Category Archive: Tools

Give it a go: Out of the box thinking for elderly care.

I spend a lot of my time with the elderly now that I’m an activities coordinator, and I love it! The stories they tell, the history they share, the experiences they’ve had. There’s… Continue reading

Reading as a way to improve empathy.

New research has suggested that fiction may be more beneficial to use than we realise, by improving empathy and social skills – this may even include television and video games. Keith Oatley, of… Continue reading

Why every shift I successfully complete is a triumph…

  I have worked in many different areas to some extent; retail, admin, service, event planning and teaching. However my most challenging area so far has to be my current occupation – working… Continue reading

Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries…

  Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries…   Boundaries are a very important part of any relationship; a factor often ignored or unrecognised by many people. They are the blueprint, or foundation, that relationships are built… Continue reading

Captain Do-Good – Why I’m Trying to be More Mindful

       Captain Do-Good – Why I’m Trying to be More Mindful So, I have a new favourite book (Mindfulness for Busy People, by Dr Michael Sinclair and Josie Seydel). And I… Continue reading

Listening in Order to Influence

Listening in Order to Influence While you may be aware that listening is an important part of communication; believe it or not, being able to focus full attention on listening is extremely difficult… Continue reading

Sensory Processing

If you are an OT, sensory processing is a term that you probably know quite well. It’s something I have heard a lot about during my internship, but have never really understood what… Continue reading

Light Boxes – Do It Yourself

Light boxes are such a useful tool for therapy, and are so easy to make. That’s right, you don’t even need to spend a fortune buying a ready made one – it is… Continue reading

Emotion Regulation – World Mental Health Day

So, as it is World Mental Health Day I have decided to write about something that I find very important to mental health and wellbeing; regulating your emotions. Believe it or not, regulating… Continue reading

Speech Therapy: The Basics

While I understand the complexity of speech therapy – or not, as I don’t know a lot about speech therapy. But I do know that it is important. And so in the process… Continue reading

12 Travel Tips for People with Bipolar Disorder

  I found this article on psychcentral this morning, and thought it may be useful for many people who are travelling this summer. Read the original article here. ———————————————– “Triggers control bipolar disorder,” said Julie A.… Continue reading

5 Ways to Improve Positivity

So, being positive is something I truly struggle with. I find that even when I have had a good day, even an amazing day, I am left with this massive hole inside me… Continue reading

7 Things Music Can Do To Your Body.

I think it’s safe to say that music is a massive part of everyone’s life. You don’t need to be a rock star, or even be able to play an instrument or sing.… Continue reading

Tips for Reducing your Childs Screen Time

Limiting your child’s screen time is a massive issue in many households today – as companies are releasing more and more games and apps that target young children and draw them in. They… Continue reading

Music as a Way of Decreasing Perceived Pain in Children

  Music is such a big part of people’s lives – I couldn’t imagine my life without it at all. I have previously posted about how it can be used during therapy sessions… Continue reading

  • Philippa Berry

    Bsc(Hons) Psychology, Mental and Physical Health at the University of Reading. Interested in Occupational Therapy, and Developmental and Social Psychology.