#4 Teaching

Occupational Therapists are born teachers, we teach every single working day! Being able to share our knowledge and experience with others is one of the best things about being an OT I think! It can take many forms…

  • We teach other OT’s – in in-services, during coaching sessions or simple conversations in the office or at lunch table, at conferences and at universities…
  • We teach other clinicians – in in-services, on the ward, in joint assessments and through explanation of what we do and the wide breadth of things we bring to the table for our patients / clients / consumers / residents…
  • We teach students, we demonstrate appropriate behaviour, demonstrate skills, and teach the students how to function in the real-world context…
  • Most importantly we have a reciprocal relationship with our patients / clients / consumers and their family / whanau!

I love that moment of understanding / when a light goes on behind their eyes / that ‘ah ha!!!’ moment, that shows that something you have said has created a new meaningful connection or deepened their understanding of their condition / situation!

It is a great honour to be able to do this every single working day as an Occupational Therapist!

 

 

One thought on “#4 Teaching”

  1. Hi Sonya, Love your enthusiasm re this topic – it’s one of my passions too! However, having taught a Post Grad course on client education,I would like to add, that we need to know more about how to be effective teachers. There are some helpful models and theories out there which give solid principles. Of course, a difficult aspect are the time frames we are expected to work in but it’s still possible to assist people to learn and change behaviours.

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