Friday, 9 September 2011

...Intro to my occupation...

To begin I would like to briefly explain the meaning playing cards has to me and the context in which it happens and how this may be different when using cards as an OT or OT student. I will also briefly highlight what it might be like to do this activity mindfully.

The reason I chose playing cards as my occupation is that it's an activity that always brings back fond memories; from childhood or just a few weeks ago. I've always loved the variety of games that can be played with cards; traditional games such as 'Rummy', or new games such as 'Monopoly' that has been adapted from the original board game. Also the variety of places and people that you can play cards with; indoors or outdoors dependent on the weather or your mood, with friends or family or even by yourself to have some solitude. I enjoy being able to learn new games from others, or to teach them a game that I know how to play.

To me personally playing cards means; fun, laughter, competition, good hearted disputes, friendship, relaxation, challenges, and solitude.

The reasons for playing cards in an OT context changes to include executive cognitive functioning, socialising, and fine motor skills. The places that cards are played would differ too; on a ward in a group setting or in an individual session with an OT or OTA, it may also be used as a homework task set for the family to help the individual engage in an area they are focusing on.
When thinking about playing cards mindfully the things that would become more apparent may include the sounds in the room or outdoors, whether there is a breeze disrupting the cards on the playing area, the feel of the cards in your hand and their positioning in your palm, the responses of others, and the approach you have before each move.


  1. Hi Nancy, I like the way that you have linked Occupational Therapy and described how cards could be used in this setting, there could be so many benefits! I also like the way you have used concepts of mindfulness. Do you think this would change a great deal (excuse the pun) if you were to play cards on your own? Cheers, Cara

  2. Hi Cara
    Thanks for your comment! I think that the level of mindfulness would change considerably between a group game of cards compared to playing cards independently as you would be able to make more considerable notes of what is going on in the environment, within yourself and with the cards that you're playing when there is little else distracting you such as other players.
    Cheers, Nancy