Ok, if you read my previous post and clicked on a certain link, you would have discovered my real name. So hi! I’m Danielle.
So, without further ado, my work-in-progress website is……
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I’ve been trying to decide recently whether or not to reveal my identity on this blog or not.
On the one hand, I have a new project that I’m working on that I would just love to share with you all and connect with the blog, but it reveals my name in a very big way. On the other, I feel I owe it to future employees to keep it anonymous.
I know that several people know who I am regardless, so maybe I should just bite the bullet! Any ideas?
Days of Our OT Lives: “Quiet hands”.
I feel the need to share this entry with you because it really does resonated with some of my thoughts. Karen, an OT working in the Californian school system, makes a point about whether we are doing the right thing by trying to change the behaviours of children with autism. My train of thought is: if these behaviours are comforting or make the children happy, by trying to change them, are we not deliberately making the children unhappy?
Anyway, Karen is much more suited to reflect on this issue, given that she has worked with children now for a couple years.
Which brings me to just a little update on my own job hunting. I’ve found some jobs in the area for OTs to potentially get started within the school system. They don’t pay as well as an OT position, but that’s because they’re teaching assistant jobs. I’m still applying, as I believe I have the skills necessary, and there seems to be a sudden dearth of specifically OT jobs in the area…
Yes, I now realise how garish the previous one was, but picking a new one was torture. I had several criteria that I needed to fulfill:
- I didn’t want a white background because white can be quite tiring to look at.
- I wanted a theme that could represent me both as an individual and as a (future) professional. Yes, this is personal blog, but it’s also one in which I talk a lot about occupational therapy, so I needed something that wouldn’t make other therapists look bad (potentially).
- I needed something with personality.
- I don’t like the colours blue and yellow, so my next theme needed to not be dominated by either.
All in all, I wanted to find something that could support my transition from student/child to professional/adult, but I still wanted to be me.
I hope you all like it and that it’s easier to read!
Or maybe they’re showing up and realising it’s not that special? Probably.
Anyway, I wasn’t going to write a post today because I only got home half an hour ago (9pm), but then @clissa89 on Twitter decided to publicise my little baby for me, so I figured I had to just to say thank you!
I hope you guys end up coming back, as I’ve just started my placement in my DREEEEAM setting, so I’ll be supermotivated this term. Three months working with children in a special school for dyslexia and dyspraxia. It was so amazing. Furthermore, my practice educator wants me to put the iPads lying about in the lower school (ages 6-10) to good use, so I’m in charge of finding suitable apps and hopefully getting the kids to try them out! *excusemewhileIsquee*
So that means, ladies and gentleman, that I will be taking suggestions. If you know of any iPod touch/iPad apps that would be great for kids with dyslexia or dyspraxia, mainly to do with handwriting, figure-ground, visual perception and hand-eye coordination, do tell! Twitter, email, comment, whatever.
Yesterday was my last day of lectures for the academic year. Actually, it was my last day of lectures for the year, as come September 5th, I’ll be going straight to a three-month placement, lasting until December 9th. The last day of lectures involved terrifying us all with what is expected of us in this final placement as well as telling us how to prepare for job-hunting, which is what we’d be doing this time in a year!
This all means that today I technically started my summer holiday, but it doesn’t really feel like a holiday. For a start, I have so many projects I want to work on, from this and my online log of journal articles and books I’ve read, to learning HTML, Italian and knitting, to passing by driving test. Oh yeah, and Flan and I are on a special diet for my benefit for the month so I can lose some weight (half of which will probably be put back on when we go to Verona on June 30th). On top of all that, I also hope to do some more nursery work, as I have to buy birthday presents for both Flan and my brother this month, as well as get a bit of spending money together for Verona!
So expect some more blog posts and hopefully a link to my reading log site using Drupal Gardens!