Let’s pull together and help the victims of the tragic event that occurred in Oklahoma City. Thousands of people were affected by tornadoes that swept through the area.
Want to help? You can!
Below is a list of links to donate to help the victims of the disaster in OKC.
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It’s become a cliche to thank our volunteer military with the phrase “we thank you for your service”. Not to disparage this practice but it seems as if its become a standard crutch for real appreciation. Whether standing at a ballgame, clapping for homecoming soldiers on your last flight, or putting the stars and stripes on your doorstep in July-many of our gestures of appreciation favor symbolic actions rather than substantive ones.
Veterans and current military personnel often face arduous obstacles in adapting to civilian life. Despite the best efforts of organizations like the VA and VFW, public awareness of veterans issues often fluctuates with the times. Veterans need activist citizens to lobby for better access to healthcare, increased job training, and an easier road to higher education. We have talked about our support for local charities (Children home of Volusia) and global initiatives(CARE Foundation), but today I want to bring attention to our work with the Florida VFW Chapter.
Advanced Medical has donated food and gifts to benefit homeless veterans across the state of Florida. In addition, we promote a strong VA hospital presence nationwide. The Florida VFW is headquartered in Ocala, Fl and actively promotes a variety of patriotic programs statewide and nationally. Some issues recently on the radar include: mental health resources to combat suicides, Veteran Retraining Assistance Program(VRAP), and veteran homelessness. With close cooperation from the VFW the Florida Senate just passed SB922. This comprehensive bill includes tax credits for hiring veterans, education registration priorities and liberalized in-state tuition requirements. It also allows for the creation of “Veterans Courts”. These courts allow for the trauma of war to be taken into account when adjudicating criminal charges.
Please don’t let our soldiers fade into the background. As our wars become more isolated we all need to think about the “real” sacrifices and hardships endured by these brave patriots. To add your voice to the mix visit: http://www.vfw.org or http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/online/.
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Grabbed your attention with that sexy headline didn’t I? Who doesn’t like to kick back and read about the latest CMS proposals, proposals that probably amount to more reading than War and Peace. However, this is critical information regarding the health of the therapy profession and while there are many caveats, the main takeaway is positive upon first glance. You can read about the changes here: http://aota.org/News/AdvocacyNews/CMS-FY-2014-Proposed-Rules.aspx
For now, I just want to give you the general overview. These proposed rules will go into effect Oct. 1, 2013. Let’s break them down into 3 separate categories. Continue Reading
San Diego, site of last week’s AOTA conference, always brings an oversized grin to my face. Perhaps its the dazzling blue skies or the equally dazzling blue water, which is strikingly visible from the moment your plane lands. It has a convention center perfectly situated for social outings, with scores of restaurants and a beautiful ballpark steps away. So yes, returning to San Diego for the 2nd time this year(APTA was here in January) proved a rousing success both in the convention halls and in the festive environment outside those walls. Continue Reading
Hooray! Summer is almost here! Time for pools, vacations, parks, and play dates! But for parents who have preschoolers heading off to Kindergarten in August, the summer can be a little daunting. The realization that your little one will soon be a Big Kid combined with the anxiety of sending them off on their own, can create very mixed emotions. However, you, as an occupational therapist, can play a huge role in helping kids and parents prepare for Kindergarten.
Kindergarten can be a shock to the system for some of our little ones! Table-top work, including handwriting, has gradually become a larger part of the Kindergarten curriculum. Not only does this require that our children have the attention they need to sit for long periods of time, but it also requires them to have the core muscles to sit upright in the chair and the proximal stability to support the movements of their arms and hands. And don’t forget about the fine motor skills to hold and manipulate their pencil. The good news is that parents and therapists can give kids a running start in their handwriting readiness skills, while also strengthening those skills that help them learn to cut, tie their shoes, and zip their jacket! Continue Reading
In the film Mr. Smith goes to Washington, a young Jimmy Stewart fights entrenched establishment forces through a heroic filibuster and wins the day. Needless to say, the end of Mr. Lantz goes to Washington is not so stirring. However, my time spent with hundreds of honorable therapists fighting for common sense regulations and patient access was both rewarding and enlightening.
Having been to DC. before on behalf of the AOTA and APTA, this trip was different in the overall sense of optimism that far exceeded previous trips to the hill. For one thing, the event was taking place in April, with the cherry blossoms vibrantly in bloom… a stark contrast to our Hill Day of 2011 which took place in a virtual July inferno. The Federal Advocacy Forum was headquartered at the Liasion Hotel, a stylish and intimate spot, seconds away from the Capitol steps. Continue Reading
We put together a very simple and brief infographic highlighting some reasons why you should consider being a school-based SLP. Some of these reasons are factual while others subjective to opinion. If you’re considering a move to a school setting, or you already are in a school therapy job and looking for a travel slp job, then you should contact us and speak to a recruiter.
Also note, that some of these statistics are subject to job location and availability. Continue Reading
Over 1 billion dollars has been spent researching Autism over the past decade, and yet in many ways it still remains a mystery. Autism can take many forms and has varying degrees of affliction. It’s primary symptoms center around deficient communication skills and intellectual disabilities. It is estimated that 1 in 88 children have some form of autism ranging from the severe, such as Kanner’s Syndrome, to milder forms such as Aspergers.
There still remains a number of diagnosis controversies and debates centered around autism due to its reliance on behavioral evaluations rather than a specific medical test. In addition, there has been an an ongoing debate on whether autism is caused by development factors or genetics. You may have even heard of the recent controversy with Jenny McCarthy over vaccines and their culpability-although their has been no proven link. Continue Reading
We’ll be giving away a series of free Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy wallpapers that can be used for your desktop, iPhone, and Android devices. The first of this series is an occupational therapy inspired pattern. To download, please find the appropriate size below and click the link. Once the image loads, you’ll have to save the image to either your computer or phone. Continue Reading
Easter eggs, azalea’s, opening day, increased warmth, diminishing frost, and of course… National OT month, has everyone buzzing about spring. Today, I promise to refrain from jokey literary cliches signifying the cheesy “fools day” of April 1st. The trademarked slogan at the AOTA is Living Life to its Fullest; a mantra meant to capture the daily efforts of OT’s and their mission to improve the daily activities of all groups. It may be early intervention services for a young child, or working with the victim of an accident to return to the workforce. OT’s can be found working tirelessly to help seniors maintain independence and recover from ailments affecting daily tasks.
National OT month comes amidst a tumultuous environment, in which the profession is fighting off harmful cuts and increasing regulatory confusion. Despite this, there are reasons for optimism. Occupational Therapy consistently ranks as a top 10 job choice and changing demographics ensure a robust future. Occupational Therapy promotes evidence-based research, leading to improved outcomes and new scientific methods in aging, mental health, disabilities, and overall wellness. Continue Reading