If you have worked as an occupational therapist in a hospital or rehabilitation center, you know how fulfilling the job can be. But switching gears and working in a school setting can bring additional rewards and benefits.
Occupational therapists are needed in public and private schools to work with children from kindergarten through high school and up to age 21. Therapists may also find employment in early intervention programs working with preschool age children.
School-based occupational therapists focus on addressing educational needs to promote students participation and performance in school. This may involve focusing on sensory and functional needs, as well as social skills. If you’re considering working in schools, learn more about the role, skills required, and many of the benefits to working with children.
Whether you’re working as an occupational or speech therapist in a school setting, it can be a challenge to work with kids who can’t sit still. Some children with certain conditions, such as Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder, may have sensory processing issues, which results in a decreased attention span.
In some cases, even children who don’t have a diagnosis of either condition can have trouble remaining still long enough to cooperate and get through therapy. In fact, one of the reasons some kids are referred to occupational therapy is because they have trouble sitting still in class.
Before you can develop strategies to help your students sit still, try to identify the reason behind their inability to focus and learn how to better engage with students who have ADHD. (more…)
If you work as a speech therapist, you’re probably already aware of the benefits of working in the profession. Speech therapists play a vital role in helping people overcome various language, speech, and swallowing problems. But if you have only worked in hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes, you might not know about the advantages of working as a school-based speech therapist. (more…)
Working as a physical therapist in a school setting is interesting, fulfilling and at times challenging. School physical therapists guide students and their families through a treatment plan that may be aimed at improving endurance, range of motion, coordination, balance, or strength.
The work of a school-based physical therapist is vital to help children overcome physical issues that may interfere with their social, emotional and academic development. Working as a school PT is not always an easy job. Having certain skills can make it easier to succeed. Consider some of the following useful skills for school-based physical therapists. (more…)
Children achieve many developmental milestones in their first five years, such as walking, talking, and developing social skills, but not all children reach milestones as predicted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six kids have some type of disability. Whether a disability involves a physical issue or learning delay, early intervention can make a difference. That’s where occupational therapists come in. (more…)
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. (more…)
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.
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.