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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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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 »
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 »