Enter to win a free CEU course by sharing clinical challenges and tips with ERI

We would like to bring back our popular blog discussions, and build on our community of therapists. Our therapists found this avenue for discussions about clinical cases, problems and therapy tips to be invaluable.

We are offering you the opportunity to be entered into a drawing for a free CEU course. All you need to do is submit a blog entry which can be:
1. a clinical issue that you are seeking opinions about. 
2. a case problem that you are struggling with. 
3. a therapy tip that you would like to share.

The post can be of any length (up to 500 words) and photos and videos are great, as long as you have obtained written permission.

We will enter the first 50 blogs in a drawing for a free ERI course
Deadline for entry is October 31st, 2013 winner to be announced in November

Please post your blog in the comments section below…… you will then see your entry posted as a separate blog

We look forward to hearing your thoughts and sharing them with our ERI community.

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2 Responses to Enter to win a free CEU course by sharing clinical challenges and tips with ERI

  1. Jennifer Hughes says:

    Hi everyone. I’m having a hard time with a patient I’m working with and would like some advice/tips please. I’m working with a 12 y/o female dx with severe ASD. She is almost completely nonverbal with the exception of “yes”, “go”, and basic animals. She is a very tall and strong girl that can easily over power me. The problem is she becomes very aggressive, increasing verbal stims, and begins hitting herself and others. She is very difficult to calm. I have identified many of the cues she gives before becoming aggressive and have identified some causes including bright lights we now work in a dimly lit treatment room with minimal natural light, and have changed the tx time to the early afternoon at a less busy time in the clinic. We have tried vestibular, deep pressure, vibration, etc. Do you have any other calming techniques that I haven’t tried yet? Thank you!

  2. Samantha H. says:

    I am a relatively new physical therapist and have an interesting patient that I would appreciate tips/suggestion for treatment techniques. I work in an acute care setting. I typically work with orthopedic patients (adults), those both who have recent TKA/THA and orthopedic trauma patients. I have a new pediatric patient, age 8 accelerated and progressive JRA and a history of hip dysplasia. This patient had received prior physical therapy prior to surgery, although I do not have assess to the notes as it was at another facility, so I am not sure of what interventions the previous therapist performed. The patient had dislocated her hip x2 prior to admission. The patient underwent a total hip replacement. Secondary to the age of the patient and the surgical intervention, the patient is currently TDWB, strict posterior hip precautions, and a Hip Spica Brace that is to be worn at all times. The patient is to be seen BID for a stay of 1 week to 1.5 weeks. Along with the significant orthopedic history, the patient has a past medical history of autism. With regards to the autism spectrum, this patient is nearly non-verbal, somewhat resistant to touch, and displays a lack of interest in general. I have had one treatment session with this patient which was very difficult for the patient to focus and she was very agitated throughout the treatment session with an obvious lack of interest in the treatment session. She had a extreme difficulty with maintaining WB status and ambulation with use of assistive device. As far a “play” therapy or activities to engage the patient, do any experienced therapist have suggestions/strategies for interventions allowing for minimal agitation and overall compliance with WB and hip precautions in order for a successful session? Thank you for your help.

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