Thursday, 5 April 2012

Linking to other blogs

The blogs I have linked to (found on the right hand side of this blog) are:

A fellow students blog, Grace Bell.
-This blog was created by Grace, a second year Occupational Therapy student as part of course requirement for Participation in Occupation 1

An educators blog.
-This blog was created by an Occupational Therapy Educator in Dunedin to explore the use of blogging as a professional development tool

Occupational Therapy for Children with Autism
 - This blog was created as a tool for Occupational Therapists working with Autistic Children

Occupational Therapy for Children and their Sensory needs
 -Designed by a pediatric occupational therapist, this website will provides a variety of sensory solutions and activities that can be used in the home, school or community environment to facilitate improve sensory modulation and function.

Occupational Therapy for Children and Fine Motor Skills
 - Designed by an occupational therapist, this blog provides fine motor solutions to facilitate improved fine motor development and acquisition. Improved fine motor skills carry over into increased handwriting abilities and overall classroom function.

Occupational Therapy for Children and Handwriting
- Designed by a school based occupational therapist, this blog provides activities that promote increased handwriting skill and performance. Solutions may come from a variety of sources including personal experiences, books or coursework.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Video Production: Cerebral Palsy

In my second placement I spent time working at a school with children with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy. Below are five various videos outlining how massage can help people with Cerebral Palsy to take part in occupations that are meaningful to them.

Cerebral Palsy and their abilities.

How does Massage help people suffering from Cerebral Palsy?

Massage helps Cerebral Palsy sufferers as it helps to relax their muscles.

Massage helps Cerebral Palsy sufferers to walk as it loosens their muscles.

Massage Techniques: How to Massage the Triceps Surae with Cerebral Palsy

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Occupation Disruption

Our group decided to do our video on Occupational Disruption. We started off by making a story board for the short video, once we had planned it, we used the video camara and tripod to film it. After this we created music online and edited the video on Window's Movie Maker.

Occupation Disruption is  described as:
"A Transient or temporary condition of being restricted from participation in necessary or meaningful occupations, such as that caused by illness, temporary relocation, or temporary unemployment".

Christiansen, C. H., & Townsend, E. A. (2010). Introduction to occupation: the art and science of living (2nd ed.). New Jersey, USA: Pearson Education Inc

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Doing, Being, Belonging

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The occupation of having morning tea was chosen as this was a daily occurrence at the rest home on my first placement. The residents enjoyed morning tea as it was a good time to socialise, have fun and plan out the day’s activities. Morning tea always occurred at ten am as this was the time when all the residents were up and been through their morning routines such as self cares. Morning tea was important as it indicated that an activity session was going to start afterwards.

Doing- “The concept of doing indicates purposeful, goal-oriented activities; doing has been the traditional preoccupation of occupational therapy”                                                   
 Being- “Being has been defined as time taken to reflect, be introspective or meditative, (re)discover the self, savour the moment... and to enjoy being with special people”
Become- “Becoming describes the idea that people can envision future selves and possible lives, explore new opportunities and harbour ideas their lives might be experienced as worthwhile”
Belong- “Belonging, within a network of social support can underpin both the ability to do and contribute to the pleasure and meaningfulness of doing”
 (Hammell, 2004, p.302)

Hammell, K. W. (2004). Dimensions of meaning in the occupations of daily life. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(5), 296-305.

All photo's were gained from free access internet sites to ensure ethical considerations were taken. Photo's taken were not of Rest Home residents but of friends who gave consent to be published in this blog.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Information Technology and Ethical Issues

Information technology refers to the technology of the production, storage and communication of information using computers and microelectronics (Collins, 2004). Information Technology is anything related to computing technology such as, networking, hardware, software and the Internet. Many corporate companies now have IT departments that manage the networks, computers and other technical areas in a business. 

In this day and age, IT is a very important part of many people’s lives. Most people use IT every day to communicate with others and for various other tasks. Information Technology has made it easier to interact with people, for example, by using various sites and programs such as Facebook and Skype, a person can talk face to face with somebody who may live on the other side of the world. There are many games online, interactive games where people of any age group can interact in a safe environment, learn about each other’s culture as well as forming a good friendship.

As a child I grew up in a household where IT was used a lot this has allowed me to become very confident using Information Technology. From the age of 3 I was using a computer for games, software for learning and many other things. I taught myself to use many computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher and many other software including Photoshop and Moviemaker.  As a teenager, I rely on my cell phone for keeping in contact with my friends and family, I rely on my computer for emails, social networking, music, school work, entertainment and keeping contact with my friends who live overseas. At high school I took classes that relied on the use of IT and because of this I feel very comfortable navigating my way through different programs.

On my first placement, a rest home in Auckland, IT was used in various ways. The staff used computers to type reports, store information, communicate with external providers, order supplies and to keep in contact with the residents families. Information regarding a particular diagnosis could be easily accessed through the Internet. Digital cameras were often used to take pictures of the residents and activities that they enjoyed to partake in. These pictures would then be placed into an album for the residents and their families to look through.

It is important for Occupational Therapists to keep up to date with technology as it is always changing and is a great way to keep in contact and help clients. Occupational Therapists may find that as technology is changing, so are the clients and many clients may find meaningful occupation through technology. Having a good knowledge of IT will help Occupational Therapists engage with clients that have an interest in IT.


There can be many ethical implications from using Information Technology, implications can arise from the capturing, sharing and transferring of information through devices such as computers and phones onto the Internet. A major ethical issue surrounding IT is privacy. It is important to always consider the person’s privacy when posting on social networking sites and blogs for example. It is always a good idea to ensure you have received informed consent before sharing any information regarding others. The privacy of yourself or others can be easy violated by posting information onto sites that can be freely accessed by the public.

Collins. (2004). The Collins English Dictionary. Glasgow: HarperCollins.