Song about Occupational Therapy

It’s often hard for people to grasp the many things that occupational therapists do.  Well, here’s a video where someone wrote a song dedicated to occupational therapy.  It covers many of the areas that OT’s work with, including cognition, activities of daily living, and more.

(Hat tip: Penny, via SG)

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Official Graduation Countdown

This official graduation countdown comes with great news.  I have exactly 50 days left until graduation.  And I got a job! 🙂  I’ll be working in an acute care setting in an area hospital.  I’m very excited.

Occupational Therapy blog

I decided to use my new domain (which I got for free, plus free hosting) to start a new blog on occupational therapy.  As of now, there are very few blogs at all that deal with occupational therapy, and as far as I know, none that deal with issues that OT students or new graduates may have.  So hopefully this will develop into a helpful resource for others who are in a similar situation to mine.

You can check it out at aishel.net

Not My Day: Monday

Due to the snow last week, I had a class that was cancelled.  The week before, the teacher wanted us to go to the MOTA Legislative Reception, so we missed class (no one went, but what do you expect if its going to be all the way in Annapolis).  Since we missed two weeks in a row, we suddenly got an email saying that we’re expected to make up a lot of the work on our own time.  This meant going to school and examining two cabinets full of occupational therapy assessments.  Since the person in charge of checking out these assessments is only there certain hours of the day, I had to be there at 8am.  Fine.  I get there, write up all the assessments in cabinets 3 and 4, and come home.  I find out I was supposed to do cabinets 4 and 5.  It’s now 9:30am, and I see this is going to be a great day.

As part of my graduate project, I have to interview teens for a special project, and they live two hours away, in Pennsylvania.  Today, my group and I were going to drive there and conduct the interviews and get our research under way.  Just as I was getting ready to leave, I was finishing my deli sandwhich, and it slipped out of my hands and subsequently painted my nice pair of pants with mustard. Great.

Next, I’m on the way to Target (our meeting point; it made sense for only one car to drive the four of us two hours away), when I get a phone call from my group member.  The teacher had called her and had found out that none of the teens we were going to interview were going to be there so we shouldn’t bother coming.

The fact that we weren’t going to Pennsylvania meant that I was going to have to go to class tonight, which is something I was hoping I’d miss.

Tuesday, please be kind.  Thanks.

Dishonesty amongst college students

I’ve always known that there is rampant cheating in just about anything where cheating is possible.  Universities are even bigger game for cheating as the motivation lies in getting better grades and getting a degree as quickly as possible.  The steps teachers have to take are pretty tremendous.  I know that some teachers require students to email a copy of any paper in addition to hard copies so that the teachers can google the paper and see if plagiarism has occurred.   But I didn’t realize that teachers had to resort to treating students like 6th graders.

As part of a class assignment today,  several students and I manned a booth at Towson University‘s Health Fest today.  We were showing various pieces of adaptive equipment that occupational therapists use to help people with disabilities.  For example, in order to cut an apple, you need two hands, one to stabilize the apple, and the other to actually cut it.  But what if someone had a stroke and are very weak on one side of their body?  How will they cut the apple?  So one of the tools we had was a cutting board with two nails protruding from it, as shown here:

By sticking the apple inside the nails, it stabilizes the apple, allowing you to cut with just one hand.  This can be used for all sorts of things you’d need to cut.  Anyway, we had a whole bunch of other fun low-tech gadgets that can help people with various disabilities be more independent.

So back to my main point, we had several people come around looking at the various booths, and you can easily tell who’s really interested in what you have to say.   But then there were those who came to your booth, took a brochure, and then asked you to sign it for them so that they can take it back to class as ‘proof’ that they were at the Health Fest and went around to all the booths.

Now I can understand that going to the Health Fest would be a class assignment for many of the health-related disciplines, but to make your students get signatures from each booth as proof?  Is the level of dishonesty amongst college students so bad that we have to treat them like 6th graders?