Thursday, 9 June 2016

What is OT Month

What is OT Month? 

I've heard it before mentioned in a social networking group, and thought that's nice. But never seen info of what OT month is, where it originated, what we as OT's should do. Then a few days ago, one of the OT groups I am a member of on FB changed the image to a heart with OT month on. This time I decided, that's great, I'll also showcase the profession for OT month.

My first idea was, time to get my book out, what perfect timing. I mentioned it to two different OT's and neither said OT month has been. So here I am busily editing my book and wanting it out in OT month. I began sharing a video or two and then noticed, hm, April.

So what is OT month? I did a google search and found the American OT Association or AOTA states OT month is: "April is OT Month - Celebrate it All Year! As an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, you are part of a vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities."

What am I doing showcasing OT month in June? Well hey, to me every day is important and OT should be receive publicity all year round. Actually, there are some really cute and cool videos out that students or OTs put quite a bit of effort into preparing to educate the public about the amazing profession of OT. 

So yes, on this blog it is June but these videos should be viewed regularly, not only in April. Actually, if you have visited this blog before, you will notice quite a number of videos illustrating different aspects of OT.

Have a question about occupational therapy, post it below and I'll do my best to answer or to research for the most suitable response. Or stay posted for my book, due to come out very soon.

Have a blessed day

Shoshanah Shear

"The Sound of Silence"

"The Sound of Silence"
Guest Blogpost 

I watched anxiously as my beloved father battled against his encroaching deafness. It gradually cut him off from his friends; golfing companions and even other members of our own family, as they grew tired of visiting him in his room in Health Care. They would talk, ask him questions and he would just smile. It was quite obvious that he had completely missed the whole conversation. The nurses took to shouting into his better ear. I took to writing messages, which he would read carefully and reply normally. It was hard for him, as he could not tolerate his expensive hearing aids. However, he was in his nineties and perhaps at that time of life, some hearing loss is to be expected, especially for a veteran of WWII, with all that thunderous "noise pollution" of the battles he took part in.

I am now in my seventies and my own deafness seems to be rapidly taking over. I have one hearing aid, made for my left ear, which has a perforated tympanic membrane, which cannot be repaired. Although the help that aid gave me was quite remarkable, it kept falling out of my ear and became such an inconvenience, that I no longer try to wear it. I am lucky in that I can lip read fairly well as long as I can see people's lips clearly. However, if not, I am lost and more and more I feel cut off - left out of conversations and the loneliness, especially in a crowd, is quite profound. I want to go out less and less. Even shopping has its difficulties as I can not always hear what the assistants are saying. I get tired of saying: "I'm sorry, can you please repeat that?"

Having recently moved to Israel and not being familiar with the language, has been more difficult than I ever imagined. Having my daughter and her husband with me much of the time has been "life saving", as I have had to negotiate all that is involved in a move of this nature. Opening a bank account; filling out documents; applying for my passport; registering for my medical aid, are just some of the many processes which need a good pair of ears!

I don't want people to think that I am rude or snobbish or G-d forbid, senile, so I think that until I can be fitted with new hearing aids for both ears, I would rather stay at home. I'll get used to the sound of silence on my own.

RosemaryKahn is a retired teacher and a published author of children's books and a teenage novel. She has many hobbies: arts, crafts, doing puzzles, playing scrabble, walking in nature, reading. She loves to write for children or about her experience, insights and varied hobbies.

Promoting Occupational Therapy

Post 2 for my series of OT month.
When I was a student we had no OT month. I am not sure when this trend happened, but OT needs some recognition so here goes for the next video.

I hope you enjoyed. Let me know what you gained from the video or what you have learned.

Do you have questions, please post your comment below

Shoshanah Shear
OT(Occupational Therapist)

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

OT Month

It's OT month!!

That means we get to share all kinds of information about what the incredibly, amazing profession of Occupational Therapy or OT is all about.

If the title OT is confusing for you, join us for great videos and ideas to help to promote OT.

If you watched the video, do let us know what you learned from it. Did you gain any insight or knowledge that you did not know before?
Have you heard of OT before? Do you know anyone who is an OT?

Share your experiences about OT in the comments section below.


Shoshanah Shear
I am an OT!!
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