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Akron Children's Hospital's Therapy Dogs Assiting in OT

At just the right moment, a dog named Tank gave a boy named Jack the motivation he needed to get moving again. Jack Doss, 6, had been trying to regain mobility on the left side of his body in the wake of two brain surgeries. The Ohio boy had a stroke during his surgery in July, and in the 10 days that followed, he couldn't move his left arm at all. His arm remained motionless during his first three sessions of physical and occupational therapy at Akron Children's Hospital - but at his fourth session on ...

Posted on: August 02, 2014
Salt Lake Community College Names New Dean of Health Sciences

Taylorsville, Utah-Salt Lake Community College has named JoAnne Wright dean of the School of Health Sciences, which oversees programs in the College's nursing and allied health fields. Wright has held faculty positions at several major universities, including the University of Utah. She has worked as a graduate coordinator and the founding developer and chair of a master's level occupational therapy program. "I am happy to welcome Dr. JoAnne Wright as the Dean of the School of Health Sciences," said ...

Posted on: August 01, 2014
Hinsdale's Community House Opens Doors for Autistic Children

Downers Grove - Rehan Tariq began volunteering at Charlie's Gift Autism Center this May to prepare for a possible career in occupational therapy, but he said it quickly became more than just a place to prepare for his future. The center, which is the newest program of Hinsdale's The Community House, provides physical and occupational therapy, but also behavioral therapy and several other services to children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Tariq assists Occupational Therapist Stacy ...

Posted on: July 31, 2014
William Floyd Teachers Provding OT Through Bikes

A group of William Floyd teachers, teaching assistants and others, led by William Floyd School District occupational therapist Ed Diaz, have been volunteering to help students with a childhood rite of passage: learning to ride a bicycle. Each Friday for five weeks throughout the summer, this small but dedicated group of volunteers have been meeting with nine students and their parents in a makeshift bicycle course in between William Floyd High School and William Paca Middle School to teach the skills ...

Posted on: July 31, 2014
Team Physio at Super Judy Clinic

The different skills of three local physiotherapists have been brought together at the Snowy Mountains Physiotherapy clinic in the new Jindabyne Super Clinic. "The real beneficiaries will be locals needing physio treatment, because we are now able to ensure that patients receive the best possible treatment from a physio who is most qualified to provide that treatment," one of the three physiotherapists at the clinic, Carla Ziljstra, said. "If you've just had a hip replacement, being treated by someone ...

Posted on: July 30, 2014
Pearson Announces Sensory Profile 2 Release

New York, NY-Pearson has announced the release of the Sensory Profile 2 family of clinical assessments. It is the only suite of standardized tools that evaluates a child's individual sensory processing patterns from a position of strengths, not weaknesses. Sensory Profile 2 is used by occupational therapists, school psychologists, and early childhood practitioners in schools, hospitals, and clinics to evaluate sensory processing experiences for children ages birth to 14. Sensory Profile 2 uses ...

Posted on: July 29, 2014
Robert Gordon University Hosting Session for Prospective OTs

Aspiring occupational therapists can find out more about the profession during a free workshop in Aberdeen. The Robert Gordon University will host the session for fifth and sixth year pupils, college students and older people considering a career in the field. Local practitioners will also be at the event to give participants an idea about the day-to-day work of occupational therapists and an understanding of the skills involved. The workshop, organized in conjunction with NHS Grampian and Aberdeen City ...

Posted on: July 29, 2014
Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team On Top of Head Injuries

Louisville, Kentucky-We've all heard about athletes sustaining concussions on the playing field; however, concussions in the workplace are among the most serious on-the-job injuries. The occupations with the highest risk of head injury are construction workers, firefighters, police officers, race car drivers, loading dock workers, and delivery personnel. Most workplace head injuries are caused by falling objects, slip and falls, malfunctioning or broken equipment, or workers who hit their heads on objects ...

Posted on: July 28, 2014
Therapy Camp Opens Doors for Disabled Children

Summer time means camp for most kids, but for children with disabilities, that special experience is hard to come by. "For a lot of these kids, they don't have a camp experience," said Ashley Deaton. That's why Deaton and Kathy Bailey, co-founders of Footprints in the Community, decided to fill that gap with a camp experience that is not only fun, but developmentally appropriate for children with special needs. It also integrates the children into the community. "A lot of the parents don't have access or ...

Posted on: July 28, 2014
NBCOT Provides Support to AOTF for Research

National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT's) $250,000 contribution to AOTF will go toward the AOTF Intervention Research Grant Program, an initiative that aims to support occupational therapy as an evidence-based profession. Research conducted through this program provides information for occupational therapy practitioners to deliver care that is safe and effective. "The Foundation board is greatly appreciative of the generous gift by NBCOT to help support our important ...

Posted on: July 26, 2014
Butte School District Struggling to Fill Positions

While numerous positions are open, the Butte school district is having trouble filling specialist jobs. Occupational therapist Janet Lindh retired last year, but the district has yet to hire for the position because it pays less than the private sector and the work year is shorter due to the academic calendar. "A lot of our specialty positions are difficult to fill because our school district can't compete with the market price," said Therese McClafferty, human resources director. "We have a hard time ...

Posted on: July 25, 2014
Judith Kimball Co-Presents Conference for OTs in VA System

PORTLAND, Maine -Judith Kimball, Ph.D., OTR/L, professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Amy Kimball-Carpenter, supervisor of Occupational Therapy at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida, presented a two-part online conference for occupational therapists in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system on June 4-5, 2014. The conference, titled "Identifying and Intervening in the Sensory Processing Aspects of PTSD and MTBI: Help for Our Veterans," introduced the VA community ...

Posted on: July 25, 2014
PinnacleHealth and Select Medical Announce Joint Venture

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- PinnacleHealth and Select Medical have announced that they will create a joint venture to co-own the 55-bed Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital in Harrisburg and another 23 outpatient clinics throughout central Pennsylvania that provide physical therapy and other related services. PinnacleHealth plans to contribute eight of its outpatient clinics to the joint venture while Select Medical plans to contribute 15 of its outpatient clinics. Financial terms were not disclosed. As ...

Posted on: July 24, 2014
American Indian College Fund Announces $100k in Scholarships

WASHINGTON-- The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) announced that $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 18 academically excellent students in partnership with United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative, which has provided nearly $2 million in scholarships this year through partnerships with organizations like the College Fund. The Diverse Scholars Initiative aims to increase diversity in the health care workforce by supporting promising future health professionals. The ...

Posted on: July 24, 2014
Cape Regional Medical Center Names New Manager of OT

Cape May Courthouse, NJ - A.J. Weiss, Licensed Occupational Therapist, has been appointed Manager of Occupational Therapy, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and the Fitness Center at Cape Regional Medical Center. Mr. Weiss earned his Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University. He joined the Cape Regional Medical Center team in October, 2011. His clinical experience includes both outpatient and inpatient settings and he has a reputation for having an outstanding relationship with referring ...

Posted on: July 23, 2014
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