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Best Cities for Occupational Therapists

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The benefits of Occupational Therapy continue to be recognized across the USA, especially in schools. Occupational Therapists are important in allowing people to make the best use of their bodies, overcome challenges and recover from injury. We’ve been looking at all the factors that make a city a good place to live for someone looking for an Occupational Therapist job and have put together a list of the best locations.

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The Trouble with Higher Special Education Costs

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It’s no secret that most school districts across the United States are seeing an increase in the number of students who qualify for special education services. When the numbers increase, this means that additional money will be needed. Schools will tell you that part of the problem in keeping up with the cost of special education is the gap in payments from the state level. The formulas used to figure out the money given just doesn’t keep up with unfunded mandates.

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Integrating Occupational Therapy in Classrooms

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Step into any early elementary classroom, and you will likely see children who would benefit from occupational therapy. Most of them would not likely qualify for the service, but many could use it within their day. The problem in many districts is that students who technically do not qualify for services now may later require even more intense therapy. Fine motor skills that may seem slightly delayed could eventually snowball. Once a child is older, it is may take more time to work on skills to do them properly. In addition to this, it is difficult to pull an older child out of class for an occupational therapy session.

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Focus on Motor Skills with Students with Disabilities

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Participating in sports is a dream that many children have. Unfortunately, some children with disabilities are unable to get involved in some sports because of motor deficits. While early intervention and services will help many children, it does not fix everything for many children. Students of all ages may continue to receive physical and occupational therapy sessions within the school day. This time allows them to work on skills that are needed to help them be safe and do work within an academic day.

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Swings for Occupational Therapy

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The occupational therapy needs of students have changed over the years. In the past, schools had occupational therapists work mostly on fine motor skills. Young students would focus on pincer grasp with their writing utensils. Occupational therapy sessions would also work on how to cut with scissors and proper formation of their letters. These skills continue to be done, but there is a lot more happening in sessions along with the more traditional work. The increasing number of children with sensory processing concerns have meant that school districts have to address this and assist the children to be more successful in their academic lives. Occupational therapists now work with students that have sensory integration needs and more.

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