How Others are Serving (October 27, 2013)

-OT Awareness bulletin board for our in-patient Head Injury Rehab. Unit. Approx 10 OTR/COTAs, 2 OT volunteers, 1 COTA student (USA)

-I plan on spending my time at St. Francis Senior Ministries in Tiffin, Ohio participating in activities with the residents. (USA)

-With one OT practitioner and OT student, We will celebrate the Olive Harvest Season by picking, cracking and pickling Olives with 13 clients with different intellectual disabilities at Al-Malath Charitable Society. (Palestine)

-The Graduate students at The University of Findlay have been collecting donations over the past few months for a shelter (Open Arms) that provides domestic violence and rape crisis services. We plan to deliver these donations (and supplemental information regarding OT ) to the shelter on October 27th. There are 21 students partaking in this collection/event. (USA)

-I will participate in the Raily on 27 th Oct. 13 to celebrate World OT Day at CRP in Bangladesh. Therapist about 30 and student will be 80 in this Raily. We will develop poster etc. (India)

-I will attend one of the seven events I am promoting as student council philanthropy chairperson. Events include helping feed people who are out of home, restoring nature preserves, assisting families with new computers and technology, pet adoption, and MORE! (USA)

-Universal Design Living Laboratory- Rosemarie Rosetti’s home is an amazing example of a home modeled using universal design, where she gives tour. They opened their home all summer for tours to raise money for spinal cord injury research. We will be helping to complete some finishings inside and yard work outside to prepare for the winter. Partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness-OSU Chapter at Regency Manor-At Regency Manor we will be volunteering with individuals who have a primary medical diagnosis and a secondary psychiatric diagnosis requiring long term care.Items are being collected in a book and clothing drive around campus. These items will be taken to Regency by NAMI leaders and students. We plan to set up a book fair environment to allow everyone to look at the books and choose the ones that interest them to encourage more leisure interests. Students will help the residents make bookmarks to decorate as an incentive to check out a book and use their bookmark. Volunteers will also help sort the clothes by men/women or by seasons and help give out to residents. Harding Hospital- A mental health facility for those experiencing psychiatric symptoms. We will be going to the adolescent floor. There, we will have a tailgate-themed celebration with the patients. Students will wear Buckeye gear and bring cornhole games. If not we will try to set up a bingo game that is Buckeye themed with prizes. Also, we will be making the Buckeye Stress balls as an activity that kids can use as a coping strategy! St. Joseph’s Hospice- We will be working with a few families receiving hospice home services who have yard work needing done before the winter months or other activities that are needed. Creative Living-Creative Living provides apartment-like housing and community support to physically disabled individuals. Their apartments and common area are designed specifically for wheelchair access. We are planning on having a movie/game night with some snacks (i.e. popcorn, chips, juice etc.). Students will bring board games or card games to play with the group and some movie (DVD) options. We are expecting each group to have approximately 16 students (first and second year) participating. (USA)

-We will be participating in OT Global Day of Service at Sunrise Senior Living Center from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm on Sunday, October 27, 2013. We will have 8 occupational therapy students coordinating this event. We are going to have four different stations of activities including a cookie decorating, pumpkin painting, games, and nail painting. We want the residents to be able to come and go as they please and enjoy as many activities as possible. The purpose is to give the residents one day of fun that is different from their every day routine. We are encouraging family members to attend as well to make the experience even better for the residents. (USA)

-Physican of Unani, Aurvedic and Diet Care Practitioner (Pakistan)

-I and one student make a poster with information releases what is OT, activities and services for OT. (Slovenia)

-Macomb Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Leadership Organization is planning to create over 100 hygiene bags for a local shelter (MCREST) in Macomb County. The organization has been collecting travel size donations of toothpaste and toothbrushes, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, deodorant, razors, shaving cream etc. at the school from the students. The bags will be created to promote proper hygiene as it is an area of occupation. The bags will be put together on Thursday, October 24th and delivered to the shelter on Saturday, October 26th. Two occupational therapy practitioners and fifteen to twenty students will be participating in creating the bags. One student and one practitioner will deliver the bags on Saturday. (USA)

-Support local preschool program in Seattle Metro program through assisting with Pumpkin Patch visit. (USA)

-Approximately 15 OT’s will participate in our event (Australia)

-I am presenting at our Illinois OT (ILOTA) conference this week on the OT role with Rebuilding Together to encourage other OTs to volunteer their time to provide home safety evaluations, educate families on safe ADL performance and increase OT’s visibility in the community (USA)

-we are 4 students who collects money to volunteer to the charity for severe physical and intellectual disabilities. (Israel)

-Fall Safety, HomeFit and CarFit event. Anticipate 4 other OT’s assisting along with a wealth of non OT’s (USA)

-a week long program involving practitioners, students, non-governmental organisations, and government (Nigeria)

-Give presentation at New Jersey Occupational Therapy Assoc. conference. Include related cultural diversity booklet in which occupational therapy assistant students participated this month. (USA)

-The University of Findlay Weekend College Student Cohorts of 2014, 2015, and 2016, will be making cards for different organizations for the holidays. There will be around 50 student participating, each making a 10 cards; with a grand total of 500 for the community! (USA)

-”Live, Laugh and Share the Love: Spreading the Feel-Good word” Nicola and I have recently graduated from a MSC in Occupational Therapy in the University of Limerick. Tanya McGarry is a regional placement facilitator in the University of Limerick. On the 31st October, we will be facilitating a workshop which is based on a project, “The Feel Good Group for Girls”, which Nicola and I ran with the support of Tanya while completing a Role Emerging placement in Extern, a local charity that supports at risk youth. The group took the form of a four week workshop for teenage girls attending the service. It was designed to promote the girls understanding of self-esteem and those factors that influence it through the use of occupation. It also provided them with a safe space to express their own feelings about the topic and develop a repertoire of positive affirmations and coping skills to support their own self esteem. It provided the girls with an opportunity to express their feel good message for protecting self esteem through and used a variety of media to generate discussion on factors that may protect or damage self esteem e.g. origami, music and dance, art and crafts, modelling, role play, make-up, photograph, photo shoot. The sessions culminated in a full blown photo shoot which took place in the gallery space in the University concert hall. Make up was facilitated by the No.7 girls from Boots pharmacy while the photographs were taken by professional photographer, Ivaylo Yotov from Live photgraphy.com. These photos were then turned into a magazine cover displaying positive affirmations; positive song lyrics and the girls identified strengths. The response from the girl was overwhelmingly positive; in fact they were overwhelmed by the whole experience. The value of having such a positive, safe, rewarding experience was immense and greatly valued by them. Their only complaint was that there was not enough time. We have recently been approved for funding through the O2 Think Big project which supports initiatives from young people which benefit the mental health of other young people. We are using this funding to provide a training and information sharing day on the workshop for the staff of Extern. The day will involve the girls who participated in the group, this time as co-facilitators. It is an opportunity for us to share information on the theory and process behind the group with the larger circle of Extern staff who observed the outcomes but not the process which led to them. It is also an opportunity for the girls to reflect upon and share their own learning with staff which will hopefully benefit other young people in the service. The allocated funding will go towards the resources and material required for the day. Our time in planning and facilitating the day is provided on a voluntary basis. (Ireland)

-Our group of OT students will be spending the day at Briar Hill and running Halloween activities for the residents. The residents will be decorating cookies and making candy bag for the young children that come and trick-or-treat at Briar Hill. In addition, the residents will be making their own Halloween masks. Last, the residents will be playing Boo Bingo! (USA)

-For our Global OT day of service, my group of 7 occupational therapy students are going to Birchaven Retirement home working with residents and their families. Since this is date is close to halloween, we are working with Birchaven staff to help with their trick or treating event with residents and their families. After this trick or treating event, we will be having different activities for residents and their families to participate in. We will have mask decorating, pumpkin painting,and cookie decorating. We will also have kids activities including fake stick-on tattoos, coloring, and games. (USA)

-I participated in the Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Day on September 22, 2013 in Portland, ME. I, along with three other students and our occupational therapy professor administered a balance assessment (TUG test) to volunteers. We also explained the importance of balance and ways to test and improve their balance. We took pictures of every day occurrences that may impact balance and shared these pictures with our volunteers. In doing so, we explained ways of creating a safe environment to prevent falls including what to do if a fall occurs. In addition, we handed out a fact sheet from AOTA and other brochures with more information on balance and the Matter of Balance program. (USA)

-visiting a geriatric centre at mji wa salama in mombasa kenya in a group of 20 occupational therapists and providing free psychotherapy sessions to the elderly besides assessing and advising on accessbility, mobility and transfers (Kenya)

-We will be doing the following volunteer activities at Horses Help*: side walking with riders, gardening work, site clean up, maintenance, small projects (such as hanging blinds, clean/organizing tack shop, etc.). Horses Help is located in beautiful North Phoenix, Arizona, and has been providing therapeutic and recreational horseback riding to a diverse population of people with special needs for over 25 years. Horses Help utilizes specially trained horses, well-qualified instructors that are certified by the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship International, (PATH International), physical and occupational therapists, and community volunteers to form exceptional teams to work with the special abilities population. Riders range in age from three to seniors, and represent a wide range of physical and mental disabilities. Participants enjoy weekly sessions to learn riding/driving skills, receive therapy, and enjoy the freedom of activities with THEIR horse. Leaving wheelchairs and walkers behind, these riders control their horse through obstacles and journey where they couldn’t otherwise go by themselves. Horses Help is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. More information is available at www.horseshelp.org (USA)

-Creating activities for charities in Ljubljana. The event will take place in the hobby art store (Rayher). 7 OTs will cooperate with the creative group from Rayher, the Slovenian International Ladies Association and visitors. (Slovenia)

-We plan to hold a day long free OT screening and evaluation for children with special needs in Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines. we will be having 2 students for Cebu Doctors’ University – Philippines and about 3 OT practitioners who will be participating. (Philippines)

-I practice in the Psychiatric Hospital with other 5 students, and we will make an open day for the first time in the hospital, in this day, clients will prepare some cookies and sweets, also we will present with them, their work, we invite our families, friends, students from our college and occupational therapists from many centers. (Palestine)

-Me with other two therapists will celebrate autumn season with intellectual disabled adults by gathering all the autumn work done by the clients and wear an autumn-leaf crowns done also by them. (Palestine)

-Planning to keep poster, street play competition for OT schools in the Mumbai city and later those posters and street plays will be displayed to the public for the awareness. Also planning to invite other medical departments to attend World OT day function. Approximately 50 to 100 people should participate in whole event. (India)

-In a local China hospital, with anticipated 80 persons attending, 4 Rehab Therapists working as OTs, 3 students (China)

-A free awareness program of two hours for parents about sensory integration and what role it plays in our lives. (India)

-Pakistan society for the rehabilitation of disabled, pakistan. above 14 practioners and 35 students. (Pakistan)

-i am not an OT practitioner but i want to become one i would love to participate and observe the professionals doing their job (USA)

-20 OT practitioners engaging in Street play, symposium and Lectures (India)

-Neurology and orthopedic services in general hospitals as a student in faghihi hospital (Iran)

-I’m student in University of Indonesia, please help and promoting Occupational Day Therapy in this country because we have new organization IOTSA (International Occupational Therapy Student Assosiation). So, we’re need much idea to celebrate and promoting this event. (Indonesia)

-I have planned to organize an event in my School, in which all students and OTs and all Practitioners around the city will be invited. Together we will discuss our achievements and experiences. It will be a light get together and a unity celebration of OTs of Pakistan. (Pakistan)

-Community awareness about Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders; work booth at festival (USA)

-Around 30 occupational therapist and 60 students at jaipur occupational therapy college (India)

-Cooparation with mental health services due to mental health reform at the country (Israel)

-Volunteer at any event/function when available. By myself or with peers (approx 60) (USA)

-Working with patients in Ortho, Neuro and Paediatrics. Especially Dysphagia. (India)

-Handing out flyers among OT students in one of the OT schools in Tehran/Iran, asking them how they want to promote OT in the community. (Iran)

-Service for disabled children specially play grounds,service for special schools having a large arena for carrying out all sorts of activities in playful manner (India)

-Group Therapy with individuals with Drug addiction, I have invented a new way of therapy (Israel)

-Host a webinar for OTs, parents and/or teachers (USA)

-I am planning to provide home based care in Mumbai (India)

-Propagation of OT awareness and services in pediatric setting (school based) (Philippines)

-Volunteer at an organization for the day (Canada)

-I’m a student and i’ll spread the importance of Occupational therapy and increase awareness among people. I’ll also work with mentally ill teens and adults by giving them vocational activities and make arts and crafts with the cooperation of one therapist and student at Al-Malath Society for Special Needs (Palestine)

-Pediatrics and Psyche at Marikina City (Philippines)

-Volunteer work at autism center in Mumbai (India)

-Community base rehab (Philippines)

-In government set up.. . General occupational therapy practice (India)

-Do a community education group and awareness campaign 6 co students will support (Nigeria)

-A bike riding event for children with special needs. (India)

-Promote the value of OT through volunteering within the 3rd party sector as a mentor for bullied and abused children. (UK)

-Me and 13 occupational therapy students are delivering a 1-hour Loving to Read and Write (OT for Literacy), multisensory activity in 2 private schools, 4 classrooms (2 – 1st and 2nd grade classrooms) in St. Louis, MO. OT faculty and students in the MOT program at Saint Louis University are also donating books, pencils, crayons and art materials to increase participation in literacy activities. (USA)

-OT promotion day w colleagues at hospital. I work in education (New Zealand)

-Me and another OT from the UK will do a presentation on social media use for occupational therapy practitioners and students. The hands on activity will hopefully equip more OT practitioners and students on using social media on promoting the OT profession. (USA)

-In order to educate the world on what Occupational therapy is I would like to initiate an interactive inservice with the team of OT and COTA’s I work with. The interactive service would include posters about what OT is with pictures and the tools we use in out SNF setting such as ADL AE. (USA)

-We are organizing several events through ou national OT association (Croatian association of occupational therapists www.hurt.hr) around the World OT day 2013,, and they include: – annual World OT day party (expected number aprox. 60 OT’s & OT students, venue to be confirmed) – 4 presentations in schools on benefits of including OT in schools (aprox. number per school 50) – 4 presentations in kindergarden on benefits of including OT in kindergarden (aprox. number per school 50). Some events are still in making so we can inform at the later date. (Croatia)

-I will be volunteering in home OT services for 4 hours on October 26th (USA)

-In different community schools of gurgaon and ghaziabad. for children facing physical or cognitive aspect (India)

-I plan to volunteer at the Down Syndrome Network’s Annual Conference. At this conference, childcare will be provided for the children of parents attending the conference. About 25 other University of New England students and 1 professor will participate. (USA)

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