Sunday, 30 May 2010

Commonly Asked Question

Working privately, I often get calls of someone describing a brief summary of the information they know of a relative and asking, now what will you do / offer to improve the situation.

For ALL Occupational Therapists the first step of any therapeutic relationship or potential service is an evaluation. There are a range of evaluations or assessments that Occupational Therapists are trained to carry out. Some of these are standardised and some are specific evaluations e.g. testing range of movement, muscle strength, muscle tone, eye movements, perception (these are via a range of standardised tests), level of funciton in Personal Life Skills (PLS), Worker Role Interview, various other evaluations to determine a persons ability to work effectively. These are just some of the evaluations / assessments that an Occupational Therapist will carry out. Each person / client or patient will require a different set of evaluations in order to determine whether occupational therapy is indicated and if so whether the therapist evaluating is the appropraite therapist to work with or a referral to a colleague is indicated. The evaluations chosen will depend on the age of the person, the nature of the condition or problem and the persons situation in life. Once it is established who the treating therapist will be and all evaluations have been completed, then a treatment plan can be drawn up.

Prior to receiving necessary medical information or information from a teacher or employer and completing the evaluation, it is not recommended for any therapist to outline what s/he will do to assist. There are simply too many variables involved.

Hence, if you feel that you or a loved one is in need of Occupational Therapy, the first step is to book an appointment for an evaluation. Only after this can one begin to discuss duration of treatment, type of intervention and other necessary information.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Definition of Occupational Therapy - 2

The following definition of Occupational Therapy was provided by 
WORLD FEDERATION OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS in 2004

Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.

Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups of people who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation.

Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by physical, social attitudinal and legislative environments. Therefore, occupational therapy practice may be directed to changing aspects of the environment to enhance participation.

Occupational therapy is practiced in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, homes, workplaces, schools, reform institutions and housing for seniors. Clients are actively involved in the therapeutic process, and outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, client-driven and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction derived from participation.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Occupational Therapy - Definitions Part 1


When building a house, one typically begins with drawing a plan, having the plan passed by various experts and procedures and once approval is given, we begin with the foundation. So too, in explaining a profession or the scope of the profession, let us begin with basics. Some definitions.

In this post we will start with the top. The World Federation of Occupational Therapists provides the following definition: "Occupational Therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate, or by modifying the environment to better support participation."


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Shoshanah offers private consultations both individually and in groups.
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Monday, 10 May 2010

The Background


Yes, you are right, the background does not say much about occupation. Why not an office? Why not someone busy in the kitchen, or doing something. Why green leaves?

Actually, there were some reasons as to why I chose this background. If you think of a better design for the background of the blog, I am open to suggestion. In the meantime, here are my thoughts.

Did you know that Occupational Therapists have a uniform? Yes, we actually have a uniform that is supposed to be worn when treating. Some years ago, those working in schools decided that wearing a uniform might be a bit off putting for the children, those working in psychiatric facilities or privately felt the same. Hence many will just wear a white coat or no uniform at all.
The truth is that the OT colour is green. Bottle green to be exact.

When I was a student not only was there a specific colour but the skirts worn had to be A-line skirts of a certain length below the knee. Some therapists found for certain physical rehab, the skirts were not modest enough and requests to wear pants. This was granted and again, with the same colour and a specific design.

So, I chose green as a background.

Why leaves?

Here too there is good reason. Occupational Therapy is a process through which a person grows. Many times or most times, the person will unfold, in a sense, as their hopes and dreams begin to be worked upon and realized.

Lastly, Judaism teaches that a man is likened to a tree. So too, Occupational Therapy works with the person from the seed of potential to assist them to become the greatest "tree" that they have the potential to be, all through the act of doing.


DID YOU KNOW?

Shoshanah offers private consultations both individually and in groups.
Consultations are available in person, via email correspondence, Skype or telephone.

To book a consultation, talk or workshop with Shoshanah, please contact her via her website or email.

Shoshanah is in the process of developing a very special Healing Centre.

Shoshanah has a number of other blogs filled with valuable life skills and information. See:
Should you wish to partner with Shoshanah
in developing her Healing Centre
giving you the opportunity to sponsor rooms or equipment
in memory of a loved one or in honour of family or friends,
please send an email to find out options for donations or sponsorship opportunities.

Introduction to This Blog

Hi Everyone

Yes, another blog. This one is a little more focused on my profession from the healing aspect of it. Some of you may know my art and photography, a few of my motivational talks, here we will focus more on Occupational Therapy and the other Healing modalities I am involved in. We will, G-d willing, take a look at how the other healing modalities are used hand-in-hand with Occupational Therapy.

Some may ask how one can devote a whole blog to Occupational Therapy. The answer is really quite simple. The profession is vast, diverse and incredible. From the time I began studying Occupational Therapy, in 1987, one question has been consistent.

"What is Occupational Therapy?"

The longer I practice, the more clients I work with, the more ways I find that Occupational Therapy has so very much to offer and how very sad it is that so few people know what the profession really is all about.

So I invite you to send in questions, challenge posts, enjoy and interact. I hope to provide you with definitions, theoretical background, historical background, some case studies, some insights and probably a lot more.

I hope that through this blog, you, the reader, will come to appreciate the wonderful profession that is Occupational Therapy. The scope of possibility that lies at the fingertips of an Occupational Therapist. Together let us learn what this profession is, so that those who really could benefit from intervention with an Occupational Therapist can receive the appropriate referal speedily.

Looking forward to getting to know you all.

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist and Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor


DID YOU KNOW?

Shoshanah offers private consultations both individually and in groups.
Consultations are available in person, via email correspondence, Skype or telephone.

To book a consultation, talk or workshop with Shoshanah, please contact her via her website or email.

Shoshanah is in the process of developing a very special Healing Centre.

Shoshanah has a number of other blogs filled with valuable life skills and information. See:
Should you wish to partner with Shoshanah
in developing her Healing Centre
giving you the opportunity to sponsor rooms or equipment
in memory of a loved one or in honour of family or friends,
please send an email to find out options for donations or sponsorship opportunities.
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