Friday, October 14, 2011

Neuro-rehabilitation Center

Last month I posted about an OT job position at an up and coming neuro-rehabilitaion center. In meeting with two of the neurologists, I also learned they are interested in hiring an experienced speech and language therapist trained in acute care, as well as, outpatient neuro-rehabilitation. 

As with the OT position, a SLT who speaks Arabic would be an asset, but they would consider hiring a well experienced SLT who can mentor other Arabic speaking SLT team members. 

If you are interested in learning more about both positions, please contact Dr. Tamer Emara:


WFOT E-Newsletter

I was happy to contribute to the September e-newsletter of the WFOT regarding the Child Development Club website, it's sister Facebook page: Child Development Club: Egypt and the OT in Egypt blog.

Thank you to Helen Cornelissen, who is the Irish Delegate to the WFOT, who suggested I contact the WFOT about sharing this information in their newsletter!

Here is the link:  

This past year I have been in New York and with everything happening in Egypt the OT news has been very limited. However, I recently arrived in Cairo and hope to have some more active postings the next few months!


Friday, September 23, 2011

OT Vacancy

OT Vacancy at the LRC as of January 2012


The Learning Resource Center ( in Maadi, Cairo, Egypt has an OT staff position available.

LRC is interested in hiring a full time OT who has at least two years experience, preferably in pediatrics, and appropriate clinical licensure or certification.

Job responsibilities include evaluating and treating clients, as well as collaborating with other professionals in order to provide an effective program.

Tasks also include documenting, attending staff meetings, providing and attending in-service training, participating in professional development, mentorship of junior clinicians and other duties as assigned by supervisors.

Job is full-time (30 hours direct client time/40 hours with training, meetings, mentorship time, planning, etc. per week).

Please contact Maha Helali, Managing Director, if interested in learning more about the post: and send an updated CV.

Thank you,
Maha Helali

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

OT Position in a Multidisciplinary Neurorehabilitation Center

My name is Tamer Emara, an Egyptian neurologist with an interest in neuro-rehabilitation. I am starting a multidisciplinary neurorehab service in Cairo. I am interested in locating an OT with previous clinical experience, preferably with adult neuro patients. An OT who speaks Arabic would be an asset, but I would consider a well experienced OT who can mentor other Arabic speaking OT team members. The OT candidate should be efficient, flexible, a good mentor and be ready to work in a team. 

If you are interested, please contact me at:

Thank you and looking forward to the responses,
Dr. Tamer Emara

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

OT Presentation at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York

For the past few years, Khalid Mohamed and I have corresponded through the OT blog, but have never met until last month. He wrote me even before he started in the OT program at Downstate Medical Center in New York and now he will soon be graduating.

Time flies...

He had an interest in the OT in Egypt blog as his parents are Egyptian and he, as well as his sister, was pursuing a career as an OT. This past month we finally met up as he organized for me to come to the Occupational therapy department at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and speak with the students about my experiences working as an OT in Egypt.

I was happy to do so, as I think it is important that people become aware of how other countries develop OT services and educational programs and to learn about how OT services are similar and different in other cultures. In fact, there are more similarities than differences in most cases!

Great timing, as April was OT Awareness month!

Some OT students and staff were also kind enough to donate some OT textbooks for the OT students in Egypt. Many thanks to those who made these donations!

Many thanks to Khalid for organizing this event, he has a bright future ahead of him as an OT. His future patients will be happy to have him as a therapist!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

OT Available for Work in Egypt

A new OT graduate from Germany is available to work in Egypt in October, 2011, as she graduates in September 2011. Her name is Marlene Lösener and she can be contacted directly for CV and further information at


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

In Memory of Professor Dr. Ahmed Hassan

I just received the news that Professor Dr. Ahmed Hassan, Chairman of the Egyptian Physical Therapy Syndicate has sadly passed away. Ahmed was also a member of the Committee to Develop Occupational Therapy in Egypt. He appreciated the profession of occupational therapy and contributed greatly by attending and participating in our meetings and advocating for the development of OT educational programs in Egypt.

Below is a picture taken in 2008 of some members of the Committee to Develop Occupational Therapy in Egypt, OT's working in Egypt and visiting WFOT members:

Pictured: (back row) Laura Efinger, Maha Helali, Dorothey Witt, Deepak Andhare, Christiane Menthrup, Madeleine Corstens-Mignot, Pip Dow, Sue Hartshorne, Ahmed El Khaky; (front row) Majdi Bzoor and Ahmed Hassan

On a personal note, I very much liked Ahmed and enjoyed it when he came to the CDOT-E meetings. He added a sense of wit to our meetings! Loved his sense of humor and will miss it and him...


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month campaign in Egypt led and organized by the Egyptian Society for Developing Skills of Children with Special Needs (ADVANCE), has been launched April 2nd and will continue throughout the month of April.

The Campaign will include:

1) Awareness Seminar at Al-Sawi Cultural Wheel in Zamalek, on Thursday 14th April, 2011 from 5-7 p.m., and its topic is "Achieving Inclusion for Persons with Autism."

2) Art Exhibition "Making Connections" will open on Sunday 17th April and run for 10 days, and will be at "Nation Home of Saad Zaghloul". Opening Ceremony at 6:00 p.m.

3) Full Day Conference entitled "Autism Seventh Scientific Conference" to be held in Damietta organized in cooperation with Al-Rahma Center in Damietta in Delta, and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If anyone would like to share any other awareness events in Egypt, please let me know!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

OT Available for Work in Egypt


I am Dorothy Witt and I am an Occupational Therapist from Australia. I lived and worked in Egypt during 2007-2008 and worked as an OT. Working with the Egyptian people was a remarkable experience. So I returned in January 2011 and hope to find work again in the Occupational Therapy field here.  I have worked in many areas including with children and adults with special and physical needs in the community and at school. I have also worked in Adult Rehabilitation and Geriatrics both in the hospital and the community. 

My CV is available by request . My email address is:

Dorothy Witt

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Child Development Club website


In October 2010, I started a Facebook page called Child Development Club: Egypt. The idea was to share links, articles, events etc. with parents, caregivers, therapists, educators and other professionals working with children in Egypt. It has now grown to almost 650 members. I have been able to share my resources, as well as, learn about new topics from member's posting on the page, as well as, contacting me personally.

On January 25th, I launched a new website to share all these resources and also to expand on this idea of exchanging child development resources with people worldwide. The Child Development Club website now has 150 members from various countries, including Japan, Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Kuwait, Lebanon, Ireland, Portugal, Ghana, Israel, Uganda, US, New Zealand, Jordan, Bermuda, United Arab Emirates, India, Bangladesh, Palestine, Egypt, Seychelles, and Oman!

We have an excellent variety of members, including parents, parents of children with special needs, teachers, doctors, psychologists, students, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, art therapists and music therapists.

I have started a blog on the website. Starting next month, I will have guest bloggers talking about topics related to parenting, education and medical issues. I am always looking for guest bloggers to talk about a variety of topics, so if you have a specialty related to child development and enjoy writing please email me!

I hope to keep expanding on the website and hope the people interested in the OT in Egypt blog will share this information with friends and colleagues.

I have to say, I always get supportive emails from OT's worldwide and OT's are genuinely a great support network! 

Thanks in advance to all the OT in Egypt supporters...


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Events in Egypt


As many people have so nicely emailed me asking how I am and how my colleagues in Egypt are, I thought I would just write a brief update. All the OT's who have been working in Egypt are all as well as can be expected. I have spoken to most through email. Some of them, like myself, were traveling abroad when the revolution started 2 weeks ago and some left during the chaotic days, while others continued to stay in Egypt. Everyone has a different situation...

My thoughts and prayers are with the Egyptian people.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What does 2011 offer for OT in Egypt?

Hello All,

Happy New Year wishes to everyone!

I was just reflecting back on my posts from previous years and see that I still have similar wishes... for the growth of OT in Egypt the coming year!

As all the therapists working in Egypt are expatriates, we have seen some come and go the past year. I am happy to say that there are always new faces, though! Perhaps the new OT's residing in Cairo can briefly introduce themselves on the blog!

The OT Diploma program at Ain Sham's University started a few months ago and the students seem very enthusiastic. We have started a closed group on Facebook for the OT students and OT's working in Egypt to discuss OT related topics and it has proved to spark some excellent discussions. Perhaps the students and OT instructors can share their thoughts and experiences regarding the Ain Sham's program on the blog!

(Hint, would be great to have more active participation from the people involved in the development of OT in Egypt in regards to sharing information for the blog!)

The OT's working in Cairo continue to provide workshops to the public regarding topics related to OT in regards to diagnosis and treatment of clients, as well as, educating the public on what OT is etc.

As for myself, I am traveling between New York and Cairo these days and providing workshops and consulting. I have also started a Facebook group: Child Development Club: Egypt: and I post many great international educational links, as well as, current children's events in Egypt. The link can also be accessed at the bottom of the blog and I welcome anyone to post about child development on the page.

Also in regards to people posting comments, please, please please... leave your email contact information. Many times people ask questions and comment on old posts and do not leave their contact information for me to reply to.

So, here's to 2011 and the growth and success of OT in Egypt!