Occupational Therapy

Hippotherapy Experience: What I’ve Learned about Working with Horses

by Bailey Crook, SPT During my clinical rotation with Mia Thomas PT, DPT I’ve had the wonderful experience to shadow Kirsta Malone, OTR at her horse stables in Union Springs on Wednesday afternoons. Kirsta currently runs a nonprofit organization that offers hippotherapy sessions, as well as horseback riding lessons, called Green Goose Acres. She’s in… Read more »

What is Hippotheraphy?

by Bailey Crook, PT Student Hippotherapy is a form of evidence based practice used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists to purposefully manipulate equine movement to promote the sensory, motor, and cognitive systems to help reach functional goals of patients. This is a type of therapy that would be integrated into the… Read more »

The Importance of Circle Time for Children with Special Needs

by Amanda Bartel, MS OTR/L     As we are all finishing one school year and preparing for the next, here are some thoughts on Circle Time.  Working in an elementary school where my special education students are integrated into the general education classroom for Circle or “Morning Meeting”, I felt like a valuable opportunity… Read more »

Updating Your Sensory Room on a Budget

By Amanda Bartel, OT     If you are lucky enough to have space in your school or clinic for an individual sensory room, why not make the most of it?  I’m an OT at an elementary school that serves both general education students as well as students in our 12:1 special education classrooms.  We… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Month 11

By Sarah White, Occupational Therapist Teddy, continues to attend dog obedience classes, while I have continued to do my homework in regards to understanding canine behavior and appropriate interactions between people and other animals. My last continuing education course titled Animal-Assisted Interventions: Accelerating the Therapeutic Alliance, presented by Christine Strayer Thornton, provided me with even more… Read more »

Dysgraphia (“Why can’t I write right?”)

by Lisa Lichak, OTR   Many people are familiar with learning and attention issues such as dyslexia and ADHD. Although dysgraphia may not be a familiar term, the symptoms of dysgraphia are not uncommon.   Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects how easily children acquire written language and how well they use written… Read more »

Healthy Eating and the Picky Eater

    by Molly Osterhoudt, OTR   March is National Nutrition month. Many of us set weight loss goals for 2017, but don’t quite know how to change the eating habits that have held us back in past years. We can all use a little help making good food choices to get started and follow… Read more »

Therapist Update: Clinical Instructor Certification

Lifespan Therapies, PLLC understands the importance of participating in the clinical education programs for speech, occupational, and physical therapies. Taking students is not only a great opportunity to help our therapists revisit some of their technical skills, but it is one of the best ways to give back to our professions. Our therapists can help… Read more »

Fred the Froggy – Fine Motor Fun

By Sara Niver, OTR/L      This little frog will have the kids smiling and ready to work on fine motor skills!   For some reason, kids love to “feed” things! Especially when it “talks” to them and asks them to “please feed me, I’m so hungry!” All of my kids in OT love Freddy… Read more »

Stay compliant with new CPT Codes!

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Another year and another bunch of changes with coding and billing. Medicare caps continue to increase, to $1,980; Physician Quality Reporting System (more commonly known to practitioners as PQRS) is no longer required; and the biggest change of all, new evaluation and re-evaluation coding is upon us.  … Read more »

Button Chain Activity

By Sara Niver OTR/L A fun activity for occupational therapists, teachers, and parents to work on fine motor precision, self-help skills, and sequential directions!   The button chain is a wonderful tool for children to practice buttoning while also working on a variety of other skills! *It is important to keep in mind the developmental… Read more »

Is it Sensory or Behavior?

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     If you have children or work with children, you are familiar with the term outbursts, fits, events, or incidences. What we are thinking when we hear these terms is, “why did it happen”? Often times these events can happen if the child has a cognitive or language delay… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Part 1

By Sarah White, OT I love my job.   I’ll say it again. I love my job. But let’s face it – there are days and sometimes weeks when I just get stuck in a rut. Don’t get me wrong, things are progressing. I always show up bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to work…. Read more »

What Is OT?

By Kelsey Bowerman     In 1917, the occupational therapy profession began with the founding of The National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy, now known as the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).   This organization certifies and accredits all practicing Occupational Therapists in the United States. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective… Read more »