The Recycling Occupational Therapist

The secret to successful activities is to:

  • Provide activities that are at  the appropriate developmental level.
  • Use sensory modalities such as music, vibration, scents.
  • Use materials and activities which are familiar and then change for variety.
  • Adapt to create just the right challenge.
  • Use props to develop exercise programs.
  • Make sure activities are fun for client and staff.
  • Create age-appropriate activities.
  • Use activities that will teach a functional vocational or daily living skill. 
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My book The Recycling Occupational Therapist describes
how to design and fabricate
highly motivational activities
for individuals with severe developmental disabilities.
"Motivational" is the key word. Bright colors, music,
vibration, scents, textures and
movement all provide a
sensory component which makes activities fun for all
of us
and especially motivating for  the developmentally
disabled population. 

Learn how to create and adapt activities for people of
all different skill levels out of common
household recyclable objects such as
laundry bottles, soda bottles and cardboard
boxes.  Hence the title of the book- The
Recycling Occupational Therapist.

If you work with individuals who are difficult to motivate and engage in activity and you just don't know what to do to increase hand use and attention span this book is for you. If you are sick of peg boards and bead stringing, this book is a must. The hundreds of inexpensive activities described in this book will bring variety and success into the classroom, day program, work programs and community living programs.

The Recycling Occupational Therapist
is divided into three sections which  focus on fine-motor, gross-motor and sensory based activities. Each activity is presented with a brief description of the material or activity, a list of necessary equipment, construction directions and
suggested uses and adaptations. The appendices
provide six lists to guide you in selecting activities for clients, based on age-appropriateness, type of activities and skill addressed.

First a word about my favorite recycling materials:

Source: File Organizer Fine-Motor Activity for Individuals with Developmental disabilities by RecyclingOT

©2008 Barbara Smith

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