Wednesday, November 6, 2013



It has been a while since I have posted to the blog. I have been mainly consulting and presenting workshops when in Cairo. There is not as much growth in the OT profession in Egypt as I had hoped for years ago. However, I still enjoy presenting workshops about OT and other related topics!

In honor of World Occupational Therapy Day last month, I am presenting two complimentary workshops:

1). What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy? 
2). Tips for Choosing Toys for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers 

at The Learning Resource Center on Saturday, 9th of November 2013 from 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm. The LRC  is located at 9 Road 278, Maadi (near the Maadi Public Library).

Session 1: What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy? (45 minutes, from 12.00 pm to 12.45 pm)

This introductory session will explain what pediatric occupational therapy is. Participants will learn about an OT's educational background, who would benefit from OT and what is included in an OT assessment and treatment. 

Session 2: Tips for Choosing Toys for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers (90 minutes, from 1.30 pm to 3.00 pm)

This introductory workshop will provide tips on how to select appropriate toys for children aged 0-5 years old. Participants will also learn general developmental milestones for these ages. If participants have specific toys that they would like to learn more ways to use with a child, they are welcome to bring them to the workshop. 

Lecturer’s Bio: Ms. Laura Efinger M.A. OTR/L is an American Licensed Occupational Therapist with 17 years of experience working in the US & Egypt. For the last 10 years, she has provided assessment and therapy for children with special needs in Egypt. She was the Supervisor of the Occupational Therapy Department at the Learning Resource Center in Egypt from 2003-2009. She is presently an independent consultant. She conducts educational workshops and staff training at various nurseries, schools and centers in Egypt. She has created the Child Development Club website and Child Development Club: Egypt Facebook page to provide a forum to share educational resources to the public. 

Please call Yasser Salah on 01221400811 to register if you are planning to attend these sessions. Please share with others in Cairo who may like to attend. 

Much thanks,


Child Development Club website:

Child Development Club: Egypt Facebook page:

Saturday, March 16, 2013

OT Position in Amman, Jordan

Hi there,

Just helping out our neighbors in Jordan!

TRS Learning Center in Amman, Jordan is looking for an experienced Pediatric Occupational 
Therapist with the following qualifications:

-A bachelor or masters degree from an accredited university in occupational therapy.

-A minimum of three years experience in the field of pediatric occupational therapy

-Solid experience in Sensory Integration and preferably SI certified.

-Train and supervise junior and fresh graduates in the occupational therapy department.

-Manage a caseload, prioritizing needs, and completing administrative tasks.

- Collaborate with other disciplines to ensure team understanding of client occupational 
performance strengths and needs, through evaluation, educational program planning, and 
service delivery.

- Evaluate the client's ability and formulate the client's occupational profile through a variety 
of functional, behavioral, and standardized assessments, skilled observation, checklists, 
histories, and interviews.

- Synthesize evaluation results into a comprehensive written report which reflects strengths 
and barriers to client participation in the program development; and guides evidence-based 

- Develop occupationally based intervention plans based on client needs and evaluation 

-Participate in multidisciplinary meetings to review evaluation results, integrate findings with 
other disciplines, offer recommendations, and develop individual education plans and 
intervention plans to achieve IEP goals.

- Educate client and family to facilitate skills in areas of occupation as well as health 
maintenance and safety.

- Monitor and reassess the effects of occupational therapy intervention and the need to 
continue, modify, or discontinue intervention.

- Prioritize and schedules work tasks independently.

- Manage inventory of therapeutic equipment and assessments, and project needs for 
budget planning.

- Maintain clinical and administrative records in accordance with professional standards.

- Review occupational therapy services for quality improvement and make changes as 
needed to ensure quality of services.

- Ability to determine the need for an occupational therapy evaluation and to select and 
administer appropriate assessment tools to evaluate the client.

- Ability to interpret the evaluation data and write a comprehensive report that reflect 
strengths and barriers to client’s participation and occupational performance.

- Ability to participate collaboratively with multi-disciplinary to develop Individualized 
Education Programs to meet client needs.

- Ability to develop occupationally based intervention plans based on evaluation 

- Skill in effective oral and written communication.

Candidates who are interested and meet the above requirements, please send your cv with a 
cover letter to or


Thursday, February 14, 2013

New Website

Hello there,

For the past 2 years I have been developing my Child Development Club website and this past December I finally re-launched it with a new look, including new bloggers, events, resources, newsletter and more.

We have some great people contributing to the blog, including occupational therapists, music therapists, nutritionists, physical therapists, students, educators, parents and more.

There are pages specific to countries, which list their local resources.

There is an events page for international educational events.

So, if you have any country specific resources that you feel others would benefit from, please send me the links. If you know of any upcoming international conferences that I do not have listed, please send me the links and I will add them. If you would like to guest blog or become a contributing blogger and would like more information, please contact me at

You can sign up for the newsletter on the website:

I hope you find the resources beneficial.