Help save the Early Childhood Direction Centers! They need our help RIGHT NOW

  NY State has terminated the contract with the Early Childhood Direction Centers, and all of them will close as of June 30, 2019.
As many of you know ECDC  as been an amazing resource for families and professionals helping to navigate the systems of EI, transitioning to CPSE etc. for the past 30 years.
It has been said that the NYS Board of Regents is very concerned about the ECDC closure and the lack of transparency in the process. The Regents are meeting this coming Monday, January 14th which means there’s a very short window to make our feelings known! We need to tell them what the ECDC has done for us and what the lack of that support will mean for families of young children.
Here is the contact info to let your concerns be known:
Betty A. Rosa
Chancellor
12th Judicial District
Regents Office, State Education Building, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, N.Y. 12234
(518) 474-5889
Regent.Rosa@nysed.gov
T. Andrew Brown
Vice Chancellor
7th Judicial District
925 Crossroads Building, Two State Street, Rochester, NY 14614
(585) 454-3667
Regent.Brown@nysed.gov

Commissioner of Education and
President of the University of the State of New York
MaryEllen Elia
(518) 474-5844
Commissioner@nysed.gov

P-12 Instructional Support
Deputy Commissioner
Angelica Infante-Green
(518) 474-5915

Christopher Soriano
Assistant Commissioner Special Education
Email: speced@nysed.gov

PT and OT  Receives Significant Payment Increase from NYS Worker Compensation Board for 2019

On December 26th, the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board adopted regulations which substantially increase payment for PT and OT therapy services provided to injured workers effective April 1, 2019.

The conversion factor for PT and OT services increased from 21 to 30 percent across the 4 regions of the state. The average conversion factor increase across all 4 regions was 25.4%

Initial evaluations are capped at 18 RVUs, revaluations are capped at 15 RVUs and follow up visits are capped at 12 RVUs, all of which allow for a greater intensity/duration of medically necessary treatment to be provided per session.

The changes in the fee schedule will take effect April 1, 2019.

There is NO  hard cap of 12 visits/180 days.
I will post additional information as I find it out.

2019- Long Standing and Well Established Physical Therapy Practice for Sale in Central Long Island (Nassau County) NY

This is a very well established and highly regarded physical therapy practice in Central Nassau County.  It is known for its quality care and individualized treatment and has earned an excellent reputation amongst physicians and patients in the community.  The practice currently employs 2 physical therapists (full and part-time), 1 physical therapist assistant (part-time) and is fortunate to have a capable office staff including an administrator and biller, all  interested in staying on with the new owner.

The practice treats a diverse caseload including orthopedic, neurologic, chronic pain, balance and wellness and generates $400,000-$500,000 annually with an excellent and enviable net profit margin.  The clinic participates in most major insurance networks including Medicare.  It is located in an office building and a lease with highly favorable terms and is transferable and renewable.  The 3000 plus square foot office has good parking and enjoys convenient parkway access.  It includes  state of the art equipment, separate patient and staff bathroom,  a waiting room, private treatment rooms,a main gym and balance/plyometrics room, whirlpool room, private owners and administrators offices, as well as a  separate front office.

Full financial information including profit and loss statements, practice statistics and tax returns are available for inspection.
The practice is being offered at $325,000.00.  The practice owner is willing to remain with the clinic as clinician and/ or clinic director

Serious inquiries only:  Please contact Iris Kimberg, MS PT OTR on behalf of the practice owner at iris@nytherapyguide.com or infonytherapy@aol.com

Fabulous Opportunity to Work in a Premier Pediatric Practice in Bergen County New Jersey

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services, LLC  (POTS)  is a cutting edge private private practice in Teaneck NJ seeking dynamic, experienced pediatric occupational therapists who loves children and families, to work in our sensory gyms and in private schools 20 hours per week and full time (must include 1-2 days after school and/or Sunday hours). We have a dedicated highly experienced staff that provides cutting edge OT, PT and Speech therapy in state of the art sensory gyms. Our clients range from birth through 21. Primary therapeutic approaches include sensory integration treatment, Floortime, Handwriting Without Tears, listening therapies, NDT, motor learning, biomechanical approaches and SOS feeding. Among the areas we address are sensory processing, praxis, self-regulation, self-care, handwriting, gross and fine motor development, visual perception, and feeding. We are unique in our commitment to evaluate and treat the whole child and partner with the important people in a child’s life.

Job Description

We are looking for therapists who has strong treatment and evaluation skills, and is able to effectively work with children in a sensory gym and in private schools.

  • Evaluate new patients.
  • Provide occupational therapy services to children in a sensory gym using the therapeutic approaches that best meet the child’s unique needs.
  • Design and monitor effective home programs, sensory diets, and school and home strategies, as needed that meet the child’s needs and family’s capacity for follow through.
  • Provide occupational therapy services within a classroom or school that enable the child to better function and thrive in that environment.
  • Collaborate with the teacher and school, and provide strategies for the individual child or class that will benefit the client.
  • Collaborate with parents and teachers to set functional goals
  • Provide ongoing guidance, support and education to parents
  • Participate in team meetings and workshops
  • Participate in program development, such as summer camp programs and after-school groups

Required Skills

  • Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • 3+ years’ experience providing occupational therapy to children in a sensory gym and in schools. Experience in treating children with a wide range of challenges, including Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism
  • NJ Occupational Therapy License
  • NJ school certification, a plus
  • Willingness to work in the clinic and in schools
  • Compassionate, caring, collaborative, willing to go the extra mile for your families
  • Excellent problem solving skills and analytic abilities
  • Ability to meet the child where they are and build a warm therapeutic relationship with the child and family
  • Ability to conduct assessments and evaluations using standardized evaluation tools and clinical observations to determine the child’s strengths and challenges, collaborate on goal setting with caregivers, and generate a comprehensive report of findings
  • Sensory gym experience
  • Provide effective treatment sessions to meet the child’s functional goals
  • Experience treating clients within the classroom and collaborating with teachers
  • Excellent communication skills with parents, children and co-workers
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuing education, such as sensory processing, Floortime, Handwriting Without Tears, Brain Gym, Reflex integration, etc.
  • Feeding coursework and experience a plus. SOS preferred
  • Desire to work long term in a warm supportive environment

Job Type: Part Time and Full Time

Salary: Part time: 38,480.00-46,600.00 commensurate with experience

Full time with benefits: commensurate with experience
Please email your resume or questions to Dr. Chaye Lamm Warburg, DPS, OTR, Director:  chaye@potsot.com

Per Diem OT Job Opportunity- Matawan New Jersey

Top Tier Care LLC, a well established and highly regarded private rehab agency owned by an OT has an immediate part time opening in an Adult Dayhab Facility.
Currently there are 2 patients needing services but that number is expected to increase.
Make your own schedule and fee for service is competitive.
For more info – call  732-994-5088 x102

Or email/fax resume to:
info@toptiercare.com / fax 732 358 0312

Starting Fresh without Starting Over- Refreshing Your Career to Gain New Opportunities

Reprinted from the NYTimes  April 2018 By Kerry Hannon
Two years ago I hosted a webinar for therapists over 50. Since that time I have been looking for different ways to support my over 50 colleagues ( myself included). One  easy way is to share information, and here for starters is a great article.

For Susan Golden, now 64, flinging on a backpack filled with books and rambling around the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif., for a year in 2016 was “like drinking from a fire hose,” she said. “There was so much to learn, so many classes and lectures I could attend.”

She graduated that year from the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute, operated in partnership with the Stanford Center on Longevity. Each academic year 25 fellows, who have had two or three decades of a successful career, are selected to attend the program and to enroll in classes across the university.
Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, a yearlong program for corporate executives and professionals interested in applying their skills to social problems, operates with a similar concept. The program’s fellows (for 2018, 48 were selected from more than 550 applicants) get to audit courses at the university and its graduate schools and develop independent projects with professors and fellow students.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor who is director of the leadership initiative, said the program was started “to deploy a new leadership force of people transitioning from their main career to their next years of service.”

Todd Fisher, 52, a fellow in Harvard’s program, was ready for a new challenge. He was a global chief administrative officer and partner of the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Company and, he said, “I wanted to fundamentally shift my career.”

When Mr. Fisher turned 50, he heard about the program and started to make his plan. “I was nervous about finding my new career,” he said. “I’m the type of guy who wants to go get things done. I felt it would be valuable for me to be in a stimulating environment, where I had to develop different routines and to detox, or reprogram.”

This semester, Mr. Fisher is enrolled in a course on community colleges and another on leaders and leadership in history at the Harvard Kennedy School. His aim is to figure out his “next direction, to have a little bit of fun, make some new friends and to broaden my perspective and life,” he said. “I did not retire in the classic sense of the word. I do want to throw myself into something else: a true second career.”

In addition to the Stanford and Harvard programs, there are a handful of other educational programs for Gen Xers and baby boomers eyeing a second act.

Later this year, for example, the University of Notre Dame will start the Inspired Leadership Initiative, a one-year program for “accomplished leaders at the end of their careers.”

The University of Texas at Austin will also welcome later this year its first cadre for its nine-month Tower Fellows Program for those who “have built a career of major accomplishments (20 to 30 years) and who now seek to deepen their knowledge and/or embrace new fields.”

 

 

Announcing the Opening of the Art Therapy Practice in NYC

WHEN TALK THERAPY ALONE ISN’T GETTING THE RESULTS YOU HOPED FOR

THE ART THERAPY PRACTICE, 209 EAST 23RD STREET
ROOM 105, NEW YORK, NY 10010
212-592-2178
INFO@THEARTTHERAPYPRACTICE.COM
www.thearttherapypractice.com

Art therapy uses the universal language of art to help work through and express emotions that are hard to verbalize. The Art Therapy Practice guides clients through the creative arts therapy process, going beyond traditional talk therapy by using the healing power of the arts.

Our compassionate and highly experienced art therapists can help clients’ address a variety of personal challenges.  Working with children, teens and adults, our art therapists’ areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

– Addiction
– Aging Issues
– Anxiety
– Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Developmental Disabilities
– Bereavement/Grief
– Coping with Medical Illness
– Depression
– Divorce
– Eating Disorders
– LGBTQA+
– Relationship Issues
– Self-Esteem Issues
– Trauma
– Women’s Issues

For more info, please reach out to us in confidence:
212-592-2178  INFO@THEARTTHERAPYPRACTICE.COM

Don’t Use Infant Walkers

Reprinted from the NYTimes  – September 2018  N. Bakalar

More than 230,000 children younger than 15 months were treated in emergency rooms for injuries incurred while using infant walkers from 1990 to 2014.

An analysis published in Pediatrics has found that 6,539 of them had skull fractures, 91 percent of them from falling down stairs. The devices are banned in Canada, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that they be banned in the United States as well.

The number of injuries went down in 1994 with the introduction of stationary activity centers — devices similar to walkers, but without wheels. Injuries declined again in the four years following the adoption of federal mandatory safety standards in 2010. Other factors may have been involved in the decrease as well, including declining infant walker sales, the number of them still in use, and product recalls.

“There are no advantages to using walkers,” said the senior author, Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. “They continue to have the potential for serious injury. Parents should be told not to use them.”

Let Kids Play. Doctor’s Orders.

Reprinted from the NYTimes  August 20 2018.  By Dr. Perri Klass, MD
Doctors should prescribe playtime for young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.

The most famous painting of children at play is “Children’s Games,” the 1560 work by Pieter Bruegel the Elder of a town square in which children from toddlers to adolescents (scholars have counted 246) are playing a range of timeless games. There are dolls and marbles and tiddlywinks, ball games and climbing games and riding games (scholars have counted 90 or so). The children are the only ones in town, and their activities offer a kind of taxonomy of play.

But some worry that our current culture is less friendly to play, and that children may not be getting the chance to explore all its possibilities. To try to address that, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement on Monday titled “The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children.”

The statement characterizes play as intrinsically motivated, involving active engagement and resulting in “joyful discovery.” It summarizes extensive developmental and neurological research on play, and tries to tease out some of the specific developmental discoveries in peek-a-boo (repetitive games provide “the joy of being able to predict what is going to happen”) and Simon Says (builds impulse control and executive function). It also says that doctors should encourage playful learning for parents and infants by writing a “prescription for play” at every well-child visit in the first two years of life.

It’s a values statement because many who study play feel that it is under siege, even as new research emphasizes its importance in children’s development.

We’re in a climate where parents are feeling like they need to schedule every minute of structured time, and 30 percent of kindergartens offer no recess,” said Dr. Michael Yogman, chairman of the A.A.P. committee on psychosocial aspects of child family health and the lead author of the statement. To some, he said, “play is seen as irrelevant and old-fashioned.”

Dr. Benard Dreyer, the director of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine and a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said, “The old saying is, play is the work of children. Play is the way they learn and the way they develop. It’s important to understand how all of us, and especially parents, can encourage play.” “Kids develop 21st-century skills in play,” said Dr. Yogman, who is chief of the division of ambulatory pediatrics at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Mass. These include social and emotional skills and executive function, “skills that are crucial for adults in the new economy, that help them collaborate and innovate.”

A fundamental job in pediatric primary care is to strengthen the parent-child relationship, he said, and play is important in that area as well. Even with a very young child, he said: “When a 3-month-old smiles and a parent smiles back, those kinds of turn-taking activities are not only far from trivial,” but are actually important for developing language and social-emotional skills, such as taking turns.

The stable relationships with parents and other caregivers that are built through these interactions are also important for helping children navigate stress and trauma and preventing what we have come to call “toxic stress” from damaging the child’s development.

 

Seeking Acquisitions-Practitioner Owned National EI and Autism Services Provider Looking to Grow Throughout the United States

SEEKING ACQUISITIONS!   A Well known and Highly Regarded Practitioner Owned  Early Intervention and Autism Service Provider with a National Presence is Seeking  Acquisitions
Throughout the United States
  • Founded in the Mid 1990s
  • National Presence
  • Annual Revenues in Excess of $60 million
  • Proven history of being an industry leader and innovator
  • 100% Practitioner Owned
  • Committed to Staying 100% Practitioner Owned
  • Strong and Diverse management team
  • Leading edge technology infrastructure
  • Will work with sellers to create flexible deal structures tailored to their individual needs

If you are a practice owner of an EI and/or ABA agency and would like to explore an exit strategy that involves being acquired, this agency wants to set up a conference call to talk to you!  They are looking to acquire practitioner owned practices and agencies with shared values to provide top notch services and are committed to retaining all existing staff.

Serious inquiries only  – Please email Iris Kimberg, MS PT OTR on behalf of the agency and I will pass along your inquiry. All inquiries will be kept in confidence.