Learning the Path to ATP (Assistive Technology Provider) Certification—Where Should I Begin?
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by Miss Jaime
3M ago
Becoming an Assistive Technology provider is a great way to amp up your resume, round out your skill set, and make yourself more marketable. In many states, an OT does not need any special certification, classes, or certificates to be considered an Assistive Technology provider. If you are considering changing roles but are hesitant to spend the time and money for a “certificate,” review your state education department policies. The Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) certification is the gold standard for ATP certification. You can learn more ..read more
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Uncover Your Child’s Hidden (or not so Hidden) Challenges with the Organizational Problems Inventory
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by Miss Jaime
8M ago
Happy Monday—it’s time for another Motor Monday! We’re diving into another incredible tool available to make your journey a whole lot easier. This tool is the Organizational Problems Inventory (OPI). Created by Judy Sweeney from Onion Mountain Technology, this nifty checklist is an easy way to help you understand your child’s Executive Functioning skills and challenges. Why is the OPI Helpful to Me and My Child? Imagine having a tool that helps you uncover your child’s challenges in the routine activities of daily life, AKA their executive functioning skills. The OPI is a great tool to h ..read more
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The Gap And The Gain is a Must-Read Book to Boost Your Spirits!
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by Miss Jaime
9M ago
Hey there, folks! It’s Motor Monday, and I’ve got something super exciting to chat with you about today. Now, I know this book might not be the go-to choice for occupational therapists, but trust me, it’s a game-changer for anyone who loves to learn and is all about self-improvement. So, if you’re on the hunt for a book that’s not just enlightening but also has the power to supercharge your positivity, then you’re in for a treat with The Gap and The Gain. Stick around as I break down why this book left me feeling absolutely thrilled and ready to conquer the world! I stumbled upon “The G ..read more
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Choosing The Right School For Your Occupational Therapy Journey
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by Miss Jaime
10M ago
Embarking on the path to becoming an occupational therapist is an exciting and rewarding endeavor. However, one of the most critical decisions you’ll face along this journey is choosing the right school to pursue your occupational therapy education. The educational institution you select will significantly influence your learning experience, career prospects, and overall development as a healthcare professional. New York offers a plethora of options, but finding the perfect fit for your needs and aspirations is essential for a successful and fulfilling educational experience. We will discuss ..read more
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Summertime Activities Using Sidewalk Chalk to Build Skills
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by Miss Jaime
1y ago
By Miss Jaime, O.T. Activity by: Amanda Spielberg OTPs know a secret that we want to broadcast to all parents, teachers, and adults with kids in their lives: Playing makes learning fun! Kids learn while playing!  As we start the summer break, let’s talk about kids learning, retaining, and increasing skills that will keep minds sharp and skills strong!  And because I’m always budget-minded, (not only in my classroom but for kids from less fortunate families). What’s cheaper than a box of colored chalk (regular-size chalk is my recommendation) or a bucket of sidewalk chalk? Wh ..read more
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Sleep for Sensory Kids
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by Miss Jaime
1y ago
Tips For Your Sensory Kid to Help Them GET TO Sleep And STAY Asleep I don’t have to convince anyone how important sleep is! Children may have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep—especially those with sensory processing issues. When sleep is difficult for the child, it ends up impacting the WHOLE family. I’m sure tired parents can relate that if your child isn’t sleeping, they will wake you up, and you won’t sleep either. How can we all function the next day on little to no sleep? Sleep is one of the most important things we can do to improve our health and well-being. For our sensor ..read more
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What would Ruth say?
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by Miss Jaime
1y ago
I am a passionate advocate for school Occupational and Physical Therapists. I like to keep my blog light and fun, but sometimes you’ve got to get serious. I’m serious about OT. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has always been a role model and an inspiration for me.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an advocate who fought for women’s rights. She experienced blatant gender discrimination during the 1960s, making it nearly impossible to find a job. Even though she exceled as a professor, discrimination against women was rampant. She fought against discrimination for both genders. Her advocacy journey was slow ..read more
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5 Benefits to Taking a Civil Service School OT/PT Position
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by Miss Jaime
1y ago
I believe from the bottom of my heart that school Occupational & Physical Therapists should NOT be Civil Service Employees. BUT, there are a LOT of very good things about taking a civil service position. There are different ways to work as an OTP or PT in a school district. Work as a contract employee, directly for the district, or somewhere in between. Learn more about how to get directly hired  here . In the USA, many school OTs (including myself) are hired under the Civil Service System. Being hired from the Civil Service list DOES NOT mean that you’re automatically in th ..read more
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Toileting and Sensory Processing 2023
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by Miss Jaime
1y ago
Potty training can be a challenge for parents, but it’s also an important part of childhood development. The normal struggle can be even more difficult when there are sensory processing issues. Recognizing that they need to go, wearing big girl or big boy underwear, and being able to use different toilets can all be impacted by sensory processing. Sensory Processing is a Natural Part of the Toileting Process A bathroom environment can be overstimulating to start with. We receive sensory information from our eyes, ears, skin, muscles, and joints. Our brain’s job is to organize the informati ..read more
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Miss Jaime’s Favorite Things—for 8-Year-Olds
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by Miss Jaime
1y ago
Here are a few of my Favorite Things for 8-year-olds to help them learn, grow, and develop right on time! As an OT, I’m picky about my toys! I want to spend on things that have at least one developmental component.   Toys for Flexible Thinking Cribbage Minecraft Lego Swish Scrabble Pictionary Distraction Sushi Go! Dixit Spontuneous Sleeping Queens Dr. Eureka Ticket to Ride Quiddler IQ Focus Explore All of Miss Jaime's Favorite Things Click Here Spelling, Reading, and Language Development Monopoly Monopoly: Gamer Yahtzee Double ..read more
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