Dr. Said Nafai OTD, OTR/L CLT - Founder, OT Morocco. Dr. Nafai was born and raised in Morocco and experienced life with disability first hand while growing up with a brother who had a physical disability. He studied Law in Morocco and German language at the University of Salzburg, Austria. Later, he emigrated to the United States of America, choosing to become an occupational therapist after working with children and adults in a world-renowned school for autism.
Dr. Nafai received his Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University, following completion of his Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Salem State University in Massachusetts, USA.
Dr. Nafai currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Association of occupational therapy. He is also Master's in Occupational Therapy Professor at a local college and Vice President of Emmanuelsdream.org. In 2010, Dr. Nafai received the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation Scholarship. He has presented at multiple Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy (MAOT) conferences and serves as Chair of its Special Interest Group and Spring Conference. He has been a reoccurring presenter at the Salem State University Student OT Conference. He has also presented at the 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference about bringing OT to Morocco.
Dr. Nafai strives to improve the lives of people with disabilities and works in several rehabilitation hospitals and centers providing direct rehabilitation services. In addition, he has extensive experience in directing rehabilitation programs, working with both hand therapy and home care. He is known for his lively sense of humor and the ability to speak four languages fluently, and several more in conversation, which helps him have a sincere connection with his patients.
Elizabeth Stevens-Nafai, MS, OTR/L, CLT - Co-Founder, OT Morocco. Elizabeth Stevens-Nafai works in pediatrics, mental health and physical rehabilitation. Elizabeth grew up in northern New York State where she was an active Girl Scout, earning her Silver Award and studied German while hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, New York, and sailing on Lake Ontario. In 1999, she earned her German language and literature Bachelors Degree at the University of Vermont and the University of Salzburg, Austria, where she met her husband, Said Nafai. She earned her masters degree in occupational therapy at Bay Path College in 2009. She is an Adjunct Professor at several occupational therapy colleges and formerly taught Middle School. She was the Professional Development Coordinator for the Central Massachusetts Writing Project at Worcester State University, coordinating and presenting “Best Practices of Writing for Teachers.” She has presented at state, regional and nation conferences on topics ranging from adult learning to collaboration and at the 2009 and 2014 American Occupational Therapy Association Conferences on critical thinking in fieldwork and bringing occupational therapy to Morocco.
Dr. Said Nafai OTD, OTR/L CLT
Elizabeth Stevens-Nafai, MS
The Role of Occupational Therapist in Jordan
Occupational therapy (OT) is a developing profession that has only been introduced to Jordanian hospitals 18 years ago.
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American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT)
The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT), an official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., is published 7 times per year. This peer-reviewed journal focuses on research, practice, and health care issues in the field of occupational therapy and is the premiere journal for occupational therapy research.
UNE Health, Wellness & Occupational Studies Students Visit Morocco
Five UNE students in the Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies (HWOS) program recently visited several health and human services agencies in Morocco as part of a course in occupational science taught by Professor Dr. Said Nafai OTD, OTR/L CLT. Dr. Nafai, who has dual-citizenship in Morocco and the U.S., is working to establish the profession of occupational therapy in Morocco.
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American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Conference & Expo, Chicago, IL
Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy (MAOT) Fall Conference, Norwood, MA
Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies Students Participate in Distance Learning
Health, Wellness and Occupational Studies (HWOS) students in Biddeford and Morocco were involved in distance learning during a November class with Elizabeth Francis-Connolly, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, Dean of Westbrook College of Health Professions, and Dr. Said Nafai OTD, OTR/L CLT, Adjunct Professor of Occupational Science...