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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Wary Meyers' Tossed & Found: Unconventional Design From Cast-Offs

The Boston Globe magazine has an interesting article ( by Molly Jane Quinn) about using cast-offs in home decoration. As the Recycling Occupational Therapist- it caught my eye even though I have close to zero interest in home decor and go straight to the Miss Manners, Cupid and Coupling columns.
I love the chair made of cast-off noodles- just one of the projects written about in John and Linda Meyers new book Wary Meyers'Tossed & Found: Unconventional Design From Cast-offs. The authors offer interior design services, but I recommend the trash picking, yard-sale visiting and thrift-store haunting techniques they mention.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Make "Fingarings" with Sculpey

Cumba Siegler, Ma, OTR/L a school-based therapist in the Santa Cruz City Schools describes a clever use of Sculpey in her article Fine-Motor Fun with Fingarings.

These are not simply finger rings from Massachusetts, but rather material for a therapeutic activity. She has the kids strengthen fingers, motor plan, refine dexterity and learn cognitive concepts using them. So save your Sculpey scraps for these rings or buy a package of varied colors and start baking.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

Saturday, October 10, 2009

New GeriatricOT Blog

I am starting a new blog called GeriatricOT and the the address is
I find that I frequently have information and ideas to share related to geriatrics and in particular alzheimer's disease and need a place to comment. I spend most of my blogging time on my blog and will continue to share the bulk of my pediatric information on that site and occasionally add to the site.

If you haven't yet joined the as a follower, I highly encourage it because I enter a lot of information about low cost activities that can be used on and off the horse. I think that its a helpful site for occupational therapists whether or not they work in the specialty area of hippotherapy.

Recycling Occupational Therapist Presentation

Austill's Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
100 John Robert Thomas Drive
Exton, PA 19341-2652
Tel. (610) 363-7009

April 22, 2010 (Thursday) from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
This presentation is for therapists as well as educators and parents. Austill's is an AOTA approved provider.
I will speaking on the topic of "Designing Low cost Activities to Use with Environmentally At-Risk Children"
and will include information on adaptations for children with profound developmental disabilities.
Penn State Great Valley Conference Center
30 East Swedesfor road
Malvern, PA 19355