Thursday, 12 May 2011

Tutorial Eight: Assisstive Technology

This week the theme for Participation in Occupation was assisstive technology. Unfortunately I missed this tutorial which is unfortunate as my co-students have informed me that it was very interesting. I have however had the opportunity to work with people that use assisstive technology to improve their quality of life.

To begin this post I will define assisstive technology.
An assisstive device is "any item, piece of equipment or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" (Cook & Hussey, 2000, p.5).
In my understanding this is talking about any equipment that is designed to make things easier on an individual. And that the term disability is referring to any lack of function, whether it is hand strength requiring the individual to use an aide to open jars or cerebral palsy requiring an individual to use a customized wheelchair to get around.

The piece of assisstive technology that I am going to describe is a Xbox 360 Kinect.
It is one of the latest game consoles that comes with a motion sensor designed to pick up the users movement to be the controller. They are very popular in all areas of society at the moment resulting in there being many combination deals that often include the games designed to be used with it as well as the equipment required to play it when purchasing one. These deals are similar in price at most stores being about $(NZD) 599.00. These deals normally include the Xbox console, the Kinect sensor, a connection cable, and two games.
The reason this piece of equipment is an assistive device is because it is easy to use and it is designed to be specific for each individual.

This is a YouTube clip that introduces the features of an Xbox 360 Kinect ...

XboxViewTV (2010).


Cook, A. M., & Hussey, S. M. (2000). Assistive technologies: Principles and practice. USA: Mosby.
XboxViewTV (2010, June 19). Retrieved from

Tutorial Seven: Linking to blogs of interest and exchanging comments

This week we learned how to link other people's blogs to our own. On my blog this is demonstrated on the left hand side in the section labelled 'Co-OT blogs', this enables visitors to my blog or myself to access other blogs that I am interested in and may therefore interest the readers of my blog.

This week I have also commented on other people's blogs and have had them comment back in return. This is demonstrated below ( through using Windows Snipping Tool ).

This is another example of using the same tool, however it is of a comment on one of my blog posts...

This shows two comments on my blog, as well as the start of one response to a comment from me.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Tutorial Six: The internet and online communities

The topic that I am going to discuss in this blog post will be around a personal occupation I enjoy: travel. I will look into different online communities that promote, encourage, inspire and discuss travel. The three online communities that I will look at include;
All three of these sites have similar features to them. Here is a brief overview of each.

Travbuddy: On this online community, members and visitors to this site are able to research travel destinations, meet other travellers, and write reviews of places they have been. The reviews of people's travel are in various different forms. Some have uploaded photos, created blogs, or added to forums that are specific to different areas of their travel (eg. accommodation, food, transport). To use this site to post on forums and interact with others it is required to create an account and login each time, however if you are a traveller searching for information it is easy to see people's discussions without creating an account.

Travelerspoint: This online community has a large number of members from every country in the world. It has has blogs and stories that are accessible to members and non-members. There are also photos from different peoples travels around the world. Users are able to ask questions and receive answers from other members in the form of discussion forums. There is also a service that enables members to book accommodation from this site, making travelling plans simple and easy.

TripAdvisor: This is the largest travel site in the world, receiving 40 million visitors a month. On TripAdvisor members are able to book everything from flights to accommodation to enable a carefree trip. There are also blogs and reviews posted, as well as photos and updates such as the best places to visit. When becoming a member of TripAdvisor you are able to subscribe to updates that come directly to you inbox.

All of these sites aim to do the same thing, in that it is providing information for travellers on various destinations that may be a chosen destination for the future, as well as providing a place for family and friends to track your travel and adventures.

This is an example taken from travbuddy, of the type of format for a forum, and the way users interact. This is standard over all three of the online communities.

An ethical issue with these sites may be privacy, however there appears to be privacy policies in place for the members. Yet for non-members they may be privy to information that users are not intending to have publically posted.
Another ethical concern for the sites that offer the purchase of accommodation and travel is accountability for anything going wrong with bookings or payment, whether this is there concern of the business offering the product.

These online communities provide a sense of traditional geographical community in the sense that all the users are able to come to one location being the site and then furthermore with the access of specific forums which provides a community of similar interest and discussion.

An online community that discusses travel in the manner that these do may lack the enthusiasm of a traditional community where it is a face to face discussion where the individual is able to portray their experience through the use of body language, facial expressions and audio expression. However a benefit of having this topic discussed through an online community means there is a larger group of people that are able to contribute to discussion mostly with a larger base of knowledge as well compared to a traditional community setting where there would be a limited amount of knowledge due to a smaller number of people contributing.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Tutorial Five: Video Production Sessions

YouTube is a website that enables it's users to post videos, as well as watch other people's videos. It is organised in a way that users become members in order to post their videos and then are able to save their favourite videos so that they can easily view them in the future. Youtube does not require everyone that uses it to have an account, which makes this an easy site to access and use without having to remember a login! However without an account you are only able to view the clips, to upload your own and choose favourites and post comment it is important to start a personal account. This can be done at

My first fieldwork placement was set in community pediatrics.
Here are some YouTube video clips that explain some of the things an OT does in this setting.

This clip briefly explains the setting and the range of children an OT in this field comes in contact with...

USCOSOT (2009).

This next clip identifies one of a number of activities an OT would use in this setting to incorporate both play and learning...

childcareland (2008).

This next clip gives a very good picture of the impact an OT has in a child's life and the skills that are worked on...

websight1 (2009).

This next clip identifiees a variety of the different tools an OT uses in practice with children and identifies what each is useful for...

OTStudentKaren (2008).

This final clip is an OT explaining why occupational therapy is appropriate for children and the uses of it...


childcareland (2008, October 22). Retrieved from
OTStudentKaren (2008, August 22). Retrieved from
USCOSOT (2009, February 12). Retrieved from
websight1 (2009, October 1). Retrieved from

Tutorial Three: Blog Creation & Tutorial Four: MOViE making! (Video Production Sessions)

In tutorial three I opened this blog, and followed the instructions provided to set up this blog correctly. I followed this by opening a flickr account and uploading a photo taken in the previous weeks tutorial. Since opening this account I have uploaded a few more photos and will re-learn how to add them into a gadget on this blog.
Tutorial four and part of five we created a video in groups and uploaded it to the blog :-)
This is our groups mini film...

As a group we were required to create a film that depicts a letter...if you have not already guessed our letter was 'B'. We used Windows Live Movie Maker to edit and add effects to our movie. It was a fun but also frustrating process however with other classmates we achieved our goal!