Cerebral Palsy

Mentally Balancing the Positives and Negatives of My Disability

The aim of my blog is to capture both good experiences and bad experiences I have had and continue to have throughout my, life. Yes, I’ll admit I’m a positive person and even with the negative blogs I always seem to try and find a ‘positive ending’. However, I’d be lying if I said that… Continue reading Mentally Balancing the Positives and Negatives of My Disability

Disability Rights

Reflecting on Past and Considering Future Placement Experiences as a Disabled Occupational Therapy Student

I explore practice placement extensively on my blogs, because planning a placement when you have a disability doesn’t happen overnight, and it is the area where I face the most challenges at university. Placement is physically and mentally challenging for anyone, not just someone with a disability, however, knowing what I will need on placement… Continue reading Reflecting on Past and Considering Future Placement Experiences as a Disabled Occupational Therapy Student

Cerebral Palsy

Coming to Terms with Needing AAC in the Professional World

Effective communication is a massive part of any work and in healthcare, it is really important. It’s unlikely that you will pass a practice placement if you can’t demonstrate these skills. Which leaves me feeling very worried about being on placement. You can guarantee that most of my reflections on placement will end it being… Continue reading Coming to Terms with Needing AAC in the Professional World

Virtual Occupational Therapy Placement 2020

Virtual Occupational Therapy Placement 2020: Final Reflections

Here we are the end of my #VirtualOTPlacement what a journey it has been. I was looking forward to this placement so much and it did not disappoint. I cannot believe this is my last blog of the virtual placement series, however, it certainly will not be my final reflection as I know I will… Continue reading Virtual Occupational Therapy Placement 2020: Final Reflections

Cerebral Palsy, Virtual Occupational Therapy Placement 2020

National CP Awareness Day 2020: My Experiences as a Service User

Happy National CP Awareness Day 2020!! Due to this placement I have been more focused on delivering occupational therapy content rather than cerebral palsy content. In this blog I aim to share a bit of both, alongside some photos of my younger self, to illustrate my journey. As many of you know, I have received… Continue reading National CP Awareness Day 2020: My Experiences as a Service User

Virtual Occupational Therapy Placement 2020

How Will I Define ‘Independent’ as an Occupational Therapist?

I've recently just turned 20 and have just written a blog- What I Would Tell My 10-year-old Self which explains a bit about what my disability has taught me over the past 10 years. Since being 20 I've reflected a lot, and a big topic that always comes up is my independence. As I’m getting… Continue reading How Will I Define ‘Independent’ as an Occupational Therapist?

Virtual Occupational Therapy Placement 2020

The Online Borders Between Being a Professional and a Disabled Activist

This week on my virtual occupational therapy placement I have been doing the normal placement bits and pieces including a bit of policy reading about RCOTs (Royal College of Occupational Therapists) social media guidelines, Introduction to social media, (2019). I must admit I'd been putting policy reading off as this is normally seen as the… Continue reading The Online Borders Between Being a Professional and a Disabled Activist

Occupational Therapy

Transitioning from a Service User to a Healthcare Professional

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that at the moment, I'm on my level 5 occupational therapy placement. I've always said that having the experience of being a service user will help me in my career- some of my lecturers and previous educators have said that my disability is a great tool in… Continue reading Transitioning from a Service User to a Healthcare Professional