Increasing my confidence in working in phys dys

I have been meaning to write something about my phys dys subacute rehabilitation fieldwork setting, but have not gotten around to it yet, again due to OT-student related activities. However, as I now start the job search process, I realize I should not be presenting myself as only one type of therapist… so below will follow a summary of my experiences at my site.

My fieldwork was for three months at a major rehabilitation hospital. It is really well-known…whenever I told people at my first site that I was going to that site for my second placement, they always said something like “Oh. that place. It’s really professional, you’ll learn so much there!” Needless to say, this greatly increased my fear of going there, especially because I did not feel that phys dys, especially rehab, was my forte. However, that all changed, thanks to a couple awesome clinical supervisors.

I learned so much during this fieldwork. All of a sudden, things I learned in my neuroscience and certain interventions courses FINALLY fell into place in my mind. Not only did I learn about the actual intervention process, but also about how to build my skills in establishing therapeutic rapport.
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What role did your childhood occupations play in forming your self-esteem?

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written, but I’ve been SO busy with the job search and preparing for board exams while finishing up research. Then today, I read an AWESOME article which finally motivated me to actually write rather than just tab it as a “blog about” page.

Occupational Therapy’s role in the community

It’s an article called “Time Well Spent” in this month’s (July 2012) issue of OT Practice. The basic gist of the article is this: engaging in health occupations plays an essential role in one’s growth and development, but sometimes this engagement is deterred by socio-economic factors that lead to occupational deprivation for the children of that community, leading them to pursue unsafe occupations which do not foster skill growth and an increase in self-confidence. Occupational therapy practitioners can address this need by Continue reading

My first family session

Today I did my first family session! This means I talked to the patient’s family about advice for when the patient goes home, which is mostly about the types of supports she will need at home based on her observed performance at the hospital: Can she administer her own meds? Will she be able to remember when to take them, and recognize how many of each? Does she have the decision making ability to make healthy food choices, ensuring a balanced diet and proper nutrition? Continue reading

Changing activities for different cognitive levels

Once a week we do a group focusing on cognitive stimulation. One of the activities we do for that group is based on replicating a 3-D design printed on a card with blocks that match the  colors in the design; hence, the activity involves a visual-perceptual piece as well as a visual-motor piece. This is fairly challenging for the patients, depending on their cognitive level, based on Allen’s Disabilities Model.  Continue reading