By Jen Studin and Melinda Roy, Grace Cottage Pediatric OTs
The word “occupational” might lead you to think that Occupational Therapy (OT) is job-related, but really, it’s much more than that. And when it comes to kids, OT is not focused on work at all — unless you consider it work for kids to learn to play, to take care of themselves, and to develop social skills.
OT helps people of all ages to attain and refine the skills they need to participate in daily life: things they need to do to take care of themselves, and things they do for enjoyment. Pediatric OT focuses on skills required to play, bathe and dress, interact with peers, and fulfill student and family responsibilities.
By Bruce Sweeter, Grace Cottage Clinical Analyst
Got a question for your doctor in the middle of the night, and afraid you’ll forget it by morning? No problem. Grace Cottage has an app for that.
This new feature is now part of “Grace Cottage Connections,” the HIPPA-secure patient portal that connects Grace Cottage’s medical providers with their patients.
The app works with Android and ISO-based devices. Once it’s loaded onto your phone or tablet, your health information and the direct messaging system to and from your care team are always available.
By Natalie Harding, Grace Cottage Hospital PA-C
It might seem like just another chore on the back-to-school task list, but there are plenty of good reasons why your child’s required yearly physical is a wise investment.
Children with chronic health challenges like asthma, allergies, or diabetes obviously need to be watched closely for any changes in their conditions, but “well” kids need watching too. The yearly physical provides a structure for regular check-ups to ensure that your child is developing normally.