Archive | May, 2013

Promoting OT as an Operational Therapist

8 May

In honor of OT month (I know…I’m a few days after the month of May), I thought I’d share my 5 minutes of fame as an “operational therapist” 😜.

A coworker and I were on the local news in April to talk about what it means to be a pediatric occupational therapist. It was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed every minute of it! I was a bit nervous about being on live tv! As I was watching the video online, critiquing my every move of course, I happened to notice the tag line under my name said “Operational Therapist.” Oops!! Poor editing department. I’m sure they just knew they had it right. Oh well! Here’s to being that “Other therapist”… You know.. The “operational therapist”.. The one that does pretty much everything PT and ST don’t do..” Hehe.. The last part is all in fun. Nothing personal. 😄

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Bubber and Moon Dough

7 May

A coworker of mine recently attended to AOTA national conference in San Diego. She came back with tons of goodies, but this stuff is awesome!! It’s a unique sensory experience…not sticky, but not too dry; soft, but hard enough to make into a ball. It’s super easy to clean up and never dries out. An added bonus, it’s perfect for working on pressure grading. If you squeeze too hard, it falls apart. You can also find it at Walmart where it is known as moon dough! Fun!

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Lacing

7 May

I have been brainstorming a way to help my kids understand the concept of lacing. A coworker and I came up with this idea: green for go, red for stop, with a green line to follow with the lace. Starting at the star, push the lace through the green hole, pull it through until it stops, and follow the green line to the next green hole. I haven used it with several kids and it is helping! I plan on making one with only green holes to remove some of the visual cues. Has anyone else tried something fun to help with lacing?

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Gertie Ball

3 May

Love these. Period.

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Big Foam Dice

2 May

Not just dice, dice that are 5 inches big! How fun! The ideas to use these are endless!!!! Use for obstacle courses, number of depictions for exercises, play a bingo game, matching and counting numbers, stacking, and so much more! How have you used dice?

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