April is Occupational Therapy Month

Spring is a wonderful season for restarting the cycle of life after the bitter cold of winter.  Excitement abound with activity in nature and this infectious enthusiasm has everybody waking up to a glorious time… including yours truly. Time for new beginnings!

In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month, I will be posting several reading short lists and writing articles on various topics about the profession of occupational therapy. And with no delay, let me start with this article from PsychCentral written by Claire Dorotnik.


For those of you who are interested in the emerging field of equine therapy, finding pertinent resources can sometimes be challenging. While there are many books written on horses and people, and many more written on just horses themselves, they may not entirely explain what equine therapy is, or how it can be used.

In order to address this need, I have compiled an exhaustive reading list. The list is as follows:
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DSAPI 1st Early Intervention Seminar for 2011

When & Where
April 3, 2011 (Sunday)
Auditorium 1, Lay Force Complex
San Carlos Seminary, EDSA, Guadalupe
Makati City, Philippines

Specifically designed for new parents of babies with Down Syndrome ages ranging from 0 to 3 years old. Medical and developmental concerns and issues will be discussed by top leading medical professionals in the country together with a complete paramedical team. This program, if given during the critical first year of life, have been proven – without doubt – to dramatically improve the potential of children with Down Syndrome. Registration Fee is P300.00 per head.

For reservation, please send us a message or give us a call at Telephone Nos. 895-36-06 or 895-96-42 so that we can register you accordingly.

Adette de la Paz

What’s disability to me?

The World Report on Disability is a major publication from the World Health Organization and World Bank, to be launched on 9 June 2011 in Geneva. The Report explores current evidence about disability, identifies needs, and highlights what works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in areas including health, rehabilitation, support, environments, education and employment. This Playlist will include the four World Report promotional films on the theme of “What’s disability to me?”, together with other films which share the human rights emphasis of our disability work. Video submissions from people with disabilities are welcome.


Click here for more videos.

Bridge The Gap

As therapists, we are well aware of the health disparities that exist in our country and the rest of the world. Poverty makes it doubly hard for children with special needs and their families to avail of rehabilitation services.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce BRIGHT START Children’s Special Services, a non-profit organization helping children with special needs from low-income families in Cebu City, Philippines.


To provide specialized intervention services and support to low income families who may need assistance in caring for a child with special needs. Children with special needs refer to children who have developmental delays or who have an established condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay.

To support existing public and private institutions or organizations such as health centers, child day cares, schools, and orphanages in promoting early identification and intervention of children with developmental disabilities.

Projects and Activities:

Lecture on the importance of early intervention for children with special needs.

Occupational Therapy Screening

Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention

Supporting Other Non-profit Organizations

How You Can Help:

1. Share BRIGHT START Facebook page with your friends.

2. In-kind Donations:

The children with special needs and their families would appreciate pre-loved toys, books, and clothes.

We have collection centers in Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Austin (Texas), Los Angeles (California), and Canberra (Australia).

For those in Cebu, we would be glad to pick up your donations.

Please email us at brightstartcebu@gmail.com for more information.

3. Cash Donations:

We also accept cash donations for special projects and medical assistance for BRIGHT START patients (e.g. medicines and vitamins, doctor/specialist consultations, and laboratory fees).

Cash donations may be deposited to:
Banco De Oro Peso Checking Account # 7448-0000-20
Banco De Oro Dollar Savings Account # 7440-0012-03

Please email a copy of your deposit slip with your name and address to brightstartcebu@gmail.com so we can properly acknowledge your donation.

For those in Cebu, we would be glad to pick up your donations.

All cash donations are acknowledged with an official receipt.

Thank you for your support.

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