My name isKeith (Last name edited out), and I just found your blog yesterday. It's great!
When I met with the class, I asked if they encountered any attitudinal barriers. For instance, did the wait person asks the able bodied person what the person with the disability would have (happens much more often than you think), were they overly solicitous, etc. It was a fun discussion.
I just got an email that says “that 95% of first time test takers who took our course passed the exam.” Wow! I guess if you have enough money (the course is expensive), you have a pretty good chance of passing the national licensing exam! Hmmmm, interesting.
(Can y'all tell I'm cleaning out my e-mail box right now?)
Amy Lamb, Chairman of AOTPAC, sent out a newsletter that includes this great tidbit! Wheelchair certification and the therapy cap were going to be major deals for occupational therapists, but with the AOTPAC and AOTA advocating for us, the problems are being worked out. See, this is why membership in AOTA is so crucial – they need our help to mantain OT quality of life!!
(Below is a direct quote)
AOTA has been busy working for us with many issues and achieving results: including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) dropping a proposal to require RESNA certification for occupational therapists who perform specialty wheelchair evaluations, and Congress providing a six month extension to the therapy cap and increasing the physician fee schedule. There is a great amount of resources for practitioners and students on these initiatives on AOTA’s Web site at http://www.aota.org to find out more!
I recently read an article entitled “Market for doorknobs slowly losing its grip: Levers expected to gain upper hand one day”, by Frank Greve.
A few months ago, us OT students did a project on environmental modification. We were assigned rooms and a disability, and had to find out the proper environmental modifications and cost. We even had to draw up the before & after floor plan and follow two budgets – a low one and a high one. It was a fun experience. We learned about a ton of assistive devices and ways to help people function better within their own houses. One of the most basic devices that could help most people was a lever handle instead of a doorknob! Think about it – doorknobs involve twisting your arm, which can be painful and/or difficult for someone with arthritis or minimal hand function.
On the other hand, levers require very little movement to open – you don’t have to have finger function, and it’s a lot easier for people with arthritis.
There are a ton of other environmental modifications, but I only woke up about ten minutes ago, and my OT brain is rusty…so…yeah.
Next post will be how to make pom-pom ornaments and why it is applicable to OT! Apparently all old people already know how to make this, but I’m young and innocent and my peers will be excited…. 😉
I’m driving back into Memphis in about an hour! Yay I love spending 3.5 hours with lots of giant trucks while in my small car!!!!
I typed in ot student and then ot students into Google..which used to put me in the first page of searches..and now I am nowhere to be seen! Yet another blow to my OT pride!! ::sobbing::
I think I'm going to go drown my sorrow in a dark chocolate truffle kiss.
I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE ALL MY OT FRIENDS AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have lots to catch up on! I’m just starting to have my head above water! I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Memphis, soon! We start back in OT school on January 3rd. The few posts below are some random pictures from the trip. I’d caption them but Blogger is NOT COOL and is not behaving. As always.
Anyway…hope everyone had a wonderful holiday…looking forward to have OT stuff to talk about soon!
My San Diego trip is winding down and I'll be headed back to the mid-South soon! I didn't accomplish many of the goals I had set for myself, but I guess I just really needed the rest! I've slept more than anything!
January 3rd is our first day of real classes so I promise to get back into writing then!
I've been enjoying La Jolla…taking lots of naps, sitting outside in the sunshine, visiting family…I had a wonderful fondue dinner with my grandfather the other night…and wonderful carne asada fries with my grandmother…and yummy pancakes w/ chocolate cake in them with my mom and dad…etc. A lot of eating!!
We decorated the tree the other day, and there were all these homemade yarn pom-poms. My mom says they are easy to make. They would be a great craft to use in OT – so I am hoping Mom will have time to teach me before I go. I also realized I should probably learn to wrap presents properly, if for no other reason than that would be another good OT activity. So…I guess I have never been motivated to learn to do things myself, but I'll learn for my future patients!!!
Right now my mom and grandfather and I and a kitty are chilling out in the sun-drenched living room…my sister is still asleep…we're going to work out, then do GINGERBREAD QUILTING!!!!!!!!!!! then go to Dad's for a prime-rib dinner with extended family.
Tomorrow we will have our annual Christmas picnic at some park!! Mortadella-Brie-Doritos sandwiches are the BEST!!
Gingerbread quilting – like a gingerbread house, only a flat surface, for architecturally challenged people like me.
Merry Christmas Eve and stuff!!!
PS as always: I'm again behind on e-mail. I'll try to get it all wrapped up within the next few days!!!!!!!!!!!!!