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Early Intervention
On November 6th and 7th we presented on the topic of Early Intervention. We thought this would be a good topic to discuss because we had not done a presentation in the past that focused on pediatrics. I had a personal interest in the subject because I am interested in working with children and I am currently enrolled in a pediatric class. We had been introduced to this topic in some our classes, however we did not have a very in depth knowledge about and Occupational Therapists role in EI. After doing some research we found some information about Early Intervention that would be useful for parents who may have children that qualify for this service. After writing up a summary I met with a faculty member who has a lot of experience working with children. She gave her thoughts and suggestions, which were very helpful.
During our presentations we did not get the large group we had hoped for, however we had one guest who was very interesting. The person had experience with Early Intervention after her child required the services. She explained how much her and her family benefited from the intervention and shared some of the things she learned from the therapist. She stressed the importance of being able to carry out the intervention techniques in the family’s daily routine. She also explained that the therapist helped her see the small gains her child was making, and how important it was to be aware of every bit of progress. When we were discussing transition out of EI services at the age of 3, the visitor explained the struggles she had with that transition. She said that she felt as though she was not aware of the services that were available to her and that she struggled to get the services that her child needed.
The presentation allowed us to share our knowledge about the subject and also learn from the experiences of the audience.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
On October 16th and 17th we presented on the subject of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This topic interested us because we felt as though it was becoming a growing problem. After doing a fieldwork in hand therapy I saw how this condition can impact a persons life. We wrote a summary and provided a powerpoint to help people understand the structures involved in CTS and some ways that it can be treated.
Our presentation had a large audience, many of whom were dealing with CTS. One visitor explained that he was currently struggling with the pain he was experiencing due to his CTS and he was very interested in learning ways to deal with the syndrome.
The visitors asked many questions during the presentation. Many of their questions were about non-surgical options and how to reduce the pain. We explained that splinting and reducing use of the wrist were two options. One woman asked if yoga was a way to reduce the pain that CTS had caused her. We thought this question was very interesting and explained that some positions could actually aggravate her condition, however some positions and breathing techniques may be a way for her to handle her pain.
We talked about how the increase in computer use and typing and texting may increase the amount of people developing CTS. It was interesting to discuss this topic with a group of people who do spend a lot of leisure time on the computer.
Holistic Approach
On July 9th we presented the topic of a holistic approach vs a medical model approach to patient care. In preparation for the event we researched the difference between the two approaches and tried to understand where our profession of occupational therapy fit in We found that the medical model looks at clients as a passive recipient of treatment and that the client is expected to comply with the doctor’s orders. This is referred to as the “sick role” where the client does not participate or take responsibility for any of their medical treatment. This approach to treatment is much different than the holistic model which focuses on many aspects of the client including physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The holistic model is a very client centered approach and allows us to really focus on the goals the client has for themselves and puts them in control of their treatment plan.
To present this information to our audience we put together a powerpoint and a script. We presented the information twice, once in the morning and once at night. We had a great turnout to both sessions and had a very diverse audience. Many of the people who attended have chronic conditions or disabilities. Most of them had a great deal of experience with a medical model approach to treatment. They expressed that often times their doctors were more interested in prescribing medication than actually listening to how the condition affects their everyday lives. They also described how they spent a great deal of time going from doctor to doctor to find one that they felt comfortable with. The few people who had experiences with doctors who used a holistic approach seemed much more satisfied with their treatment. They expressed that they felt like they had more say in their treatment and that the doctor really listed to their concerns.
The discussion with the audience made the presentation much more successful. We were all able to learn a lot through the discussion and experiences of others. The audience also seemed very excited that as students we were interested in a holistic approach to treatment.

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