Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Insight Gained from Networking with Doctors




It is so much fun to finally be in the marketing phase of my book "Healing Your Life Through Activity". It's such a different experience to contact a doctor and be able to offer him or her to read and review one's book promoting the wonderful profession of occupational therapy instead of just trying to introduce oneself as an OT only to be met with a blank stare. It's gratifying to watch the slight change in attitude of the doctors I am speaking to. Instead of the vacant, distant responses, knowing there is a book out seems to bring that tiny bit more respect. 

What is sad to hear though, is how many doctors will turn down the opportunity to review a book about occupational therapy due to not knowing anything about the profession. Well, this response merely serves to prove the important need of my book. As I mentioned to a doctor, a specialist in his area of practice, just a few hours ago, most doctors I have met in the 26 years of being a qualified OT have no idea what the profession is about.

I mentioned this to my husband after the discussion with the doctor. My husband insightfully commented that just as a doctor needs to know all the other kinds of doctors in order to refer appropriately and on time, so too, all doctors should take the time to learn what occupational therapy is about. This is how they will know when a referral is indicated and to what type of occupational therapist. Yes, just like medical practitioners have areas of specialization, so too, occupational therapists mostly tend to specialize. Some specialties are by default and some are by choice but one way or another, all occupational therapists will gain more experience and skills in certain areas of occupational therapy than in others. 

What can I say, the conversations with doctors today certainly highlighted how much my book is needed. I'm mulling over a video to record but for now, I leave you with this experience and a request that if you are a health practitioner you visit CreateSpace eStore or one of the other online bookstores who stock my book and purchase a copy. You can even request the book through your local bookstore, why not you might encourage them to stock some copies of the book. The price currently is very affordable, but it is likely to be going up in the next few weeks. So do get your copy while the price is still at the introductory rate. Put aside a few hours or a few days at most and enjoy discovering some insights into the wonderful profession of occupational therapy. If there is an area of the profession that I have not covered and you would like explained, do be in touch. I'd be happy to research and write a suitable book to cover your needs in further books. If you have found the book to be beneficial or that it has given you clearer understanding of the profession, please be in touch, or post a review online so that other readers who would benefit can find the book too.

I look forward to seeing an increase in appropriate referrals to occupational therapy due to a heightened understanding of the incredible profession. 

Thank you to all those who have shown interest in the book. Your encouragement is most appreciated. Well now, what are you waiting for, click on the link and purchase your copy of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story" today! Do it now and schedule in your diary time to read the book too. As the image at the start of the post states: "If not now, when?" Why wait? The more you can understand all of the team members who can assist your patients, the better service you will be able to give to your patients and they will surely appreciate you and your service so much more in return.

This post is prepared for you by
Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story"

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