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Have you just completed a Kawa related project or activity / written a Kawa related article and would like to share it with the world?
Please leave a comment here with a link to your project (video, pictures, blog post, slide share, prezi, etc) and we will add it onto the website!
Dear Professor Iwama and the Kawa team,
I am a first year Occupational Therapy student at Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. My most recent placement was at a locked rehab facility for people with learning disabilities, who were sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
During my time there I helped introduce an assessment based on the Kawa model, as I believed that the pictoral nature of the model would help individuals with learning disabilities explore more difficult and abstract concepts around their Occupational Therapy journey.
In order to do this, the model needed to be adapted so it was able to be understood by people with learning disabilities. Please find attached the Kawa kit I have developed, which includes some written and pictoral prompts for the service user, an ‘easy read’ social story explaining the concept of the model and the session.
I noticed whilst putting together this project that there is seemingly no research on how the Kawa model can be used with people with learning disabilities. I am extremely interested in adapting assessments for people with learning disabilities, and would be absolutely delighted if anyone from the Kawa team would be able to talk more with me about this. It seems that many practitioners in the learning disability sector are used to adapting assessments and interventions on a case-by-case basis, and I believe that the academic discipline of OT is ‘missing a trick’ by not conducting further research on this.
All the very best and thank you so much for your time,
I am an occupational therapy lecturer based at Sheffield Hallam University. I am about to start my PhD studies, and will be using the KAWA model concept as an art based activity within the data collection process. My research will be a longitudinal qualitative study, using phenomenology principles, and IPA. The title of my study : “Exploring the perceived needs of individuals who receive haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT) as a treatment for relapse remitting multiple sclerosis”
Participants will be asked to illustrate their journey, applying the principles of the KAWA model, from diagnosis, managing symptoms and daily life, and experiences of receiving HSCT, and post treatment. Participants will be videoed during this process, and will be asked to describe the image they produce. This data will be supplementary to carrying out semi-structured interviews.
Here is my poster. Please feel free to share on your website if you would like. Thanks
Hi the Kawa team,
I am belgian and I’ve made my memory about using the Kawa model with elderly people. For this one, I translate the “Kawa model made easy” in french (not a perfect translation, but still useful for all french speaker occupational therapists who’d love to use the kawa). You can contact me at my mail adress to get it and publish this translation on this site if you want.
Have a nice day,