#OTalk 23rd January – Apraxia after Stroke.

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Apraxia” and will be hosted by Terese Lebedis of the Stroke Forum of the RCOT Neurological specialist section (@OTStrokeSSNP).

This is the third #OTalk chat to be hosted by the Stroke Forum of the Specialist Section Neurological Practice. This weeks chat will be supported by consultant occupational therapist, Therese Lebedis.

Apraxia is a cognitive motor planning disorder.  It is a disorder of skilled voluntary movement which is not primarily due to a motor, sensory or comprehension impairment.  Apraxia is commonly seen in people with left hemisphere stroke and other neurological disorders. ​It has a significant impact on recovery from stroke and on the potential for people to achieve independent living. Occupational therapists have a key role to play in the identification, treatment and support of people with apraxia.
Some questions to consider…

1) How would you identify if a person with stroke has apraxia?

2) What types of apraxia would you generally see in a person with stroke?

3) In what ways can apraxia affect people’s occupational performance?

4) What interventions do you know of that are most helpful?




#OTalk 16th January – The use of technology to enable engagement in occupation in adults with disabilities.

This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of “technology and occupational engagement” and will be hosted by Carrie Sant (@Carrie_Sant).

 Here’s what Carrie has to say…

As part of a newly created role within a charity supporting people with visual impairments, Henshaws Society for the Blind, I develop and deliver technology based assessment and training to enable older people with sight loss and other long term conditions to live more independently and engage in their valued occupations. This can include the use of specialist technology such as electronic magnifiers and text-to-speech equipment for reading, or mainstream devices such as smartphones and tablets for communication and socialisation.

I would like to know more about how other occupational therapists use assistive technology to enable the independence of their clients and service users, considering mainstream devices such as smartphones as much as our ‘traditional’ aids and equipment we would normally prescribe.

I intend to try and explore in what services assistive technology is used, who it is used by and what support and training exists in using the technology, both for the occupational therapist and the client. I would also like to identify what we consider the barriers to be to introducing assistive technology into our practice e.g. training, awareness, cost.

Q1 – What do you consider to be included in the term ‘assistive technology’?

Q2 – In what ways do you use assistive technology within your role to enable the independence or occupational engagement of your clients?

Q3 – Do you think there are any ways that assistive technology could be further incorporated into your practice to improve outcomes for clients?

Q3 – Are there clients for whom assistive technology is more or less appropriate or beneficial? How do we assess this?

Q4 – What do you consider to be the barriers to the use of assistive technology as part of your practice?


#OTalk 9th January – Occupational Ideals.

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript January 9th 2018This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Occupational Ideals: Tips, Topics and aims for 2018” and will be hosted by Dee Garrett ( @gedgravegirls ).

Here’s what she had to say…

It was during the 2017 festivities, it dawned upon me to overcome my fears of presenting. Empowered by my thoughts & “Occupational Ideals”, I wanted to contribute to this idyllic small OT community. I was preparing for my pin ultimate placement. #OTalk were looking for willing chat host due to a cancellation in early January. I enthusiastically volunteered myself, feeling confident and dared by my own inhibitions, fears of presenting. 2018 was in deed different, I believed by making a new year’s resolution that would hopefully lead to food for thought, others too in our profession who feel presenting is hard in this Occupational world us humans and Occupational Therapists live, would feel inspired. What was there to lose besides one’s fear of presenting. I believe we are natural born leaders and the notion of sharing ideals, ideas and inspiration alongside other like-minded people within this community felt achievable. It would also be a huge addition to a dynamic new year’s resolution I hadn’t set yet.

By acting on it and “doing”, because that’s what we as future OT’s and students do, I felt brave and challenged myself. I wanted to make a difference & what better way to contribute to #OTalk, so here I am “doing” it sharing, tips, topics, ideas and aims to improve our future.

Some questions to consider…

  1. How do you occupationally optimise your life roles to help promote an optimal occupational balance?
  2. If we functionally optimize our patients through medical optimization, how can we spiritually optimize them?
  3. How far is ideal? And what would you change, if you could in healthcare?
  4. What would your ideal optimization experience for us humans look like, feel like and be?
  5. How would you wish to create ideal change using your core, current, professional or personal skills to help others or yourself this year?

Thank you so much for your time and participation in #OTalk on the 9th January 2018. I look forward to hearing from you throughout the future and good luck for 2018 optimizing OT innovatively.

Kind regards, Dee

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