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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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Time to update the AOTA Position Paper on Nondiscrimination and Inclusion by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Politically controversial conversations continue to spew from the social media accounts of AOTA leaders.  These conversations represent perspectives that are not reflective ... Read on »
Why there is not much more to say about the NYS Early Intervention Program by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I got an interesting question in email today so I decided I would answer it publicly.  The email asked You used to write a lot about early intervention, but there hasn't ... Read on »
The incompatibility of population-based public health models with the occupational therapy... by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The following Twitter conversation underscores the problems with use of a population health model in an occupational therapy context Framing a conversation about the ... Read on »
Pushing back against a 'Fourth Paradigm' in the occupational therapy profession by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Occupational therapists have a century long tradition of identity confusion and that has been complicated by incrementalism in how the profession defines its scope of prac ... Read on »
Notes on the AOTA Continuing Competence Standards Draft by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The American Occupational Therapy Association has a Commission on Continuing Competence and Professional Development (CCCPD).  The CCCPD is conducting a 5 year review of its ... Read on »
Why students will be making elevator speeches to define OT for another 100 years by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A new day, a new document, a new definition for the profession: For many years, the American Occupational Therapy Association has stated that students need to promote t ... Read on »
Comments on 'Validity of Sensory Systems as Distinct Constructs' by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Chia-Ting Su and Diane Parham (2014) wrote an interesting article that appears in this month's American Journal of Occupational Therapy.  Their study involved use of confi ... Read on »
A syllabus and reference list regarding attempts to redefine the occupational therapy profession by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The lynchpin of this conversation goes back to the patient v. client debates which quite clearly have not been resolved.  I think it is important to look at those issues ver ... Read on »
Investigation into the Mendability program by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine On a professional occupational therapy forum some participants were asking for more information about the Mendability program, which is a 'sensory enrichment' therapy for ... Read on »
Why OT Rex is an appropriate mascot for the OT Profession by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine This picture, and some similar to it, were widely passed around social media within the last year as an expression of the occupational therapy profession.  The picture ... Read on »
When your legacy is OT education and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I support free market capitalism, and respect ownership rights people have in the money they have earned through voluntary trade.  Since the money belongs to them they shoul ... Read on »
Basic vs. applied science: The ongoing OT and OS debate by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine  Over the course of the last several years an important professional debate about social justice has been occurring in the occupational therapy profession. That actual ... Read on »
Patient vs. Client - What could go wrong? Look around and see... by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Thirty years ago there was an important philosophical debate in the occupational therapy profession.  That debate had to do with whether or not use of the term 'patient' or ... Read on »
Comments re: recent RCT on sensory integration by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I received several emails asking me about the dialogue that was recently published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders regarding the Schaaf, et. al (2013) ... Read on »
Do we need more schooling, or just re-tooling? by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In a conversation on the OT Connections Forum Dr. Pam Toto stated "These other professions - PT, Pharmacy, Nursing - whether you think they are comparable or not, have evol ... Read on »
Witness by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I sat on the witness stand, about 20 feet away from the parents that I had known and worked with for the last five years, and did my best to answer the Judge's questions as ... Read on »
Crisis of confidence in AOTA governance by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine A crisis of confidence is defined as a situation in which people have stopped believing that something is good.  Such a point has been reached with the American Occupation ... Read on »
Emmanuelism provided the Core Values to the developing occupational therapy profession by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As part of a multi-year research effort into the nature of Social Justice I have been participating in an lengthy conversation about this topic on the OT Connections forum, ... Read on »
Academia knows best: Mandating doctoral education for entry level occupational therapy practice. by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine The American Occupational Therapy Association Board of Directors has issued a position statement that future occupational therapists will need to be doctorally prepare ... Read on »
The problem with the way occupational therapists address mental health issues by Chris Alterio Occupational Therapist Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Yesterday I saw Daniel who was mad at his mother for lying to him - something to do with whether or not he could play his Nintendo DS - I am not sure.  He spent most of th ... Read on »