Friday, April 13, 2018

Workload vs. Caseload

It's 2018, and we need to move away from thinking about productivity as a function of caseload - especially us school based therapists.  SOOOOOO much of what we do is not accounted for in just the IEP minutes.  AOTA has been relatively silent on this issue that has plagued the therapy world for all the 20 years I've been practicing. 

I took it upon myself to put together a calculator to help me see how "productive" I am throughout the week.  Once I sat down and wrote out all I did in a week - I was exhausted.  =)  This will give you some much needed numbers with which to go to your administrator to show them that you need more help. 

Click picture for access to the calculator

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Interoceiption - Listening TO your body


I have a social skills group I lead once per week.  It consists of Kindergarten and 1st graders.  We have worked through all the Wee Thinkers from Social Thinking, so now as the school year is winding down, I'm adding in some other sessions.  Today we talked about INTEROCEPTION.

You've never heard of this "sense?"  Well, it's all the rage now in the therapy world.  It is the ability to notice physical sensations coming from inside your body.

In the past we have done a lesson on Whole Body Listing (see previous post), and one of my smarty smartersons in the group raised his hand and said we already learned how to listen WITH our bodies.  He was right, of course.  But I explained to him that today we were going to learn how to listen TO our bodies.

I have broken up this lesson into three parts.  Lesson 1 - watch a video and introduce the idea of listening TO your body.  Lesson 2 - Discussing what different body sensations are and where we might feel them in our bodies when having different emotions.  Lesson 3 - Discuss how everyone feels feelings differently and in different parts of their body.  We will also connect this with a previous lesson on coping skills (see previous post).

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