Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wellsphere Blogging Network

I recently joined a blogging network called WELLSPHERE: It is a health blogging network, which connects people interested in healthier living.
WELLSPHERE is a network of people who blog about various health topics (i.e. relationships, mind and body, stress management, weight loss, children's health, mental health, sports, disabilities and more!). Bloggers include a diverse group of people from parents of children with disabilities to medical professionals from Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Yale and other top Medical Schools.
Basically, the website re-posts what the bloggers have written in their own blogs and provides a central network for people to search for health information. Search key words, such as "occupational therapy," "traumatic brain injury", "autism", "depression", "dyslexia", "asthma" and "swine flu" and you will come up with a wealth of information! You can now search directly from this blog by going to the WELLSPERE widget "Health Knowledge Finder" located in the right hand column of this blog.
There are a few OT's on the site and I hope more will join, as the network is free and provides a good forum for people in the public to reach the information posted in these blogs.
I have also found some wonderful blogs by parents and people experiencing various obstacles in their lives, such as surviving cancer, living with a vision or hearing loss and parenting a child with Cerebral Palsy. Most of these bloggers find it very therapeutic to blog about their experiences.
I think there are plenty of Egyptians who have something to share with others about their experiences in relation to the health topics covered on WELLSPHERE! In the future, I would love to be able to post some links to Egyptian blogs!
To get you started, here are a couple of free blog start up links:
BLOGGER (free publishing tool from Google):
So, take a look and enjoy...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Exceptional Training Center announces the Summer Training Courses in Arabic

The Exceptional Training Center announces the Summer Training Courses in Arabic, June-July 2009, conducted by eminent lecturers with post graduate studies and sound experience in the field of Special Educational Needs (SEN).

Participants will receive certificate accredited by the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the Egyptian Society for the Developing Skills of Children with Special Needs, and the Exceptional Training Center for passing the course and the certificate can be documented from any Foreign Affairs Office.

The 5 Courses are:

I- Occupational Therapy Course, June 27
th to July 5th, 2009

II- Specialized Language & Communication Development, 4
th to 9th July, 2009

III- Specific Learning Difficulties Course, 4
th to 9th July, 2009

IV- Autism Spectrum Disorders course, 12
th to 16th July, 2009

V- Behavior Modification Course, 13
th to 16th July, 2009

The courses will be held at the Lectures' Halls of the Exceptional Training Center (ETC)

Address: 9
th Al-Mokhtar St., Off Al-Gezeir St., New Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.

For more information, please contact the following numbers:
+202-27538022/+202-27538062 or mobile +2-0168809234


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ain Sham's University OT Program

Ain Sham's University in Cairo received the presidential signature for their OT curriculum and will hopefully start the program in October 2009. However, the university is still looking to hire an OT program director and further OT teaching staff.

For further details about the positions available and the program curriculum, please contact:
Ahmed El Khaky: