Occupational Therapy - Definitions Part 1
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When building a house, one typically begins with drawing a plan, having the plan passed by various experts and procedures and once approval is given, we begin with the foundation. So too, in explaining a profession or the scope of the profession, let us begin with basics. Some definitions. In this post we will start with the top. The World Federation of Occupational Therapists provides the following definition: "Occupational Therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in ..read more
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The Background
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Yes, you are right, the background does not say much about occupation. Why not an office? Why not someone busy in the kitchen, or doing something. Why green leaves? Actually, there were some reasons as to why I chose this background. If you think of a better design for the background of the blog, I am open to suggestion. In the meantime, here are my thoughts. Did you know that Occupational Therapists have a uniform? Yes, we actually have a uniform that is supposed to be worn when treating. Some years ago, those working in schools decided that wearing a uniform might be a bit off putting fo ..read more
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Introduction to This Blog
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Hi Everyone Yes, another blog. This one is a little more focused on my profession from the healing aspect of it. Some of you may know my art and photography, a few of my motivational talks, here we will focus more on Occupational Therapy and the other Healing modalities I am involved in. We will, G-d willing, take a look at how the other healing modalities are used hand-in-hand with Occupational Therapy. Some may ask how one can devote a whole blog to Occupational Therapy. The answer is really quite simple. The profession is vast, diverse and incredible. From the time I began studying Occ ..read more
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TENS Machine - An Option for Pain Management
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  Management  of pain is a problem for many medical conditions. Some hospitals and medical centers have a pain management clinic. While some people respond well to hypnotherapy, creative therapy, massage, occupational therapy, medication and other treatment modalities, there are some who still suffer with pain. How do TENS machines work? Tens machines send small electrical pulses through the skin to the body. These are predominantly sent via electrodes placed onto the skin. In this way they alter the way in which the pain signal is sent to the brain and hence reduce the experien ..read more
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A Brief History of Occupational Therapy
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Two images to illustrate a form of occupation. In this case baking and dusting. However any occupation can be used as a medium of therapeutic intervention. Sometimes the task chosen is the aspect that provides the therapy, sometimes it is the structure of the task, the environment used, whether individual or in a group or specific techniques of the occupational therapist. All these factors impact on the therapeutic process and assisting the client to reach their goal. Occupational Therapy is an incredible profession with enormous scope to help others, however, it is largely unknown and mis ..read more
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Talking Desktop Calculator
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Occupational Therapy is all about helping people to be independent in all areas of their lives. Sometimes that means strengthening ones muscles or sensory processing. Sometimes it means teaching them a new technique, sometimes it means training them with the use of a piece of equipment that will enable them to be independent. When someone learns mathematics or needs to be able to add prices for budgeting etc there are several methods to do this. One can improve perception and learning skills in maths in order to make the calculation either mentally or by writing it down. Often there is the n ..read more
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What is Occupational Therapy - A Laymans Opinion 2
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The next post of answers by those who are not qualified Occupational Therapists did have the merit to work with OT's. We are not sure what his profession is but here is how feels about occupational therapy. "I have worked with post trauma head injured persons. An occupational therapist is different from a physical therapist but works closely with physical therapists in a rehabilitative setting. In one group home I worked in the occupational therapists worked with people who were attempting to regain life skills so that they could return to ... See Morenormal life. An Occupational Therapist m ..read more
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Therapeutic Riding
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Some years ago, I took an introductory course to Riding for the Disabled and began working with a blind child together with the South African Riding for the Disabled. It was very beautiful to watch certain autistic signs this child had developed due to lack of stimulation dissipate as he opened up to a relationship with the horse. In the video clip below, a father shares of his experience with his autistic child when he introduced his child to horse riding.  Therapeutic Riding can be used for many varied diagnoses. Autism is one of them, we hope another time to share some others. If you ..read more
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Delayed Cord Clamping Grand Rounds
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As mothers and potential mothers, we have a responsibility to our children to be informed of what medical techniques and methods will help or hinder the progress and development of our children. If you are expecting or preparing for motherhood, knowing about umbilical cord clamping, the timing and whether to clamp at all, is advantageous. DId you know that doctors began clamping umbillical cord out of convenience? Did you know that we dont need to clamp the ubmillical cord, that it can wait a few minutes  later? As the doctor in the presentation below outlines, "let the baby nurse on t ..read more
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Coma Stimulation - When, How, By Who?
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What do you do when a friend or loved one is in a coma? Just stay away? Pray and keep your distance? Visit and sit quietly, not really interacting with the patient in the bed? Visit with a whole large group and make a big noise? Actually there is something you can do and it is called Coma Stimulation. Ideally Coma Stimulation should begin as soon as possible or as soon as the person is medically stable. Many doctors dont know of Coma Stimulation so please request a referal to an Occupational Therapist, preferably a Neuro-Occupational Therapist, meaning an OT who is working and experienced in ..read more
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