OT Matters

Given occupational therapy (OT) often is involved in these fields of practice, these issues are of particular concern within displaced populations.

  • Right to Work
  • Forced Labour
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Elders
  • Disability

Occupational adaptation

No mater who you're working with, chances are they have experienced profound occuaptional adaptation to surivive thus far. Listen for: 

 

Think of all the things you did to look after yourself. . .then think of each chapter of change. . . then think of now. . .Have some occupations been lost? Have some changed to look different? Are there new things you have to do now?

  • For example: What and how you eat, sleeping habits, how you keep clean, clothes you wear, looking after your teeth, what you did if you were sick, things you did to stay safe, how you stay mentally well, physical activity to stay strong etc

Think of all the things you did to look after your place. . .then think of each chapter of change. . . then think of now. . .Have some occupations been lost? Have some changed to look different? Are there new things you have to do now?

  • For example: Keeping place clean, accessing water, storing food, dealing with rubbish, shopping, buying things/ bills, how you travel, what you have and use in your place, what you could grow, having clean clothes etc. 

Think of all the things you did to earn a living, study, or look after others. . .then think of each chapter of change. . . then think of now. . .Have some occupations been lost? Have some changed to look different? Are there new things you have to do now?

  • For example: did your schooling get interupted, do you have to learn a language now, have you lost those you care for, are your qualifications and experience recognised now, are you in a very different situation caring for children alone?

Think of all the things you did to look after social connections to family, friends, elders, community . . .then think of each chapter of change. . . then think of now. . .Have some occupations been lost? Have some changed to look different? Are there new things you have to do now?

  • For example: how you express hospitality, who do you look up to, where do you go to be with others, is there anyone that knows and respects you, has the way to do school, church, work etc changed so much that you're isolated?

Think of all the things you did for pleasure, to celebrate, pass time and restore your energy. . . then think of each chapter of change. . . then think of now. . .Have some occupations been lost? Have some changed to look different? Are there new things you have to do now?

  • For example: how you observe occasions or festivities, was it solitary or social, do you have the resources you need for your usual interests, are you lost in new social and leisure situations, are there similar places or pastimes for you now?
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