Ordinary Miracles is one of our textbooks. It is a compilation of short stories from OTs and OTAs. They are uplifting and remind you of the importance of occupational therapy. It is not very technical and has stories from a variety of practice areas. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to get a better idea of the different things OTs do. It is not going to tell you all the things OTs do like write notes, and plan sessions, but it will show you some of what they can do.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
It is hard to believe I have been in OT school for almost two months. I have learned a lot in these two months and met some great people. I remember a few months ago wondering what my classes would be about. Well now I think I can give you a good picture.
Models of Reasoning
We started off learning AOTA's Practice Framework. We discussed the process OTs use to help clients and what they should consider. Lately, we have been discussing different assessments we can use to evaluate clients and how to interrupt the results. This class started off very abstract, but not it seems very applicable. Our fieldwork is also integrated with this course.
Evidence Based Practice
This is the class that the majority of the class is struggling with. It is our research course. I enjoy the material, but our teachers don’t have the best execution in teaching the course. This semester we are focusing on how to locate information and evaluate it.
Wellness and Illness
This class is hard because it is our only class on Friday and it is three hours long. The information is very practical though. We first focused on what healthy is because to define dysfunction you have to know what functioning is. We talk about specific diseases and what interventions are used to treat them.
I thought this class would be application based, but it is more theoretical. We talked about AOTA's practice framework for a while in this class. Lately, we have been discussing the different theories and frames of reference one can use. We have also done presentations on OT internationally and some of the different specific fields.
This class is about occupations throughout the lifespan. We perform evaluations on different lifespan groups. I like this class because we have mini-fieldwork. We currently at the child stage. It is much like my college lifespan course with OT evaluations sprinkled in. The rest of my classes have been very different than undergrad.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Lately, we have started writing notes for class. It is hard to write notes because right now we are evaluating typical people. You have to know what is typical before you can detect what is atypical. Setting goals and creating interventions for typical people is challenging. I like it though because it makes you think outside of the box. It also challenges my theory that everybody could benefit from having an OT. The other hard part is the notes we are writing are much longer than they will ever be in the clinic. This is because the professors what to know our entire thought process and observations, and they can only know that if we put it in the note. It's hard for me because I am more of a big-picture girl than a detail girl.
Tomorrow, I am going to a childcare center to evaluate a child using the Peabody. We have learned several assessments over the past couple of weeks. It makes this OT thing seem real. In the past, there have been a few kids get a real evaluation because of our results. I hope my kid is ready to be tested and do what I want. We are doing in pairs, so we have a little help in implementing.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
The two big ways that occupational therapists gain information about their clients is through observation and interviews. Our professors have us interviewing so many different people this semester. It is really awkward. Part of the reason is normally we already know the people we are interviewing, even if just a tiny bit. That makes the introduction weird. It also makes it hard to ask the difficult questions, such as what was the hardest time in your life. I feel like that section would be difficult either way though. Most of these interviews are somewhat conversational, but not so much so that I can have a conversation like I normally would with the people I am interviewing. I am glad that our professors force us go out and perform interviews, even if it is on people we know. It is so much harder than it seems. It is also super rewarding because I am learning things about these people that I would not have otherwise. It is also surprising to learn how many different kinds of interview there are. Who would have imagined?