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What is occupational medicine?
Occupational medicine is a type of medicine that deals with the prevention, treatment, and resolution of injuries and illnesses that are job or workplace related. Physicians trained in occupational medicine can be more skilled than regular physicians in this area as they are knowledgeable and up to date on current workforce safety guidelines like Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and can make the best treatment plans accordingly. These physicians often work in concert with employers to keep employees safe and healthy.
What is a pediatric occupational therapist?
A pediatric occupational therapist deals primarily with children. They provide therapies to children who may have a variety of needs , including learning disabilities, sensory issues, physical trauma or disabilities, difficulty with fine-motor skills, and social issues. They help the child by treating their limitations or disability, while fostering increased self-esteem through treatments leading to growth and development. Some pediatric OTs work within school districts, and their costs are usually covered through the district.
How much does it cost to see an occupational therapist?
The cost to see an occupational therapist (OT) will depend on several factors. Since most bill on an hourly basis, an initial consultation can run you from $100 to $250. Once you begin seeing an OT, you will be billed based on that hourly rate. The types of service needed, and things like travel and other specialty services can factor into costs. Insurance can offset a lot of these costs, so consult your policy or insurance provider for specifics on your coverage range and out-of-pocket costs.
What types of conditions do occupational therapists treat?
Occupational therapists work with people who have a variety of conditions, including work-related injuries, amputees and people with prosthetics, stroke and heart attack victims, head injury victims, burns and spinal cord trauma. They can treat most major physical trauma victims (note - they are not physical therapists) and those with permanent disabilities. They also work with people with mental health issues. It is not just for adults, but also for kids needing to improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and/or fine motor skills. It is a common therapy to elevate and improve self-esteem for many kids who have these issues.
What is an occupational therapist?
An occupational therapist works with individuals of all ages who require specialized assistance in order to lead productive and satisfying lives. These individuals might suffer from emotional, physical, social, or developmental issues.
What are some questions to ask a daycare as part of the selection process?
In addition to questions about cost, ask any potential daycare provider about licensing or accreditations and qualifications. Other questions to consider:
- What is the staff-to-child ratio?
- How long have they been in business? (Longevity and stability are highly desirable)
- Can you get references?
- How safe is the center?
- What plans are in place if a child gets sick?
- What (if any) is the curriculum?
- If transportation is necessary to get a child to or from the facility, what is the vehicle arrangement?
- What are the visitation rules?
- Are you closed during holidays?
- What is your cancellation policy if we leave?
- What if my child gets hurt while in your care?
What is a good caregiver-to-child ratio?
Having enough staff may be the most important part of any daycare provider. Having a staff-to-child ratio of 1:3 for infants, 1:6 for toddlers, and 1:9 for preschool-aged children is considered ideal. Generally the rule is, the younger the children the higher the caregiver-to-child ratio. Having more than that can be fine, but less than that is not.
How much does daycare cost?
The typical cost of full-time daycare is around $1,000 a month. That’s the average – you can spend more or less depending on your location, the type of daycare your child is attending, and if it is full or part-time. Also be sure to ask if it’s a year-round daycare. If it’s not, or they are closed for certain holidays, you will need to arrange for additional childcare coverage.
What steps do daycares take to keep children safe?
Daycare safety should start with:
Daycares should maintain a clean and sanitary environment to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses, including confirming with parents that kids are properly immunized, and having parents keep sick kids at home to prevent spreading illnesses. Many daycares also have stringent sign-in and sign-out procedures to make sure they know who is picking up (and dropping off) your child.
- Adequate supervision of the children – having an appropriate staff-to-child ratio (1:3 for infants, 1:6 for toddlers, and 1:9 for preschool-aged children).
- A regular training plan in place for health and safety issues, including pediatric CPR and having first-aid certified staff present at all times, and that procedures are in place for handling medications and dosages carefully and accurately.
- Making sure all poisons, drugs, and medications, as well as all toxic substances are safely removed from children’s reach.
- Ensuring all toys and playground products are safe (and regularly cleaned) and age-appropriate.
What is the difference between a licensed vs. an accredited daycare provider?
Licensed means the daycare program meets the minimum licensing standards that are set forth by the state – and licensing laws vary state-to-state. Accredited means the program meets the standards set forth by national groups like the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) or the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Usually the standards set forth by accreditation are higher than state-licensing regulations.