My OT Blog

Hiya! These are just a collection of articles I have written from my own personal experience as an Occupational Therapist. I will be writing more from my time at University and from practice!

  • What is Occupational Therapy?

    Have you ever imagined what it would be like to wake up one day and find yourself not being able to participate in activities you enjoy either due to a disability you may have developed, due to an injury, due to low motivation or even developmental difficulties that are beyond your control?

  • What is Reflective Practice?

    Reflective practice is a process by which you: stop and think about your practice, consciously analysing your decision making drawing on theory and relate it to what you do in practice.

  • Introduction to Reflection

    Reflection is an everyday process. We reflect on a range of everyday problems and situations all the time: What went well? What didn’t? Why it didn’t ? and How do I feel about it?

  • My Experience of Reflecting as an Occupational Therapist

    Whilst I am actively working as an OT, I use reflection to reflect on incidents and develop my skills as as therapist on how I can improve my learning experiences and cope with stress.

  • Am I using my communication skills correctly?

    Communication comes in many forms when interacting with our patients. It is how we interact with one another using many forms, which may include:

  • My experience using reflection at University

    I started to use reflection in my first year as an OT student. I witnessed an incident on placement and I did not know how to cope with the traumatic event. I used supervision with my educator and she helped me use a reflective model. The model she taught me was using Gibbs Model of Reflection as it enabled me to learn from concrete experiences and puts the situations in a more clearer context.
    I was able to follow this structure and it apparently helped me with having clarity in my thinking process.
    I used reflection all the way through my three years to the present day working as an OT.

  • Coping With Dyslexia in the workplace

    The following article will explore Dyslexia and its challenges for people and how to cope in situations such as interviews, university and in practice.
    This article I have included my own experiences, so I hope you find it useful.

  • Interview tips

    Receiving your first initial invitation for an interview is exciting. It is the first step that the trust you have applied for are interested in what you have to offer them.
    Now at the same time, you may feel overwhelmed as you are unaware of what happens next. You may think to yourself, “oh my, where do I begin?”

  • Learning Styles – Do I have one?

    A “learning style” is an individual’s natural pattern of acquiring and processing information in all learning situations.
    A core concept is that individuals differ in how they learn depending on the situation they are in. The idea of individualized learning styles originated in the 1970’s, and has greatly influenced education.

  • How do I decide OT is for me?

    Choosing the right career path for yourself is nothing but a daunting experience.
    It is important to follow some basic steps to help guide you. Below are some methods people like myself, have used in asserting my choice for this career in Occupational Therapy.

  • Styles of friendship bracelets for beginners

    There are many designs of friendship bracelets that people wear, each design is unique to the individual so choosing your colours and style of bracelet is important. You will find that there will be a preference to a certain style of bracelet. Bracelet patterns vary from simple (for beginners) to complex (for advance bracelet makers) Below are some simple bracelets for beginners:-

  • Equipment for making a friendship bracelet

    There are some essentials that you will need to purchase before you make a bracelet.

  • How long should a bracelet be?

    Every person making a bracelet often asks themselves, how long should it be? How will I know if it fits me?

  • What are friendship bracelets made of

    Friendship bracelets are bracelets made by knotting together strands of colourful embroidery thread. Embroidery thread is sometimes known as embroidery floss so bear this in mind if buying your supplies from a sewing shop/store. If you want to create a thicker bracelet you just need to add more coloured threads or use a thicker thread such as yarn/wool.

  • History of Friendship Bracelets

    A friendship bracelet is a sign of friendship. They are made and commonly given to people who they consider their friends. Since the 1970s, friendship bracelets were introduced in the United States. People wore them as tokens of friendship, wore them for social statements such as culture/tribal and also folk art.