Monday, 26 September 2011

Tips to Prevent Burns over Yom Tov

 Guest Post by Chaya Malka Burn Foundation
Tips to prevent burns in your home  for Sweet, Safe and Successful New Year  Hot liquids - from Shabbos urns, soups and foods - cause most of the burns during these holidays, while candles and fires cause the rest. Together with HaShem’s help, we can prevent these burns from happening.
1)      Keep the Shabbos hot water urn far to the back of the counter. Make sure the cord is not dangling. 

2)       Turn your pot handles to the back of the stove or Shabbos plata.

3)      Keep children out of the kitchen and away from the candles.

4)    Be aware that toddlers can easily pull the tablecloth from their highchairs or pull the tablecloth corners from the floor, spilling hot liquids on themselves.

5)      Keep your lit candles away from curtains and children.  Take care not to leave them burning alone in the Succah.

6)      Most ladies’ burns happen while transferring containers of hot liquids, soups or cholent, and while reaching into the oven to pull out foods.  Use oven mitts to protect your delicate flesh from burning.

7)      Rest and renew your energy. Just sitting down for a brief 5 or 10 minutes before doing “just one more thing” will help renew your energy and strength and keep you more aware. More burns happen when we’re tired.

8)      Keep candies and treats away from stoves, Shabbos urns and candles since children love to climb up to help themselves to treats.

9)      While admiring your beautifully set table, take a moment to glance around the room for fire hazardslike aprons hung near  the stove, highchairs too close to hot liquids, hanging cords or candles set up near curtains .
     10)  Have a First Aid Plan for Burns. Immediately cool burns with water. Readers of the CMBF Burn Prevention newsletters report success using honey and saran wrap to seal the burn; or using vitamin E; Aloe Vera; olive oil and even cool coffee grinds on “minor” burns. Stay calm, we find Rescue Remedy is very calming.  Have emergency numbers handy. Get help when needed! 
A burn that happens in just seconds can take years to heal for 3rddegree!

For more information of the work Chaya Malka does with her Burn Foundation, please email her directly. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

What does an OT need to Evaluate?

Can you answer the following?
Person calling re potential OT "Hi, my relative was evaluated and needs OT for x can you assist?"
OT explains s/he can assist and that the procedure includes reading doctor or other relevant reports and evaluating the child prior to discussing and establishing treatment goals.
Person calling: "We just had an evaluation from a doctor with a report, do you really need to evaluate?"
I posed the above scenario as a question to some laypeople, some are parents of children who have received OT. Here are some insights received:
"The evaluation of the doctor differs from that of a licensed OT. The doctor evaluated whehter or not your child needs an OT. I, the OT need to evaluate what are his/her precise weaknesses that I need to work on, what angle to approach it from, what strenghts the child already posseses so I can incorporate those strengths into the program. All these detailed information is not included in what the doctor evaluated, and without this information, what I can accomplish with your child will be compromised.
--- something like that."(From Mattie Hecht)
One mother pointed out that in addition to evaluating the needs of the person potentially requiring Occupational Therapy, the evaluation process provides an opportunity to determine whether the personalites of the person  and the therapist are compatible. Other considerations will be location of the OT facility, time slots available for appointments. 
One mother wisely stated, if a therapist does not evaluate, how is s/he supposed to know where to begin to intervene / treat?
What are your thoughts on the evaluation process? Does the above information make it clearer for you as to why evaluation is an important part of the therapeutic process? Please do leave your comment below.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Do Occupational Therapists Know About Special Needs?

From time to time I receive a call from someone with an unusual opinion of Occupational Therapy. The most recent was someone who was convinced that an Occupational Therapist would not know anything about the needs and difficulties of someone with special needs. Sometimes input on FaceBook is very useful. Here too, a few comments are worth repeating for the benefit of those who do not know what Occupational Therapy is to gain a little insight. 

One FB friend responded that: 
"As OT is a discipline that aims to promote health by enabling people to perform meaningful and purposeful activities I would presume it would include many people and groups including and especially those with special needs. I cannot think how anybody could think that an OT would not know something/anything about Special Needs, it comes par in par, part of the job. :)"

Another FB friend responded:
My answer for you to tell this person, if you should speak to her again or anyone else who asks you that question again:

Of course I know about people with special needs, that is my specialty. Ordinary kids do not need me to help them learn the skills that I am trained to teach. Every child is unique, and a special needs child needs a special kind of love. That's my job!"

These FB friends summed it up so beautifully, I am not sure there is much to add. If you, the reader has a question, please do post it here.

This post has been prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear, Experienced and Licensed Occupational Therapist. Should you have any questions regarding this post, other posts on this blog or Occupational Therapy in general please either email Shoshanah or visit her website.  

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