Autism | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
Meeting Santa Claus at a shopping mall can be horribly hectic. There are large crowds, long lines, and holiday music blaring from speakers.

Via Andrew N Levy
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This is the sweetest thing I have read. The fact that stores are now accommodating to the needs of special needs children is amazing! Austistic children are very sensitive and almost never get to see Santa or have pictures with him. But malls in Canada are seeing that and are now making time to set up quiet time for Austistic children to see Santa. Its so moving and gives hope hat people are kind in this world.

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In a word, "awesome." It's about time.

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11 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues

11 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
From BioPortfolio: The American Occupational Therapy Association offers tips for reducing holiday-related stress, depression. Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) December 13, 2013 While the holi...
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Even though its a list to relieve stress throughout the holidays, these tips can help relieve stress at any time of the year. Some of the tips I never would have thought of such as making my home open to friends and family. These tips aren't centered around occupational therapy but they are still very helpful tips.

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Occupational Therapy to Improve Improper Pencil Grip in Children ...

Occupational Therapy to Improve Improper Pencil Grip in Children. fuah ⋅ Leave a Comment. There are a number of developmental, cognitive and intellectual aberrations that may present with difficulties in learning ...
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Its a known fact that the way a person holds their pencils will determine the neatness of their writing. The way a person holds a pencil is a habit and stays nearly the same throughout their life. To avoid poor penmanship, a child can recieve occupational therapy to change their pencil grip. To me, thats pretty cool! Occupational therapy can be used for pretty much anything and this is proof.

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The OT Boom on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

The OT Boom on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it

Increasing demand for OT programs across the nation is proving to be a challenging positive


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It's wonderful that people are becoming more and more aware of what occupational therapy is. There is an increased demand for it in schools and schools are expanding their programs to accomodate those requests. With the increased interest in needed occupational therpy means that there is an increased need for the therapists. Interest in this carreer has increased but it is difficult to get the OTs out there right when they are in demand by the public.

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Occupational Therapy-Just Dance Kids Style - 365ish Days of Pinterest

Occupational Therapy-Just Dance Kids Style - 365ish Days of Pinterest | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
If you have been following along here for very long, you know that our oldest son, Bryce, has Autism.  He’s come very far in the last few years, but there are areas in his life that he is still quite behind typical kids his age.

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This is actually really interesting. Even though this works for Bryce, it may not work for most autistic children. It is still good to know that playing Just Dance could help an autistic child come a long way. It helps them work on their motor skills and improve them greatly.

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EHR, clinical decision support help identify autism earlier

EHR, clinical decision support help identify autism earlier | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it

Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University have demonstrated the potential of an automated system to help primary care physicians screen for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) more effectively and efficiently, according to an article published in Infants & Young Children.

 

The work of the research team centered on the implementation of the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation (CHICA) system, an open source tool that comprises an EHR and aclinical decision support system (CDSS) for pediatric preventive care anddisease management.

 

“Autism isn’t like strep throat where you can do a quick throat swab and then have a diagnosis,” lead author Nerissa Bauer, MD, of the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine said last Friday.

 

“Autism is a behavioral diagnosis and can look very different depending on the child. Some behaviors are subtle, especially early on. CHICA prompts parents to think about whether they have concerns about certain health risks, such as autism, which makes it easier for the doctor to focus on key issues during a hectic visit.”

 

According to Bauer et al., the purpose of the tool is to address limitations commonly present in primary care practices when it comes to screening children for ASD. “Limited visit time, low reimbursement, logistics of the clinic workflow, and lack of appropriate staff to implement these tools continue to be major barriers to implementing clinical guidelines in primary care practice,” the authors write.

 

The CHICA system works by producing a personalized 20-question prescreening form in either English or Spanish for the patient linked to the patient’s EMR and completed by the patient’s parents in the waiting at each visit and scanned back into the system. Then at the 24-month visit system scores these results and alerts the physician to intervene if sufficient concerns are raised.  Prior to the implementation of the CHICA system, only eight out of 5,128 children had an ASA ICD-9 billing code assigned to them. During the two-year study (Nov. 15, 2010–July 25, 2012), a total of 857 were deemed eligible for screening with two-thirds (567) having the autism screening instrument, called the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT), completed.  Of these, CHICA identified 171 (30%) as having concerning results, which led to 73 (43%) of these patients having their physicians receive and respond to an alert, and leading to the following decisions:
• 50 (68%)children were considered not to have an ASD;• 13 (18%) were referred for a more comprehensive workup;
• 8 (11%) children were suspected of having an ASD, but not referred; and
• 2 (3%) were referred for an audiology evaluation.  Bauer et al. are optimistic that similar approaches to screening for chronic diseases have the potential to improve detection and ensure that proper intervention occurs sooner rather than later. While the results are encouraging, the willingness of physicians to take the necessary steps in adapting their clinical workflows still remains an obstacle that needs to be overcome. 
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Its interesting that studies are coming closer to finding a way to detect Austism earlier than we are able to currently.The sooner autism can be detected, then the sooner that child can get help, which is always a good thing. More research studies like this should be funded and should be happening.

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Yes, while the results are encouraging, the willingness of physicians to take the necessary steps in adapting their clinical workflows still remains an obstacle that needs to be overcome.

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Occupational Therapy for Children

Occupational Therapy for Children | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
occupational therapy centre for children of all abilties, including children with special needs (We offer lower cost #occupationaltherapy for children subsidised by fundraising.

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I learned that Sensational Kids is a non-profit program that works with children in need of occupational therapy. This would be a great employment oppertunity in the future. A program that is so important in society and is also non-profit is a pretty neat idea!

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Study Finds Sensory Integration Therapy Benefits Children with ...

Study Finds Sensory Integration Therapy Benefits Children with ... | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
A new study backs parent reports that sensory integration therapy improves daily function in children with autism. The research, led by occupational therapists at Philadelphia's Jefferson School of Health Professions, appears ...
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This article talks about how theres proof that having sensory integration therapy does have a positive impact on Austistic children. The OT set up goals for the parents and children and then a developed Sensory Integration Fidelity Measure was created to ensure that each therapist was delivering the intervention in a manner faithful to its principles. I thought this was a great thing because it means theres been a small achivement in finding out how to cure Autism.

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips: What Should I Wear?

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips: What Should I Wear? | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
Picking out the appropriate clothing for children can be a challenge. It can be difficult to understand cold vs. hot and rainy vs. sunny. A student that I see for therapy uses this nifty worksheet, and it has proven to be very effective ...
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I like this because it makes it easier to help teach little kids who have mental disabilities what to wear based on the weather. Sometimes with kids, they like to feel independent and pick out their own clothes for the day. This can be a battle because they don't always want to dress in corrospondence with the weather. But I bet that if you teach them a fun way to determine their clothes based on the weather, then they'll do it!

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Treating Congenital Deformities on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Treating Congenital Deformities on ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
A case study of a 12-year-old with two rare conditions. (RT @ADVANCEforOT: A case study of a 12-year-old with two rare conditions.
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When doctors said therapy and sugery wouldn't help Soven, Dr. Dalal thought different. She used skills and treatments of occupational therapy and Soven began to have more motion. This case is proof that first off, a second, third, or even fourth diagnosis is always imortant. And second is that occuaptional therapy is a much needed therapy because it can treat almost anything from fixing someone's handwriting to giving someone the ability to move.

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Acorn Stamper activity | OT Activity Idea - OTPlan

Acorn Stamper activity | OT Activity Idea - OTPlan | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
This activity promotes pincer grasp and visual motor skills by creating and decorating an acorn shape.
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Another great activity for children who need occupational therapy! It activates the mind and increases certain motor skills like being able to pick up the small pieces of paper or controlling the hand as it colors or paints. Not only a great activity for thos in need of occupational therapy but also great for preschoolers to have fun!

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Occupational therapy for school kids gets more money

Occupational therapy for school kids gets more money | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it

Nicole Pearson's two young sons, Jobey and Levi, have benefited immensely from Early Intervention occupational therapy in Squamish — but the boys hit a snag when they were old enough for school.


Via Helen OTUK
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This is great news. Knowing that more schools are receiveing more money to support their special needs programs gives more hope to parents who have children that will need these programs when they are in school. There is still one downside. There is a waitlist at almost every school, just like there is in the Squamish area.

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Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism by Jose Juan Gutierrez | Living Healthy 360

Benefits of Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism by Jose Juan Gutierrez | Living Healthy 360 | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
Occupational therapy (OT) is a holistic healthcare practice whose objectives are the promotion of health by assisting in the performance of important and helpful activities.

Via Helen OTUK
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I feel like occupational therapy should be provided to every autistic child. In this article, it supports why I have this belief. Occupational therapy teaches autistic children the basic skills needed to live life from day to day. Along with teaching those life skills, the children also receive much needed social interaction.

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Grasp and Match activity | OT Activity Idea - OTPlan

Grasp and Match activity | OT Activity Idea - OTPlan | Occupational Therapy | Scoop.it
This activity works on pincer grasp and pincer control by playing a matching game using tongs and tweezers.
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I love this activity. Its a great way to activate the child's mind while also working on and strenthening their motor skills. This activity doesnt have to be limited to children who need occupational therapy either. Its a good activity for any preschooler.

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