Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Coma Stimulation

I have noticed a number of people coming to this blog searching for articles related to Coma Stimulation, types of healing when a person in a coma (R'l).

Coma stimulation can not be taught via the internet, nor can a simple article suffice to enable family members to know what to do to assist a person in a coma. All a blog post or article can do is to bring to the awareness of family members and the medical team that there is such a therapeutic intervention called Coma Stimulation and any patient in a coma MUST be referred for this. Coma Stimulation is part of the role and expertise of a qualified, registered and licensed Neuro Occupational Therapist.

If the O.T. working in the ward where your relative or patient is not skilled in Coma Stimulation I would recommend that the medical team suggest that the OT seek training or guidance from his / her supervisor.

Please see the previous post for some ideas of what goes into Coma Stimulation. 
If you find yourself working in a hospital and have on your case load any clients who are in a coma, please do refer to Occupational Therapy. Including Coma Stimuation as part of the intervention for a comatosed person enables a person to come out of a coma more easily, in a shorter time, with better outcome to their rehabilitation. 

This post is written by Shoshanah Shear, an Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator and Infant Massage Instructor with 20 years working experience. Shoshanah had experience working with Coma Stimulation when working in Neursurgery at Groote Schuur Hospital under world renowned, now retired Prof J.C. De Villiers. Prof De Villiers taught his team that rehabilitation of a patient begins on day 1 of admission to hospital. Please, dont delay referral to a competent, qualified Occupational Therapist. The outcome of your patient / relative's rehabilitation depends to a large extent on appropriate and timely referral to the allied health professionals.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Occupational Therapy - Definition

If you have looked at previous posts on this blog, you will find a few definitions of the profession of Occupational Therapy. You might well ask why so many definitions? That is an excellent question. Partly the differences are due to progress and development in the profession. Why the same definition is not used for all Occupational Therapy National Bodies is a question I ask too.

In any event, the following definition is the one provided by the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa otherwise known as OTASA.
Definition of Occupational Therapy:

Occupational Therapists use scientifically chosen meaningful activities to assist diverse clients with a range of problems to maximise their functioning. This empowers them to be as independent as possible and to experience dignity and quality of life at work, at home and at play (OTASA)
It is hoped that having this definition will help you whether you are a potential client and need to know whether you require Occupational Therapy (OT), whether you are a health professional and need to know whether certain clients require referral to Occupational Therapy, or just for your general information.
Please let us know what you think about OT. Have you had any experience with OT. Do you have questions. We love to hear feedback. If you are living in Israel and are in need of an OT consultation or OT intervention, please email Shoshanah to book an appointment. If you have a question regarding OT and do not know where to direct your question, email Shoshanah too and she will be happy to assist in directing you. 
Alternatively you are welcome to post a comment at the end of this post.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Children Live What They Learn - Poem by Dorothy Law Nolte

When I was studying Occupational Therapy at University in the late 1980's, amongst one of our courses we were given a poem that was left as being Anonymous. The Poem was in fact authored by Dorothy Law Nolte in about 1954 or earlier. Mrs Nolte was a writer and family counselor who obtained a Phd. She died in 2005 at the age of 81. Mrs Nolte amongst other tasks wrote a weekly column on family matters for The Torrance Herald, a local newspaper. Story has it that on one particular occasion, she found herself struggling to meet a deadline and needing material. As many creative writers might do, she composed a poem on child-rearing which is the one below that became so well known in so many therapists practices and family homes.

The poem below was circulated mostly as being anonymous for about 2 decades until the author became aware of its popularity and had it copyrighted in the 1970's. A google search showed that it appears to now be in the public domain. Apparently there are a few versions to the poem, this is the version that I was given as a student.

As a tribute to an inspiring Author and Family Counsellor, we share with you the poem

 Children Learn What They Live by Doroth Law Nolte Phd.

If children live with criticism  -  they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility - they learn to fight.
If children live with fear - they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity - they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule - they learn to be shy.
If children live with jealousy - they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame - they learn to feel guilty
If children live with tolerance - they learn to be patient.
If children live with encouragement - they learn to be confident.
If children live with praise - they learn to appreciate.
If children live with acceptance - they learn to love
If children live with fairness - they learn justice.
If children live with security - they learn to have faith.
If children live with sharing - they learn generosity
If children learn with kindness and consideration - they learn respect.
If children live with approval - they learn to like themselves.
If children live with acceptance and friendliness - they learn to find love in the world.

With what is your child living?


If you find yourself needing assistance to develop the kind of environment described in the second half of the poem, you are welcome to contact Shoshanah for a consultation, or for guidance to find an appropriate therapist in your area, so as to provide your child and all children with the type of life that helps them to learn the very best that life and this world have to offer.
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