How Writing Applies to Occupational Therapy

HowWriting Applies to Occupational Therapy

HowWriting Applies to Occupational Therapy

Asan occupational therapist, my job mainly involved working withpatients at a non-profit organization: Ingalls Hospital at theOccupational Department. Also as a writer, my writing skills ensuredpatients achieved their developmental improvements such as hand-eyecoordination by learning how to write and fine motor skills. I alsohad the privilege to teach the parents, care givers, and others howto develop their writing skills as well as learning. Ingalls Hospitalhad a reputation to keep, which ensured that those involved inoffering their occupational and writing skills adhered strictly tothe organization’s mission and core values. To begin with, havingperfected the art of writing, I ensured that I was going to usewriting as a form of therapy by employing the power of written wordto offer my services. With the patients at Ingalls Hospital, some ofthem were undergoing trauma experience that needed instant attentionfrom the therapist. From Doll (2010) book, he stated that usingwriting as a form of therapy by using it against an individual’straumatic feeling it could ensure that the experience eases outgradually from the emotional trauma, especially when it occurs withthe children. I learnt that writing as a form of therapy requiresfull attention, which is given to the patient. Also, the therapistuse writing to deal with the patient who has mental and physicalillnesses.

Inthe occupational department, I established my credibility using myskills by dealing with a wide range of mental conditions andillnesses such as bereavement, abuse and disertion, especially inchildren. I ensured my occupation added with these interventions tookpart in the child care unit even though other patients were allowedto attend. I also assisted the other patients with writing of unsentletters to their family members. I also used my writing prowess toensure that the relatives of the patients wrote about their pasttrauma by expressing their deep-lying thoughts.

Inthe department I worked in, there was also a program meant for longdistance patients. According to Doll (2010), the internet has sinceprovided easy accessibility. There has been a rise in the use ofwriting therapies for example the program used at Ingalls Hospital.For example, I had grown accustomed to working with clients fromanywhere around the world as long as they could write. I was in aposition to enter a private chat room and took part in a textdialogue with the client in real time. In addition, with theimprovement in internet networking, the reputation of the companyimproved since it incorporated internet connectivity with writingtherapy. Again, I had acquitted myself with using progress notessince I could keep the patients’ medical records in a document,record their clinical status or their achievements during their stayin the hospital. Progress note ensured that I kept the progress inreal time all through the shifty rather than after the therapysessions.

Accordingto Doll (2010), the process of using the internet for the process ofwriting therapy ensured that invisibility and anonymity provided atherapeutic atmosphere that could be much closer more than that ofclassical analysis. This is because sitting behind a client on aseat could still leave the room for a lot of clues that is to be usedin individual’s analysis.

Inconclusion, my writing skills as an occupational therapist ensuredthat Ingalls Hospital acquired a reputation that it deserved and mostimportantly the institution gave me authority to carry out mypractices without interference from the superiors, which ensured thatI felt a sense of “institutional authority”. However, I had toearn the trust by constantly coming up with new ways of improving theinstitution’s reputation.


Doll,J. D. (2010). Program development and grant writing in occupationaltherapy: Making the connection. Sudbury, Mass: Jones and BartlettPublishers.