Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
By: Angela Schroeder
Although six weeks have managed to disappear from my student planner since
my arrival in
altogether), everyday I am obtaining the occupational therapy skills never
available in my numerous textbooks; and that is exactly why I am here.
However, I do hope to broaden my language skills, at least beyond *'shokrun'
Who: My name is Angela Schroeder and I am currently enrolled at
Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, completing my final course
requirements for the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree.
course which offers students the opportunity to combine didactic coursework
with a personal concentration, my own being an interest in international OT
delivery and curriculum development.
What: The purpose of my professional mission statement is to express
knowledge, creativity and clinical skills while continually evolve
academically and apply innovative techniques at an international site, in
order to achieve my highest potential as a future occupational therapy
practitioner. The learning objectives constructed for this rotation are
specific to my site and areas of interest, and evidenced through designated
learning activities. My learning activities focus on the implementation of
In addition to my clinical experience, I am also involved in a research
course aimed to highlight the gaps in the body of OT knowledge. The
critically appraised topic I have selected focuses on the preparedness of
students in the health field to administer care to a diverse caseload. By
broadening the scope beyond OT, I hope to illuminate the necessity of
cultural awareness in all practices of health. My question is as follows:
What is the effectiveness of inclusion of a culture course in health
professions education in preparing graduates to treat patients from a
variety of nationalities and/or cultures?
Where: I am completing my professional rotation at the
Paediatric Psychiatrist. I work with Farah Sabra, an OT from
awaiting the return of my intended supervisor, Moffat Makomo from
who should be my direct OT supervisor but was stalled coming back because of
issues with his work visa.
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a diagnostic and therapeutic center
that caters services to children and adolescents who may have learning
difficulties and/or behavior problems. LRC started operation in 1996 and
since fall 1997, they have maintained an OT program. The program was started
by a British OT, Susannah Barnes, and when she repatriated to
was headed by Laura Efinger, OT from the
then, LRC have merged the Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Vision
Therapy Departments into one Sensory & Motor Department headed by Dr. Safy
Zein, PT, and with coordinators for each section. Actually, in 1997, LRC
hosted 2 OTs from
OT needs for children referred for diagnosis and therapy.
OT(s)! As OT continues to advance in countries around the world, so also
should the profession be developed in
currently offer an accredited OT education. To be able to progress in areas
of occupation, professional practice and leadership,
pace by providing both the occasion for learning opportunities and OT
employment. Permeating the boundaries to allow access for both practicing
therapists and students can create a future of global resources to protect
our profession while also addressing the need for therapy in this country.
When: The required sixteen week rotation that I am currently fulfilling
started August 16, 2009 and will conclude on December 5, 2009. Upon
returning to the states, the details of my rotation and research will be
presented in a plenary session, under the direction of occupational therapy
faculty, prior to graduation on December 18 and 19, 2009.
And if the following ten weeks prove to vanish as quickly as the first, and
even if I never have the chance to drink from the
Doctor of Occupational Therapy 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
It is a great pleasure to inform you that King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will organize the 1st Regional Occupational Therapy Conference "A New Horizon in Occupational Therapy".
The conference will be held on 06 – 07 April 2010 at Marriot Hotel in Riyadh.
The themes of the symposium are:
1. Advance assistive technologies in Occupational Therapy
2. The latest Occupational Therapy treatment approaches in neurology.
3. The latest Occupational Therapy treatment approaches in pediatrics.
4. Evidence base practice in Occupational Therapy.
5. The effective ways in promoting Occupational Therapy to medical professionals.
You are hereby invited to participate in the scientific program of this symposium.
Please send details/abstracts of the subjects you would like to present along with a CV to the email address below.
Please acknowledge your desire to participate as soon as possible.
Deadline of abstract submission is 30/9/09
For any additional information related to the presentation, please contact:
Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapy
1st Occupational Therapy Conference 2010
Tel: (01) 252-0088 ext. 11063
Fax: (01) 252-0088 ext. 11269
Chairman, Scientific Committee
Dr. Fayz Al Shahry"
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Participants will receive certificate accredited by the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Egyptian Society for the Developing Skills of Children with Special Needs, and the Exceptional Training Center for passing the course and the certificate can be documented from any Foreign Affairs Office.
The 5 Courses are:
I- Occupational Therapy Course, June 27th to July 5th, 2009
II- Specialized Language & Communication Development, 4th to 9th July, 2009
III- Specific Learning Difficulties Course, 4th to 9th July, 2009
IV- Autism Spectrum Disorders course, 12th to 16th July, 2009
V- Behavior Modification Course, 13th to 16th July, 2009
The courses will be held at the Lectures' Halls of the Exceptional Training Center (ETC)
Address: 9th Al-Mokhtar St., Off Al-Gezeir St., New Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
For more information, please contact the following numbers:
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Mary speaking at the Egyptian Orthopaedic Association
"In January 2008, I was awarded the “Vargus International Hand Therapist Teaching Award” from the American Association For Hand Surgery (AAHS). The purpose of the award is to share experiences and exchange expertise in the area of Hand therapy with therapists and physicians around the world. This year the trip was to Egypt in November 2008 with Dr. Nash Naam from Southern Illinois University. Our goal was to share how the surgeon and hand therapist work as a cohesive team to provide the most effective treatment to patients with hand injuries and to encourage OTs and PTs in Egypt to specialize in this area.
We spoke to very receptive groups at numerous events including the 60th Egyptian Orthopedic Association in Cairo, The Egyptian Association for Hand Surgery in Alexandria, a hospital’s surgical and therapy staff and the Cairo University’s Department of Physical Therapy. The University expressed interest learning more about Occupational Therapy as an area of study. In addition to lecturing, I was invited to see patients at the only clinic where there is a therapist (PT) working with a Hand Surgeon. That evening we shared experiences and I was able to provide treatment ideas for his patients from a different perspective. My 35+ years experience as an OT with 27 years as a Hand Therapist made it easy to find things to do! I have been in contact with several therapists in Egypt since I have left and am very pleased to see that there is a seed planted there for more growth in the field of “Hand Therapy.” Over all, I had a fabulous experience in Egypt and was pleased with the acceptance I had by the physicians, University faculty and therapists everywhere I went.
Mary with university staff.
I have been invited back to present at the Egyptian Association for Hand Surgery (EAHS) April 2010 and hope to present to a room filled with interested Occupational and Physical Therapists. Meanwhile, I would enjoy hearing from any therapists interested or whom may have questions related to the upper extremity and treatment."
Speaking with PT students at the university.
Consultation with PT and patient in clinic.
Consultation with PT and patient.
Mary Nordlie, MS, OTR/L CHT (Certified Hand Therapist)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, MN
Friday, April 10, 2009
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Moffat Makomo, OTR has recently joined the OT department at the Learning Resource Center. He joins us from Zimbabwe. We all would like to welcome him to Cairo and wish him well in his time spent in Egypt.
Friday, April 3, 2009
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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I hope that OT's continue to present at educational conferences in Cairo, such as the March conference that the ADVANCE and LRC present each year.
Many thanks to all that presented,
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The ADVANCE Society & the Learning Resource Center are glad to announce their ninth annual educational conference under the theme of: "Road Map to Positive Behavior," from 19th to 21st March, 2009, hosted by the British InternationalSchool in Cairo (BISC)
Our conference this year, "Road Map to Positive Behavior," will cover the following seven streams:
1. Parenting with Positive Behavior Support
2. Behavioral Disorders in Preschool Children
3. Effective Strategies for Behavioral Management in Schools
4. Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
5. Behaviors of Children with Sensory and/Or Motor Difficulties
6. Correlation between Communication Difficulties and Behavior
7. Health and Related Behaviors
We are happy to announce that we have 4 occupational therapists presenting this year. The following are abstracts of these workshops & lectures:
Importance of Seating for Enhancing Adaptive Function Cerebral Palsy (Presented in English)
Importance of Seating for Enhancing Adaptive Function Cerebral Palsy (Presented in English)
Lecturer: Angela Pilski
Précis : Teachers and Therapists strive to provide excellent treatment and care, only to place the child into inadequate and often harmful Seating. Good Seating should act as an extension of Therapy and, combined with Sleep Positioning Systems, provide a 24 hour management of Spasticity. It also assists with autonomic functions such as breathing and maintains good health. It reduces absenteeism in educational programs, and allows the child to sit longer with less fatigue, improves functional use of extremities, and generally allows the child to make eye contact. Good seating improves the appearance of children to the point where it might make the difference between them attending mainstream school or not. There are many techniques and systems that have been developed to assist Therapists. Seating is, however, considered to be a specialty in Europe and North America, where specialized centers have Rehabilitation Engineers as well as Therapists who are skilled in a wide variety of modalities. Raising the awareness of the need for good Seating will hopefully provide comfort to a population who are often not able to speak for themselves. This lecture will demonstrate the need to sit well with the intrinsic spinal curves in place and address how that affects vision and upper extremity function, and how mobility affects learning.Handwriting! I hate it! (Presented in English)
Lecturer: Farah Sabra
Précis : “My daughter is very bright and inquisitive. Now they started teaching cursive at school and she hates it!”
“I am a teacher and my 4 year old student throws markers away and cries when attempting to write”.
Handwriting is an integral part of every child’s school experience. Some students have difficulty in the production of legible handwriting. Negative behaviors might result from handwriting difficulties (i.e. crying, pulling away, tantrums, throwing writing utensils, withdrawal and giving up). Many factors contribute to illegible writing. It is necessary for teachers and parents to understand the factors underlying the skill of handwriting in order to address difficulties and decrease negative behaviors resulting from them. This workshop will address these issues by discussing the principal components necessary for developing writing skills and activities to develop these components.
Understanding Sensory Challenges (Presented in English)
Lecturer: Fatima Chehouri-Nasser
Précis : Professionals are often faced with the challenging question of whether the child's current behavioral problems are just tantrums or are related to other underlying sensory deficits. Occupational therapists are trained to make functional observations in all aspects of the child's life--at school, in the home environment, at play--as well as to detect and further assess sensory deficits. Scientific research in the area of sensory integration and sensory dysfunction has shown that children with sensory processing difficulties exhibit problems in behavior such as aggressiveness, inattention, distractibility and defiance. It is important to identify the difference so that the proper strategies can be used to decrease and/or eliminate the unwanted behaviors, thus increasing the chances for optimal learning.
Sensory Challenges (Presented in Arabic)
Presenter: Majdi Bzoor
Precis: How being hypersensitive and/or hyposensitive in relation to one's senses can affect a child's behavior.
For more information on how to register please call Yasser Salah at the Learning Resource Center, Tel: (+202) 25163965 or 67 or e-mail: email@example.com
Thank you and I hope many can attend this conference.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sue Hartshorne has resigned her role as the WFOT Ambassador to the Egypt Project. However, Sue continues to work in Egypt and supports the development of OT in the country. Members of the CDOTE and the WFOT thank her for her contributions. The WFOT Executive Management Team have agreed that the ambassador position is now no longer required. We all look forward to progress continuing through the Committee to Develop OT in Egypt (CDOTE). The WFOT have reported that they will continue to monitor the situation via the Egypt Project led by Christiane Mentrup and look forward to being approached in the future with an application for an educational programme approval and hopefully ultimately membership of WFOT.
The next CDOTE Meeting:
Wednesday, February 25th at 4:30pm
Learning Resource Center.
New members: please contact myself or any of the CDOTE members if you would like to attend.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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Friday, January 9, 2009
6 October University, provided by Sue Hartshorne:
Update: El Agouza Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Centre
The last two months has seen the departure of two of our three professional members of the Occupational Therapy staff.
Pip Dow, occupational therapist, returned to New Zealand with her family. Pip established occupational therapy services for people with spinal cord injuries at the centre as well as extending her skills to provide services for people with upper limb amputation and providing scar management for those with traumatic injuries including burns. Pip also collaborated with Sue on developing a Back School Program which is now being implemented at the Centre.
Takako Miya, art therapist, returned to Japan. Miya has been a valuable member of staff, assisting to establish a handskills program, play gym and gait and balance clinic in the Children's Unit as well as initiating therapeutic craft groups and individual treatments for adult outpatient and inpatients.
Both Pip and Miya also contributed to staff training in the areas of manual handling, spinal cord injury (Pip) and toy making (Miya).
Update: October 6 University
There is still no further information from the university about their plan for an occupational therapy programme.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The first newsletter, volume 1, has been completed and can be obtained by emailing the newsletter editor, Mustafa Ahmad El Qaisi at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a second of thought when you watch the surrounding events, you will believe and strongly
have faith that those moments of thoughts will be the foundations of the successful future.
This group was established in April 2007 as a result of the rigorous discussions among the occupational therapists working in the region (Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon) and the executive team of the WFOT in Cairo\Egypt, when they all met at the first regional occupational therapy conference in the middle east.
In this group, we aim to establish communication channels between the occupational therapists in the region and the world and to work as a connection with the WFOT and other OT organizations.
Putting the Arabic occupational therapists and the Arabic OT associations in the world map, telling the whole world that this region is an active and dynamic spot for practice, research and knowledge.
Through this initiation of e-actions. This humble work, is dedicated to all, and with the collaborated works and efforts this e-newsletter will be the first step and not the only to the successful life.
My congratulations to all
Mustafa Ahmad Al Qaisi