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Handling the Speech Therapy Challenge of Working with Bilingual Children

Studies show humans learn multiple languages easier as children than as adults. Encouraging children to become bilingual is a great way to encourage communication skills, but what happens when a child may also present challenges with speech? For many years, a myth persisted that bilingual children naturally have language delays. Children learning two languages develop language skills sufficiently, according to recent research. Still, speech delays may develop in a bilingual child as often as they might in a child who [...]

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Social Work and Religion: The Changing Face of Spirituality

At first glance, it may seem that spirituality and religion go hand-in-hand. Many individuals identify as spiritual but not necessarily religious. As a social worker, this distinction can impact the role you take in your career. For instance, an individual may identify as spiritual without following any specific religion or without attending a church. People may find a connection with nature through spiritual practice, but not necessarily through a religious deity. The Relationship Between Spirituality, Religion, and Mental Health Conflicting studies present [...]

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Have You Considered Occupational Therapy as a Second Career?

People often find themselves dissatisfied with their original career choices. Many reasons exist to pursue a second career, including financial stability and emotional fulfillment. Occupational therapy is a fantastic industry to consider for a second career. Occupational therapists help individuals with injuries and illnesses develop practical skills. Successful completion of treatment means that your client can return to a normal daily routine, often including rewarding work and beloved hobbies. Occupational Therapy Is a Growing Field A growing demand for occupational therapy emerges [...]

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6 Ways to Improve the Physical Therapy Patient’s Experience

While the patients who come in for physical therapy treatment are often in pain, professionals can ease some stress associated with appointments by improving the patient experience. Physical therapy continuing education helps lay groundwork for this concept, but you can also use some creativity to establish techniques for gaining new clients and keeping the old. 1. Allow Online Appointment Scheduling Many patients cannot make appointments via phone during business hours. If you establish a system on the web that allows your [...]


Addressing Difficult Behavior During Speech Therapy

Speech therapists are instrumental in helping many young clients deal with the challenges speech presents. Speech does not come easily to everybody, which can lead to some frustrating circumstances. Speech therapists who work with children should address difficult behaviors before they progress. Many speech pathology CEUs cover behavioral issues, especially considering that disruptions can lower the productivity of a therapy session. When you meet with a client only once or twice each week, each session matters. You must address challenges [...]

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6 Non-Traditional Occupational Therapy Jobs

Most occupational therapists provide physical therapy sessions in a clinical or hospital setting. Caring for patients is a significant portion of an occupational therapist’s day. You may not have heard of non-traditional options for occupational therapists, but they exist. If providing direct patient care is not right for you or you want to try something new, OT continuing education can help you pursue one of these other options. 1. Ergonomics and Workplace Evaluator The individuals who assess a workplace to ensure that [...]

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What Are Clinic Metrics and Why Should Your PT Practice Track Them?

Physical therapy emphasizes more than world-class patient care. Therapists are also focused on doing good business. One way physical therapists maintain strong businesses is by paying close attention to clinic metrics. What Are Clinic Metrics? Clinic metrics are figures used to measure the efforts of your physical therapy practice. You can use these metrics to create targets for goal achievement or to modify current practices. In many cases, clinic metrics provide the information you can use to improve your clinic’s performance. Which [...]

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Do Social Workers Have a Higher Risk of Behavioral Health Issues?

Social work can be a stressful undertaking. Anyone who attempts to tackle social work as a career must understand how to prioritize self-care. While recent studies may indicate that behavioral issues are common among social workers, this need not be the case. With self-care and social worker continuing education, you can be successful in a challenging career.  The Challenges Associated With Being a Social Worker Staff retention and high turnover rates are critical factors every employer considers when hiring social workers. [...]

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Exploring Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Tennis Elbow

Physical therapists can vouch for the popularity of injuries linked to tennis elbow. Therapists treat issues related to tennis elbow all the time using a variety of techniques. Some are tried and true, and some are more experimental, but clients benefit from regular sessions. One of the biggest misconceptions regarding tennis elbow is that you need to play tennis to have it. This arm injury is one that can impact anybody who often uses their hand or wrist to grip [...]

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Speech Therapy Services for Toddlers

Parents often worry that their child is not developing normally. Learning that one’s child is not following a traditional trajectory for development can be difficult to contend with, but the good news is that speech therapy services are available. Speech delays are not uncommon in children, but toddlers who do not hit the marks on the checklist consistently may require some extra help. What Are Signs a Child Needs a Speech Evaluation? One of the first things to determine is the parameters [...]