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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Tutorial Six: The internet and online communities


Provide the web addresses and a hyper link for the three online communities you have chosen

For this tutorial I will be focussing on the topics of acquired or traumatic brain injury and I will be making links to three online communities that relate to this topic.





Provide a brief description of each community


Traumatic brain injury forum is an online community which enables people with or who know someone with traumatic brain injury to post their feelings, struggles, milestones and thoughts, they can post questions and answers for others to reply to or comment on.

I feel that the purpose of this site is to give a place/forum where people can discuss TBI and help one another in their journey.


Caregiver.org is a website designed to help those people caring for family members with illnesses or disabilities such as TBI and ABI. This website has discussion groups, offers telephone support, updated information/research around these illnesses, gives a place for caregivers to talk to one another and learn so they are up to date with the care they can provide and so they have all the support they might need, links to other sites of help are also available.

I think the purpose of this is to provide a service for those looking after individuals living with TBI and ABI


This is a facebook page set up to offer support for those that have acquired or are living with or know someone close to them who have suffered the devastating effects of Brain Injury.

This site allows its members to share links, video clips, photos, personal experiences with the other members of the group. Friendships can be made and support is given through the sharing of questions and answers.

I think the intended purpose is for members to be able to talk to and share information with one another around ABI

What services are provided on each site? 

- Offers a forum for people to talk about TBI
- This site is not too interactive but easy to follow
- People can contribute by adding comments and answering others questions where needed


- Offers forums, other related services/links, research, new ideas, support groups
- Very interactive site which allows you to post comments in forums
- You can also add comments in the forum or if you are a researcher your work can be displayed on the page if relevant


- Real life people talking through a social network, links to websites, YouTube videos, friendships, personal support, forum to ask questions
- Very interactive site which allows you to read others comments, write back, share clips, information, websites ect
- Becoming involved in conversations, sharing links, videos and personal experiences if you have any

Consider material presented in the online package.  

People choose to contribute on the traumatic brain injury forum to ask for help or help others going through similar processes. They are seeking a place to discuss traumatic brain injury.

People choose to contribute to the caregiver’s site to help offer support to other caregivers and share tools, ideas and links that might help one another on their journeys; it is a way to communicate with people going through similar struggles/triumphs. They are seeking a place where they can find information relevant for caregivers and also support.

People choose to contribute to the facebook site as a way of showing that they are going through similar times and to offer help and support to others, it is a way to show that there is support out there. They also like to share their stories and links to sites/information that may be helpful to others viewing the site. They are seeking real people who have personal experiences with brain injury.

In all these sites the information is reciprocated.


Cut and paste an example of the type of topics being discussed

This is an example of the facebook webpage which is written by a mother of a child who has ABI, here she is expressing her feelings with all the other members, on this page a few people commented on this posting and offered their thoughts and support. This is just one example of many.

“my daughter was ran over back in march and now has ABI, I find it so difficult that people on the outside don’t understand because physically she has recovered quickly but mentally it is draining I’m so proud of how far she has come but it is so hard and don’t feel I am getting the support i need from a professional point of view”


Considering material presented during the course and comment on the potential ethical issues that may arise in this community

Several ethical issues can arise on these pages as they are free for anyone to leave comments, the validity of some of the comments may not be acceptable as they don’t have to prove what they are saying is correct. There is no-one to hold accountable for these comments as profiles can be made up. Confidentiality can be breached through the facebook page as it gives access to these individual profiles after they have commented unless the profiles have been made private. The parents themselves can be breaching confidentiality as they talk about their loved ones to the world.
Consider material presented in the online package and comment on the benefits these communities provides over traditional geographical community.

The benefits would be in the vast areas these sites can be accessed, and the people they can access, for example rare diseases may be hard to talk about with everyday people and finding people that are going through the same issues can be hard so these sites allow people to talk throughout the world.

Consider material presented during the lecture and make comment what this community lacks or can not provide which traditional communities can.

The face to face talks that traditional communities have and the bonds you make with people face to face can seem more real. You can see how people are coping with your eyes instead of imagining what they are going through. You can offer better support when you are there in person.




Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Tutorial Five: Video Production Sessions



Provide a brief summary of the services offered by YouTube.

YouTube allows individuals to set up their own account which enables them to post their own video clips, comment on other videos, add a list of favourite clips, search and view other user’s videos clips and many more features.


Introduce a chosen topic of interest drawn from your fieldwork experience, an OT practice area or a personal occupation. 

During my first fieldwork experience I was placed on an assessment and rehabilitation ward and focused mostly with stroke patients I found the upper limb work fascinating so using 5 selected YouTube videos I will show you why I think what occupational therapists do with patients with weakened upper limbs is interesting.

These clips are displayed above and you will find comments by me under each clip.

Stroke Survivor Receives Therapy at Home.wmv



This clip shows some of the exercises occupational therapists use during therapy on patients with weakened upper limbs, there are many more and upper limb therapy can often be incorperated into occupations of the individuals interests or necessity.

Effects of Stroke (Stroke Recovery #1)



This clip simply describes the effects of a stroke, this is important so that you can understand how the body is effected and how you might be able to help repair it or improve function.

Fine Motor and Gross Motor Activity - Tree House Kids



This clip demonstrates an activity for children with weakend upper limbs and focuses on fine and gross motor movements. Also shows how you can create activities based on the interests of the client group. This looks like a really neat idea.

Fine motor skill turning dominos over



Another clip showing fine motor movements, these clips are useful for practise if you need new ideas, using YouTube to share your ideas and gather new ones is great fun.

Camp Helping Hands: For Children with Upper Extremity Hemiplegia



This clip advertises a camp created for children with upper extremity hemiplegia, another great clip and shows how YouTube can be used to create awareness and explain the purposes for a place such as camp helping hands.

Monday, 25 April 2011

SARAH METE - PARTICIPATION IN OCCUPATION 1: Tutorial four - Video production

SARAH METE - PARTICIPATION IN OCCUPATION 1: Tutorial four - Video production

This is a link to the tutorial four video we created and it can also be found near the bottom of the blog.

Tutorial Four:  Video Production Sessions


Task One: Create video

We worked in a group of three to plan and produce a 30 second film which you can view following the link above.

Task Two: Post your film to your blog

The task involved making a 30 second film using one letter of the alphabet as our topic, the letter we chose was M and we made a film around murder where we were going to show the letter in the final scene.

We planned a storyboard to help us portray our story, found this good to ensure we covered all the points, was very basic as it was such a short film however it was good to practise using this technique.

Tutorial Three: Blog Creation Tasks


Task One: 

Task three involved setting up a blogger account which included a username and password.


Task Two:

I chose a blog template that interested me, and named my blog after the paper this blog is created for, I then introduced the blog by giving a description of the blog and then completed the blog by following given guidelines which included uploading a personal photo to my profile which represents me.

Task Three: 

I then began posting my 1st and 2nd blog

Task Four: 

The fourth task involved setting up a flicker account which you will see in the top right hand corner and also a the bottom of my blog.