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3 occupational therapy crafts for fine motor skills

These crafts are effective tools as part of a therapy regimen.

These crafts are effective tools as part of a therapy regimen.

Developing fine motor skills is important for growing children as well as adults who have experienced trauma such as a motor vehicle accident or internal injury. Whether patients are learning these skills for the first time or relearning them later in life, there are several ways to make the process easier and more enjoyable. These crafts are interesting, stimulating and, above all, effective tools as part of a therapy regimen. Check them out below:

1. Miniature sandbox letters

This craft helps with pre-writing skills and can help to strengthen control over the muscle of the hand and wrist. It was recommended by 4K teacher Abby Linwood, writing for the University of Wisconsin. Read More

Spend your winter therapy assignment on the slopes

Spending your winter therapy assignment on the slopes doesn't have to be a pipe dream.

Spending your winter therapy assignment on the slopes doesn’t have to be a pipe dream.

If you’re the kind of person who gets excited when winter arrives, chances are you’d fit right in among the ski-loving denizens of America’s mountain-adjacent cities. Spending your winter therapy assignment on the slopes, carving up the powder and feeling the adrenaline in your veins doesn’t have to be a pipe dream. If you’re still trying to decide where to take your next travel therapy assignment, consider one of these cities:

Seattle, Washington

There are 12 major ski resorts in Washington State, and each of them is within a four hour drive from Seattle. Read More

3 inspirational stories that might change your mind about pet therapy

One way that therapists are treating their patients is with the help of therapy dogs.

One way that therapists are treating their patients is with the help of therapy dogs.

Therapy can come in many forms, from monitored exercises to crafts that develop fine motor skills. When treating patients who have undergone a traumatic experience, getting to the root of an emotional problem can be difficult. One way that therapists are treating their patients is with the help of therapy dogs – specially trained furry friends that provide emotional support in the most fascinating and inspirational ways.

According to the American Kennel Club, therapy dogs can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure and heart rate and even increase levels of endorphins. They visit hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other care facilities, spreading comfort and joy to those who need it most. Read More

How OTs can help patients who have trouble sleeping

Sleep deprivation can affect memory retention at a chemical level.

Sleep deprivation can affect memory retention at a chemical level.

Sleep is one of those parts of life that you probably don’t give much thought to, until you have trouble getting some. Even missing a few hours in a night can completely ruin the rest of your day, causing problems at work and at home. Should the problem persist, it can greatly affect your ability to perform tasks and may even make it easier for other ailments to sneak up on you. In fact, a study published in Science Signaling found that sleep deprivation can actually affect memory retention at a chemical level.

There are a number of ways that occupational therapists can help their patients manage sleep deprivation and return to a more regular work and life schedule. Here are some strategies that OTs might implement to help their patients sleep easier: Read More

Jackson is collecting your leftover Halloween candy for Operation Shoebox: Deadline 11/16

Do you have left over candy from Halloween and want to get rid of it? Keene’s Crossing Elementary Operation Shoebox.jpgSecond Grade will be collecting for a great organization called Operation Shoebox. For those of you who haven’t heard of this wonderful organization please visit their website and check out the great things they do for our troops overseas.

If you have any leftover Hallloween candy, including chocolate (soldiers say they will lick the melted chocolate if they have to), please drop it by Jackson’s office in Orlando by November 16th. 

They also need other times that soldiers have listed on the site: Read More