The purpose of this blog is to provide:
(1). Explanation of Occupational Therapy (OT)
(2). Updates on development of Occupational Therapy educational programs in Egypt
(3). Updates on Occupational Therapy related events
(4). Postings for job opportunities
(5). Resources for people interested in Occupational Therapy related topics
(6). Listings of local facilities providing Occupational Therapy services in Egypt
(7). A network of Occupational Therapists living and working in Egypt
Friday, April 23, 2010
Saudi OT Club
History of OT in Saudi Arabia:
"The history of Occupational Therapy in Saudi Arabia is relatively a young one and can be estimated to be approximately 25-years old. Some organization offered a Diploma Programme in Occupational Therapy that graduated Saudi Occupational Therapy assistants for a couple of years. There are Occupational Therapists working in special needs schools and in major hospitals around the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, access to Occupational Therapy was limited to a small scale of the population.
Since then, Occupational Therapy is slowly developing and expanding its horizons in Saudi Arabia as more health services realize its vital role in promoting patients' independence and in adapting their home environment to maximize performance in daily activities. The Ministry of Health as well as some of the major hospitals are offering scholarships to study Occupational Therapy abroad. There is also a future plan to start an Occupational Therapy College within the KingSaudBinAbdulazizUniversity for Health Sciences.
However, there is still no recognized association for Occupational Therapy that can formulate a framework for Occupational Therapists working in Saudi Arabia. Therefore, the aim of creating the SAOT club is to promote high standards of practice within the profession, promote continuing professional development and promote Occupational Therapy to other health professionals both as a concept and in practice.”