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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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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 »
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 »