Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Prostheses for a Dog Born with Deformed Front Legs

With the advances of technology, designing a prosthesis has become far easier. Did you know a prosthesis can be designed for a dog?

What would you do if you came across a dog born with deformed front legs?

Take a look at the video below and find out the amazing kindness of a woman who believed it possible for this dog to be given a chance. 

Notice the change in the face of the dog as the video progresses.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Trigeminal Massage

Someone came to my blog searching for trigeminal massage. I am not trained in a specific technique for trigeminal neuralgia. I have had experience working in neurosurgery and hence provide a little insight.

The trigeminal nerve is the 5th of the 12 cranial nerves. A branch of this nerve assists the jaw and chewing. When there is pressure on the nerve either from a growth, a condition such as M.S. or compression from the blood vessel on the trigeminal nerve, this results in pain known as neuralgia. The pain can be confused with dental pain and does require appropriate evaluation probably with a neurologist or neurosurgeon.

The diagnosis is not an easy one. It requires a good history and MRI by a competent neurologist. The dentist might also carryout some tests and refer on to the appropriate doctor for further evaluation.

There are several options for treatment:

1) Drug therapy prescribed by your doctor, especially neurologist or neurosurgeon
2) Some find treatments such as acupuncture or massage to assist
3) Some require surgical intervention by a neurosurgeon.

I would recommend a referral to a physiotherapist who specializes in neuro-rehab and in treating the jaw. Many physiotherapists are also trained in acupuncture and acupressure. Apparatus such as ultrasound or the tens machine might also offer some relief. A good physiotherapist can evaluate this and provide the necessary intervention. 

I hope this brief post provides some insight into trigeminal neuralgia and intervention. I apologize if I do not have further treatment options to offer, it is not an area I specialize in.

Occupational Therapy can offer relaxation skills and stress management. Some techniques from Bio-energetic healing might also offer relief, in conjunction with other intervention. 

Thank you to my reader for visiting my blog in your search for a solution to trigeminal neuralgia.

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist and Healing Facilitator

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A 9 month old has his first O.T. session

A few weeks ago, I asked in a few Face Book groups if anyone knew what occupational therapy is. I had some interesting responses. Out of the discussion, some thought that occupational therapy does not work with babies.

In the video that follows we see a few minutes of the first session that a 9 month old has with an occupational therapist. This session is specifically related to the task of feeding. The O.T. has clearly specialised not just in working with babies but more specifically with oral-motor function.

Did you know an O.T. is skilled in evaluating and treating babies sensation, motor skills, ability to sit upright, use of both hands together, eye-movements and more?

How many different functions do you notice that this little one is involved in?

Monday, 22 December 2014

FreeWheel - Advancement in Wheelchairs

It's a while since I've been involved in treating spinal cord injured patients, hence I am not up to date on the latest wheelchairs. It is good to see a new advancement and one that leads to increased independence and opportunity for those in a wheelchair. 

Know anyone in a wheelchair? If so, please share the blog post and let them know of this great third wheel, offering greater ability to maneuver on any surface or terrain.


Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Thank You Project

Working in Poly Trauma can be very demanding on the staff. The reasons for those coming into hospital needing our assistance can be hard to consider. The dramatic change to their lives and how the person or persons will manage once they are discharged and return home to life and living is something some staff members have to not think of in order to continue to give the best that they can at the time. Saving lives is what it is about. Mostly we never know if those we assist will remember or appreciate us years down the line.

I worked for several years in ply trauma in a major teaching hospital. It was rare to have anyone say thank you for the effort put in to assist them to regain function. For occupational therapists, we have to think of what will be after the hospital. It is crucial to our setting appropriate goals for treatment.

The video you are about to watch is made by a very special person with a beautiful smile. One of the rare individuals who understands the importance of saying Thank You to the team involved in saving her little boy's life.

Little Ely is truly blessed. Not only does he have a strong and special mother who is willing to go the extra mile to show the staff involved in saving his life how much that means to her; he has also been given the chance of a second father. His second father obviously really values this little boy. It is special to see that there are some out there who are prepared to give an orphan a second chance.Though the mother says thank you to the staff, Ely's second father needs a big vote of thanks too.

Wrapping Odd or Unusually Shaped Gifts.

Whether you are looking for a way to wrap gifts of unusual or odd shapes and sizes or you would like a fun way to help your children improve their fine motor skills, the video below has a great idea that meets both needs.

When children are small, doing exercises that assist with fine motor skills, hand- eye co-ordination, improving neatness and accuracy in their work is often much easier.  Once they get to 9 or 10 and older, kids become fussier and finding activities that will challenge them, meet a goal and be of benefit can be harder. 

Some kids enjoy origami on it's own. For others, having a useful end product can give them the much needed self-confidence and self-esteem by being a help in the family.

Wrapping or packaging gifts is something that comes up often in most families.It could be for birthdays, birthday parties, Chanukah, Purim and more. 

Imagine you are preparing a gift for the game - "Pass the Parcel". Just think of how many layers are needed and each time can alter the shape and certainly the size of the gift. 

Having a few layers with this fun, well thought out way to package an odd shaped / unusual shaped gift can give your child a few opportunities to improve his or her fine motor skills. 

If you are in Israel, do visit my website Be A Happy Mom and be in touch if you or your child require occupational therapy intervention.

If you have any questions please post them here or be in touch.

This post is prepared for you by:

Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator

Certified Infant Massage Instructor

Certified Kallah Teacher

Artist and Author

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Woman Over 60 Gives Birth to Twins

Doctors like to tell women that once you reach 35 years old, you can no longer have children, certainly not naturally and if by fertility treatment you are now at risk.

Do you agree?

I know quite a number of women who have had healthy children in their forties and over. When doing some research for a new client, I came across a very inspiring video. 

Remember to come back and let us know your thoughts. We'd like to know your comment on the following question: Is motherhood for women only up to 35 years?

Are you struggling with fertility difficulties? Be in touch with Shoshanah. 
There are drug free options available. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Do You Wonder How Occupational Therapy Can Help?

A reader to my blog asked how to explain what occupational therapy is for the lay person. I have a few posts to illustrate what kind of input an occupational therapist offers. 

I decided to do a search on YouTube instead of writing another post. I was very happy to discover the video included here.This particular video was prepared in the UK and hence the information of where to find an OT, is relevant to the UK. If you are in need of an OT and are in Israel, please be in touch via my website.

If you need an OT in another country you can get in touch with the local university in your area and ask for the occupational therapy department for information of who to contact. Or try contacting the World Federation of Occupational Therapy.


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Enjoy Some Inspiration From a Blind, Disabled Boy

Having a baby is usually one of the highlights of parents' lives. What would you do if your new bundle of joy was born with major disabilities? How would you react? How would you learn to help your child and to find the strengths your child might possess?

In this inspiring video we meet Patrick Hughes and his inspiring father. Notice the opportunity these special parents have given to their son. 

What a special message that both of them (both Patrick and his parents) share with the world. 

May you find inspiration from watching the video and may it help you to find the hidden strengths that you and your children have. We all have so much to offer. May you too share music and inspiration with the world.

Is there any cure for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis?

I have a crowd fundraiser on the go and recently had a criticism that it states there is currently no cure for M.E. The person maintains she had M.E. for a few years and then found a doctor who cured her. I shared this response in an on-line support group for those with M.E. Below are some of the responses. We'll post a few more in another post. 

- "I wish!!" (K)

- "I think any ME "cure" is more down to luck.

Just like, some people might be lucky enough to roll six sixes on a set of dice, so some people will have a surprise recovery from ME.

Your friend's recovery is no more a "cure" for ME, than rolling a set of six sixes once is a system for gambling success!!" (S) 

- "We can hope" (J)

- "There is a big difference between recovered and cured." (P)

- "I personally never know what to say when people scoff at my "lack" of recovery. Because in their experience they've been cured. I'm not discounting their experience except that hasn't been my experience and maybe they had something else going on. Also painful is great misunderstanding about M.E. any suggestions? I've given up trying to explain." (L)

- "I have people say to me that they've been cured. I believe that somehow their bodies have cured themselves. I also believe this does not happen to everyone. I smile to myself when nearly every week at church someone says ( usually older people) 'Are you better now?' as if I've just had the flu!" (W)

Do you know anyone who suffers from M.E.? How long have they had it for? Have they had a cure or recovery? What is their level of daily functioning?

Please support my campaign. All donations greatly appreciated. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Appreciating O.T. and the Human Body

I have been doing some reading on sensory processing in preparation for a patient I am working with and once again find myself grateful to have studied such a fascinating profession (of occupational therapy). The more one learns about human occupation and the factors that affect a person's ability to function effectively, the more one can't help but marvel at the human body. The human body is such a complex system comprised of various sub-systems that each interrelates to enable a person to carryout his or her daily tasks effectively.

It is an amazing thought that by providing certain simulations in a given sequence, pattern, time period that it is possible to have an effect on the person's sensory and motor processing and control and through that to impact on other important factors such as an ability to carry out ones personal care tasks.

If a person studies health and wellness or any subject related to health it must surely bring one to realize that only a Being with Supreme Wisdom could create a human being. If one is a thinking person and a sensitive person, surely this would bring one to realize there has to be a Creator of everything that is. I do not believe that a person can create themselves, not with the extent to which ones body is so intricate, precise and superbly designed.

Take a few moments to consider the organs, systems, bones and other components of the human body and appreciate the gift we have been given. If you contemplate correctly, you too should come to appreciate the workings of the human body and I hope through that to respect every person you come into contact with. 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Do you have any of these 8 problems?

Are you a woman in Israel expecting and experiencing any of the following:
  • Increase in sensitivity to stimuli
  • Difficulty being touched either deep pressure or light touch

  • Sensitivity to noise, smell or light

  • Difficulty organizing yourself or your environment
  • Weakness in your wrists
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tensing up after touching certain textures 
If you tend to be a sensitive person and perhaps have or have had sensory processing difficulties, the hormonal changes and changes in your body due to pregnancy often results in a worsening of these issues. The difficulties listed above are just some of the motor and sensory issues that a woman can experience.It does not matter if this is your first child or you already have children. Pregnancy can affect your sensory processing and make your daily tasks difficult to complete.

If your sensitivity is impacting on your daily living and making it difficult to function effectively, I can help you with a combination of occupational therapy, energy work and other alternative therapy techniques. The intervention is totally drug free, safe, with no side effects.

You can benefit from feeling more relaxed, calm and integrated with an increased ability to function effectively. Enjoy improvement in your general health and level of function and a happy pregnancy as a result. These sessions can also assist you to plan and prepare for the coming baby.

Visit my website, Be A Happy Mom and be in touch for an appointment. 

If you are in Israel, do visit my website Be A Happy Mom and be in touch if you or your child require occupational therapy intervention.

If you have any questions please post them here or be in touch.
This post is prepared for you by:
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Monday, 1 December 2014

Exploring Coaching

I have been looking into adding coaching to my skills and private practice for quite some time. My basic training of occupational therapy had a course in life skills training which I loved a use a lot. Much of the basis of coaching is within my profession. I've looked into a few different courses from time to time and am once again exploring the options available.

I am currently reading an eBook about the different areas of coaching now available. A sports coach is an area we come across at school and is easily understandable. What other kinds of coaches can you think of? 

Did you know there are now 101 possible areas to do coaching in. Amazing don't you think?

Have you ever considered being a coach? What area of daily life would you enjoy coaching?

It's a fascinating topic. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Safety in the Kitchen

Safety in the kitchen is a topic that Occupational Therapists work with a lot. There are many different factors that can affect our safety in the home and especially the kitchen. Many of the scenarios that result in a referral for occupational therapy intervention are related to rehabilitation. In this post, I'd like to touch on an area I prefer, that of prevention.

One of the obvious times to consider safety in the home and the best time to develop the type of home that will be conducive to health is when a couple gets married. Why? This is the time that many or most couples are selecting the kinds of items they would like in their home and setting up wish lists at various stores that offer a bridal registry. 

So what does this have to do with a pot?

The answer is simple. I recently had the opportunity to work with a young mother and during discussion it transpired that safety in the kitchen is an area for concern. On starting to evaluate her kitchen, the first problem was quickly identified when taking a look at both layout, the type of pots she has and the sequence of her cooking routine. The first obvious change to make was to the type of pots. The pots she was given when she got married a year or so before all have just one handle. As a young mother, with her mind partly on her young baby and only partly on the cooking and weak wrists from the pregnancy, the one handled pots are not a very good idea. The easiest solution is plan well before you marry. When asking for pots, go for the ones with two handles.Having two handles to hold instead of just one helps to conserve your energy, to share the weight between both hands, to ensure you concentrate on the task of caring your heavy pot of cooked food. Keep in mind the contents of a pot that is cooked is usually boiling in temperature. You don't want that landing on yourself or a small child.

Are you getting married and in need of guidance to work out what items will be most needed in your new kitchen?

Are you newly married and needing assistance to improve the kitchen you are developing?

If you are in Israel, do visit my website Be A Happy Mom and be in touch if you or your child require occupational therapy intervention.

If you have any questions please post them here or be in touch.
This post is prepared for you by:
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Stress and a Fun Way to Relax

Do you find you get stressed in the day? Have you noticed what kind of events, situations, environments or sensory stimuli cause you stress and aggravation?

What reaction to you have, is it physical, emotional or something else?

What helps you to relax and feel better?

In the YouTube video below, this topic is touched on with an interesting solution.

Do you like kittens? If you have an allergy then this is not a good idea. If not, why not try spending a little time with kittens or other animals.

What else can you to do relax, unwind and feel happy and ready to face the day. 

If you are in Israel, do visit my website Be A Happy Mom and be in touch if you or your child require occupational therapy intervention.

If you have any questions please post them here or be in touch.
This post is prepared for you by:
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Can I Ignore my Child's Sensory Processing Problems?

If my child has sensory processing issues, can I just ignore it? Will it just improve on it's own? Does it really have an effect on my child's quality of life and ability to function?

The answer is, yes, sensory processing is a very important part of the development of your child and yes it impacts on every area of your child's level of functioning and as such their quality of life. Problems or issues related to sensory processing affect ones eating, washing and brushing ones hair, dressing, tolerating clothing, bathing, writing, concentrating, sitting still in class to learn and much, much more. As a result of all these difficulties emotional problems arise such as low self esteem, poor body image, difficulty interacting with others. 

As far as whether it will just rectify itself, usually the only way it resolves is with intervention by an occupational therapist skilled in treating sensory processing problems. 

Can my child cope if I don't take him / her to O.T.? It depends on what you call coping. Today I evaluated a young lady who is married a short time and expecting her first child. Her sensory processing issues were not dealt with as a child and though she learned to compensate pretty well as she is very intelligent, now all kinds of issues are coming out. Pregnancy can do that. And suddenly she can't cope.

So my advise is, don't wait until your child is an adult and can not cope with married life and expecting her first child. As soon as you notice any difficulties in the area of sensory processing, take your child to be evaluated by an occupational therapist and work with the O.T. to help your child to function as effectively as possible. If you value your child and being a parent, do the responsible thing and seek the intervention you need. No, reading up on the topic does not replace intervention with a qualified, licensed therapist. The reward of a happy child once she herself is married and starting her own home and family will make all the effort well worth it. 

If you are in Israel, do visit my website Be A Happy Mom and be in touch if you or your child require occupational therapy intervention.

If you have any questions please post them here or be in touch.

This post is prepared for you by:
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Safety when Making a Cup of Tea

I've had quite some response to my post on making a cup of tea. One reader came to the site searching for safety tips in making a cup of tea. Yes, safety is a big area of concern for occupational therapists. 

Safety is one of a number of important areas of function that an occupational therapist will be concerned with when asking a client to make a cup of tea.

You might have thought that making a cup of tea is a simple, everyday task. However, there are multiple skills that are required in order to complete making a cup of tea successfully and safely.

I am excited to announce that you can now find all this information in my latest PDF Worksheet for Download.

I'd love to hear if you have any other questions regarding the task of making a cup of tea. Hurry along to get your copy and let me know if you still have questions.

If you have any questions please post them here or be in touch.

This post is prepared for you by:
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Living a Fulfilling Life in Your Retirement

Two days ago, we had the opportunity to meet a very inspiring lady. She has come for 10 days to visit Israel from the US. Her first visit in 20 years. What is so inspiring? 

We had a chat about the places she had seen. How she enjoyed visiting the Shuk (Market). How she enjoyed hearing the Friday night service from the Synagogue opposite where she is staying. How she enjoyed a bus ride around Jerusalem, lasting a few hours and the photographs she managed to take.

Then she explained she is 87 years old and has her walker with her that has a seat so that she can sit down if she needs to. She knows her limits in terms of strength, energy, concentration and decides what to do accordingly. She has come to experience life in Jerusalem and is doing a wonderful job.

In order to be such a sprightly 87 year old, has taken looking after her health all the years and maintaining interests. Being over 80 does not stop her from enjoying life, setting goals, achieving what she can and adapting where she knows a trip would be too much for her.

Do you take care of your health? Have you developed a healthy, balanced lifestyle that will support your living a long life? Do you have interests to keep you inspired when you reach retirement?

If you need assistance in any of these areas and live in Israel, do be in touch with Shoshanah
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Blind Dog Saves a Drowning Teenager

There are those who believe a blind or disabled person has no purpose in this world. There are some that believe that there is little of meaning for someone with various disabilities, blindness included.
Sadly when it comes to animals or pets, some give up on their animals when they develop any deficit.

This powerful video demonstrates how a blind dog can become a hero and save the life of a drowning teenager. 

Adaptive Equipment in Occupational Therapy

I have received some enquiries as to what equipment could be needed in an Occupational Therapy Practice. Of course it depends on the kinds of clients an OT works with. Before we begin an article with a description of why equipment is necessary and what equipment is used by an O.T. here is a video that provides a visual illustration of just one area of the role of the O.T.

If you have questions or comments, please post them or be in touch.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

The Benefits of a Golden Retriever in OT.

Ever wondered about the use of animals in therapy or combined with occupational therapy?
The video below gives a good idea as to the benefit of including animals (in this case a Golden Retriever dog) in O.T. sessions. It shows a little about an O.T. room and the importance of selecting play / activities that are meaningful to the person.

Notice how much movement, interaction and response is obtained by the little boy by placing him both in an OT room with a skilled O.T. together with a loving dog who is trained for this purpose too.


If you have any questions please post them here or be in touch.

This post is prepared for you by:
Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Monday, 10 November 2014

Novel for Teens about Relationships

Do you work with teenagers or have children or friends who are teenagers? Are you looking for a gift or a good book for them to read? I highly recommend the novel "Relationships" by R.A. Kahn. It is an easy read, fun, entertaining, gripping and covers many topics related to relationships, social skills, attending high school and more.

If you are an O.T. and run a social skills or life skills group for teenagers, this book lends itself to much discussion. It can be read with the group and used as a springboard to discuss various types of relationships, values, importance of developing a social circle and more. 

Needing to improve interest in reading, this book will certainly provide much interest for the young reader? Needing quality books to use to improve vocabulary and reading skills for those learning English as a second language? This book is perfect for that goal too.

If you have any comments about the book or have read the book and are interested in writing a review, please be in touch.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Can One Come Out of a Coma?

A reader recently asked, "Can one recover from a coma? Can one come out of a coma and regain function?"

The short answer is yes, someone who goes into a coma can come out of it. Of course, there are different factors that will determine the extent to which a person will come out of the coma and the level of function that is possible to regain. The whole truth is that sadly, some do not come out.

Medicine does provide some guidelines for this, but there is a lot that is not known or understood by the doctors.

I have worked with clients who suffered a severe head injury or had multiple system failure after an overdose and doctor's prediction was that the person could not come out of such a coma. Yet, some of them have not only come out of the coma but regained function. The level of function they regained did vary from patient to patient but the outcome for these patients far exceeded doctor's predictions

This post was prepared for you by 
Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

If you are an occupational therapist and interested in the topic of coma and coma stimulation do be in touch to learn with Shoshanah. 

If you are in Israel and have a relative who is in a coma, a doctor's referral is required in order to carryout coma stimulation. Once you obtain permission from the doctor, you are welcome to book a consultation or series of coma stimulation sessions with Shoshanah.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Why Do OTs Make Tea

Someone recently asked me, "Why do OT's make tea?"

That's a very good question. We could in fact have a patient make a cup of coffee or a cup of hot chocolate or any other warm beverage. That is assuming we wish to evaluate how a person can make a hot cup of something. So why do we use tea?

I don't remember learning that in university, but I can offer a few ideas. Firstly, taking a tea bag out of a box or jar of teabags is a different movement and skill to using a teaspoon to place a teaspoon of coffee, hot chocolate or other powder into the cup. This action we already see when someone adds a teaspoon of sugar. If the tea bags are two joined together, we are able to observe yet another aspect of hand function.

Try it for yourself. Take two tea bags that are joined together and separate them. Place one back in the box and the other in the cup. Notice how many hand movements were involved. Notice how many steps. Notice how you need to remember the sequence of tasks.

If this brief thought has sparked interest for you, then you will enjoy the full PDF Document prepared specifically to answer the question about why occupational therapists have their clients make a cup of tea.

This post is prepared for you by:
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certified Kallah Teacher
Artist and Author

Thursday, 6 November 2014

My Book - A Work in Progress

I am gradually re-reading the book that I wrote over 10 yeas ago. I have two chapters that I need to re-write almost completely. It is amazing how the passage of time leads to increased knowledge, insight, a little more wisdom and yes, development in various areas of health and my profession. In some ways I am glad I shelved the book for some time. I hope now the editing will result in a better, more complete and polished final product. It means there is more work to do, but work is a good thing.

If you have an interest in seeing books written on the topic of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) or you are interested in the journey someone with such an illness goes through, why not become a partner in the process? If you are Jewish and would like to learn some Torah concepts or how a chronic illness can impact one's life for the better, you can help this book to come into being. 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A Few Facts about M.E.

A little information about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

Did you know this term for this multi-system disease was first used in the 1950's?

Did you know there is an International Consensus Panel for M.E. consisting of clinicians, research investigators, teaching faculty and independent educators? They even have a booklet you can obtain that provides some invaluable information about the condition, it's diagnosis, effects, assessment and intervention.

There was a time people liked to pass off M.E. as purely psychological. This panel demonstrates that the condition is neurological and in fact affects multiple systems with dramatic impact to quality of life for all those who suffer from it. 

Friday, 31 October 2014

Dont Use Cell Phones When Driving

This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator and Author

My first position as a qualified occupational therapist was working in a teaching hospital. During the four plus years I was there I worked in several different departments covering  physical rehabilitation. Amongst my rotations were the neurosurgery and orthopoedics wards. My intervention began from the trauma unit and went through to outpatient care.

The polytrauma cases were the hardest to work with. So many accidents that mostly could have been prevented. The start of mobile phones introduced a new dimention to cause of accidents which has become worse since social networking, texting etc.

The message of the video below, speaks for itself. The heartache and suffering is tangible and could have been prevented. This message is for those driving, walking, cycling, taking a bus or train or communicating with somone via mobile phone who is doing any of these. Please value your life and the life of others.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Do you know what Occupational Therapy is?

The title Occupational Therapy is a play on words. Someone who is an occupational therapist uses occupations as a means of therapy to enable a person to function to their optimum in all aspects of their daily life. We used to divide the activities of a persons life into four main areas: 

-     personal care

-          work / school

-          social interaction 

-          leisure or recreation. 

This has been revised in recent years. Stay tuned for a post that will provide an update of the domains an OT works with.

An Occupational Therapist works with a person to help them with each of these four areas. This might include training new skills, adapting how the person carries out a task, adapting equipment or the position of equipment and organizing or re-organizing the environment.

When selecting the appropriate task / activity or occupation to use as the means of therapeutic intervention, an occupational therapist will make sure that the activity is meaningful to the person and that there is active participation. 

From the outline listed thus far, I hope it begins to show some of the work carried out by an occupational therapist. The truth is that the profession is both very exciting and very broad. It is in fact an holistic profession and was the first complementary or allied health professions to be recognized to include spirituality as part of the core of the profession.  The following two ideas from two models of the profession demonstrate how this is: 

-          One of the models of the profession identifies that by actively engaging a person in an occupation, a process takes place that we term: Doing – Being – Becoming. (Prof Ann Wilcock)

-          The Model of Human Occupation states, in part, that a person can not be healthy in the Absence of Meaningful Occupation. (Prof Gary Keilhofner)
Just from this, we get a glimpse of the possibilities and the importance of occupational therapy. So who do we work with? The truth is occupational therapists work with anyone from premature babies to the elderly and dying patient. We work with psychological, emotional, physical and sociological difficulties. The profession covers prevention, promotion and rehabilitation of health and well being of anyone wanting to improve their level or quality of living.

If you have any other questions, please post a comment or send an email.

If you live in Israel and require an Occupational Therapy Evaluation or Consulation, do be in touch or visit my website.
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