How would you describe Occupational Therapy in less than 10 words?
Project executive from SPD’s Employment and Care Support Division, Clara Loh, described it in a haiku, a Japanese poetic form – “Specialisation – Helps regain capacity. For vital life roles.” Speech therapist Tan Li Huan called it “Optimistic Therapy that help clients get Out There!” while digital accessibility specialist Ivan Tan defined it as “to help people achieve independence, meaning, satisfaction in their lives”.
The trio got this, among other questions, right in a quiz that was organised for SPD staff by the occupational therapists from the Rehabilitation Services Division in conjunction with Occupational Therapy (OT) Day.
SPD celebrated the 2014 OT Day with staff as well as people with disabilities and their caregivers at the SPD Ability Centre on 10 January. Thanks to the organisers, we got to know more about the profession through games and activities related to assistive technology and adult, paediatric and geriatric rehabilitation. For instance, one of the activities required participants to wear a shirt using just his/her non-dominant hand to simulate recovery from the effects of stroke.
Once again, kudos to our occupational therapists and we wish all of them a happy OT Day!