Category Archives: GUEST BLOGGER

Early Mobilization in the ICU and in Acute Care – A Family’s Perspective


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel As a PT, it’s not uncommon to spend our days in the hospital. This fall, I got to spend more time in the hospital than I’d planned for. My dad had a stroke. Unfortunately, he was … Continue reading

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What Am I Doing Here? What Motor Skills Should We Be Working On With Our Students With Autism


Guest Blogger: Kathryn Biel I’ve had that moment lately. I’m not proud to admit it. Every few years, I work with a student who makes me feel this way. I have no idea what I’m doing with and for the … Continue reading

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Why is Sensory Such a Mystery?


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel We’ve all sat in those meetings. The one where the Committee Chair, or the pre-school director, or the classroom staff, or the administration says those dreaded words. “We don’t treat just sensory.” “OT is for fine-motor … Continue reading

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How to Deal with Students with Mental Illness


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel This week before students return, I’ve been spending copious amounts of time in district mandated professional development. One of the seminars was on what to do if there is an active shooter/active killer in the school. … Continue reading

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Get Your Back To School Postural Control Ready!


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel I’m preparing myself, as many of you are to head back to school. Seriously, where did the summer go? But in thinking about the things we may need to get ready for school, we often think … Continue reading

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Concussion Management in your Area?


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel How are concussions being dealt with where you are? Last year, my best friend’s son was catching in a little league game when he was hit in the head with a pitch. The helmet did its … Continue reading

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Treatments for Rocker-Bottom Foot


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel This clinical question was received from Holly: Is there anything that can be done for a severe rocker bottom foot? Child is 8, spastic diplegia, has heel cord contracture, but has had two heel cord lengthenings. … Continue reading

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AS PEDIATRIC THERAPISTS, HOW ARE WE TREATING CHILDHOOD OBESITY?


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel As a school-based physical therapist, this issue comes up for me every year. Children are referred for physical therapy (and occupational therapy) evaluations because they are obese. Every year, I wrestle with my clinical decision making … Continue reading

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PT Needing Advice on Autistic Child with Particular Behavioral issue


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel. Jacqueline submitted this clinical question: I am a physical therapist working with an autistic child who continues to throw toys and other items constantly. He will throw items over, under and thru railings, in his sister’s crib … Continue reading

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How to Document Co-Treatments in IEP’s


GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Biel. Marcia submitted this clinical question: We’ve had some discussion around co-treatments and how best to document them in IEP’s — I’d love to get some input as to what is happening in other districts — is … Continue reading

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