THIS INITIATIVE caught me eyes when watching the news today! I especially liked how they incorporated a wheelchair-friendly dental chair to allow wheelchair-users to remain in the wheelchair during dental treatment. It is also heartening to hear the advocacy for specialty dentists trained to serve the elderly and those with special needs. Another step forwards towards universal […]

I FIRST READ about the #toylikeme campaign in the news last year, highlighting the lacking representation of disabled people by the global toy industry. With big toymaker LEGO launching its wheelchair mini figure, I see it as a progression in inclusive play – something the disabled rights movement would be supportive of. For children who are wheelchair-users, […]

THERE ARE DAYS when I stop to reflect about life, and of the choices I have made. My decision to pursue occupational therapy has always been and is still one of the best choices I have made in my 26 years.  Yesterday echoes the heartwarming sentiment I feel whenever I speak of my profession. A […]

IT STARTED OUT as a session rendering my therapy training to provide in-water assessments for children. Ten sessions later, these children have graduated from the paracanoeing development programme. The programme is an initiative by Canoeing Cares, supported by the Singapore Canoe Federation (SCF) and Asian Women Welfare Association (AWWA) TEACH ME Services. The young participants […]

THE Association of Resource and Education for Autistic Children (REACh) is a Lions community service project located in Penang, Malaysia. The centre was set up in 1987 to provide free services to autistic children/adolescents and their families. This was where I had my 7-week internship earlier on this year; conducting individual therapy sessions on weekdays […]

WHAT IS DANCE? An activity that is socially engaging, physically challenging, creative, as well as culturally and mentally stimulating. The above extract is the definition of dance by Connor (2000), summing up its therapeutic potential. In Occupational Therapy, using dance as a leisure activity in rehabilitation is not equivalent to ‘Dance Therapy’. Professionally, there are […]

JANUARY 2012: Final year internship in Malaysia. 7 occupational therapy students. During the 7-week long placement, we took a short break and travelled up to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Via our lecturer, we managed to liaise with the occupational therapy staff from Chiang Mai University. Earlier in the day, we were fortunate to have been able […]