Farah Sabra, an Occupational Therapist from Lebanon, recently attended the 1st Saudi Arabian Occupational Therapy Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
She very much enjoyed her experience and provided the following information:
“The Occupational Therapy department at King Saud bin AbdulazizUniversity for Health Sciences and the National Guard-Health Affairs in collaboration with Postgraduate Education and Academic Affairs, has organized the 1st Saudi Arabian Occupational Therapy Conference in Riyadh on 06-07 April 2010.
From a personal point of view, the conference was a huge success. It was beyond expectations as it was the first OT symposium. The organizers made great efforts to make this conference successful. They were very receptive, friendly and helpful.
Each topic presented and discussed was of great importance. Lectures started always on time and people were amazingly respecting the time table. Almost every attendee and presenter expressed their amazement by how organized and rich the conference was. Although the back to back lectures were a little tiring, every one made sure not to miss any of them.
The main objectives of the conference were to exchange knowledge and standards with international organizations and therapists, as well as, highlighting the recent advances and technologies in the Occupational Therapy fields. The conference also aimed to discuss strategies for promoting the role of Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation in the Arab world.
The conference targeted a variety of audiences such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, orthotics, prosthetics, vocational therapists and physicians.
13 international Occupational Therapists form Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Switzerland and Italy, as well as, 4 Occupational Therapists from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan presented a variety of topics.
The following topics were covered:
·The viability of OT in the 21st century
·Defining OT concepts
·OT’s unique approach to case management
·WFOT revised minimum standards for the education of Occupational Therapists: promoting evidence-based education and practice.
·Depressive symptomatology in Dementia.
·Dementia and the role of OT
·Assessing and managing pain in older persons with Alzheimer’s disease.
·Pain and the therapeutic media of art
·Falls prevention initiative at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
·Transition to adulthood for persons with CP and Spina Bifida
·Understanding sensory challenges
·Early detection and prevention of oral sensory defensiveness associated with oral feeding
·The role of Play and Choice in the treatment of emotionally disturbed children
·Variability in gross motor and fine motor development in young children
·Creative OT intervention for brain injured adolescent
·Principles of OT in burned children
·Enhancing the quality of life of burn survivors within a uniquely Saudi Arabian context
·The constraint induced movement therapy for stroke survivors in Jordan
·Function and structure of the foot/Role of OT in foot problems
·The cause of pain at the base of the thumb (CMC joint)
·The incidence and variation of accessory tendons of the APL to the trapezium.
·Matching persons to assistive technology
·Telerehabilitation-lessons learned over a decade
·Congnistat “the neuro behavioral cognitive status examination”. Standardization of the Arabic Version.
Additional workshops on Hand Therapy and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) were held on the 8th of April.
It is worth mentioning that the fun part wasn’t omitted from the conference’s schedule. The organizers made sure to generously arrange a few outings to interesting places which was a nice opportunity to be introduced to the Saudi Arabian culture.”
Thank you, Farah, for the feedback. If anyone else who attended would also like to share their feedback, please post comments on this posting or email me directly.
Hopefully, we will have more yearly OT conferences in the M.E., as well as, more frequent opportunities for continuing education in the region.