#49: Participation-focused Knowledge Translation in Pediatric OT with Satvika Garg
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1d ago
Both participation-focused OT and knowledge translation are hot topics in OT right now.  And, in this one-hour course we will explore a research article that puts forth a knowledge translation roadmap to accelerate the uptake of participation-focused OT assessments and intervention.  These are both big topics in their own right, and when you mesh them together it feels like more than one therapist can handle.  Honestly, that’s the point: Both knowledge translation and participation-focused OT are a team sport.  It’s going to take all of us to be both thinking differently as ..read more
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#48: Pediatric TBI and OT with Nelson Gonzalez
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2w ago
Children are not little adults. Their brains are actively developing. Because of this neuroplasticity, one might assume they would more quickly and fully recover from a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  This is not the case.  A brain injury can have a more devastating impact on a child than a similar injury in a mature adult. (Brain Injury Association of America)  This is what makes comprehensive, ongoing rehab for pediatric TBI so important. But, unfortunately, as we will see in our primary research, many children who experience TBI have substantial unmet rehab needs.  After ..read more
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#47: OT and Falls Prevention with Pooja Patel
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1M ago
Falls are a complex problem.  This makes preventing them a perfect target for our OT skillset.  This week we are looking at an article that explores “the state of the science” on preventing falls in hospitalized patients. The authors walk us through: The scope of the problem  The science (or lack thereof) supporting different interventions While many of the interventions sound simple (like gripper socks and alarms), the article we review in this 1-hour course reminds us that nothing is simple in creating truly effective fall prevention initiatives.  To discuss what th ..read more
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#46: OT Hand Therapy Interventions with Hoang Tran
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1M ago
When we think of hand therapy, we tend to think of it as a practice area with an  abundance of research. But, the mapping review of hand therapy interventions we examine this episode reminds us that there are also sizable gaps in the research—especially when it comes to more complex diagnoses.  This means that when OTs are working with upper extremity conditions, we still need to pay careful attention to the other 2 pillars of evidence-based practice: the client values & developing our own skillset/clinical expertise.  To talk about what this looks like in practice, we are e ..read more
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#45: Telehealth, Parent Alliance, and OT with Adam Griffin
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2M ago
As OTs, we believe that creating a therapeutic alliance is one of the most powerful vehicles to change.  But, we also know that there are many barriers that exist to building transformational relationships with our clients  Telehealth can feel like another such barrier—but it doesn’t have to be! The article we are looking at in this 1 hour podcast-based CE course is a qualitative study exploring the parent engagement and therapeutic alliance in teletherapy programs. The author’s intent was to begin building a conceptual model to inform improved practice.  After discussing the ar ..read more
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#44: Early Intervention for Motor Performance with Sarah Putt
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2M ago
From pregnancy to age 2 is arguably the most important developmental window of our lifetimes.  This makes the work of OTs who work with this age incredibly important. And, for the rest of us, we should be using our professional knowledge to advocate for the proper support for families at this critically important window. In this one hour podcast course, we are looking at a broad systematic review about OT motor inventions for children ages 0-5.  The importance of this paper cuts across multiple practice areas, but we are going to use this paper as a jumping off point to talk about ea ..read more
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#43: OT Supports for Sensory Processing Differences with Bryden Giving
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3M ago
The use of sensory-based interventions (SBIs) and environmental modification are common OT treatments.  But, what is the evidence behind these treatments?  In this episode, we’ll look at an influential systematic review that explores that question. The authors lay out the evidence behind specific sensory techniques and environmental modifications for children with sensory integration (SI) differences.  The authors explore and rate the levels of evidence of common treatments, like massage, weighted vests, sensory enrichment in preschools, and linear swinging. After we review the ..read more
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#40: OT for Hand Burns with Jody Sabel
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3M ago
We need some of our OTs with the biggest hearts and brightest minds to consider specializing in burn therapy. But, no matter what setting you work in, you will likely have someone with a burn patient on your caseload at some point. Burns are the 4th most common type of trauma worldwide (behind traffic accidents, falls, and interpersonal violence.) 90% of burns occur in low- to middle-income countries. While OTs have worked in burn units for decades, the research behind OT-specific contributions to burn care is still in its infancy. We’ll see this at the beginning of the podcast as we look at s ..read more
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#42: Virtual Reality and OT with Christopher Gaskins
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3M ago
Whether or not you are personally a fan of virtually reality—all OTs should be following the developing research on this technology.  In this episode, we’ll discuss an article where the authors explore the use of virtual reality (VR) systems that are built specifically for rehab versus general-use VR, like the Nintendo Wii and Xbox.  The authors really focus on the active ingredients that seem to make VR-based rehab effective. And, they put forth the principles of neurorehab that underlie successful rehab. (They also specifically look at UE motor recovery after stroke, so this all fe ..read more
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#41: Trends in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal OT with Winnie Tsui
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4M ago
It is so easy to get caught in the minutiae of our daily work.  And, sometimes it is incredibly helpful to zoom out and take a big picture look at the incredible changes we have seen in healthcare over the past decades.  The journal article we are looking at this week gives us a bird’s-eye view of the past, present, and future of managing rheumatic and musculoskeletal (MSK) diseases.  In the article you’ll find the same trends that we see in occupational therapy-specific research: a focus on self-management, patient reported outcome measures and patient centeredness. In looking ..read more
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