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5 Benefits of Being a School-Based Therapist

Every day, thousands of therapists across the country help children succeed in school.Every day, thousands of therapists across the country help children succeed in school. For many individuals, working as a school-based therapist can be the ideal career, thanks to the nature and importance of the job. Based on therapist feedback from across the U.S., here are our top-five benefits of being a school-based therapist:

1. Make a life-long difference in children’s lives

Most obviously, education equips children with the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their personal, professional and life goals. Because of school-based therapists, students are better able to engage in the material presented to them in important subjects like English and math while learning the vital skills that will help them throughout the rest of their lives in topics like writing, reading, interpersonal communication and time management.

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Working as a Home Health Therapist: What new grads need to know

bigstock-Physical-therapist-helping-a-d-11987291-1.jpgIf you’re a new graduate looking to build a career in therapy, consider working in the home health field. This fulfilling professional role enables you to have a direct impact on people’s quality of life, helping them strengthen their skills and abilities or recover from health conditions in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. 

Read on to learn more about the job duties of a home health therapist, changes in the field you should be aware of and tips for working in home health. 

What does a home health therapist do?

Home health therapists work with individuals who are unable to leave their homes to receive care. They may have mobility issues, chronic conditions, disabilities, disorders or injuries that prevent them from traveling to visit therapists. A home health therapist often sees patients on a regular schedule, becoming a trusted and dependable individual in their lives. 

Home health care includes both occupational and physical therapists. These roles are further explained below. 

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This Traveling Therapist tackled a 100-mile bike ride while on assignment in Alaska

heather and friend.jpgWhen therapists decide to become travelers, many of them do so purely for the adventure of it. One particular Jackson Therapist took her love for adventure one step further and challenged herself to complete a 100-mile bike trek across Alaska. Heather is a traveling Physical Therapist on assignment in Alaska who decided just exploring Alaska wasn’t enough, she wanted to do more (while helping others). Read on to learn more about Heather and her amazing feat.

Making time for training

Heather has been a traveling therapist for the past three years.  When she got placed in Alaska, she was ecstatic since it was one of her top destinations she wanted to explore.

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Case Study: How a Travel PTA helped a patient walk again

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Zach, a physical therapist’s assistant currently on assignment in San Angelo, Texas, loves helping patients. When Zach first became a physical therapist’s assistant in 2009, he began his career as a Traveling PTA. It gave him the opportunity to pursue his passion, while also offering more employment options with benefits and giving him the ability to see different parts of the country. He joined Jackson Therapy in 2016 after partnering with Katie his recruiter, and began assisting patients in Texas in a nursing facility.

In this facility, Zach focused on geriatric patients, which presented some challenges – as their age made it more difficult for them to progress past an injury.  Their slow progress can depress morale and cause patients to lose motivation. When they don’t believe in themselves, they heal at a slower rate.

Building hope, one step at a time

When Zach was first paired with a military veteran and ex-sniper who was bound to a wheelchair, he immediately realized this patient felt completely defeated and didn’t believe he could walk again. Other physical therapists had given up on this veteran, but Zach was willing to try again.

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Learn the creative ways therapists use foam rollers to heal pain & improve mobility (& fight cellulite!)

Dancers and athletes have long known the seemingly magical powers of foam rollers. They can help loosen tight hips or knotted quad muscles.

Dancers and athletes have long known the seemingly magical powers of foam rollers. They can help loosen tight hips or knotted quad muscles. Physical and occupational therapists also use them in a number of different ways during sessions with patients. Check out the list below for the clever ways you can use these rollers on your own:

Work out shin splints

If you feel a mild shooting pain in your shins after hitting the track or the trails, you may have shin splints. You can use your foam roller to work out the pain. 

Simply kneel on your roller and slowly work it down to your ankle and back up. Make sure not to hit your knees! That could lead you to accidentally hurting yourself, noted Health magazine.

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