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Spotlight on OT Telehealth: Interview with Tasha Holmes

This post wraps up April with continued celebration of Occupational Therapy with a Spotlight interview with Tasha Holmes, an OT who practices in schools via telehealth. She has been an Occupational Therapist for 14 years and has worked with

3 Steps to a Strengths-based OT, PT & SLP Practice

Hello everyone!  Welcome to OT month and our OT centennial celebration.  Occupational Therapy is 100 years old this year (so is the National Hockey League, just sayin’).  
Strengths-based Practice
I am excited to chat today with you about

18 Predictors of Postsecondary Outcomes…And What OTs, PTs & SLPs Can Do Now!

Happy Occupational Therapy Centennial! What better way for SeekFreaks to start the month than by focusing on the postsecondary occupations of employment, education and independent living!
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Predictors
The ability to predict is very useful in our

SeekFreaks’ Adapted Physical Education Primer

With Bonus: Physical Activity Evidence/Resources
Physical activity is critically important to children, and clearly public schools. We are making progress in decelerating the obesity epidemic with our children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. However, “the current reality

RESOURCE: 6 Steps in Using a Therapy Ball as Classroom Seating

The ability to attend to tasks is an important element of learning in the school. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ADHD) often manifest attentional difficulties. Changing the learning environment has been proposed as a

6 Reflections Inspired by APTA CSM 2017

CSM was in San Antonio this year and it was awesome! Happily, this SeekFreak was able to attend and re-connected with many old friends and found some new ones. The strength and struggle of this meeting is that all

Spotlight on Telehealth: Interview with Jennifer Kenney

I tried telehealth for my own medical care for the first time last month, and was glad to learn it did help, albeit in a different way than if I visited a doctor. There were kinks, including connectivity issues

SPECIAL RESOURCE: SeekFreaks School-based Therapist CSM 2017 Survival Guides

It’s February! That time of the year that thousands of therapists all over the US gather for the Combined Sections Meeting. We are excited about this year’s line up of workshops with strong offerings from the School SIG and

Section 504: Not a SpEd Consolation Prize!

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 29 USC § 794 and 34 CFR § 104.4
Often, there is great confusion between the legal requirements of Section 504 and IDEA in our public schools this posting hopes to

Laurie Ray: Select Presentation Topics

I strive to engage all participants and tap into their experience to translate knowledge into practice. It does not matter how interesting or compelling the content, if each participant cannot incorporate the information into her/his work, the session is not

Carlo Vialu: Select Presentation Topics

My main goal as a presenter is to provide the audience with practical applications of research findings. Every year, more and more research articles are published that can enrich our practice. However, there remains a gap between the evidence presented

1 New Opportunity! 3 New Tools! Caring for Children & Youth with Medical Complexity

Happy New Year to all SeekFreaks! This new year I have decided to embark on a new challenge; a new opportunity to learn and share newly-found and newly-consolidated knowledge and skills (apologies for using the word ‘new’ 6 times

12 SeekFreaks Resolutions for 2017

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”  — Benjamin Franklin, Author, Inventor & Diplomat
A new year approaches! How will you make the most

12 Days of SeekFreaks – with a clickable, regiftable infographic

Consumers regifted an average of 4 presents each in 2014. And why not? Especially, if you know that the receiver will value your regift. So in the spirit of regifting, we are regifting you select SeekFreaks articles from the past

RESOURCE: 2 Tests of Selective Motor Control – SCALE and SCUES

Although we often talk about functional tests here at SeekFreaks, it is also important to look at impairment level tests. Results of such tests can often help identify the cause of activity limitations and participation restrictions (see Recognizing ICF

The Final SOPAC: 8 Key Lessons from Keystone

As pediatric PTs make the move from a Section on Pediatric Physical Therapy to the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (APPT), almost 900 members enjoyed the final SoPAC and began looking toward the first APPTAC (Academy of Pediatric Physical

RESOURCES: 10 Handy American Occupational Therapy Association Fact Sheets

This week, we have our much-awaited list of 10 Handiest American Occupational Therapy Association fact sheets. Just like the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, AOTA has done a lot of work creating resources that

Spotlight on the Mid-Atlantic: Interview with Connie Johnson

Connie C Johnson, PT, DScPT, PCS  is a school-based physical therapist who enjoys sharing knowledge to support best practice for children and youth with disabilities. She recently published a case report in Pediatric Physical Therapy and a book entitled

Medicaid in Education: 10 Much-Needed Answers

It has been a difficult political year. How about something on which we can ALL agree? Medicaid, specifically Medicaid in education! I don’t know of anyone who is a fan of this pairing. So how about a few basic

HeFreak Says, SheFreak Says: 10 PT COUNTS Takeaways

Happy Physical Therapy Month to All!
We celebrate PT Month with our first HeFreak Says, SheFreak Says article. We have been talking about creating one in the past year. Then came the first publications from the PT Related Child

Spotlight on the Midwest: Interview with Andy Ruff

Andy Ruff works as Lead Physical Therapist for the Iowa Department of Education and as a Physical Therapist and Supervisor for Green Hills Area Education Agency in Iowa. He represents Region II / North Central (CO, IA, KS, MN,

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