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News from Member Organisations June 2024 - Arab Occupational Therapy Regional Group (AOTRG)

Aotrg June 2024

Developing the First Digital Occupational Therapy Dictionary Worldwide: Launching OT Dictionary Electronic Mobile Application

The Occupational Therapy Dictionary mobile application is a quick (English-Arabic-Arabic) reference dictionary developed to enrich the Arabic content of the occupational therapy profession. It contains more than 2400 scientific terms translated and explained from English into Arabic in addition to more than 350 illustrative pictures. This app can be used: (1) as a reliable educational reference for Arab occupational therapy students in academic study and training, (2) as a reference guide for Arab occupational therapists in daily practice, (3) as a knowledge resource for Arab healthcare professionals from other disciplines, (4) as a means of facilitating understanding and the process of communication between Arab community members and occupational therapists by creating a unified and common language of communication, (5) and this application can also be used as an educational reference for Arab patients and their families who benefit from occupational therapy services, as this dictionary provides a simplified explanation in Arabic for the most important vocabulary widely used in occupational therapy.

OT_Dictionary is the first Arabic electronic dictionary that provides the latest evidence-based unified definitions of vocabulary in occupational therapy taken from important sources and reliable official documents in the field of health, rehabilitation sciences and occupational therapy, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the British Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and many others.

OT_Dictionary application features:

1. More than 2,400 terms in occupational therapy and rehabilitation science.

2. More than 350 visual illustrations.

3. Arabic-English voice recognition; searching for words by voice in both Arabic and English.

4. Arabic-English screen reading.

5. Word of the day.

6. Sharing the dictionary term with others.

7. Saving dictionary term in your favorites.

8. Word prediction feature.

The OT_Dictionary is now available. Download the app for free from the Apple Store and Android Store.

Please feel free to share it with any Arab OT you know.

Let’s Spread the Word!

Many thanks.

Hassan Sarsak (PhD, OT)

OT_Dictionary Application Developer

Proud WFOT Individual Member