Hey guys so this is officially my...wait for it....last post! GASP i know....well i'm proud i conquered the blogging world. I have enjoyed filling you in as my skill level progressed and enjoyed sharing both experiences and knowledge on what we have covered in this course of Participation in occupation 1& 2.

So bellow are my "postings" on various blogs and a reference list.


Rachel said...
How cool! who needs power to have fun anyway. Very true that you can play cards anywhere, this activity isn't effected (much) by the environmental factors. And i would have to say the candles are a tad romantic and adds to the ambiance of the atmosphere. :)


Rachel said...
It actually is Victoria! look forward to giving you afew phrases to use! it's an awesome way to learn a language if you are like me...and well challenged in articulating.


Rachel said...
AAAAHAAA!!! i now see what those needles are used for!....always have seen them around your house wondering if you'll clink them together and bust out anything worth seeing...obviously you have! very cool! enjoying reading your posts. You may look at the structure/flow of the postings just as a headsup, to make it easier for the reader as Erin was saying, otherwise keep up the good work!


Rachel said...
Thanks for clarifying what labour is and what work is! was very helpful,i understand now that labour is a must, key tool to survival, and work is what we chooooose to do rather a necessity.


Caulton, R. & Dickson, R. (2007). What's going on? Finding an explanation for what we do. In J. Creek & A. Lawson- Porter (Eds.), Contemporary issues in occupational therapy (pp. 87- 114). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Hopkins, H. L., & Smith, H. D. (1983). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy. Philadelphia: Lippincott.

Law, M. (Ed.). (1998). Client centered occupational therapy. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Christiansen, C. & Townsend, E. (2010). Introduction to occupation: The art of science and living. (2nd eds.). Prentice Hall.

Sunderland, J. (2010). Adaptive living occupation: BT127001 [Lecture notes]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago Polytechnic, Department of Occupational Therapy.


So I totally had a "light bulb" moment recently i was testing myself on my word list this week it clicked in  my brain about ambiance, finally i had mastered some phrases well enough to enjoy the activity without complete concentration devoted. I was able to notice my mood was always high-tend when i achieved a sequence of signs. so when I had spare time again i immediately thought of "whats enjoyable" and i associated sign language. Ambiance is described as a feeling or mood associated with a particular place, person or thing (Sunderland, 2010).

Sunderland, J. (2010). Adaptive living occupation: BT127001 [Lecture notes]. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago Polytechnic, Department of Occupational Therapy.

Affordances....take two!

Christiansen and Townsend (2010) state that affordance is “the particular arrangement of objects in the environment”. It can be the interaction between an object and a person; “the object's design suggests its purpose, function and usability and the user determines the object's affordances”.
I have been placing post it notes around my house to facilitate my learning. so lightly adapting my environment to learn more effectively. 

This is referring to look about the activity what is it projecting, how does it look? is it visually pleasing?
Through my experience I found that when i would look in the mirror and watch myself perform the movements it would look "so bad" compared to the people on the net! then i thought if i did this instead of speaking (i talk alooot throught the day so that would be a ton of signing) i would be as fluent as they are. with experience you begin to master a skill and make it "appear easy". sign language can look apealing and the motions of it can become quite beautiful in sequence. As you can see in the youtube clip one of the most popular tv shows in the states right now has incorporated ASL (american sign language) into a singing segment. you would never have thought this would have been possible or even enjoyable to watch, but the million hits on youtube would disagree. I have found afew signing to song vids around and its taken sign language to a new level . the flowing motions attract a crowed! i hope i can learn to sign a song one day! 

Because sign language is a language, a way of communicating, it has been design to not be a strenuous activity, you have to be able to do it as easy (or as close to) as talking. although this will never be the case sign language is deffinately a ingeniousness way of non verbal communication.
When signing a sentence or a phrase it is fluid movements flowing together, each word turns into a component of the stringed communication.


Christiansen, C. & Townsend, E. (2010). Introduction to occupation: The art of science and living. (2nd eds.). Prentice Hall.


Now i have been learning/trying to apply this thing called affordances to my learning sign language, i think firstly it is important to understand what is is a am applying before i attempt to combo it when i sign. 
Now, according to Mary Law (1998) defines affordances as the “characteristics of the environment that are uniquely identified by the person based on their cognitive style, experiences and abilities” (p.111)

There are many different components when talking about affordances, now i will be just touching on a few that i found relevant to sign language:

  • Communication
  • spirituality
  • connections
  • Aesthetics

Sign language is a type of and is the only kind of communication for some. it aids in facilitating communication between people with difficulty hearing. Although the use of sign language for myself isn't my sole communication system it has broadened my outlook on way of communicating with people. i was thinking the other day it is a freedom of expression, instead of a freedom of speech. 
Spirituality to me has different meanings depending on the context. Now if you were to ask me on a Sunday morning I would probably have a different response then if i was to apply it to a specific activity. when considering the emotions and feelings that are being evoked at that time of performing each word with my hands really draws in connections to past experiences. I brings memories of being back in sunday school (we called it childrens meeting...we would go there get looked after while our parents went to the "big persons church" and learn songs and stories) when we would learn a new song there would usually be corresponding actions that went along with the lyrics. when i was learning animal signs in the tut the other day my mind just drifted back and it felt like i was surrounded by mini versions of my oldest friends was so trippy! i could hear the guitar feel the mischief i wanted to get up to, feel the nudging of my friends, i was brought back in time. my friends who have now moved away and i haven't seen in years were again beside me. It is through our activities that we are connected with life and with other human beings. Through the activities in which we engage, we learn about the world, test our knowledge, practice skills, express our feelings, experience pleasure, take care of our needs for survival, develop competence, and achieve mastery over our destinies” (Hopkins & Smith, 1983, p. 296). This quote was pretty relevant when considering all i had  just experienced.


Hopkins, H. L., & Smith, H. D. (1983). Willard and Spackman’s occupational therapy. Philadelphia: Lippincott.

 Law, M. (Ed.). (1998). Client centered occupational therapy. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.

Ergonomics !

What is this word? And why is she yelling it at me?

Well…Ergonomics is described as: “constantly make slight invisible adjustments to an activity to adapt to the needs of those taking part and ensure that it continues to work for its intended purpose” (Caulton and Dickson 2007).
When applying this to my online sign language tutorials I found I began to slow down (pause) the tutorials in order for me to engage and fully grasp the right movements corresponding with the definitions/words. I adapted the activity to ensure that the purpose (learning more sign language) was achieved. today is saturday and once a month on a saturday is "lawn mowing day" as you can imagen this is rather loud activity and i can't control how it fully interfered with my sign language practice. At this moment in time I'm considering how the world of noise wouldn't have as much influence for a def person. I pondered how i was distracted and difficult to focus on my hand movement when any auditory interference interrupted my train of thought. How clear is the mind of a def person i wondered. In order to stay focused on performing my activity I had to adjust ways of learning. I put head phones on and shut the windows.
 I was still able to carry out the tutorial on "meetings and greetings" and even taught the class how to say/sign "whadup" your hands so that they are inline with your belly button, having your arms practically on a 90 degree angle, now bring your middle finger towards your palm holding it there while you in one smooth movement bring your hands up towards your chin, making sure to remain in space without making contact with any body parts. And that is a slow-mo way of explaining how to do a sign. i can asure you it it a lot simpler when in person, you can just mimic the gestures. 

Caulton, R. & Dickson, R. (2007). What's going on? Finding an explanation for what we do. In J. Creek & A. Lawson- Porter (Eds.), Contemporary issues in occupational therapy (pp. 87- 114). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Participation and Occupation 2

Hello and welcome back to my blog, this semester we have chosen an activity that through my understanding we will be putting under a microscope of analysis!

My chosen activity is……sign language!

Through Google and youtube I have been learning sign language. My curiosity spiked when I saw a couple in the super market signing and thought COOL! Why not learn?....Well then it came to me..I have NEVER been good at speaking languages, so decided I would learn one that didn’t involve speaking. This wouldn’t involve the element I found difficult which was the articulating the sounds in the correct order. I haven’t really had any previous experience with this activity in the past, the closest thing that springs to mind is making up actions to song lyrics when I was younger. I decided that I would learn little by little not “bitting off more then I can chew” and enjoy it by sharing what I have learnt with my peers.

What does this mean to me? Well I enjoy doing self directed activities that have some sort of goal and have a way of broadening my communication base. Learning some basics in sign language will give me an insight on a subculture that is not often heard about which may facilitate common ground with clients in the future. I will use my peers as a source of feedback and reflection on the activity by teaching them new words and phrases as I learn them. this will both help it solidify in my brain and help me use it in real life situations.

How would this be helpful for OT’s? Client reliability, being able to interact (on a basic level) with clients with a hearing disability will gain respect from them. By researching and developing my skill of sign language will increase my awareness of various organisations and the impact of it on society. Also I will hopefully be able to facilitate further education by passing on my gained skills.
This week in class we focused on mindfulness, let me tell you I now know every grove of a raisin, I’ll letcha know how it goes when I apply mindfulness to sign language this week!

Over and out,
Yours sincerely
Wanna be OT