If you are transitioning from a clinic or hospital-based physical therapist job to a school-based PT job, you may have an idea about how these physical therapy settings are different. After all, you know you will be working with children and teens in an educational environment as opposed to a clinical setting. Although the foundations of your responsibilities as a physical therapist are similar, there are also many differences to be aware of. Consider some of the following questions and answers regarding the differences between clinically-based and school-based PT work. (more…)
As an occupational therapist in a school setting, you probably work with children with all types of challenges, such as autism, learning disabilities, and muscular dystrophy. It’s also common for school-based OTs to treat students with cerebral palsy. When working with children with CP, it’s important to keep several things in mind.
If you’re an occupational therapist, speech therapist, or physical therapist trying to move into school-based therapy, there are several things to consider. Although experience as a therapist in a hospital, nursing home, or rehab setting is helpful, working in a school setting is different. But with the right game plan and advanced planning, you can transition into school-based therapy. Consider some of the following suggestions: (more…)
“Right now in Chicago the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is doubling about every three to four days.” ~ Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago is in a race against time to prepare for the surge experts say is coming. There have been 4,680 confirmed cases of coronavirus so far, and, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city could get as many as 40,000 hospitalizations in the coming weeks. In the state of Illinois, there have been 11,256 confirmed cases of the virus (as of Monday, April 6) and 274 people have died from it so far and cases continue to rise. The situation is dire to say the least.(more…)
When you picture attending elementary school, high school, and even college, most think of a traditional brick and mortar classroom. However, online or virtual education is on the rise. The idea of online education offers flexibility to students and offers more learning opportunities. As a traditional teacher or speech therapist, the idea of virtual teaching may still be a new concept, but Sunbelt Staffing can help. Knowing how to prepare for virtual teaching and therapy services and your available options can help make the transition easier. Whether you are considering virtual school services as a new opportunity or must turn to online teaching or therapy during a disaster or pandemic, these four tips can help you prepare.(more…)
We are extremely grateful for all of our professionals who are on the frontlines, serving our communities in need. Our number one priority is to ensure that our employees across the country are operating in healthy working environments. Considering the current state of the Coronavirus, we wanted to take this opportunity to assure you that we are taking every necessary step and precaution for the well-being of our employees on assignment. Due to the recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases throughout the United States, we are following the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and wanted to share them with you. Please follow the resource links below for a list of FAQs provided by the CDC.
- CDC – FAQs around Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- CDC – Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs
- CDC – Resources for Clinics & Healthcare Facilities
- CDC – What to know about caring for patients with COVID-19
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus and corresponding recommendations by the CDC and the World Health Organization. We will remain in contact with all of our employees with any further information.
Teleservices for Schools
Sunbelt Staffing’s teleservices platform can help you build a COVID-19 plan to ensure that your students get the services they need, while also keeping them safe and healthy. Our teleservices can be used with your current staff and include Teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, School Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and more. Contact our team to discuss how we can help.
Working as a physical therapist is a great career choice. Physical therapists help people improve movement, balance and strength. Knowing this makes working as a therapist in any setting fulfilling. If you’ve ever considered working as a school-based physical therapist, it can offer even more rewards. (more…)
If you’re considering making the transition from a rehabilitation center or hospital speech therapist to a school-based therapist, there are certain traits and skills that will help you succeed. Although you need a strong desire to help people regardless of the setting you work in, there are additional traits that are helpful to becoming and succeeding as a school-based speech therapist. Consider the list below.
Group speech therapy can be an effective option for building vocabulary. It makes it more fun for the students and allows a single therapist to work with multiple students at a time, easing the overall workload and helps to maximize the time spent in therapy sessions.
There are many options for fun activities to improve students’ speech progress and keep them excited and engaged. We’ve come up with several ideas to give you a start on creating activities that your students will find engaging and helpful. These activities can be used for small groups of students both in person andduring teletherapy sessions if all activity materials are available.
Occupational therapy is beneficial at any age, especially during the childhood years. The ability for a child to experience and play is what drives cognitive, social and physical growth. An OT is able to evaluate a child’s current skills to determine if they should require additional support. Occupational therapy can help children learn ways to deal with academic and social challenges that they may face due to their disability. (more…)