Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
Here you will find news about occupational therapy, current health news, and more. I regularly blog about apps that clinicians can use in practice, autism issues, managing chronic conditions, wounded warriors, and more.
AOTA members receive the biweekly OT Practice Pulse e-newsletter where we share resources and news from AOTA and other sources that directly affect occupational therapy practice—curated just for members! Here on the Checking the Pulse blog, I will share even more relevant and interesting news, videos, blogs, and more.
I read hundreds of articles about health, wellness, and policy every week to find the most engaging and enlightening content for you. Blog readers can stay in the know, go beyond the news, and find out how the latest health news affect occupational therapy.
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The OT world probably understands this best—you don’t need to spend a fortune on therapy activities. In fact, some of your best ideas probably come from homemade or recycled materials. Are you looking for some new homemade ideas? We found a few OT bloggers sharing their ideas.
*Thanks to Mama OT for permission to use her photos. See her blog post here.
Infinity LoopSure, you can spend $40 on that fancy infinity loop…or you could just make it yourself! Tonya at Therapy Fun Zone has a post on making your own infinity loop from paper plates and duct tape. Check it out here.
OT Life HackKaren at Miss Awesomeness is writing about the idea of “functional fixedness,” which is how we have a cognitive bias to see only an object’s intended purpose and not necessarily think or realize how it could be used differently. She talks about how she uses phone books and hangers in a variety of ways with clients.
25 Fine Motor Activities Using Household ItemsChristie at Mama OT blog shares 25 fine motor activities that can be done with household items. She has ideas using objects such as toothpicks, spice containers, clothespins, pipe cleaners, colanders, and more. Check them out.
Recycling OTDid you know there’s a whole blog about using recycled materials for OT? It’s called Recycling OT, and Barbara shares her ideas (with pictures and videos). We like this post about creating your own straw holder and this one about ideas for getting a client to use the weaker hand. Read all of the posts here.
What about you? What homemade activities and recycled materials do you use with your clients? Tell us in the comments.
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