OTA Students Compete for Fall Fest!

Earlier this fall, the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students at Lewis and Clark Community College (L&C), split up into three different teams to come up with a creative way to promote OT at the fall fest!

The idea was to have a catchy theme with three different activities to show other students what occupational therapy was all about.

1. Team OT!

This group had a game night theme. There was an obstacle course that included taking off a shirt with gloves to stimulate decreased sensitivity and wearing glasses with blurred vision to stimulate a vision impairment.

The second activity was a Yardzee game. The person would roll the dice and depending on what number was chosen, the person would do a certain task with a disability. The third activity was a “The Price Is Right” game. The individual had to guess what the adaptive equipment was and how much it cost.

Team OT

Team OT: Amanda, Katelyn, Rachel, Hope, Paula, Hannah and Ashley

2. The Great OuTdoors!

This team’s theme was about how occupational therapy can help people with an illness or injury still be active and engaged in the outdoors.

The first activity was a timed game to see how many sticks could be picked up with a reacher. This represented older adults who are not able to bend over and pick items up as easily anymore.

The second activity was a sleep-bag race which represented the community who is not able to walk typically. The third activity was a timed one-handed fishing game which represented the community that has use of only one upper extremity.

The Great OuTdoors!

The Great OuTdoors! Baylee, Brandie, Brittney, Kassy, Rebekah, Ashlyn, Makinze and Keri

3. Fall into OT!

The first activity included using a reacher to grab an apple out of a bowl of water. This represented someone who could not bend over to bob an apple with their mouth.

The second activity included using the individual’s non-dominant hand to button the scarecrow’s shirt. This stimulated how a person with only one arm feels when dressing.

The third activity was to rake leaves using the individual’s non-dominant hand into the hula hoop. This showed the students how a person feels who can only use one hand when doing yard work.

Fall into OT!

Fall into OT! Whitney, Dustin, Emily, Sumer, Haley, Rachael, Liz and Korrine

After presenting the team’s ideas and taking a vote, the winners were….

The Great OuTdoors!!!

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6 Ideas to Fire Up Your Next Camping Trip

By L&C OTA Student Rebekah Miler-Lyles

“Time camping isn’t spent; it’s invested.”

When the air turns a little nippy and the leaves a little crisp, I know the time has come to get outdoors and unplug.

One of my all-time favorite ways to unplug is through camping. I know that if I were to suffer from an injury or disability, I would still want to find a way to enjoy camping.

One of the goals of Occupational Therapy Practitioners is to find a way to get people back to doing the things they love. Following these few tips will have you back enjoying the great outdoors in no time

Plan Ahead

First, contact your local campsite to find out whether they have handicap accessible camping spots available. National and State Parks are a good place to start as they often list such information online.

Be sure to ask about the distance to amenities, whether the ground is level, and sidewalk availability.

Grab Your Gear

Next, make sure to come equipped with the right gear. Many manufacturers offer a range of tents with wheelchair friendly dome entrances and raised cot areas.  Adaptive equipment such as easy peg removers simplifies the process even more.

Have Fun

Finally, get involved and enjoy yourself. Not sure what to do? Try some of these 6 ideas.

1. Campfire Cooking

Try an old favorite like roasting hot dogs or something with a twist like Smoreos.

2. Stargazing

Whether looking for constellations or observing meteorological events such as a meteor shower, the sky is always a wonder to behold.

3. Be Present

Experience nature with your eyes and ears. Watch a sunset, observe the fireflies dance in the night sky, or listen for the distinct song of the Barred Owl as he sings, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?”

4. Sing a Campfire Song

Sing some of your favorite camp songs around the fire. Whether singing “Kumbaya My Lord” or “Hello Mu-dda! Hello Fa-dda!,” a sing-along is a great way to get everyone together at the end of the day.

5. Play Games & Tell Stories

Make memories together playing games, such as washers, or telling stories.

6. Explore Your Options

If sensory-processing challenges are preventing your child from enjoying unstructured camp experiences, they may flourish under the care of an occupational therapy summer camp where sensory integration and socialization are built into daily camp life.

Now tell me, what are some of your favorite camping memories or tips and tricks?