Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Therapeutic Animals

Some Occupational Therapists specialise in various ways of combining animals with treatment. There are a few different ways in which animals can enhance Occupational Therapy. Pet Therapy is one, learning to use a service dog is another. Some animals integrated into therapy are those one might have as pets, hence the term Pet Therapy. Some will incorporate horses and horse riding as part of therapy.

The video below outlines some of the beautiful benefits of using or integarting dogs as part of therapy.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Respecting those with Disabilities - 1

What do you think of when seeing someone in a wheelchair, on crutches or looking a bit different to the norm?

Are you able to talk to them just as you would to others?


Monday, 19 December 2011

Baby Care and Development 3

Poor head and neck cotrol, diffiulty rolling and inability to crawl are some reasons why a baby might be referred to a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. The best way to assist your baby is with early intervention.

In the video that follows, 5 tips are provided to improve your baby's tummy time. Tummy time is essential to ensure healthy and normal development. Don't wait until your baby is 8 months old or more and cries when you put her on her tummy. Don't wait until your baby is 11 months old and unable to either crawl or enjoy even 2 minutes on her tummy. Learn these few skills and help your baby to get used to the idea of tummy time from new born.

If your baby struggles with any of the activities demonstrated in the video below, ask your Paediatrician to evaluate and request a referral to an experienced and authentic occupational therapist

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

Do you recognise this series of events in the video below?

Do you have similar symptoms to the lady in the video below?




If you answered yes, you might very well benefit from Occupational Therapy. 
How productive would you say the woman in the video was? 
How about disciplined? 
What was her concentration like? 
Did she acomplish anything she set out to?
Would you say she is functional?

Do you have any ideas as to what you would do to assit her to achieve her original goal? Do you remember what the goal was? 

So how about we begin by evaluating what is required to enable her to achieve her initial goal. 
The first step might be to formulate the goal and to decide whether the priority is to clean her car or to tidy and organize her home so as to ensure all distractions are out the way.

There are various tools, techniques and methods to assist her to increase productivity and reduce aimless faffing.

These are just a few of the many areas an OT will look at both in evaluating someone's occupational performance and enabling them to function to the optimum. If your day-to-day routine looks anything like the one outlined above ask your doctor to refer you to a competent, registered and licensed occupational therapist in your region. There are many areas to evaluate and structured, standardised evaluations that will enable the occupational therapist to identify the areas that require intervention. Don't allow your life to slip by while you run around doing a lot of nothing.

Occupational Therapy is an amazing profession and yes there is a lot that Occupational Therapy can provide to enable you to function to the optimum. Make sure though to book your sessions with an authentic Occupational Therapist, nt someone who picked up a book or read a few blog posts and thinks they can assist.

This post is prepared for you by
Shoshanah Shear
Experienced, Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist

Monday, 12 December 2011

Infant Massage Saves a Premmies Life

Some years ago, I read an article of a woman who had saved her baby by giving him infant massage immediately post birth. The healing benefits of skin to skin contact between mother and new born are infinite.

Now, in a rare opportunity we can see for ourselves an interview with parents from Australia who experienced the same amazing miracle by offering their little new born skin to skin contact, love, nurturing words and the gentle soothing touch through baby massage.



If you ever wondered what the benefits of infant massage are, you need wonder no ore. The benefits are many and profound. For new Moms, please do sign up to learn these wonderful techniques and a truely incredible gift. 

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Baby Care and Development 2

We found an amazing video, one that really should have been the first in this series of posts.

This Video Clip shows the development of a baby from conception to birth. If one watches the video and contemplates the progress that takes place, creation, development and birth really are amazing miracles.

If you have children already, may this video give you greater appreciation of their development during the time you could not see them so readily. May this increse the bond, love and respect between you.

If you are married and do not yet have children, use the video as a form of visualization to give you strength and the information needed to imagine this in your life and home too. May you too be blessed.





This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah of BeAHappyMom.com
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