Contraindications for stretching include recent fractures that are still healing, acute inflammation, active infections, tissue trauma such as hematomas, pain with joint movement, the presence of a bony block limiting joint motion, joint hypermobility, stretching leading to joint instability, or compromising an individual’s functional abilities. Learn more about why each is contraindicated for occupational therapy.
What are Righting vs Equilibrium vs Protective Reactions? See a comparison table and learn how to incorporate occupations into the assessment process concerning patient’s righting reactions, equilibrium reactions, and protective reactions in real-life contexts. Techniques described include breaking down occupations (activity analysis), creating simulated environments, and gathering subjective input to develop targeted interventions and enhance patient functional performance and safety.
Should you perform and document manual muscle testing (MMT) on patients who have hypertonicity and spasticity? How should you document it if you do not perform it? What should you use instead and how can you measure progress as an occupational therapist? Conditions this applies to include Parkinson’s and Cerebral Palsy.
1. Abstract thinking: The student will develop abstract thinking skills to understand and apply concepts or ideas that are not concrete or directly observable. 2. Adaptive equipment and strategies: The student will learn to use adaptive equipment or strategies to accommodate physical or cognitive challenges and maximize independence in daily activities. 3. Assistive technology: The … Read more
Introduction TIME just released a poll on American’s perception of the healthcare system. From February to March 2023, 2519 people were surveyed. They assigned a letter grade to the US healthcare system overall: 10% – A grade 30% – B grade 34% – C grade 18% – D grade 8% – F grade This means … Read more
Why Not Behavioral in School In a recent blog post, I discussed the limitations of the rewards-based behavioral approach commonly used in schools. I highlight how relying solely on external incentives can have negative effects, such as a short-term focus, dependency on rewards, diminished interest in learning, unrealistic expectations, competition, narrow task focus, and a … Read more
In occupational therapy school, students learn about the behavioral approach for pediatrics and mental health. This approach is widely popular across different practices and beliefs from parenting to schools to the workplace. However, there are many potential problems with using a systematic rewards-based approach in schools for students and their learning, motivation, success, and growth. … Read more
Introduction In school occupational therapy, the delivery of services can be approached through two primary models: push-in and pull-out services. These models provide different ways of supporting students in achieving their therapy goals within the school environment. By understanding the characteristics and benefits of each model, occupational therapists can tailor their interventions to meet the … Read more
What is skilled occupational therapy? Introduction to Skilled Therapy Occupational therapy is a highly skilled profession and skilled therapy is important for occupational therapy practitioners (occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants) to understand as it affects how they choose the therapy they deliver, provide interventions, and even more importantly document and bill for them. First, … Read more