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Physical Therapy Must-Have Equipment: EasyStand Bantam

The Bantam as a Bench

Necessity is the mother of using equipment for other than its originally intended purpose.

When our Early Childhood Education building was being remodeled, things had to be shuffled around and put in storage. We got to play our own little version of the, “If your workplace was on fire (and there were of course no darling preschoolers in the building to consider), what items would you save?” My EasyStand Bantam stander was at the top of the list, of course. Read more

Standing Device Funding Guide - EasyStand Bantam

NCART Releases Standing Device Funding Guide

With over hundreds of research studies on standing and weight bearing you would think that both private and public healthcare payer sources would fund Standing Devices without a second thought. Unfortunately, in today’s ever shrinking insurance coverage and payment arena that is not the case. In fact, decreasing coverage and payment for standing devices is exactly why the National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART)‘s Standing Device Workgroup was formed to create the Standing Device Funding Guide. Read more

Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy

At some point, I’m pretty sure just about everyone has wished for a pony. Kids of all ages with mobility limitations are probably no exception. A right-sized companion with four extra-strong legs? Yes, please.

Aside from being cute and cuddly, or sleek and shiny, or however the horses of your dreams look, they are able to provide functional benefits on multiple levels via therapeutic horseback riding, or hippotherapy. Read more

You

It’s All About You

After my program recently moved to a new location, some of our favorite sayings were hung in new places. Looking up from my desk, for instance, I see, “No one cares how much you know.” Don’t worry, that’s not the whole saying, just the result of unfortunate bulletin board placement. The full phrase I see when I stand up is:

“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Read more

High School Students With Special Needs

Awkward: Growing Up & Away From A Parent PCA

For high school students with Special Education services, team meetings should address plans for post-secondary education, employment, and living options, as well as the type of support required for success in these areas. During Tina’s meeting, there was something about her non-verbals that made me think she was excited about the prospect of all the things we were discussing, with the exception of one significant detail. I suspected it was about who would be cast in the role of “Personal Care Attendant” in the future she imagined. Her mother currently provides the bulk or Tina’s PCA services. Mom is an energetic, attentive, kind, and funny woman, but that does not mean that Tina necessarily wants that much of Mom’s attention in her bedroom, in the bathroom, using transportation, at a job, or on a college campus. Read more

school based physical therapy

What’s the difference? Clinic-Based Versus School-Based Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

A child with motor or sensory impairments may benefit from skilled Physical or Occupational Therapy intervention. The way the need for services is determined and how the services are delivered vary based on whether services are delivered in a medical or educational setting.

Who Qualifies?
In the medical or clinical setting a child receives therapeutic intervention based on some combination of physician recommendation, medical diagnosis that tends to have an accompanying motor or sensory impairment, and a therapist’s identification of deficits or delays via evaluation. Some insurance companies require a child to score well below what could be considered an average range of motor ability to be eligible for ongoing therapy.

In the school setting, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy are “related services”, deemed necessary when they are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education. It is only appropriate to provide PT and OT to children who qualify for special education services. In order to receive services in a school setting, a child must have unique needs that the team agrees can only be addressed with the particular knowledge and skill the therapy provider can contribute. These needs are agreed upon by the family and educational team and are reflected in the goals and adaptations on the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

How Is Service Provided?
A child is treated in a clinic in an individual or small group session with the therapist. Intervention can be focused on the areas of need identified in the evaluation. Time is set aside periodically to discuss progress with parents or caregivers and make recommendations for home activities to build upon the gains made in therapy. Read more

The best way to see how assistive technology will work for your staff and your kids is to try it, by getting an in-service thru a local supplier.

Schools: Understand Benefits of Buying Assistive Technology Locally

Are you a PT, OT, or paraprofessional working at a school? Or maybe you are a special ed teacher or buyer? Even if you are the principal or the janitor, you may be interested in what I am about to tell you. This is not a secret or new information. In fact, we have been trying to help connect the school personnel to local rehab suppliers for over a decade. Read more

Jill & Suzanne

Communication and the Therapy Situation

A group of therapists from one of the Twin Cities’ pediatric specialty hospitals with satellite clinics serving the larger metro area recently organized a meet and greet for the school and pediatric clinical therapists in the community. It was nice to see the faces of the caring professionals whose reports I have been reading and who I have exchanged phone calls and emails with. While we talked about a variety of topics, the recurring theme was the essentialness of communication between therapists and the children and families we serve. Read more