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Black History Month: How a Physical Therapist’s work helped WWII soldiers and changed forensic science

In honor of Black History Month, we’re celebrating the significant contributions Bessie Blount Griffin made to the fields of physical therapy, nursing and forensic science.

Driven to succeed

Born in 1914, Blount was born in Virginia, receiving only a sixth-grade education. Undeterred, she self-taught on a range of subjects, completing a GED and earning an acceptance into college for nursing, according to The Star-Ledger. After finishing her studies, Read More

Occupational therapist’s guide to Philly

Run up the steps like Rocky.

Run up the steps like Rocky.

If you’re spending Valentine’s Day in the city of Brotherly Love, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the area. Check out the list below for top sites in Philadelphia:

Go back in time

History buffs flock to this city to learn more about icons like The Liberty Bell and The Declaration of Independence. But if you want to walk through history, stop in to the Eastern State Penitentiary. See where Al Capone was housed and step through a real cell meant to elicit regret for a crime.

Shop local

The Reading Terminal Market is an expansive indoor market that offers one-of-a-kind foods. Read More

A physical therapist’s guide to Portland, OR

There's so much to see in Oregon.

There’s so much to see in Oregon.

Being a travel physical therapist gives you the chance to spend 13-26 weeks in a city of your choosing. That gives you enough time to seek out the hidden gems to make the time fly by. Portland, Oregon – more affectionately referred to as PDX – is a bustling city that offers a long list of attractions for tourists and locals alike.

For theater lovers

Take advantage of PDX’s thriving theater scene: The city hosts the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, which showcases modern retellings of your favorite plays. For more modern plays, step over to Portland Center Stage at the Armory. Take part in discussions with members of the theater community after the show as well. Read More

The occupational therapist’s guide to natural remedies for aches and pains

Don't lose motivation because of muscle soreness.

Don’t lose motivation because of muscle soreness.

While occupational therapists can help their patients ease their pain and improve their quality of life, experiencing soreness is common after a session with an occupational therapist or after completing exercises at home. While your patients may be tempted to reach for a bottle of ibuprofen, they may find more relief with a natural remedy. Here’s some natural remedies that they can administer at home after their exercises that can help ease soreness and pain.

Epsom salts can ease soreness

Epsom salts have long been suggested as a remedy to help ease overworked muscles. Read More

Valentine crafts for kids in speech therapy

Check out these activities to do in honor of Valentine's Day.

Check out these activities to do in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, offering plenty of opportunities for students to get in the spirit – and help strengthen their speech and language skills. There are a number of Valentine’s-themed crafts you can have them complete. Check out the list below for fun, thematic activities:

Matching games

This game from Speech Buddy is based on cutting out hearts and writing connecting words on each side of the heart. Then, cut each heart in half and mix them up. Your student will be able to build his or her understanding of different objects as they seek out matching pieces. If you are looking to focus on building fluency, ask your student to read each word out as he or she looks for its match. Read More