In doing research, I found out about a certain group of OTs from other countries that devote their time to using online technology to advance themselves and others about matters in their field. They are also a group of volunteers that coordinate and run activities for the overall benefit of their profession. This group is called OT4T (Occupational Therapists for Technology). Their description seemed to be extremely fitting and interesting so I delved further into their website and researched more about them. It was a little hard to navigate but I have kept looking for more websites about them.
Other than that, I have found other research concerning OTs using technology in their practice. Many questions arise when talking about this topic about elderly people being able to use the new innovative ways of therapy that are arising. I found a study a research study touching on this exact subject, and their findings exhibit the OT use of technology purely from an elderly perspective. They did specific research on things that a lot of people are commonly familiar with (such as Wii Nintendo) and its effectiveness in therapy. The entire study was made available online, including abstract, methods, results, discussion, etc. It was made clear who felt that their digital literacy was in their favor and who’s was not, when using new and innovative ways in technology in regards to therapy. This study had many details that up and coming OTs would find helpful when thinking to integrate technology in their practice.
There are several blogs about occupational therapy and the integration of technology in their practice. Although blogs can be opinion based, it was interesting to see the different outlooks on the use of technology in this field and why, and also just how prevalent the topic of this integration is.
Assistive technology has been the most common among the suggested technology in the world of Occupational therapy. It is simply an aid, and an innovative aid at that. It allows therapy, and assistance when need be at the convenience of the patient. An assistive device that I found a lot was a Communication Board – a card made of paper/cardboard that has an assortment of letters and symbols that are adaptive to suit the communicators/user’s needs. It is commonly used when communicating with patients with Down syndrome, autistic, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities that hinder communication and clarity.
It is interesting to see how people can develop a life care plan and create therapies more conveniently, innovatively and clearly with the aid of technology. I look forward to exploring more specifics in these studies, more assistive and other types of technology used in therapy, and hopefully developing a deep understanding of how and why this integration is necessary and helpful.