“Do you know my friend Bill? He’s in a wheelchair too!” There comes a time in every disabled persons life where a well-meaning but nosy stranger asks that question. There’s a persistent assumption that all individuals with similar needs or matching impairments share a social connection. In previous generations, this was met with awkward laughter…Continue reading Therapeutic Relationships: Personal Vs Professional
Welcome back to #HypnOT. Session 2 focuses on understanding and managing Anxiety. Kim (Positive Solution Hypnotherapy) explains a little about how and why anxiety happens and the processes within the brain. I share some useful tips for managing the symptoms of anxiety and on how to limit the impact your anxiety has on your life.…Continue reading #HypnOT Session 2 – Anxiety
I’m very pleased and proud to share session one of the #HypnOT series. A collaboration between myself and Kim Clayden of Positive Solution Hypnotherapy. We’ll be looking at a variety of topics over the next few weeks. This one is an introduction to who we are, what we do and why!
Handwriting was always something I wished I was good at. I would watch my friends develop elegant and individual writing styles with envy. In my case, I simply wished I could get to the bottom of the page without my hands hurting. Gripping the pen so tightly it left dents in my fingers. Always having…Continue reading Handwriting Tips and Tools
Many regular visitors to this site (and most of my friends) will be aware that I live with Visual Stress. For the most part it just means I wear snazzy orange glasses and can’t drive. Other less obvious elements are my lack of depth perception, terrible night vision and sensitivity to blue light. I used…Continue reading Balance & Perception – Long Cane Training.
My presentation on Occupational Therapy from the HMSA EDS UK Management & Wellbeing Conference 2017. JBOT
I often discuss the ‘disabled people are inspirational’ issue with friends and family. ‘Inspiration P0rn’. I am often told I’m inspirational, some times I smile and say thank you while rolling my eyes, sometimes I challenge the person in question and at other times I take it as a compliment. I could lecture about this…Continue reading Misplaced Inspiration – Being Healthy is HARD
Throughout my Occupational Therapy training and my short but already meaningful career I’ve heard two key phrases in relation to OT. ‘Holistic’ and ‘Client centred’ .. even as students who struggled to explain exactly what being an OT involved we all knew that we had to practice holistically and be client centred . So, we…Continue reading The Problem with Pain Scales
I did my best to blog daily during 30 Days Wild. I missed a few days and I’m now finishing up with the multi-day post. To be honest I’m still pretty pleased with how well I’ve done. Given the health challenges I face during heat waves, a house move and a total lack of Wi-Fi…Continue reading The End of #30DaysWild
At this point I was still very much in recovery mode. Busy days (like those on the 23rd & 24th) usually leave me knackered for a good few days. I did manage to get out and check my trail camera. After sifting through literally hours of footage (which in it’s self is awesome) I have…Continue reading Day 26 of #30DaysWild – Trail Cam Highlights Reel