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Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist

East Amherst, New York
I am an occupational therapist and owner of ABC Therapeutics.  I have practiced OT for over 20 years and have a  post-professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy. These postings (extended from my blog at http://abctherapeutics.blogspot.com) represent an ongoing... Full Bio
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Update on early intervention coding and paraprofessional service delivery by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Two years ago I blogged about NYS Department of Health emails that instructed the field in use of Level II HCPCS codes.   At that time I stated:  Promoting use of Level ... Read on »
Using celebrities to promote occupational therapy - 100 years ago? by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine According to Bill de Lancey (1958), a writer for the Geneva Times, "Mr. Barton was born in Boston, of a family steeped in the arts and letters."  Occupational therapists kno ... Read on »
Assistance requested with reading Emily Post inscription by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Emily Post continued her literary career and in 1910 An Eagle's Feather was published.  Apparently, she was still in contact with George E. Barton.  Here is a copy ... Read on »
Whitewashing the status of the NYS Early Intervention Program by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In response to questions by members of the Legislature as part of the February 3, 2014 Joint Budget Hearing on the 2014‐15 Executive Budget for Health/Medicaid, the New York ... Read on »
More research on effects of weighted vests on attending behaviors. by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I was very happy to see another article on weighted vests in the current issue of AJOT (Lin, Lee, Chang, and Hong, 2014).  The last opportunity we had to look at this issu ... Read on »
How George Barton helped to launch the literary career of Emily Post by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine When you say the name “Emily Post” most people automatically think of her contributions as ‘Miss Manners.’ Although they were actually very close in age, it is probably a f ... Read on »
The energy that sparked a profession by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine O'Brien smiled faintly. "You are no metaphysician, Winston," he said. "Until this moment you had never considered what is meant by existence. I will put it more precis ... Read on »
On distilling a three year professional debate into a children's video by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I was recently asked by a colleague unfamiliar with the debate to summarize in very short form why I am so interested in the social justice issue that is  being discussed ... Read on »
Narrative re-telling of George Barton's social standing. by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine An important and perhaps relatively unknown historical analysis of occupational therapy was completed by Ralph Adams as part of his M.S. in Occupational Therapy at Rush Univ ... Read on »
The Blue Blood of George Barton: An Introduction by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine My next several posts will cover the issue of social class and Gilded Age Society.  I am hopeful that these posts will provide a rich background to help in more fully unders ... Read on »
An analysis of the American Occupational Therapy Association's narrative on sensory integration by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine New day.  New information.  Same narrative. The January 20, 2014 OT Practice publication has a brief article under the 'Industry News' section on page 2.  The article i ... Read on »
Governor Andrew Cuomo's infamous legacy with the New York State Early Intervention Program by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) finds itself in an awkward position these days.  As a primer, you should be aware that County Health Offi ... Read on »
Things Jeremy wanted me to remember. by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine “You know this sucks,” Jeremy scowled. “You know it, and I know that you know it.” At first I wasn’t sure if this was intended to bridge some gap between us, or if I was ... Read on »
The architectural legacy of George Barton by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine n.b. ongoing series related to a study of George Barton, founder of the Occupational Therapy Profession.  George Barton was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1901 (Reed and ... Read on »
On Pygmalion and sensory integration research by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Occupational therapists have been attempting to improve research on sensory integration by adopting more strict fidelity standards and by using Goal Attainment Scaling as an ... Read on »
On beehives, planetary motion, and reasons for not writing reports sooner. by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Autumn clings tightly to these late November days like the last remaining leaves on the trees.  Looking out into my front yard I see that bee hives and abandoned birds ... Read on »
Reasons to pause when discussing a "sensory processing disorder" construct. by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The Sensory Profile is an assessment tool that purports to measure sensory processing abilities (Pearson Education Inc., 2008); there are versions for infant/toddlers, sch ... Read on »
Written testimony for public hearing on EI fiscal agent implementation by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Although I was initially planning to present oral testimony for the upcoming public hearing on EI fiscal agent implementation I have decided to present written testimony.  M ... Read on »
Evidence update: Pediatric fecal incontinence and best practices for intervention by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Almost seven years ago I wrote a blog entry on pediatric fecal incontinence which is archived here .  In that review I briefly discussed psychological and physiological an ... Read on »
Are NYS Medicaid audits improperly destroying care systems? by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Follow up to earlier post: http://abctherapeutics.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-citizen-participation-impacts.html ++++++ New York State Medicaid regulations are a dizzy ... Read on »