I intended to post new thoughts during the first week of school and then the second week. Somehow, the semester is already halfway complete! We have one more midterm to go, and I feel satisfied about my work and growth this semester.
In one class, we learned about the application of evidence-based practice to OT which includes client experiences/values/needs, best available research and practitioner expertise. It's a relief that I don't just apply research, but explore the client's feelings and experience and what I deem to be necessary and true in course of actions. This is holistic.
My Physical Disabilities clinic is fantastic! My professor is knowledeable, supportive and professional. She's overseeing all of the students as we work with individual clients. I've conducted an occupational profile, assessments, initial evaluations, interventions plans and a home visit with a home evaluation. And so much more! We had two days to read about a new assessment and present information to classmates! I really enjoy working with my assigned client. I have a home program assignment that is approaching.
Another approaching assignment is a group class soon in clinic, but I'm not sure what to teach yet. I was leaning toward a postmodern pedestrian dance class that involves sitting, standing, raising a hand, blinking eyes or an introductory Alexander Technique class. I think that the clients in the clinic would benefit from learning Alexander Technique, but I've taught an introductory class many many times. So, still thinking on it.
Other highlights: In my Pediatrics class, we critically analyzed the use of a toy for different populations and a competencey consisted of feedinig each other graham crackers and water (which was pretty funny--we laughed a lot) during the section on swallowing and feeding. In my Young Adult class, our midterm was on spinal cord injury (SCI). We worked with transferring each other from bed to wheelchair and examined therapeutic exercises for improving range of motion and strength. I'm not sure how yet, but I grew from learning about spinal cord injury. Aside from Christopher Reeve's story, I was not familiar with the prognosis or outcome. It's a serious recovery, and people with SCI can live long, full, independent lives.
Here's the last bits of information....I've been assigned a research project for next semester that involves working with parents of children with autism. My group is dedicated. I can't wait to study with them and conduct research with a new professor!
I'm signing off--must read about mood disorders. I'll try to write about feelings/experiences next week. Or the week after that....